Living in Chicago


What a great place to live! The nation's third-largest city is one of the most culturally diverse, socially active, and affordable cities and has been named the best big city in America five years in a row by Conde Nast Traveler. With so much to explore, the extensive public transportation system makes Chicago particularly student-friendly. Law School students enjoy world-class cultural attractions, a stunning lakefront, thriving music and theater scenes, eight professional sports teams, and an endless number of excellent restaurants. 

Hyde Park 

Located on the shore of Lake Michigan seven miles south of downtown Chicago, the Hyde Park neighborhood is home to the University of Chicago Law School, many cultural attractions (including the Museum of Science and Industry and the Frank Lloyd Wright Robie House), a wide array of restaurants and entertainment venues, and the forthcoming Obama Presidential Center. Because of the proximity to the Law School, the majority of LLM students live in Hyde Park. Learn more about Hyde Park's neighborhood attractions. You can also check out this short video on what to do and see in Hyde Park

Where to Live

University of Chicago Law School students are fortunate to have a wide range of housing options available. Considering Chicago is the third-largest city in the United States, the affordable cost of living makes Chicago a surprisingly livable city. You can get a sense of estimated rental rates (PDF) for various neighborhoods in the Chicago area (including Hyde Park).

To learn about housing from a student perspective, view the VeryApt Housing Guide created from survey data of 400+ UChicago Law students.