April 25, 2006

Housing Options: Broadview

Nestled on the corner of South Hyde Park Boulevard and East 56th Street, Broadview is a dorm of about 200 people, situated three minutes from the Shoreland and 15-20 minutes from the quad.

A former hotel—and, according to some, a former brothel—Broadview boasts a large ballroom, a library, music rooms, and a community kitchen. The dorm consists almost entirely of singles with private bathrooms, and room sizes vary considerably. The Broadview house tables are in Pierce, which is good if you like all-you-can-eat buffets, but bad for picky eaters.

At such a great distance from campus, Broadviewers are known to keep to themselves and stay in the dorm. If you want to meet lots of people, this isn’t the place to do it. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a tight knit community in a quiet, calm atmosphere, you may want to give Broadview a try.

Broadview’s best attribute is its great access to downtown, since the CTA #6 bus stops right in front of the dorm. The nearby restaurants are a draw, especially if you have a predilection for Thai food, with three Thai restaurants in a row within quick and easy walking distance.

But despite University claims on the contrary, Broadviewers have frequent trouble catching the Shoreland bus, and many complain that it bypasses the stop completely.

Then again, if living outside the U of C bubble on the quads sounds appealing, then Broadview may be the dorm for you.