Life and Community at the University

As a student at the Graham School, you are a member of the University community and are encouraged to experience all the everyday amenities that are available to you. From participation in student groups to access to numerous student-run cafes, University life revolves around your needs and interests.


  • Visit the online directory in order to connect with undergraduate and graduate students, staff, and faculty
  • Connect with the Graham School on social media through the Graham School Facebook page
  • Become a part of Affinity Groups or simply experience the events and programs that they offer. For a detailed list and information on the groups the University has to offer and who may become part of them visit their Student Organizations page.
  • Get Involved in University Student Government
    • The University of Chicago Student Government is made up of graduate and undergraduate students elected to represent students at the University
    • The Graduate Council (GC) is the representative student government for graduate students. The council is heavily involved in planning and executing programming that is aimed at the whole graduate community. Additionally, the council provides financial support for graduate travel, as well as graduate organizations planning events for grads. In past years, in addition to large on-campus events such as the Gargoyle Gala, GC-sponsored events have included bowling nights, First Fridays at the MCA, ice skating on the midway, Pritzker's speed dating event, as well as many others. GC has numerous committees. Check directly with the committee chair for participation rules.
      • The Graham School elects 1-3 degree students as representatives each academic year in October.
    • All Student Government and Graduate Council meetings are open to all degree, credit, and certificate Graham School students.


Gleacher Center

  • Gleacher Café is open during most evenings during the regular academic year and closed during University breaks

Hyde Park

On the main Hyde Campus, you will find many student-run cafés and coffee shops:

  • The Reynolds Club is home to a food court, a student-run coffee shop—Hallowed Grounds—on the second floor, and the C-Shop
  • Common Knowledge, the student-run café on the third floor of Harper, serves espresso and tea along with snacks
  • Cobb Coffee Shop can be found in the basement of Cobb Hall, and on a lucky day you might pass student fund-raisers selling fresh steamed buns from Chinatown
  • The Grounds of Being, the student-run coffee shop where allegedly “God drinks coffee,” is located in the basement of Swift Hall
  • At Regenstein library students can enjoy the eX Libris Café located on the first floor

Dining Halls

You can find off-campus ethnic restaurants, pizzerias, delis, and coffee shops through the Hyde Park Dining Guide

Arts, Culture, and Entertainment


  • Doc Films is the oldest student film society in the country. Movies run at the Max Palevsky Cinema in Ida Noyes Hall almost every night of the quarter for approximately $5. Join the Doc Films mailing list at for regular announcements to upcoming events.
  • Court Theatre is the professional theatre which the Wall Street Journal has called “the most consistently excellent theatre company in America”. You’ll find Court on 55th and Ellis. Degree an certain credit students who receive a UCID may use their student card to get discounted tickets on  select nights. Subscribe to the list host at for news on upcoming productions, symposia, and events.


  • The Pub is the University of Chicago bar, located in the basement of Ida Noyes Hall. It is open only to members of the U of C community. Annual memberships are good from September 1 – August 31 and are approximately $10 for students, alumni, faculty, staff and their spouses/partners; eligible non-members or guests of members pay a nominal fee at the door.
  • Logan Arts Center offers wine and craft beers in the Logan Café  


  • Logan Arts Center is the University’s artistic hub, and offers an array of art and performance spaces, in conjunction with the University of Chicago Arts IncubatorConnect with the Logan Center to stay in touch with the latest Logan center news, events, announcements, and contests.
  • The Smart Museum of Art takes a distinctly interdisciplinary approach to the collection, display, and interpretation of art. The Smart is home to acclaimed special exhibitions and a permanent collection that spans five thousand years of artistic creation.
  • The Oriental Institute is a research organization and museum devoted to the study of the ancient Near East. Founded in 1919 by James Henry Breasted, the Institute, a part of the University of Chicago, is an internationally recognized pioneer in the archaeology, philology, and history of early Near Eastern civilizations.
  • Renaissance Society was founded in 1915 at the University of Chicago to encourage a greater understanding of culture—in the broad sense of the term "renaissance". The Renaissance Society set out to include Chicago in the cultural liberty and controversy of Europe. Early commitments to this country's most challenging and provocative art continues to be the mission of The Renaissance Society.
  • The Hyde Park Art Center has been a leader in advancing contemporary visual art in Chicago since 1939. With an expansive reach and bold personality, the nonprofit organization brings artists and communities together to support creativity at every level. As an open forum for exploring the artistic process, the Art Center fosters creativity through making, learning about, seeing, and discussing art—all under one roof.