Big city. Bigger opportunities.

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.

Where Can I Live?

On Campus

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.

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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.

Hyde Park and Beyond

The majority of Harris students live in Hyde Park, but options exist throughout the city.

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.

Housing Webinars

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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.

How Do I Get Around Town?

Chicago offers a variety of ways to get you where you want to go, including:

  • UGo Daytime Shuttles: A free daytime shuttle service around campus and portions of the neighboring communities.
  • UGo NightRide Shuttles: A nighttime shuttle service that travels throughout the campus as well as the Hyde Park neighborhood.
  • Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) system
  • Metra
  • South Shore Line

The University also has its own transportation services that offer convenient options for getting around campus.

How Can I Find Out More Information?

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:

  • Finding employment for you or your spouse
  • Getting discounts on the purchase of a new computer
  • Accessing the UChicago Marketplace, a self-service online listing specifically for the UChicago community

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.

Haven't Been to Campus? Plan Your Visit Today.    

 

Chicago

Admissions Blog Post

Chicago in 48 Hours

Treat yourself and explore the Windy City, Harris-style, with Team Harris Ambassador, Tiffany Kwak (MPP18).
 

 

Hyde Park

Admissions Blog Post

Hyde and Seek: Best of Hyde Park

Team Harris Ambassador Tiffany Kwak (MPP18) writes a love letter to Hyde Park as she shares some of her favorite spots in the historical neighborhood that she and other Harris students call home.