Life at UChicago

students posing for picture after color run.

You will find more than a world-class education at the University of Chicago. The same energy and excitement we have for learning extends throughout the student experience as you connect to the people and pursuits that make this your home. You will join a vibrant and diverse community that shares your passions and introduces you to new ones. You will find inspiration in one of the world’s most exciting cities, Chicago. Like everything at UChicago, student life is engaging, enriching, and dynamic.

Campus Culture

More than 400 student organizations flourish on campus. These range from Off-Off Campus, an improvisational comedy group in the tradition of Chicago’s own Second City (which originated at the University of Chicago), to Doc Films, the longest continuously running student film society in the country. Our largest club is University Theater, a student-run theater company that, together with Off-Off Campus, puts on 30 shows a year. Some groups—like Model United Nations, the national champion Debate Society, and the winningest college quizbowl team in the world—have long traditions of awards in regional and national competition.

The University of Chicago campus is home to a diverse range of centers and institutes that support its students’ co- and extracurricular pursuits. The Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts serves as a hub of creative life and artistic expression on campus. The campus also hosts the Smart Museum of Art, which houses the university’s 15,000-piece permanent collection, the Renaissance Society, an independent contemporary art museum, and the Court Theater, an innovative professional theater company. The Oriental Institute, established in 1919, serves as an interdisciplinary research center for ancient Near Eastern studies and an archaeology museum. Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, a center of spiritual life on campus, resembles a medieval cathedral in appearance and size and houses a carillon and an organ.

Hyde Park

arial of Hyde Park

With its walkable, tree-lined streets and college-town feel, connected to downtown and the rest of the city by excellent public transportation, Hyde Park offers both the intimacy of a residential neighborhood and the advantages of city life.

Once the site of the 1893 World’s Fair, Jackson and Washington Parks to the east and west of campus offer residents relaxing reprieves, including a Japanese garden and the Museum of Science and Industry — one of the world’s largest science museums.

Hyde Park’s beaches and lakefront bike path have stunning views of Chicago’s downtown skyline, and its cultural scene boasts the famed Hyde Park Jazz Festival, DuSable Museum of African American History, 57th Street Art Fair, Hyde Park Art Center, and many more venues and events, including some right on campus. With nonstop activities and a warm community feel, Hyde Park is an ideal home within the city of Chicago.


Arial of Chicago

The nation’s third–largest city, Chicago is a bustling metropolis with nearly 80 distinct neighborhoods. Students enjoy the city’s famed sports arenas, internationally renowned dining scene, vibrant nightlife, and ubiquitous parks and beaches.

In Chicago’s ethnic neighborhoods, you can eat our famous deep dish pizza, go for pierogis in Avondale, South Asian cuisine on Devon Avenue, or Szechuan in Chinatown. View the country’s oldest surviving skyscraper and take an architecture tour down the Chicago river, which snakes through the city’s downtown. Catch an improv show at the Second City—where the likes of Tina Fey and Mike Myers got their start—or take in a Chicago Cubs game at historic Wrigley Field. Shop world renowned designers on the Magnificent Mile, explore the Chicago Blues Festival, tour the Museum of Contemporary Art, or sail in Lake Michigan. In any pursuit or pastime, you’ll find a city that inspires and invigorates.


The Bean downtown Chicago


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