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Library

As a center of intense intellectual inquiry, the University of Chicago Library shares with the University of Chicago the aspiration to be the most dynamic research and learning environment in the world, supporting the University’s commitment to research and teaching in the sciences, social sciences, humanities, and the College, as well as to use its intellectual resources to help solve the world’s problems.

The University of Chicago Library serves its users from 6 locations at the heart of campus, providing faculty and students with rapid access to its collections, research and study spaces, and diverse services: the John Crerar Library for science, medicine, and technology; D’Angelo Law Library; Eckhart Library for mathematics; the Joe and Rika Mansueto Library and the Joseph Regenstein Library for humanities, social sciences, business, and special collections; and the Social Service Administration Library. All libraries are open to readers who have a valid University ID or library card. These Library resources include 11.3 million print and electronic volumes; 62,300 linear feet of archives and manuscripts; and 153 terabytes of born-digital archives, digitized collections, and research data.

Even as building and preserving collections continue to be a critical commitment, the Library is assuming new roles that are vital to research, innovation, and learning at the University of Chicago. In doing so, the Library is leveraging the deep expertise of the Library staff, developing services that support new avenues of research, and expanding access to and preservation of scholarly resources in ways that advance the goals of the University community and the needs of the next generation of scholars.

Librarians are present in all of the libraries to provide orientation to library collections, services, and facilities. The reference staff is available for individual and group consultation, and the Library’s subject specialists are also available for specialized reference services or to discuss resources in their respective disciplines.

Instruction services are available for students. The library staff is available to teach workshops on the identification and use of library resources, and to assist in developing effective library research strategies.

The online subject guides offer an overview of both print and electronic resources, and provide a useful starting place when beginning your research. A comprehensive list of electronic resources with links to a variety of subject guides is available at http://guides.lib.uchicago.edu.

Dining

http://dining.uchicago.edu/

Students may use their UChicago Card to pay for meals in most campus dining locations, including all cafes and campus markets. Credit cards and cash are also accepted at all locations. Visit the UChicago Card site for more information about how to use and load the UChicago Card.

Living Accommodations

Graduate Student Housing
The University owns and operates numerous apartment buildings located around and within the campus area. Graduate students who are single, married, or in a domestic partnership, and who are enrolled full-time, are eligible to live in Graduate Student Housing. Apartment sizes range from studios to large three-bedroom apartments, furnished or unfurnished, in walk-up or elevator buildings. Parking lots are available at some buildings. Options for single students include single occupancy and shared apartments. Couples with children are given priority for the two- and three-bedroom apartments. Inquiries should be addressed to Residential Properties, 5100 S. Dorchester Ave., Chicago, IL 60615, 773.753.1332.

Private Housing
The private housing market in the neighborhood around the University is generally very tight. Students interested in private housing should plan to look for accommodations well in advance of the start of school. The University neither has an off-campus housing office nor maintains listings of inspected and approved private housing. Students who prefer housing outside the University system must come to Chicago to secure accommodations—it is virtually impossible to obtain private housing by telephone or through email.

Family Resources

Along with the joys of parenting, graduate students and postdocs with children or dependents face unique pressures and demands on their time. To support families, the University provides a range of services.

Family Resource Center
The Family Resource Center, located at 950 E. 61st St., is a drop-in center for families that offers family-friendly programs, informational materials for families, and a support network. Membership is free for graduate students and postdocs.

Writing Groups
Student parents can join their colleagues for special writing sessions that coordinate babysitting services.

PhD Child Care Grants
Doctoral students with children may apply for need-based stipends.

UChicago Child Care Resources
The University's Child Care Resources site provides an overview of University services, resources, and policies for families. The Parent Resource Guide also offers related information, including lists of child care providers and information about local schools.

Career Advancement

Career Advancement, located in Ida Noyes Hall, assists University students and alumni with employment resources. The office maintains a resource library of references, employment information, and guides to job hunting. Additionally, Career Advancement sponsors an on-campus recruiting program hosting a variety of employers, and provides students and University alumni a national online job-listing service through which employers post full-time openings. Throughout the year, the office sponsors programs on successful job-hunting strategies and on opportunities in selected career fields.

Human Resources Services

Human Resources Services (HRS), located at 6054 S. Drexel Ave., is the central source of both full- and part-time employment within the University. It provides a variety of secretarial, clerical, technical, and other positions for spouses/domestic partners of University students. In advance of their arrival on campus, spouses/domestic partners may contact HRS to explore employment opportunities.

Campus Bus Service

While University residences are located within walking distance of SSA, many residents prefer to use the Campus Bus Service, which operates in partnership with the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA). On weekdays during the academic year, buses provide comprehensive shuttle service over two routes (171 and 172) that run throughout the Hyde Park area. Student riders who present the driver with a valid University of Chicago card may ride the buses free of charge. All others may pay CTA fares, or may purchase CTA transit cards to ride the buses.

The NightRide program serves University students, faculty, and staff during the late-night hours. Buses run approximately every 20-30 minutes throughout the evening, departing from the Regenstein Library. An express bus service to downtown is also available on Friday and Saturday evenings.

NightRide hours and map.

For more information, call 773.795.6108 or email bus@uchicago.edu.

Midway Metra Shuttle
The University's Midway Metra Shuttle serves Metra stations near campus, several destinations along 59th and 60th streets, and the University of Chicago Medicine's campus. This new shuttle service launching Monday, May 30, will operate Monday through Friday during the morning rush (5:40-9:40 a.m.) and evening rushing (3:30-6:40 p.m.) periods. For estimated arrival and departure times, view the Midway Metra Shuttle schedule.

This shuttle stops only at the designated stops and does not pick up or drop off passengers at intersections. The Midway Metra Shuttle route is similar to the CTA 170 bus route, which went out of service on May 27, 2016.

UGo Shuttles
The University provides free daytime service around the campus area and portions of the neighboring communities as a safe and convenient way for all students, faculty, staff, and University of Chicago Medicine staff to get around. The shuttles run year-round except on University-honored holidays.

All UGo Shuttle riders are asked to tap their valid University-issued ID or University of Chicago Medicine ID on a card reader each time they board a shuttle. See the Shuttle ID Guidelines for more information.

Safety and Security

The University Police Department operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, on campus and throughout the Oakland, Kenwood, Hyde Park, and Woodlawn neighborhoods. They patrol north to 37th, south to 65th, east to Lake Shore Drive, and west to Cottage Grove Avenue.

Officers are armed and fully empowered to make arrests in accordance with the requirements of the Illinois Law Enforcement Officers Training Board and consistent with Illinois state statutes. University Police and the City of Chicago Police Department work together by monitoring each other’s calls within the University Police’s coverage area. University Police headquarters is located at 6054 S. Drexel Ave., First Floor.

There are approximately 325 white emergency phones in the area located on thoroughfares heavily trafficked by pedestrians. Simply press the red button inside the phone box, and your location will be immediately transmitted to the University Police. You need not say anything. Response time is rapid; usually within two to three minutes (sometimes less), an officer or patrol car will come to your aid. If you must keep moving to protect yourself, continue to use emergency phones along the way so that police can follow your course.

The University has a multifaceted Safety Awareness Program, which is fully described in the publication, Common Sense. Common Sense describes how to get around safely, whom to call if you need advice or help in emergencies, and how to prevent or avoid threatening situations. Information is also included about crime statistics on campus and descriptions of security policies and awareness campaigns.

Common Sense is distributed to members of the University community. It is available online at safety-security.uchicago.edu or on request by writing to the University Office of the Dean of Students, 5801 S. Ellis Ave., Chicago, IL 60637. The University also annually distributes its drug and alcohol policy to all students and employees.

University of Chicago Student Health Insurance

All students are required to carry adequate health insurance. Your insurance must cover routine, non-emergency medical care in the Chicago area, and meet all comparable coverage requirements. You must satisfy UChicago's health insurance requirement in one of two ways:

Confirm enrollment in the University Student Health Insurance Plan (U-SHIP)

-OR-

Apply for a waiver by certifying that you have comparable insurance coverage

Students must confirm or waive enrollment by 5 pm Central time on the third Friday of their first quarter enrolled at the University. The Autumn 2017 deadline is 5 pm on August 31, 2017. If you do not elect into the program or waive by the enrollment deadline, you will forfeit enrollment in health insurance through the University. Students must complete this enrollment process annually.

Immunization Requirements

By State of Illinois law, generally all new students are required to present proof of immunity from German measles, measles (two shots required), mumps, and tetanus/diphtheria (three shots required for international students). The Student Health and Counseling Services notifies all new students of the requirement and provides instructions for compliance. Forms will be mailed to all incoming students and are available here

After the third Friday of the first quarter of enrollment, students who are not yet compliant will have their subsequent registrations restricted and will not have the restriction lifted until they have become compliant with the immunization requirement. If you receive this notification, we recommend that you call Student Health at 773.702.4156 to resolve your immunization compliance status.

For additional information about immunizations, please contact the Student Health and Counseling Services. For a copy of the State of Illinois law, click here.

Student Life Fee

The University requires all students, with the exception of Extended Evening Program (EEP) students, to pay the Student Life Fee each quarter of enrollment. Note: EEP students who specifically opt-in to the University Student Health Insurance Plan (U-SHIP) will be assessed the Student Life Fee. This fee covers patient visits at the Student Health Service and Student Counseling Service. This fee also covers student activities through the Center for Leadership and Involvement. Dependent spouses or same-sex domestic partners and dependent children age 14 and older, who are insured through the University Student Health Insurance Plan (U-SHIP), are assessed the Dependent Life Fee and are entitled to receive services at Student Health and Counseling Services.

Students who live more than 100 miles away from the University are eligible to waive the Student Life Fee by submitting a request to the SSA Dean of Students.

Summer Student Life Fee
Returning students and June graduates who remain in the Chicago area during the summer but are not enrolled in classes have the option to pay the Summer Student Life Fee for continued access to services at Student Health and Counseling Services. Students’ family members already on the University Student Health Insurance Plan (U-SHIP) may also purchase this service.

University Policies

The University of Chicago is a community of scholars dedicated to research, academic excellence, and the pursuit and cultivation of learning. Every member of the University—student, faculty, and staff—makes a commitment to strive for personal and academic integrity; to treat others with dignity and respect; to honor the rights and property of others; to take responsibility for individual and group behavior; and to act as a responsible citizen in a free academic community and in the larger society. Any student conduct, on or off campus, of individuals or groups, that threatens or violates this commitment may become a matter for action within the University's system of student discipline.

The Student Manual is the official statement of University policies and regulations, and expected standards of student conduct which are applicable to all students. The manual includes the following University policies:

  • Civil Behavior in a University Setting
  • Statement of Nondiscrimination
  • Policy on Unlawful Discrimination and Harassment
  • Sexual Assault Policy
  • Violence Prevention Policy and Threat Assessment Team
  • Disability Accommodation Protocol
  • Graduate Student Parents Policy
  • Domestic Partnership Policy
  • Student Employment
  • Alcohol and Other Drugs
  • Networking Services and Information Technologies Policies
  • Patent, Software, and Intellectual Property Policy
  • Safety and Appropriate Use of Facilities