Hyde park horror stories: irrelevant here?
July 14, 2014 10:19 AM Subscribe
Seriously considering this particular apartment at UChicago, but I can't visit and I don't know the area! Anyone with experience there, please let me know if it's a good/safe location
posted by you're a kitty! to Home & Garden (17 answers total)
I'm going to be starting at UChicago in the fall as a postdoc, and while I visited the campus for a brief interview, but I'm far away and can't realistically get back to campus to check out specific apartments. I discovered that I'm eligible for an on-campus apartment through the faculty-and-staff housing program at 6021 S. Kimbark Avenue.
The rent on a one-bedroom, while a bit higher than I would like, would still be less than a third of my income, so I think it's manageable. My big question is: is this part of campus safe? The building would be 100% university-affiliated faculty/staff. I'm a young woman who will be living alone, and I'm not very familiar with cities. I've heard such mixed reviews of safety at UChicago, and of Hyde Park generally. I would plan to walk to work in the mornings, and take a bus or shuttle home at night if it's after dark. I am looking for an upper-floor apartment, and am very safety-conscious about locking the windows, letting strangers in, etc., but I'm still concerned about ending up in a questionable part of a city I don't know. Any advice would be welcome!