Housing Information for Incoming Students

University of Chicago Law School students are very fortunate to have a wide range of housing options available at a reasonable cost. Considering that Chicago is the third largest city in the United States, the affordable cost of living makes Chicago a surprisingly livable city for everyone. 

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

The housing page on our website explains the main housing options for students in Hyde Park, which is the neighborhood where the Law School is located. 

The Law School does not provide housing.  Students are responsible for securing their own housing whether they live in graduate housing or private housing. However, the information and links here and on the housing page will guide you to the appropriate resources.

StudentSpace

The Law School works with a company called StudentSpace that assists our incoming students in locating housing. StudentSpace focuses exclusively on working with graduate students and helps them find housing that meets all of their needs. StudentSpace can even help you secure housing remotely if you are not able to travel to Chicago for your housing search. To work with StudentSpace (a free service), please contact them directly.

View estimated rental rates (PDF) for various neighborhoods in the Chicago area (including Hyde Park).

Timing

There is plenty of housing available and, in previous years, students have not had any difficulty securing housing through mid-to-late summer, although we would encourage you not to delay in making your housing arrangements. Click here for a suggested timeline for looking for and obtaining housing in the Chicago market.

Some rental companies may allow rent or lease deferment in the event that classes are moved to remote teaching in Fall Quarter. For example, Hyde Park Property Management is offering a rent deferment option for full-time students (including law school students). Consider asking your rental company about this option when you are signing a lease.

More Housing Resources

Login to UChicago Law Connect and check out the "Living in Chicago/Housing" Community. 

In the Discussion section, you will find:

  • Recording of a Current Student Housing Panel
  • Multiple Current Students willing to share their experiences with housing and living in Chicago
  • Shuttle Maps/Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) Routes and UChicago Police Department Patrol Areas

In the Files section, you will find:

  • Maps of where students in the Classes of 2019, 2020, and 2021 live
  • VeryApt Housing Guide
  • Mac Property Management Virtual Tours
  • StudentSpace Services Brochure
  • StudentSpace Rental Rates in various Chicago neighborhoods

Finding Roommates

In recent years, many of our incoming 1L students have found roommates by reaching out to future classmates on the Class of 2023 Facebook page.