Students walking on campus

Campus Experience

Student Life

As a registered full-time student at the University of Chicago, you are encouraged to participate in student life. Below is a sample of some of the organizations that welcome your participation during your quarter on campus.

  • Club Sports – Including rugby, handball, and cricket.
  • Spiritual Life – Hub of campus religious and spiritual organizations.
  • University Theater – Student-run theater company that puts on 30 shows a year.
  • Doc Films – The longest continuously running student film society in the country, screening films daily from all genres, cultures, and time periods.
  • Fire Escape Films – Student filmmaking club.
  • Music Groups – Encompassing various performance groups and resources for students seeking a musical community on campus.
  • South Side Weekly – Nonprofit newspaper that covers the South Side of Chicago. Produced by a volunteer student editorial staff and seeks contributions from across the city.

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Culture on Campus

The University of Chicago campus is home to a diverse range of centers and institutes that support its students’ co- and extracurricular pursuits.


  • Apartments in “The Flats” come equipped with kitchens and cookware, where you can prepare breakfast and dinner.
  • You will be on the Apartment Meal Plan with UChicago Dining to accommodate lunch and snacks on campus. This includes:


The following tables detail some of the major health and wellness services that are and are not covered by the Student Life Fee; the full list can be found by clicking here.

Student Health Service

Covered by Student Life Fee

Not Covered by Student Life Fee

Routine physicals

Pharmacy prescriptions/medications

Acute and chronic care

Select immunizations (yellow fever, polio, and typhoid)

STI (sexually transmitted infection) testing

Emergency room care

Rapid strep testing


PPD (tuberculosis) testing

Select laboratory tests

Flu & school required immunizations

Radiology procedures

Allergy injection visits

Medical supplies

Student Counseling

Covered by Student Life Fee

Not Covered by Student Life Fee

Diagnostic assessment

Pharmacy prescriptions/medications

Crisis intervention

Consultation/treatment by sub-specialists

Short-term psychotherapy

Emergency Room care

Support groups

Long-term mental health care

Academic/study skills counseling


Students on the ice rink


  • The University requires all students to carry health insurance that covers, among other costs, hospitalization, specialty care, prescription drugs, and outpatient diagnostic and surgical procedures provided within the Chicago area.
  • You will be enrolled in the University Student Health Insurance Plan (U-SHIP), administered by United Healthcare Student Resources.
  • Details about U-SHIP coverage and benefits can be found at
  • You will receive your primary medical and mental health care at the on-campus Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS).
  • Your U-SHIP insurance coordinators are located on campus; they can be contacted at 773.834.4543 (select option 2) or at
  • You should print your U-SHIP card and carry it with you at all times.


  • The University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD) provides the following services to ensure the safety of students, faculty, and staff:
    • An umbrella service for members of the community who desire a safety escort as they walk within the UCPD’s patrol area.
    • A network of blue-light emergency phones throughout Hyde Park
    • The cAlert system, providing electronic notification prior to, during, or after an emergency.
    • A comprehensive NightRide Shuttle system, covering the campus core as well as the Hyde Park neighborhood with shuttles that leave every 15-30 minutes.
  • The UCPD provides safety tips for adapting to urban areas, including:
    • Be aware of your surroundings and walk with confidence.
    • Travel in groups of two or more (the buddy system).
    • Let a roommate or friend know where you are going and when you will return.
    • Avoid wearing headphones and using personal electronic devices.