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Housing & Transportation
CTS does not maintain its own residence hall. Each student is responsible for finding, applying for, and securing her/his own housing. However, for the convenience of our students, CTS has entered into an agreement with the University of Chicago which affords CTS students the opportunity to reside in University of Chicago graduate residences. Rental charges for those who choose this option are billed directly from CTS and paid to CTS. Apartments ranging from studio to 2 bedrooms are typically available. Individuals, families, and students wanting to share an apartment are welcome. A significant benefit to this housing is that it does not require the typical sizable deposits or fees of other apartments, only a $200 application fee which is refundable should you not secure suitable housing.
In addition to University Housing there are a plethora of wonderful rental opportunities in the communities surrounding CTS. Because this is an area in high demand, we suggest you begin your housing search soon after your acceptance to CTS. Some of the ACTS Cluster Seminaries offer housing to CTS students, as well. Unlike University Housing, you will need to apply to these independently and will pay rent directly to their housing office. As in most urban areas, landlords will typically require a security deposit equivalent to first and last month’s rent. Rental rates vary greatly depending on location, amenities and size. Please be sure to ask each housing provider what the upfront costs are and which fees, if any, are refundable. Parking may or may not be include, so if you are planning to have a car, be sure to inquire about parking availability and costs.
Many area apartments and houses are serviced by public transportation such as CTA (Chicago Transit Authority) buses and trains or Metra (commuter rail that stops only a few short blocks from CTS), as well as FREE University campus buses.
CTA bus routes #170, #171, and #172, and #192 provide frequent, scheduled service throughout Hyde Park and north Woodlawn. See www.transitchicago.com for fares and schedules for these and other CTA bus and train services, as well as maps and status updates.
If you are traveling at 5:00 p.m. or later, you can ride the free NightRide shuttles, which run into the early morning every day, and are available to anyone for free (see safetysecurlty.uchicago.edu).
Below you will find more resources for both housing and transportation. If you need further assistance, including temporary housing please contact the Office of Community Life at [email protected]
Public Transportation Maps