It is in the common areas of International House that you will fully appreciate the energizing and welcoming spirit of this very special and unique residence. The Rockefeller Lounge is very spacious and elegant. It is equipped with a Steinway grand piano. It is not unusual to hear a well-versed pianist playing while residents relax on the many sofas and chairs provided.
If you are looking for a much quieter space to study or relax, the Library is located adjacent to the Rockefeller Lounge. Residents settle into a comfortable chair and pick up one of the many books, newspapers, or periodicals from around the world.
When the weather permits, the building's private fountain Courtyard becomes the place to study, snack, and socialize al fresco.
The Dining Room
Food always brings people together, and the Dining Room is probably the most popular spot at the International House. The Dining Room remarkably has the same tables from the 1930s. Equipped with a pool table, foosball, ping-pong table, and large screen satellite television, it is no wonder that residents congregate in this space.
International House's dining experience is unique and like no other. Residents at International House are able to take advantage of our Community Kitchen. The Kitchen is fully equipped with ranges, microwaves, toasters, refrigerators, and freezers.
The University of Chicago is surrounded by an array of other dining options. Please use the University of Chicago Neighborhood Guide to obtain further information.
The Laundry Room
International House provides residents everything they need to make life easier. The Laundry Room is located on the lower level and it is equipped with quarter-operated washers and dryers. There are also ironing boards that are available for the residents use and residents can check out an iron at the front desk. The resident must provide his or her own laundry detergent. In addition, the Laundry Room is equipped with a Change Point Laundry System which allows students to pay for their laundry using a debit or credit card.
Work Stations and Printing Facilities
International House at the University of Chicago is considered a "hotspot" for wireless internet access on the University of Chicago campus. With a CNetID, residents have unlimited wireless access anywhere in the House and in their rooms. There are also hard-wired high-speed data ports in each room.
A limited number of computers and a networked printer are also available on the lower-level of International House for use by residents.
Each room is also equipped with University of Chicago phone service. The phones allow residents to make calls to University of Chicago campus numbers for free. Local and long distance calls require a calling card or University of Chicago AuthCode. Many residents have cell phones or purchase a cell phone once they arrive. However, the phone receives calls from all over the world.
International House has its own Exercise Room. Located on the lower level, this room has weights, a treadmill, eliptical, andstationary bicycle. Many residents find it convenient to have an exercise room close to home on those cold Chicago nights when they just want to "de-stress."
Private Study Rooms
Whether you are preparing for an exam in one of the six private study rooms located on the lower level, the 3rd floor west wing study room or working on your concerto in one of the 2 music practice rooms in the lower level, residents find International House to truly be their home away from home.