As the nation’s third–largest city, Chicago is a bustling metropolis with 77 distinct neighborhoods—including the University's historic Hyde Park neighborhood. As a result, Harris Public Policy students have multiple housing options available to them on campus, in Hyde Park, and throughout the city of Chicago.
The University owns and manages over 1,500 units in 28 apartment buildings across Hyde Park, offering a rich variety of restaurants, retail shops, schools, playgrounds, and more. These units are conveniently located within walking distance of campus and near public transportation.
It's not surprising that most UChicago graduate students choose to live in Hyde Park. Hyde Park is where different people, perceptions, and pursuits coexist and thrive in a unique Chicago neighborhood on the southwest shore of Lake Michigan. Anchored by the University of Chicago, the Hyde Park community is infused with an intellectual energy, from the college student to the Bronzeville jazz musician, from the astrophysics researcher to the Woodlawn blogger, from the bookshop tourist to the senior playing chess in the park.
Other popular options for Harris graduate students include the South Loop, Wicker Park/Bucktown, and Lakeview. You should spend time exploring all of the neighborhoods available in Chicago. The UChicagoGRAD website provides information on how many students live in each neighborhood.
As an incoming student to Harris, you can take advantage of campus resources that can help you or your spouse or partner find employment, get discounts on the purchase of a new computer, or rent an apartment or buy furniture or books via the UChicago Marketplace, a self-service online listing specifically for the University of Chicago community. And once you're here, you can take advantage of athletic facilities, the library, and a campus life that will be rich with opportunities for involvement and entertainment.
The UChicagoGRAD Office offers several excellent resources, including a series of webinars in the spring and summer to assist incoming graduate students navigate the search for housing. You can register for these webinars online.
UChicago manages over 1500 apartments on or near its Hyde Park campus. The University's Residential Properties (RP) assists qualified graduate students, faculty, and staff members of the University and The University of Chicago Medicine in locating a home within close proximity to their school or workplace.
Search RP's Listings
Students who wish to pursue housing options elsewhere in Hyde Park or across the city can contact these apartment search services:
Chicago Apartment Finders
In addition, the University Student Government maintains the UChicago Marketplace, where students rent or sublease apartments and sell furniture and other household items. You will need a University CNet ID to access the site.
Please note that neither the University nor Harris endorse or promote any specific company, vendor or rental agent. All companies mentioned here are offered for informational purposes only.
UChicago and Harris provide several options to support the needs of spouses and partners of our students.
Employment is often a primary concern. If your spouse or partner is interested in working at the University of Chicago, scores of University jobs are available.
In addition, Harris Families is a new Harris student organization that seeks to provide support for spouses and your family.
The Office of International Affairs offers resources for partners and spouses of international students, including visa support and an international partners and spouses group.
The UChicagoGRAD Office has many family resources, including a drop-in Family Resource Center (FRC). The FRC provides a welcoming space where families from the University community can access resources, information, and supportive programming and services. Doctoral students may apply for a need-based childcare stipend through the FRC. The center is free and open to University-affiliated families.
The FRC also provides a handbook with more information on schools, daycare co-ops, and more. The University offers options for childcare. There are also a number of public and private schools in Hyde Park, including the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools as well as charter schools. If you plan to enroll your child in the local Chicago Public Schools (CPS), be aware that where you live will typically determine which school your child will be eligible to attend, and that enrollment takes place over the summer.
In addition, UChicago offers need-based, annual child care stipends in the amount of $2,000 (disbursed quarterly in $500 increments) to eligible PhD student applicants.
Learn more about the PhD Child Care Stipends
From North Side blues bars to Gold Coast shopping to the eclectic restaurants, arts scene, and sandy beaches right here in Hyde Park, the City of Chicago offers a world of opportunity and exploration.