Step One: Deciding to Apply

Here at International House Chicago we see our Admissions process as more than just an application. It is a 5 step process that allows us to both guide you to knowing that you belong at International House at the University of Chicago as well as helping us understand how you will strengthen our global community.

Before submitting an application to live at International House at The University of Chicago there are a variety of factors that you need to take into consideration.

Will you be satisfied with an assignment in any of our room types?

While International House has some amazing room types, these are typically assigned to returning residents. As a first time resident in International House it is very likely you will be assigned to live in our most common room type, the Average Single. Since the contract you sign with us is for a space in International House and not for a specific room type you want to make sure that you are going to be satisfied should you receive this assignment. For most residents this is not an issue as our community spaces and campus resources are where you will be spending most of your time, but you should consider this before entering into a legally binding contract.

Have you reviewed the room rates?

Rates listed on our website are per Academic Term. Make sure that you know how you plan to pay prior to signing a contract. Just like a lease with an off-campus landlord our contract is legally binding and you do not want to find yourself unable to pay rent or with more than one lease.

Apply for a Fellowship

Consider applying for a Fellowship. I-House offers both Community and Residential Fellowship opportunities. If selected to receive a fellowship you are guaranteed a space in I-House, so if cost is an issue and you are waiting to hear about a fellowship, don’t worry. You won’t miss out on housing because of a fellowship decision.


Make sure you are eligible to live at I-House. While I-House is a dynamic program center for many public programs, there are requirements related to who may live with us due to the high demand for housing in our facility. Review Classification Definitions to make sure that you qualify.

Step Two: Submit Your Application