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.
  • Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation – Incubation hub offering coursework, space, and additional resources to members of the University community with an interest in pursuing new technology and business ventures.

ArtsPass

The ArtsPass program grants unique benefits to University of Chicago students at over 70 theater, music, dance, visual art, and cultural institutions throughout Chicago. Please visit the ArtsPass website for additional information.

Recognized Student Organizations (RSOs)

Recognized Student Organizations, or RSOs, are an important part of student life at the University. There are currently over 350 RSOs on campus. All students are encouraged to join multiple organizations, or apply to start their own.

RSOs can be located through the Blueprint platform.

Homecoming with Phil the Phoenix

Culture Institutions 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.

Hyde Park is a vibrant neighborhood with a mix of residential streets and retail options for you to explore.

53rd Street is the retail and dining hub of Hyde Park.

  • Hyde Park Produce – Family-run grocery store with inexpensive, fresh produce.
  • Harper Theater – Local movie theater offering student discounts.
  • Harper Court – New shopping center including Starbucks, Chipotle, and additional trendy lunch and dinner options.
  • Hyde Park Records – Long standing local record store offering new and used CD and vinyl records, known for extensive jazz and soul collections. 
  • Restaurants – Ranging from fast food to upscale.
  • Shops – Ranging from local boutiques to national chains.

57th Street functions as an extension of campus, with bookstores, cafes, and restaurants frequented daily by students, faculty, and staff.

  • Bookstores, including the Seminary Co-op and Powell’s Books, two of the most celebrated independent bookstores in Chicago.
  • Cafes and restaurants, including Medici and Z&H, both longtime off-campus favorites.
  • Midway Plaisance forms the southern boundary of Hyde Park. It includes a skating rink and several athletic fields, and was the site of the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair.
  • Lake Michigan forms the eastern boundary of Hyde Park; Promontory Point Park and 57th Street Beach are popular lake-side destinations for Hyde Park residents.

Students on the ice rink