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Since this is my first year in Chicago, I opted to live close to campus until I had a better understanding of the city. So, I walk a couple blocks over! I've been quite spoiled this year by that. 

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On 3/9/2018 at 1:19 PM, Policy.Planner.NYC said:

I'll likely be attending U Chicago for my MPP (Harris) next fall. Assuming that I can incorporate Metra into my travels, how crazy is it to live in a north/northwestern neighborhood like Lakeview, Logan Square, or Wicker Park while studying at U Chicago? I'm coming to Chicago from NYC and I really found that Hyde Park really lacks the atmosphere I've become accustomed to over the past 6-7 years in NYC. Even Morningside Heights where I spent 4 years as an undergrad at Columbia feels more vibrant/urban than Hyde Park. 

As someone who lived in Logan square and dated someone who lives in Hyde park, honestly it was pretty exhausting. The metra is more expensive and I don't believe it is covered by the UPass. I live in Hyde Park now and I think it gets a bad reputation for being not very exciting. The university is always having events and so is the Promotory, the revival theater, the bookstores and the Hyde Park art center. There is lots of stuff to do it just takes some investigating. It also isn't too difficult to get downtown if you live near the bus or train. I live close to the buses that take you to campus and downtown and my apartment is pretty inexpensive! 

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What's the parking situation like at University of Chicago? I'll be commuting from Logan Square (near the Western station) and I haven't quite decided if I should use public transportation or drive down.

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On 4/11/2018 at 12:18 PM, shmcewen said:

What's the parking situation like at University of Chicago? I'll be commuting from Logan Square (near the Western station) and I haven't quite decided if I should use public transportation or drive down.

Basically same here except commuting from the suburbs- I heard parking on campus is really tough; I don't mind paying a bit but I'd much rather just have an easy space and walk a few minutes than worry about finding a spot after making the drive over. Any suggestions?

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I'll be joining UIC this upcoming Fall. Can anyone help me with the Housing??? I am ready to commute 30-45 mins from my housing also. Can someone please help me with it with the rent details if possible. Any help is much much appreciated. 

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Hi, I am an international student and I will be attending UChicago, so I am trying to figure out the housing situation from abroad. Would it be a bad idea to sublet a room which is available for the fall quarter and then look for a place to sign a longer lease? This has the advantage of actually being able to see the place in person and having a better idea of the exact area I want to live at. Will it be much harder to find a good deal for a room/studio starting from January?

Thanks

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On 6/8/2018 at 2:12 PM, christinaelena said:

Hi, I am an international student and I will be attending UChicago, so I am trying to figure out the housing situation from abroad. Would it be a bad idea to sublet a room which is available for the fall quarter and then look for a place to sign a longer lease? This has the advantage of actually being able to see the place in person and having a better idea of the exact area I want to live at. Will it be much harder to find a good deal for a room/studio starting from January?

Thanks

Yeah, I definitely recommend moving into a place that you're able to see in person first. If you're coming from out of the country, I can see how it might be easier to sublet for a bit to give yourself more time to look at longer-term options. If you're hoping to sign a lease starting in January, you may find that your options are somewhat limited, since that's not a super popular period for leases to start/end. Of course, the flip side is that you may be able to get a lower rate, since landlords will be eager to fill those units. But also, keep in mind that moving in Chicago in the middle of winter would be...a (cold, wet) challenge.

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On 7/2/2018 at 2:53 AM, ayeshakhan said:

What should be my expenses for a month on an average?

Depends on neighborhood and lifestyle, but Chicago as a whole is expensive. I lived in a studio on the far north side and probably spent about $950 on rent and utilities; I would recommend finding roommates to lower your housing costs. Monthly Ventra pass (for CTA access) is $105. I aimed to spend $80-90/month on food, which meant I ate a lot of rice and beans and almost never went out. 

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On 7/6/2018 at 11:32 AM, slouching said:

Depends on neighborhood and lifestyle, but Chicago as a whole is expensive. I lived in a studio on the far north side and probably spent about $950 on rent and utilities; I would recommend finding roommates to lower your housing costs. Monthly Ventra pass (for CTA access) is $105. I aimed to spend $80-90/month on food, which meant I ate a lot of rice and beans and almost never went out. 

Alright, thank you. So, I would say that if I manage to find a roommate, my monthly expense should be about $700 right?

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16 hours ago, ayeshakhan said:

Alright, thank you. So, I would say that if I manage to find a roommate, my monthly expense should be about $700 right? 

So I am a new grad student at UChicago, and after spending a couple of weeks here I would plan for a little bigger budget. You can find reasonable rent in the Hyde Park area, especially if you are willing to squeeze an extra person in an apartment or live south of 59th street (a word of caution though is that, although you can find some nicer looking apartments between 60th-62nd, it rapidly becomes an unsafe neighborhood), but other expenses are really high. There are only two grocery stores in Hyde Park, both of which seem outrageously expensive, at least coming from Ohio, and my utilities are about twice what I paid in Ohio. There is also no discount shopping center like Walmart for basic goods unless you have a car or take a 20 minute train ride, so you are stuck at CVS or Target. It is a beautiful area and cheaper than many other neighborhoods in Chicago, but it is still city living and the costs add up!

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On 7/10/2018 at 8:58 PM, thenewkidaw71 said:

So I am a new grad student at UChicago, and after spending a couple of weeks here I would plan for a little bigger budget. You can find reasonable rent in the Hyde Park area, especially if you are willing to squeeze an extra person in an apartment or live south of 59th street (a word of caution though is that, although you can find some nicer looking apartments between 60th-62nd, it rapidly becomes an unsafe neighborhood), but other expenses are really high. There are only two grocery stores in Hyde Park, both of which seem outrageously expensive, at least coming from Ohio, and my utilities are about twice what I paid in Ohio. There is also no discount shopping center like Walmart for basic goods unless you have a car or take a 20 minute train ride, so you are stuck at CVS or Target. It is a beautiful area and cheaper than many other neighborhoods in Chicago, but it is still city living and the costs add up!

As someone who has lived in Hyde Park for a while now I would definitely say that if you have a roommate you can make around 750 work for housing costs. 

HP actually has 4 grocery stores! Treasure Island and Whole Foods are definitely not the cheapest places to go but, Hyde Park Produce is amazing! It doesn't always have everything you need but prices are great and so is Open Produce which is small but is open till 2 am. 

We also have a a Walgreen's and a pretty quality dollar store on 53rd and an Office Depot for school supplies and it is right next to an ACE Hardware. 

Hyde Park is a cool place with a lot of great things sometimes it just takes a bit of exploring to find it all! 

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