The University of Chicago has a 6 quarter residency requirement – all traditional first-year students (have never attended college previously) are required to live on campus for their first six (6) quarters of enrollment. Please note that summer quarters do not count towards the fulfillment of this residency requirement. Housing & Residence Life does not guarantee on-campus housing for students transferring from other colleges or universities. Transfer students will be offered housing based on space availability at the conclusion of the traditional first-year student housing assignment process in late summer. Housing & Residence Life does not offer on-campus housing for graduate/advanced degree seeking students or married/family housing. Admitted students will be able to access the housing application in early May, after accepting their offer of admission and paying their enrollment deposit.
The room assignment process for new students is managed thoughtfully. Our end goal is to create housing and roommate matches that support the success of each student.
The new student housing application opens in early May through the myHousing portal. Within the application, each student will be prompted to respond to several lifestyle and living preferences. Once the application closes at the end of June, each new student will be randomly assigned to a residence hall and House. All of our halls and Houses are unique and engaging and we have found that most students quickly make connections in whatever residence hall and House they have been assigned.
After students have been assigned to a residence hall and House, their responses to the lifestyle and living preferences are used to match them with one or more compatible roommates. We strongly believe that all students positively benefit from living with students of diverse backgrounds and to that end, new students are not permitted to request a specific student as their roommate.
All residence halls house students of both sexes. Each hall offers single sex accommodations in at least one House. Gender inclusive housing is available for students who would prefer to live with one or more students of the opposite biological sex. New students may indicate preferences for single sex or gender inclusive accommodations within their housing application.
On average, 25-30% of new students are assigned to single occupancy rooms. All new students will be prompted to complete the lifestyle and living preferences section of their housing application even if they are making a single room type preference.
Students that require specific housing accommodations must initiate their request through Student Disability Services. We strongly encourage students seeking specific housing accommodations to engage Student Disability Services as soon as possible after accepting their offer of admission. Please do not send accommodation requests or medical documentation to Housing & Residence Life.
Examples of requests that should be made through Student Disability Services include, but are not limited to:
- Air conditioning
- Mobility issues that require an assignment on a lower floor or in a hall equipped with an elevator
- Single room
- Private or semi-private bathroom
- Access to a kitchen
- Any other specific request or need
Can I change my housing application responses?
Students may edit their housing application responses up until the housing application closes. Once the housing application has closed, students will not be permitted to make any further edits.
When will I receive my housing assignment?
New student housing assignment details are posted to the myHousing portals on the third Friday in August. The following details will be provided to each student:
- Residence Hall, House, Room Type & Number
- Residence Hall Mailing Address
- Name & UChicago Email Address for Each Roommate
Please refrain from reaching out to our office to inquire about the status of your housing assignment.
What are the bathroom facilities like?
Most residence halls have communal floor bathrooms where each floor shares a common area bathroom containing individual toilets and shower stalls cleaned by housekeeping staff. There are three bathroom options available in each House: men, women and all-gender. Students may use the bathroom that is consistent with their gender identity. Some, but not all, Houses may also have single-user facilities, which do not have a gender designation.
Apartments and rooms in Max Palevsky Residential Commons have semi-private bathrooms that are shared amongst all occupants of the room. In these room types, the bathroom does not have a gender designation.