University of Chicago law students are very fortunate to have a wide range of affordable housing options convenient to the Law School. The cost of living in Chicago is one of its greatest advantages and is quite reasonable considering that Chicago is the nation's third largest city.
Approximately 80 percent of our first-year law students live in Hyde Park, the neighborhood immediately surrounding the University of Chicago campus. In Hyde Park, the housing options consist of (1) University-owned housing, which includes several university-owned neighborhood apartment buildings, and (2) many large private apartment buildings.
University-owned housing offers options in nearly 30 different apartment buildings to our students, ranging from studios to three bedroom units (furnished and unfurnished). Here are some important links for learning more about University-owned housing:
- University Housing Website
- Graduate Student Housing Application Procedures
- List of Graduate Student Housing Locations (includes a list of all buildings with detailed information about each building)
- Graduate Student Housing Map (helpful interactive map of graduate student housing buildings where you can click on a building's location to see detailed information - the Law School is located on 60th between University Ave. and Ellis Ave.)
Private Apartment Buildings
There are also many private apartment buildings available to our students, some of which offer discounts and specials to law students. Many of these apartments are in high-rise buildings and have outstanding amenities, including parking, a doorman, laundry or dry cleaning facilities, and a gym. The following is a list of some of the local apartment buildings available to our students (this is not an all-inclusive list or an endorsement of any apartment building).
- Regents Park (a full amenity building where you will find the largest concentration of law students, only a short bus ride from the Law School).
- Hyde Park Luxury apartments (located just across the street from the Law School)
- Hyde Park Tower
- MAC Property Management manages several apartment buildings in Hyde Park (including Regents Park)
- Twin Towers
- Algonquin Apartments
StudentSpace is a free service that focuses exclusively on helping graduate students find housing. You may contact StudentSpace at 866.871.7368 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website to learn more about using their services. StudentSpace assists both incoming and current Chicago law students.
Additional Information for Other Chicago Neighborhoods
Many students will move further north during their second and third years of law school to experience a different Chicago neighborhood. Some popular Chicago neighborhoods for law students include the South Loop, Gold Coast/River North, Lincoln Park, Wrigleyville, and Lakeview. These neighborhoods are a reasonable commute to Hyde Park (typically ranging anywhere from approximately 20-50 minutes by car or public transportation). The following online resources may be helpful for locating an apartment in these areas: Chicago Reader's Spacefinder, www.chicagotribune.com, www.rent.com, www.apartments.com, www.apartmenthomeliving.com, www.apartmentlist.com, craigslist.org, HotPads Chicago or Zillow Rentals Chicago. You can click here to obtain estimated rental prices for the various neighborhoods in the Chicago area (including Hyde Park).
In recent years, many of our incoming 1L students have found roommates by reaching out to future classmates on the Facebook page for the incoming class or at Admitted Students Weekend.