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Visiting Undergraduates
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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- The Summer @ UChicago Experience
  • Student Services- Meet our Dean of Students, the Summer Session staff, and learn more about campus amenities.
  • Policies- 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

  • Summer Quarter Undergraduate Courses and Urban Studies: Housing and dining are optional; students must select the residential option when applying
  • Chicago in Beijing: Housing is required and included in the program fee; all students in this program will be placed in housing. See program page for details.


  • 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 and 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 Summer Quarter Undergraduate Courses. 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 the Baker Dining Commons, located across the courtyard from Campus North Residential Commons. The meal plan offers three meals a day, seven days a week.

A community kitchen in the dormitory will be available for use of college students only. It includes a refrigerator, stove, microwave, and sink. If you wish to use it you will need to bring your own cooking utensils, pots and pans, silverware, and other supplies. We recommend storing kitchen supplies in your room when not in use. You might also want to invest in a small “dorm room” refrigerator to keep in your room.

Commuter students are welcome to pay cash to eat lunch in Baker. 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.

Residential Program Staff

A Residential Advisor (RA) is on site to assist Visiting Students and is supervised by a Residential Director (RD) and Assistant Residential Director (ARD), one of whom is always on call.

All staff 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 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 high 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.

Housing and Dining Costs (Undergraduate Courses and Urban Studies)*


  • Double: $338 per person per week
  • Single: $413 per person per week

Dining plan (optional): $249 per person per week (3 meals a day, 7 days a week)

Commuter students can pay cash to dine on campus, no meal plans are available.

Visiting Students must pay a $50 fee to register for courses (which includes an application for housing) by May 1, 2017. After this date, a $100 rush processing fee will be added to the registration fee.

*Chicago in Beijing students, please see program page for details.

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 entire Policies page for all 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 (if selected) will be arranged for you. These arrangements become final and binding on June 1, 2017. 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, decide to opt out of the Meal Plan, 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

The Sunday prior to your class beginning, arrive between 9 am and 5 pm to check into the dorm and settle into your rooms. Early move-in is not an option for Visiting Students age 18 or over.

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 upon move-in.

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