Brent House has an active ministry with undergraduates, graduate students, and other University community members, with the house itself being an integral part of that ministry, providing a safe, welcoming and nourishing place for meetings, prayer and worship, studying and community. We have a community of seven residents who help to support our programming and hospitality.
The resident community:
- Shares a meal with other residents twice a month
- Shares prayer with other residents twice a month
- Actively supports the hospitality of Brent House
- Participates with other residents in outreach and ministry activities with the graduate student community
Residents need not be Episcopalian or necessarily Christian, but they do need to be comfortable living in and working with a ministry that is explicitly both.
The resident facilities include a spacious single room with ample closet space and a discreet vanity sink within the room. Baths are shared with 1-3 others and guests. All utilities except telephone service are included in the monthly rent; each room is wired for its own telephone line and each resident is responsible for arranging for telephone service. Wireless internet is available throughout the house. Solid-state ceiling fans and cross ventilation in each room ensure comfort in all except the most extreme heat; for a modest monthly utilities charge, residents are allowed to use their own air conditioners. An additional storage area in the attic is designated for each resident’s use and bike storage is allowed in the basement. Kitchen privileges, including cupboard storage and refrigerator space, are extended to residents. The living room is equipped with a television and VCR, and lounge areas in the basement and on the fourth floor provide temporary space for quiet study or relaxation when the main floor of the house is in use for programs. Rents are competitive and comparable to similar facilities in the neighborhood.
For more information about the resident community, contact our chaplain, the Rev. Stacy Alan.
In addition to our House Managers, there are five other Brent House residents this year:
Tyler Spellious, 2nd year MDiv, Chicago Theological Seminary
Sunil Yadov, MDiv, University of Chicago
Andrew Wickersham, 2nd year MA, University of Chicago
Brent House has limited guest accommodations but is always happy to welcome you. Guest space is available on a first-come basis and reservations should be made by contacting the house managers.
All residents and guests are asked to always bear in mind that Brent House is a center for ministry and, as such, hosts many public meetings and worship services each week. Residents and guests are expected to assist staff in maintaining a warm and welcoming hospitality.
Our one guest room is furnished with a standard double bed and, while small, is adequate for a short stay. All linens are provided. The bath is fitted with a shower and is shared with the four resident students on the same floor. A washer and dryer are available and kitchen privileges allow guests to prepare simple meals during their stay. Additionally, we are within walking distance of several good restaurants and convenient to the university campus. Our location is especially convenient for prospective students and for parents visiting campus; we especially enjoy hosting parents of students actively involved in our programs and activities.
While there is no fixed charge for the use of our guest facilities, donations assist us with the expenses of such hospitality. We recommend a minimum of $45 per night; for stays longer than five days, rates are pro-rated to existing room rentals in the house.
From time to time, resident space is available for short terms of 2 to 12 weeks between student tenancies. Please contact the House Manager if or when such facilities might serve your needs.