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. To learn more about housing from a student perspective, view the VeryApt Housing Guide created from survey data of 150+ UChicago Law students.
University-owned housing offers options in nearly 15 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 Graduate 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 Street between University Ave. and Ellis Ave.)
Check out the Grad Housing Resources here for helpful tips as you begin your search.
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).
- Vue53 is one of Hyde Park's newest apartment communities that features studios and one- and two-bedroom apartments, in-unit washers and dryers, furnished and unfurnished units, and a wide variety of community amenities.
- 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).
- Shoreland Apartments
- Hyde Park Luxury apartments (located just across the street from the Law School)
- Hyde Park Tower
- City Hyde Park
- Mac Property Management manages several apartment buildings in Hyde Park (including Regents Park, Shoreland Apartments, and City Hyde 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 email@example.com to learn more about using their services. StudentSpace assists both incoming and current UChicago law students.
VeryApt is an apartment review community that allows people to search for apartments, read reviews, and schedule appointments at their desired apartments. VeryApt is the company that created the VeryApt Housing Guide based on 150+ UChicago Law student reviews mentioned above.
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 20-50 minutes by car or public transportation). The following online resources may be helpful for locating an apartment in these areas: www.chicagoreader.com, www.chicagotribune.com, www.rent.com, www.apartments.com, www.apartmenthomeliving.com, www.apartmentlist.com, trulia.com, craigslist.org, HotPads Chicago or Zillow Rentals Chicago.