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Housing Guide 2011: Some Options

MAC Location: More than 70 properties in Hyde Park and Kenwood Amenities: MAC offers a wide-range of amenities for similar sized units. Expect those containing laundry machines, dishwashers, and granite counters to cost more. Bike rooms are common, and all…

So, What Are the Options?

MAC Property Management Locations: More than 70 different locations throughout the Hyde Park area Amenities: Expect extreme variations between units. Some newly renovated units offer dishwashers, microwaves, apartment washer-dryer units, and fitness centers. Many units have hardwood floors, walk-in closets,…

Getting Free Furniture

After a long winter, Hyde Park comes alive in spring. Flowers bloom from the dead ground, community gardens push up new shoots, and alleys all over the neighborhood sprout used furniture.

Other Neighborhoods

Moving away from the University and Hyde Park is impractical for many current students, but other neighborhoods on the South Side offer several advantages for those willing to make the commute.


Subletting, or renting from a renter, is a common practice in the neighborhoods around the University of Chicago. It is often a mutually beneficial arrangement, but weigh your options before signing anything.

Renters’ Insurance

Most people don’t think about renters insurance until they are robbed. For students especially, who move around a fair amount, it may not seem like the most enticing way to spend a few hundred dollars.

Getting a Move On

Apartment hunting can be a thrill, but packing up and moving out rarely is. While moving provides an opportunity to start anew, it also makes it painfully obvious just how much stuff you own–and how much it weighs. Rather than schlep your mattress up to a fourth-floor walk-up with your mother like I did, you might want to call in the experts.