Your House is your home base for UChicago life. Houses eat, play, study, and compete in intramural sports together. Housing is guaranteed all four years, and students find that some of their best mentors (and friends) are found in their Houses.
Seven unique Residence Halls offer students a variety of living options. Each Hall takes on a unique culture while maintaining a sense of community. Do you want to be near the classroom buildings, the library, or the gym? Would you prefer a single or a double? Do you feel at home tucked away in a neo-Gothic quadrangle or gazing out a wide modern window?
Most Residence Halls are divided (often by floor) into House communities. Each House averages 80 students (Houses range from 40 to 104 students) sharing a cluster of individual rooms and common areas within the residence halls. Each House has its own traditions, its own House Council, and its own resident staff.
Weekly House meetings and active House Councils bring students together for cultural activities, fund-raising, intramural sports, and trips to downtown or the myriad neighborhoods.
Resident Heads are advanced graduate students or University staff, most with families (and sometimes with pets), who reside in each of the Houses. They open their homes to House meetings, cheer on the House’s teams, host study breaks (yes, free food), and are there at all hours to support students and help them with decisions, big and small.
Resident Assistants (RAs), who are usually third- or fourth-year students, also live in the House. As students, RAs know the ropes around campus and offer younger students the benefit of their friendship and experience.
In each Residence Hall, Resident Deans, drawn from the senior faculty and staff ranks, strive to make the intellectual life of the University and the cultural life of Chicago part of the daily lives of their student residents. They host dormitory-wide events like dinners, receptions, outings to the symphony or the opera, and discussions with luminaries from all corners of University and public life.
Houses give students both the freedom and the structure for building a comfortable and exciting common life. Students decide together what activities the House will do, so you are certain to do things you would never have thought of doing—or could not do—on your own. If you have never seen the Blue Man Group, played paintball, ice-skated in the shadow of skyscrapers, or gone on an architectural boat tour, you can to do it with your Housemates. If you have never shared a living room with seventy people, chances are you’ll do that, too.