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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 across Hyde Park. These units are conveniently located within walking distance of campus, near public transportation, and offer a variety of restaurants, retail shops, schools, playgrounds, and more.
Demand is high for on-campus graduate housing. If you are interested in living on campus be sure to apply early as available units are often filled by mid-March.
Most of our students choose to live in Hyde Park on the southwest shore of Lake Michigan. Anchored by the University of Chicago, Hyde Park residents have a tradition of speaking out, breaking barriers, and changing the world.
Other popular options for Harris graduate students include the South Loop, Wicker Park/Bucktown, and Lakeview. Spend some time exploring all of the neighborhoods available in Chicago to see what best fits your lifestyle.
The UChicagoGRAD website provides information on how many students live in each neighborhood.
During the spring and summer, UChicagoGRAD offers a series of online webinars designed to introduce students to the neighborhoods around campus and provide an overview of the apartment-search process. See the full schedule or register.
Chicago offers a variety of ways to get you where you want to go, including:
The University also has its own transportation services that offer convenient options for getting around campus.
As an incoming Harris student, we hope you take advantage of available campus resources to make the most of your time and make the transition as smooth as possible, including:
We also have specific information for spouses and partners.
Be sure to check our Admissions blog – it's a great way to get inside tips on Harris, Chicago, and the Admissions process.
Once you're here, be sure to visit our athletic facilities, the library, and be a part of a campus life that is rich with opportunities for involvement and entertainment.
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 in its 77 distinct neighborhoods—including the University's historic Hyde Park neighborhood.
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. A schedule for these webinars as well as registration is available 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.
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As the nation’s third–largest city, Chicago is a bustling metropolis with 77 distinct neighborhoods—including the University's historic Hyde Park neighborhood.
Students who wish to pursue housing options elsewhere in Hyde Park or across the city can contact these apartment search services:
Chicago Apartment Finders (Caldwell Banker Residential Brokerage)
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, and UChicago has several positions available.
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).
In addition, Harris Families is a new Harris student organization that seeks to provide support for spouses and your family.