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.
The University owns and manages over 1,500 units for rent to University graduate students, ranging from studios to four+ bedroom units (furnished and unfurnished). Here are some important links for learning more about University-owned housing:
- University of Chicago Residential Properties Website
- UChicago Grad Housing Resources
- List of Graduate Student Housing Locations (includes a list of all buildings with detailed information about each building). The Law School is located at 60th Street and University 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).
- Algonquin Apartments
- City Hyde Park: See some of the features here.
- Hyde Park Luxury apartments (located just across the street from the Law School)
- Hyde Park Property Management manages 30 buildings in Hyde Park. They offer $300 off the first month’s rent for all UChicago law students, as well as Lyft credits. See the brochure here.
- Hyde Park Tower
- Mac Property Management manages several apartment buildings in Hyde Park (including Regents Park, Shoreland Apartments, and City Hyde Park)
- Mac Properties offers free Uber rides from the Law School to UChicago students' MAC residences between 5:30pm and 8:30pm.
- 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: Brochure with quick facts here.
- Twin Towers
- 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. View some of the features here.
StudentSpace is a free service that focuses on helping students find housing near the Law School or near transportation that takes students to the Law School. StudentSpace can even help you secure housing remotely if you are not able to travel to Chicago for your housing search. StudentSpace assists both incoming and current UChicago law students. Please contact StudentSpace at email@example.com for the latest updates, availability, and student specials.
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.
If you are looking to furnish your apartment, Cort offers rental furniture.