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Room Assignment and Selection

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All first-year students at the University of Chicago are required to live in on-campus housing for their first academic year. Visit Housing & Residence Life for more detailed information about housing.

A mix of personalities & interests

Room assignments in the Houses are intentionally made so that each House includes a cross section of the University population, with students from various states and countries who have diverse academic and extracurricular interests.

Consider your preferences

Admitted students have the opportunity to share their housing preferences. Among the factors to consider are whether you prefer living alone or with a roommate, what habits would be most important to you in a roommate, and whether you prefer living in a glassy modern dorm or a historic neo-Gothic one. Location is also important: some students might want to live right on the Main Quadrangles, while others prefer living in a dorm with a dining hall right in the building.

Single-sex options

All of the Houses are co-ed, but a few have single-sex floors. If it is important for you to live on an all-male or all-female floor, you can make your preference known on your housing application.

Open housing

Housing & Residence Life at the University of Chicago offers a gender-neutral housing option to students of all class years, allowing increased choice in selecting roommates, regardless of gender.

The housing assignment queue

Students are placed into the housing assignment queue based on the date of payment of their enrollment deposit. The overwhelming majority of students find that they are happy in the House to which they are assigned. Those who would like to move into a different House can work with their Resident Heads and the staff in Housing & Residence Life to arrange to move during the room-change period.