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Room Assignment and Selection

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The University of Chicago is a residential campus for college students, and all students are required to live in on-campus housing for their first two academic years. 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 preferences on their housing application that are considered during the housing assignment process. 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

In an effort to ensure each of our residential communities reflects the larger student population, each first-year student is given a random priority in the housing assignment process. All of our Houses are unique and engaging and we have found that most students quickly make connections and are happy in whatever residence hall they have been assigned. Changes to Housing assignments cannot be made prior to move-in, but 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 after the start of the Autumn Quarter, based upon space availability.