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The University is located in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, an ethnically diverse community about 15 minutes south of downtown Chicago on Lake Michigan. Combining the atmospheres of both an urban neighborhood and a "college town," Hyde Park offers a wide selection of services surrounding the English collegiate Gothic architecture and tree-shaded quadrangles of UChicago’s main campus.

Please visit the following pages to learn even more:

  • Student Experience: Student testimonials
  • Student Services: Meet our Dean of Students, the Summer Session staff, and learn more about campus amenities
  • Policies: A list of Summer Session's Academic, Residential, Social, Financial, and Disciplinary policies
  • Directions and Maps: Information on getting to campus, building locations, accessibility, and parking

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Living in the Dorms

By Program

  • UChicago Immersion, Arts & Sciences in Chicago, and Summer Quarter programs: Housing is optional; students must select it within the admissions application
  • Research in the Biological Sciences (RIBS), Stones and Bones and Neubauer Family Adelante Summer Scholars: Housing is required; all students in these programs will be placed in housing
  • StarTalk, Summer Bridge: Students must commute to the Chicago campus for these programs
  • Arts & Sciences Summer in Asia (Beijing, Bengaluru, or Hong Kong): These programs do not offer residential, dining, or extracurricular programming.


  • Building: Campus North Residential Commons, which opened in autumn 2016. Each floor is accessible by elevator and has community and single-use bathrooms. Different sections of the living area, including the community bathrooms, will be segregated by gender.
  • Amenities: close to central campus as well as neighborhood restaurants and shops, air conditioning, weekly linen exchange, multiple lounges and kitchens, two courtyards, computer study rooms, music practice rooms, a fifteenth-floor reading room with spectacular views, ground level commercial venues, laundry facilities, wireless internet service, vending and ice machines, and 24-hour front desk service.

Commuting to Campus

Commuter Students are invited to enjoy the excellent instruction and resources of the University through the UChicago Immersion or Summer Quarter Program. Experience the challenge and fulfillment of a University of Chicago education while also benefiting from more individualized attention in smaller-sized classes and enjoying the warmth and beauty of campus.

You’re also sure to find something fun to do on campus, whether it’s visiting the Smart Museum of Art, enjoying free ice cream on the quads, taking in an outdoor movie screening, or just hanging out on the lawn.

Dining on Campus

Residential students will dine at Baker Dining Commons, located across the courtyard from Campus North Residence Hall. The meal plan offers three meals a day, seven days a week.

Commuter students are welcome to pay cash to eat lunch in Baker Dining Commons with their classmates. However, no outside food can be brought in to the dining hall.

Vegetarian and vegan selections are available. Please email if you have additional dietary restrictions or concerns.

Activities and Outings

Up to 3 activities or outings are planned every day in June and July.  Most are low or no cost and commuter students are encouraged to participate! 

Past activities have included:

  • Chicago White Sox baseball
  • Picnics at Promontory Point
  • Sports on the Midway Plaisance
  • Ice cream socials
  • Movie nights
  • Bubble tea in Chinatown
  • Thrift store shopping in Lakeview
  • Navy Pier fireworks
  • Second City

Summer Session Staff

Stephanie Friedman, Associate Director: Stephanie oversees the programming and administration for Summer Session and provides additional support to the Summer Session staff and students.

Tyron Harris, Admissions Specialist: Tyron will be the first person high school students find as they start the application process. He walks them through the application process and is the front line of our staff.

Val Huston, Program Coordinator: Val works behind the scenes to make sure everyone is registered and billed correctly, and coordinates I-20s for all international students. She is also our liaison with the various academic departments.

Contact the Summer Session Staff at or 773.702.1723.

Residential Program Staff

Residential Advisors (RAs) are assigned to high school students and are in turn supervised by a Residential Director (RD) and Assistant Residential Director (ARD), one of whom is always on call. RAs are undergraduate or graduate students who know the University and city well, and can help students acclimate to life on campus. They eat and live alongside the students and organize special events and activities, such as a meeting with a University administrator to discuss college admissions, trips to special events around the city, and numerous other recreational, cultural, and social activities on and off campus. If a student experiences any sort of problem, be it social or academic, the student can go to his or her RA, the RD, or the ARD for advice and assistance.

What to Bring

Furnishings provided in the dorm rooms: extra-long twin bed (36" x 80"), desk and chair, dresser, book shelves, lighting, carpeting, window treatments, and a single-line telephone.  Coin-operated laundry facilities are available, but you will need to provide your own detergent, iron, and clothes hangers.  A summer-weight blanket, sheets, and towels are provided, along with a weekly linen exchange.

Chicago weather can vary widely, even during the summer. You should be prepared for the possibility of high heat (90-95 degrees Fahrenheit) and humidity. Light clothing, some things to wear as a warmer layer in case of cooler weather, and an umbrella or rain jacket will stand you in good stead. If you are living on campus, you will have linen service available; however, if you think you will want to have more than one pillow, more than a summer-weight blanket, or sheets and towels of a certain type or quality, you will want to pack accordingly.  Linens brought by students cannot be laundered through the linen service, they must be done by the students. Computing facilities are available, but you may bring your own computer if you wish.

American Law and Litigation students should note that their course will include a trip to the Federal Court in Chicago. They should make sure to pack appropriate attire, as it is required to enter the court. No jeans, shorts, or sneakers are allowed. Men should wear shirts with collars; jackets and ties are optional. Women should wear shirts that cover their shoulders, underarms, and midriffs; skirts are optional, and must be fairly modest (i.e., no more than three inches above the knee). They will also need courtroom attire for the two days of mock trials that are part of the course. They do not need to buy a suit, but they should make an effort to dress as professionally as possible using their existing wardrobe.

Stones and Bones students should bear in mind that they will be in the field for almost two weeks and will need to travel light during this period. You will be permitted to store items in your dorm room while you are in the field. Please review the Stones and Bones packing list for details.

Housing and Dining Costs

  • $637/week for all High School Programs except Stones and Bones
  • Stones and Bones: $3,250 (includes transportation to and from WY)

Dining is included in the cost of housing for three meals a day, seven days a week. Commuter students can pay cash to dine on campus, no meal plans are available.

Housing Policies to Note

Here we highlight a few important policies related to housing. However, it is the student's responsibility to read through the Policies page of academic, residential, social, financial, and disciplinary policies.

June 1 Deadline
Once you send in the form that confirms your participation in a summer program, housing and dining will be arranged for you. These arrangements become final and binding on June 1, 2016. Charges associated with housing and dining cannot be refunded or reduced after this date. If you change your housing and dining arrangements (e.g., reduce your number of weeks or withdraw from housing altogether) after June 1, no matter when your program starts, you will be held liable for all charges associated with your original arrangements. Housing may be added after June 1 if space permits. Housing and dining arrangements added after June 1 are considered final and binding on the date that they are made, and you will be liable for all associated charges.

Moving In
Session I: On June 17, you may arrive as early as 9 am to check into the residence hall and settle into your room. Orientation begins at 2 pm.

Session II: On July 8, you will not check into your room until after 2 pm. However, you may arrive at the dorm as early as 9 am for orientation and store your belongings in a secure location until your room is available. Orientation begins at 2 pm.

Early Arrival for International Students 
If, due to airline flight schedules, you cannot arrive on Saturday morning, you may request permission for early arrival. You must submit an Early Arrival Petition by June 1, 2017. A decision will be emailed within 48 hours. Do not make travel arrangements prior to receiving approval for early arrival from the Summer Session Office. You cannot move in earlier than the Friday evening before Orientation; all requests for an arrival prior to that date will be rejected. A $150 early arrival fee will be assessed, which only includes accommodations for the evening (no meals or activities will be provided; the meal plan begins with Saturday dinner).

Students under 18 are not allowed to check in to a hotel without an adult over 18. Therefore, no minors should plan to arrive unaccompanied by an adult prior to their move-in date.

Curfew Release Form
The Curfew Release Form should be used when the student will be continuously out of the dorms during curfew hours- for example, a late dinner one night, or staying with family off-campus overnight or for the weekend. Blanket releases that would allow a student to come and go throughout the program without regard to curfew will be rejected.

Please see the Policies page of our website for more details on Summer Session's curfew policies.

Checking Out
All students must check out of the dorm by 9 am on the Saturday after their last class. Late departures are not allowed for any student. You may also be assessed charges for damages or cleaning costs after check-out if you do not leave your room in the state in which you found it at move-in.

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