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Who is eligible to live in University Graduate Student Housing?
All graduate students who are enrolled full-time at The University of Chicago are eligible to live in Graduate Student Housing. As defined in the Student Manual of University Policies and Regulations, full-time status is “accorded to all students enrolled who undertake an academic workload consisting of any combination of courses, work experience, research, or special studies that is considered a full-time workload.”

Full-time graduate students may request housing for themselves and their dependents. A dependent is defined as a spouse, a registered domestic partner, and/or dependent children.

The Chicago Building Code dictates minimum square footage requirements for occupancy. Due to the typical sizes of our studio apartments, a maximum of two (2) people may be allowed to share the apartment. The typical sizes of our one-bedrooms dictate that a maximum of two (2) adults and one (1) dependent child under the age of 12 may share an apartment. For larger families and minimum unit sizes, please contact our leasing office at residential@uchicago.edu or call 773.753.2218. There are no maximum size standards for occupancy.

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When should I apply for housing?
You may apply for housing after you have been accepted into the University. Applications are processed in the order of the date they are received; you should submit your application as early as possible.

Students who have been admitted to full-time graduate programs may request to move in one quarter prior to enrollment. For instance, students who will begin classes in the Fall Quarter may request to move in during the Summer Quarter.

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How do I apply for housing?
Complete an online or printable application:
  1. Fill out the entire application form, including your preferences.
  2. Submit the completed application with a $200 fee payable to the University of Chicago using a check, money order, or electronic payment. Your application cannot be processed until both the application form and fee have been received by our office.
  3. The receipt of your application will be acknowledged via email; please be sure to include your email address on the application.

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Is short-term housing available?
Short-term housing is unavailable at this time.

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Can I apply without a student ID number?
You may apply before you receive your student ID number, but you must provide either your student ID number or a copy of your University letter of acceptance prior to accepting an apartment.

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Is the fee refundable?
Yes, the fee is refundable if you have not accepted an apartment assignment. You must make a request in writing (within one year of the application date) to withdraw the application and receive a refund for your fee; include your home mailing address on your request. It may take two to four weeks to process the refund check.

If you have accepted an apartment and subsequently do not move into Graduate Student Housing, the fee is forfeited.

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How do I request to live in a specific building?
On the application, you may note the building number(s) or any other feature(s) in which you are interested under Specific Requests. Please note that while we try to offer you an apartment that meets your request(s), we are limited by the specific apartments available at the time your offer is made.

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Can I share an apartment with someone?
Two single students can share a furnished two-bedroom apartment in buildings 18, 20, 25, 26, and 28. (See chart) Unfurnished two or three-bedroom apartments are reserved for families with children.

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Are pets allowed?
Certain buildings, generally those that are not furnished or carpeted, allow a maximum of two pets. Please understand that you will be subject to the Pet Policy. Pets are allowed in buildings 1, 2, 3, 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 26, and 29. (See chart)

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Which buildings are in the Ray School district?
Buildings 14, 16, 17, 18, 30, and 31 are located in the Ray School district. See chart for building address and features.

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What is included in a furnished studio apartment?
Most furnished studios have a futon that folds down to a full size bed*, dresser, desk, chair, one bookcase, lamps, end table, coffee table, dinette set (with at least two chairs), stove, refrigerator, and window shades. There are no dishes, linens, pots, or pans. Mattresses are sanitized and new mattress covers are provided. Furnishings may vary according to the size of the apartment.

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What is included in a furnished one-bedroom apartment?
Most furnished one-bedroom apartments have a full size bed*, dresser, nightstand, lamps, sofa, end tables, coffee table, desk, chair, bookcase, kitchen table and chairs, stove, refrigerator, and window shades. There are no dishes, linens, pots, or pans. Mattresses are sanitized and new mattress covers are provided. Furnishings may vary according to the size of the apartment.

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What is included in a furnished, shared two-bedroom apartment?
In most apartments, each bedroom has an extra long twin bed*, dresser, and nightstand. Most apartments also include a sofa, end tables, coffee table, two desks, two chairs, two bookcases, lamps, kitchen table and chairs, stove, refrigerator, and window shades. There are no dishes, linens, pots, or pans. Mattresses are sanitized and new mattress covers are provided. Furnishings may vary according to the size of the apartment.

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What is included in an unfurnished apartment?
Unfurnished apartments include a stove, refrigerator, and window shades.

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When will I receive a housing offer?
Most housing offers are made approximately one month prior to the requested move-in date on the application. However, the time frame may vary due to many factors involved in making offers (apartment availability, demand for housing, the move-in date requested, etc.). You have one week to respond to the offer (accept the offer by signing the lease documents, ask to be reassigned, or request to have your application withdrawn and your fee refunded).

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What do I do if I don't get an offer?
You can email Residential Services at residential@uchicago.edu however all applicants will get an offer or an email stating that we were not able to provide housing. 

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What should I do if I cannot email my acceptance form back?
The acceptance form can be emailed, faxed, or mailed. If you cannot send the acceptance form by the deadline, call or email Residential Properties to accept or cancel your offer and mail in the signed form.

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How do I apply for parking?
If you are offered a building that has a parking lot, a parking application will be included with your offer letter. You may only apply for parking after you have accepted your housing offer; please complete the parking application and return it with your acceptance. Submitting an application for parking does not guarantee you a parking space; you will be placed on a waiting list and contacted once a parking space becomes available.

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When do I sign the lease?
The lease documents are included in your housing offer and you must provide either your student ID number or a copy of your University letter of acceptance. You will have one week to return the completed documents.

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Where can I get directions to the University of Chicago?
Directions to the University of Chicago are available online. For automated telephone directions, please call 773.702.1234 extension 5.8008.

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When can I move in?
You may request to move in on any business day (Monday through Friday, closed on national holidays) during the hours of 8:30am to noon and 1:00pm to 5:00 pm. The move-in date you request should be the date you would like to obtain the keys to the apartment, please plan accordingly.

The move-in date does not have to be September 1st or the first day of any month; the rent will be prorated from the move-in date until the end of the first month of occupancy. You can choose to move in one quarter before your classes begin.

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What should I know about moving in?
The apartment will be available and your rent charge will begin on your move-in date. On that date, you can go directly to your apartment building to pick up the keys and move in. You will need to bring the key request form (emailed to you after submitting your completed lease documents) along with a photo ID to present to the custodian. Please contact the custodian (his/her phone number can be found on the key request form) ten to fifteen minutes before you arrive at the building to schedule meeting you at the building. The first month’s rent is due at move-in.

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When is the rent due?
The rent is due and payable by the first day of each month. You will not receive a monthly bill or an email reminder. For the address to send rent payments, click here. Rent payments can be conveniently paid online using the resident portal.  You can access the resident portal by clicking the resident log in link on the home page.

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How do I set up utilities?
You will be provided with contact information for Peoples Gas, ComEd, AT&T, and Comcast when your lease is emailed to you.

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How do I set up internet service?
Internet service is available through service providers such as AT&T and Comcast. Contact information will be provided in your move-in documents. It is best to wait until after move-in to set up any services.

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Can I extend my lease?
Lease extensions are permissible so long as the extended lease end date terminates on one of the following:
  • Faculty/Staff Housing - 6/30 or 12/31
  • Graduate Student Housing - 8/31 or 12/31

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How many housing offers will I receive?
If you turn down an offered apartment, we will send you an offer for another apartment that closely matches your preferred size, rent, location and move-in date. You may receive up to three (3) housing offers after which your housing fee will automatically be refunded.

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*U.S. Bed sizes:

Mattresses are sanitized and new mattress covers are provided.

  • Twin — 39 × 75 inches (or 99 × 190 cm)
  • X-Long Twin — 39 × 80 inches (99 × 203 cm)
  • Full — 54 × 75 inches (137 × 190 cm)
  • Queen — 60 × 80 inches (or 153 × 203 cm)
  • King — 76 × 80 inches (or 198 × 203 cm)