The dorm system at the University of Chicago is incredibly unique, as there are houses (very similar to Hogwarts, minus the "Sorting Hat"). Each freshman is put into a "house" based on where they live; it's usually a floor or two of whatever dorm you're assigned to. Within the house, you have a wide mix of freshmen and upperclassmen. Even the people who've moved out of housing still feel some house pride. With your house, you'll do a lot. You'll go on trips downtown to the movies or a show or anything in Chicago. It's also the group of people that you'll hang out with at night and on weekends, at least at the beginning of your year. You'll eat with them in the dining halls at your specific house table. It's a great support system to lean back on as you begin you college career.
As for the dorms themselves, you can live in a variety of different places. There are more modern buildings, like Max Palevsky, which have private bathrooms for every four people. Places like Pierce and Snell-Hitchcock are a little bit older, but the community is a lot closer knit. You can get farther away from the hustle and bustle of campus at places like Maclean, Stony Island, Burton-Judson, Breckinridge, and Broadview. Then, there's South Campus right across the Midway, which has a combination of quads, doubles, singles, and apartments. Whichever dorm you choose, you'll have easy access to the quad just by walking or taking some of the free buses. They're all fairly spacious, but for some dorms, the cleaning is up to you. This is especially true in Max Palevsky. All in all, housing at the University of Chicago is a unique assortment of dorms with individual styles but underlying themes of house unity and a sense of belonging.