Phi Chi Medical Society at UNMC

Members Welcome!

Welcome Prospective Members!

  • The services of the house are second to none in terms of getting what you pay for.  Rent and all utilities start at $220/month, which includes cable, wireless internet, gas, water, electric power, and trash collection.  It’s the best price you can find, and many of our members take out smaller loan amounts since they save so much money living at Phi Chi.
  • Room quality increases from year to year so it is your advantage to become a house member as an incoming student. Room selection for future years is based on seniority, and within each class year by contributions to the house. Four rooms have their own attached bathroom.
  • We employ a professional chef to prepare dinner 5 nights/week.  The meal plan consists of breakfast and dinner.  Breakfast items include cereal, yogurt, milk, orange juice, oatmeal, bacon, eggs, ham, sausage links, bananas, apples, pastries, and other items by popular demand.  For dinner, our chef prepares a hot meal served buffet style every weekday. This makes it extremely convenient to schedule study time since there is no grocery shopping or food preparation. It also promotes a regular dinner schedule where house members can socialize and enjoy a meal together.  Dishes are split across all M1′s and M2′s, with each house member responsible only for their own plate and silverware on the other days.
  • Phi Chi is about five blocks from the Michael Sorrell Center and most house members walk to class, avoid parking fees and tickets. It is also within walking distance to popular restaurants and bars nearby.
  • Laundry, basic cable, both wireless and wired internet, kitchen appliances and wares are included in the rent for house members. This past summer the house recently purchased three new refrigerators, a microwave, and a dryer.
  • Many incoming house members pay substantially less for books, since many are available from upperclassmen.  We also have a library of donated medical books from recent alumni.
  • Many of the house members are upperclassmen, who are an extremely valuable resource to help guide your studying.  They are also very helpful for dealing with the most stressful parts of medical school, like Anatomy, the USMLE Step 1 exam, and the match process and how it all comes together.  It’s great to come home and have dinner with people who have been through the same thing you are struggling with, and can answer your questions and give some helpful tips and tricks.
  • By living at the Phi Chi house, you will also be surrounded by several classmates.  Many people form lasting friendships by living in the house together, and benefit from having others around dealing with the same issues and difficulties.  Medical school is much easier when you have others around who understand what you’re going through and can listen.
  • Many incoming house members have not had to purchase furniture and if so at very affordable prices, since graduating members either donate to the house or sell to current members.
  • The low cost of living at Phi Chi has enabled many house members to save up for UNMC sponsored medical service trips abroad.
  • Events at the house are organized around test schedules so it does not interfere with having study time.
  • House events include an annual Lawn Fest (Orientation week BBQ) and Around The World Party (in January). We host the rest of the UNMC medical school at these events, which is always a great time.
  • To keep the house clean, we do need to have everyone pitch in.  Light chores around common areas of the house are performed once a month, M1/M2 dish duty frequency depends on how many house members we have, and house cleanup occurs once per semester, which is actually a pretty good group activity. Check out the pictures from last year’s house cleanup!

Housing for Incoming / Upperclassmen Students:

  • If you are interested in living at Phi Chi, please send an email with the following information to the Recruiting Chair, Cathryn Zentner,

Full Name Contact Info (phone # and email)
Undergraduate (major and general activities)

  • You are welcome to take a tour of the house before you make a decision.  Tours are arranged through the recruitment chair.  The house address is:

3708 Dewey Ave
Omaha, NE 68105

  • Rooms are filled as incoming members make a deposit of $200.00.  Selection order is determined by the order in which we receive deposit checks, so if you would like to select a better room, get your deposit in early!  (You get the deposit back when you move out, as long as you haven’t caused damage to the room.)  Make the deposit check out to Phi Chi Medical Fraternity, but address the envelope to our treasurer:

Phi Chi Medical Fraternity:  Attn Treasurer
3708 Dewey Avenue
Omaha, NE 68105

  • We also host traveling medical students, so it is important for us to know when you plan to move in so we can have your room ready on time.  As soon as your plans are made please send an email to our Treasurer, Jens Johnson, to let us know when you’ll be arriving.
  • Upon your arrival, you will sign a lease agreement and receive keys to the house and your room and help you get situated.