Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What type of rooms do you have at I-House and how do they look like?
Please see our resident rooms page.
Q. How many of the shared bathrooms are on each floor?
Each floor has one bathroom with at least four stalls, four showers, and five sinks. The bathrooms on the west wing also have bathtubs. However, some floors have two bathrooms in which the second bathroom would be significantly smaller
Q. How many floors are there? How many people live on each floor?
A. International House is split into to wings which are connected on the first floor. The west wing has 8 floors and an east wing has 12 floors. Each floor is unique in its layout and can accommodate between 7 to 30 rooms depending on the floor.
Q. Are there cooking facilities in I-House?
International House's dining experience unique and like no other. The Community Kitchen is fully equipped with 14 ranges, microwaves, toasters, walk-in refrigerators and freezers, and lockers that can be rented by the quarter.
Q. Is there a cafeteria/meal plan?
Meals may be purchased at the Tiffin Café, which is opened Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 8:00pm; the café serves coffee, tea, snacks, and sandwiches. Residents at International House are able to take advantage of newly remodeled Community Kitchen.
Q. Can I keep a refrigerator or microwave in my room?
Resident members may keep a small refrigerator and microwave in their rooms, although we do not provide them. Electrical appliances such as hot water kettles and irons with automatic shut off switches are allowed as well. Ironing boards are provided in our laundry rooms.
Q. Are the rooms air-conditioned?
The rooms do not come equipped with air conditioners. However, the House does have a fresh air system, which provides air to circulate throughout the rooms and the House. Public rooms such as the dining room, 3rd floor study lounge, lower level study rooms, music practice rooms, computer lab, exercise room, and resident TV room are all air conditioned.
Q. Do you provide housing for couples?
All rooms at International House are single-occupancy rooms. We currently have one Guest Apartment which would accommodate a family. Please contact the email@example.com for more detail
Q. Can I have overnight guests?
Please refer to the Resident Handbook.
Q. Where are you located?
Please see our Directions page.
Q. Is the neighborhood safe?
The neighborhood is called Hyde Park and it is among the safest in the City of Chicago. The streets are well patrolled by the University of Chicago Police and the Chicago Police and there is active community involvement in the area. Also, there are many University students living in the surrounding neighborhood.
Q. How and when can I apply for housing at I-House?
We accept incoming residents for each of the four academic quarters at the University of Chicago. For more information on the process, please see our Prospective Residents section.
Who is eligible for the Fellowship?
Three different awards are made in the Residential Fellowship Program. All Fellowships are open to both American and international students.
- Graduate Fellowships are available to newly admitted graduate students at the University of Chicago as well as interns, post-doctoral students, and visiting scholars at the University of Chicago. A copy of the admission letter to the University Of Chicago must accompany the application.
- Collegiate Fellowships are open to University of Chicago undergraduates only. A current student-issued transcript must accompany the application.
- Returning Resident Fellowships are open to residents who have lived at International House for at least one year but not more than two years. Proof of current institutional affiliation must be provided with the application.
What are the amounts of the Fellowships?
Graduate Fellowships range from $1000 - $3000 dollars per academic year. Collegiate Fellows are $1,500 per academic year. Returning Resident Fellowships are $1000 per academic year.
Can I use the Fellowship to cover my Housing Deposit?
No. All Fellowship applicants/recipients must complete a housing application which includes a housing deposit. This must be done upon acceptance of the fellowship. The deposit is intended to help defray costs associated with damage to the room during a resident’s term. The deposit is held on account and is fully refunded to residents at the end of their occupancy minus any outstanding bills or charges at the time that they vacate their room.
If I break my housing agreement, can I use the Fellowship to pay for remaining housing charges?
No. The Fellowship is intended to support individuals living at International House. If you break your housing agreement for any reason, the Fellowship is automatically rescinded and you are responsible for the full housing charges.
How do I apply for an International House Fellowship?
Fellowship materials and applications are available here.
Q. Do you offer short term stays?
Guest accommodations include single occupancy rooms with shared bathrooms and a limited number of double rooms. The Midway and Terrace suites each have a private bath. Linens and towels are provided with all guest accommodations. Click here for more information.
Q. How do I reserve a room?
Rooms can be reserved either by VISA or MasterCard. Your credit card will not be debited at the time the reservation is made, but it will be checked for validity for security purposes and charged one night's fee should you cancel within five days of your arrival. Request a reservation online.
Q. Is there a cancellation policy?
All cancellations for short-term stays must be done 2 business days prior to the scheduled arrival date or you will be charged one night for every week or portion of a week reserved.