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Room Assignment and Selection

All first-year students at the University of Chicago are required to live in on-campus housing for their first academic year. Entering transfer students are welcomed but not required to live in on-campus housing. Students are guaranteed on-campus housing for all four years. 

Visit Housing & Residence Life for more detailed information about our housing system as well as our residence halls.

A mix of personalities & interests

Room assignments in the College Houses are intentionally made so that each House includes a cross section of the University population, with respect to students’ academic and extracurricular interests, home states, and countries.

Consider your preferences

Among the factors to consider when making your housing preferences are whether you prefer living alone or with a roommate, whether it is important that you and your roommate keep a similar schedule, and whether you prefer a roommate who’s generally neat or more carefree with their organization. Geography is also important: some students wish to live close to the main campus quadrangles, while others prefer being closer to the shopping and dining districts of Hyde Park.

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 ages, allowing increased choice in selecting roommates, regardless of gender, in order to respect and support the various needs of our students.

The Housing & Residence Life 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 after the Autumn Quarter has begun.