I'd love to join this LGBT club. It's the Legos, Gobots, Barbies, and other Toys group, right? I'll show up with an armful of toys.
The problem is for people with cats.Regents allows cats, but they have to be declawed (which is inhumane).Does new grad allow cats? i doubt if but I haven't looked into it.
I think grad housing is way less of a hassle than some random place you'd get off craigslist--you can pay rent online, utilities are included, card laundry, etc. I even have a gas range and a lovely view. You can have pets in my building (look for the claw symbol after the address: http://reo.uchicago.edu/gradhousing-list.shtml) and it's about a fifteen minute walk ride to Ratner.
Just some info:I live in University housing and I really like it. If you want to be surrounded by all of your classmates its probably not the way to go - most of my neighbors are divinity students - but we have a really nice apartment (much nicer/larger than Regents) and pay like half the price (795/mo). That said, if you don't have any pets you should request a building on the more northern side of HP. You can't walk to the school like I can, but you'll be closer to the gym, the restaurants/bars, and to all your fellow students when you do want some company.Just my two cents.