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, (2) International House (a graduate student residential living community) and (3) many large private apartment buildings.

University-owned Housing

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:

International House

International House has a selective admissions policy that brings together resident members from more than 50 countries each year. Housing applications are reviewed on a rolling basis by the International House Admissions Committee. Their facility provides a variety of community spaces, fully furnished rooms, laundry, bicycle storage, a 24 hour desk, and utilities. For more information contact Gayle B. Catterlin at gaylec@uchicago.edu.

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).


StudentSpace is a free service that focuses exclusively on helping graduate students find housing. You may contact StudentSpace at 866.871.7368 or info@student-space.com to learn more about using their services. StudentSpace assists both incoming and current UChicago 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 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, trulia.com, craigslist.org, HotPads Chicago or Zillow Rentals Chicago. View estimated rental prices (PDF) for the various neighborhoods in the Chicago area (including Hyde Park).