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Your social life throughout Summer Session will be full of intersections. First, you'll start by meeting and getting to know fellow classmates over icebreakers and mutual interests on your first day. These connections and conversations you'll be able to take with you while you explore the farthest corners of campus between class, or go out for a cup of coffee or a post-class snack to cap off the day.Students on Harper Quad

Time spent at Campus North will be the second place where you meet students taking other Summer Session classes. Compare notesor PowerPoint slidesover breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the Bartlett Dining Commons. Challenge your newfound friends to a ping pong tournament or a gaming session in any one of Campus North's number of recreational lounges. Use the residence hall, itself, as an after-class meeting point, where you and your friends from both class and Campus North can link up before heading into the city together.

Thirdly, Resident Assistants (RAs) staying in Campus North will also each have their own cohorta group of students assigned to the RA who can use the RA as a resource for any and all questions and check in with the RA throughout Summer Session for support and guidance. Additionally, RAs lead multiple activities a day that include Movies on the Midwaya UChicago stapleshows at The Revival, and daytrips out to Guaranteed Rate Field to catch a White Sox game in the sun. Band together with students from all kinds of Summer Session tracks while your RA leads your cohort to all manner of activities citywide.

Soon, maybe even before you know it, your friends and your social calendar at Summer Session will be made up of all three, a perfect blend of classmates, next-door-dorm-hall neighbors, and fellow cohort members.


All students attending Summer Session will stay in UChicago's newly built Campus North residence hall. Integral to Campus North's design was a focus on installing dynamic spaces that provide opportunities for student connection. Accompanying the residence hall are two residential courtyards, two centrally located common rooms for programs and events, and multiple lounges and recreation rooms. Students will live in a shared room with one other student. Shared rooms come with a desk, dresser, closet space, a bed, and a provided weekly linen exchange service (sheets and towels) along with a blanket and pillow. Campus North also contains vending and ice machines, 24-hour front desk service, and shopping venues on its ground level. Between its community-building infrastructure and exhaustive list of amenities for students, Campus North is the latest incubator of the lifelong friendships and constant exchange of ideas that define UChicago's vision of community. 

Residential Directors and Assistant Residential Directors are on call for students 24 hours a day, and Resident Assistants—college students themselves—live in the dorms with students and help guide program participants in adjusting to the demands of college life. They are responsible for requiring compliance with all program policies and guidelines and will be an important resource to students. The front desk of the residence hall is also staffed 24 hours a day. Summer Session is full of helpful staff who are enthusiastic and ready to ensure that, across the board, students get the most out of their Summer Session experience while on campus.

Students under the age of 18 are expected to follow the residence hall curfew established per the City of Chicago's curfew laws. High school students have a curfew from 10 pm to 6 am Sunday through Thursday and from 11 pm to 6 am Friday and Saturday. This is not a "lights-out" policy, and students are not confined to their rooms during these hours. However, they are expected to have checked in and be in the residence hall by these times. Curfew policies and procedures will be covered during orientation for residential students.

Housing instructions, policies, and move-in dates are sent to families after a student is admitted to a program. 


Bartlett Dining Commons serves as the dining center for Summer Session students. With spacious seating, and a location that sits next to the library, residence halls, and the main quad, with a wide range of meal options—including gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options at every meal—served for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the Bartlett Dining Commons provides the ideal haven for students to refuel before and after class, meet new friends and make amazing connections, and engage over the hottest topics of the day, including but not limited to favorite classes, recaps from time spent in downtown Chicago, and must-watch Netflix series.

All high school students living in the residence halls are enrolled in the dining plan for three meals a day, seven days a week in Bartlett dining hall. The dining hall has gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options at every meal, and items served are labeled with regard to some common allergens. If you have any questions or concerns about your particular situation, please contact our office directly at


Summer students are able to utilize Chicago's public transit system (CTA) to explore Chicago's various museums, parks, and festivals. Students will also ride the CTA for Housing-sponsored trips on the evenings and weekends. For all sponsored trips, a transit pass will be provided. However, students interested in personal use of public transit are responsible for their fares. In order to use public transit in Chicago, students will need to obtain a Ventra pass, which is Chicago's universally accepted—with the exception of the Metra—transit pass, and is acceptable on all CTA buses and "L" trains.

Students WalkingCommuting

There are a variety of ways to get to campus from various parts of campus. From downtown Chicago:

By Train

The quickest and easiest way to campus is to catch the Metra Electric commuter train at the Millennium Park/Randolph, Van Buren, or Roosevelt stations. Exit at the 57th Street stop and walk six blocks west on 57th Street towards the main campus. Use this map to look for the maroon and white UChicago flags in front of Rosenwald Hall.

Please note: There are numerous public trains in Chicago: the “El” (run by the Chicago Transit Authority), the Metra, and the Metra Electric. Metra Electric is the correct train. The Metra Electric Website can be found here.

By Bus

#6 Jackson Park Express:

Board the southbound #6 Jackson Park Express bus (toward 79th/South Shore), which runs along State Street and has multiple stops between Lake Street and Congress Parkway. Exit the bus at 57th Street and Stony Island Avenue. Walk west on 57th Street, toward the train overpass, and continue for about seven blocks until arriving get to the main campus. Purchases for one–day or multi–day passes online can be made before arriving in Chicago on the CTA Website. The #6 Jackson Park Express Schedule can be found here.

#2 Hyde Park Express:

Board the southbound # Hyde Park Express (toward 60th/Cottage Grove) bus which runs along State Street and has multiple stops between Wacker Drive and Balbo. Exit the bus at 60th and Woodlawn Avenue. Walk north on Woodlawn toward Rockefeller Chapel on the northwest corner of 59th and Woodlawn. Continue one block north to 58th and turn left (west) one block until you arrive on main campus.

Students who live in the Chicagoland area are welcome to commute to their courses during Summer Session. Please keep in mind that the vast majority Summer Session students live in the residence hall. Commuter students are welcome to participate in any residential staff planned activities. Please note that official residential activities are covered in the Housing and Dining/Student Life fees, students not living in the residence hall for Summer Session who wish to participate will be responsible for the cost of activities.

Personal Vehicles

Commuter students are permitted to drive to and from campus, but should be aware of the limited parking available. As in any large city, parking can be a challenge. If a commuter student chooses to drive to campus, please allow an extra 30 minutes or more to secure a parking space. Street parking is available, but spaces are limited and get filled quickly on weekdays. If street parking cannot be found, please be aware that metered parking boxes have a two-hour limit and you may not be able to "feed the meter" easily during class. There is a pay-per-use parking garage at 55th and Ellis, but there are no dedicated lots for student parking.

Non-commuting Summer Session students are discouraged from bringing personal vehicles to campus due to the limited availability of parking on campus. All students with personal vehicles are not permitted to transport other students in their motor vehicles.

Arriving by Plane

There are two major commercial airports in the Chicago area: O’Hare International Airport and Midway International Airport. Midway International Airport is approximately eight miles west of the UChicago campus, and O'Hare International Airport is about 30 miles northwest. The UChicago campus is easily accessible from both airports, whether via public transit, shuttle, car, taxi, Uber, or Lyft. Go Airport Express operates out of both Midway and O'Hare Airports, and will drop you off right in front of North Campus Residential Commons. To schedule a pick-up, go to  or call 1-888-284-3826 (press option 1 to be connected to an operator immediately). When you get on the shuttle, let the driver know that you want to get dropped off at Campus North Residential Commons. Go Airport Express can also pick you up again when you leave for home; make your reservation online or via phone using the information above.

Safety & Security

At the University of Chicago's campus, you'll find a strong, friendly community at every turn. In an effort to ensure convenience and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and community, UChicago's Department of Safety & Security offers services including transportation, residence security, and 24/7 support. UGo Daytime and NightRide shuttles pick-up and drop-off within one or two blocks around all of campus. The shuttles are free and pick-up and drop-off at on-campus residence halls, all of which are designated as stops, as well as other nearby locations in Hyde Park. The Department of Safety and Security staffs residence halls, ensuring that access in and out of each residence hall is carefully monitored. (All Summer Session students staying at Campus North will need to sign-in with housing staff at the front desk upon entry to the residence hall.) And, in addition to Resident Assistants and Resident Heads, Summer Session students will also have 24-hour access to the UChicago Police Department, by dialing 773.702.8181 or 123 from a campus phone, as well as an on-call University administrator, by calling 773.834.HELP (4357) or 4.HELP (4357) from a campus phone.