We are thrilled that you have been admitted to pursue your graduate study as a member of our vibrant intellectual community. As you evaluate your options, we encourage you to learn more about this exciting place – not just your own program, but the graduate community across campus, as well as Hyde Park and the city of Chicago. To that end, we have compiled some resources for you that we hope you will find useful. Your department or school will provide you with information specific to that program, including admitted students’ events and how to accept your offer of admission. Here we invite you to connect with us and learn about living, learning, and thriving at UChicago.
Get to Know Campus
- Our campus is open to visitors! Register here for a tour of the UChicago campus with a current graduate student.
- Get a feel for campus virtually by looking through our online UChicago campus maps.
- Learn about getting to and around campus on our Transportation website.
Explore life at UChicago
- Sign up for one of our admitted student webinars. Topics include:
- Housing Resources for Graduate Students
- Sessions for Admitted International Students
- FAFSA-Based Financial Aid for Graduate Students
- Learn about the quarter system and important dates on the academic calendar.
- See what’s happening at UChicago with UChicago’s current student events calendar.
- Interested in programming for graduate students? Sign up for UChicagoGRAD’s Grad Guide Weekly.
- Learn more about our Center for Identity + Inclusion, which intentionally creates diverse and inclusive communities and fosters a campus environment that supports the exploration of varied identities and their intersections.
- Explore diversity on campus and resources for multicultural students at OMSA, or sign up for their newsletter.
- Check out the Office of LGBTQ Student Life, and discover why UChicago was the first university in Chicago to receive a perfect 5 Star rating from the LGBTQ-Friendly Campus Climate Index.
Moving to Chicago?
Most graduate students choose to live in Hyde Park, though Chicago is filled with many diverse neighborhoods.
- To make the process easier, UChicagoGRAD’s Housing Resources website offers information on where graduate students live, transit options, property management companies in the neighborhood, and detailed guidance on how to conduct your housing search.
- We also offer a series of webinars in the spring and summer to help you navigate the process, which you may sign up for here.
- Keep an eye out this Summer for your invitation to My College Roomie (MCR), the University of Chicago’s new roommate matching platform, which lets you find potential roommates from UChicago, connect with other incoming graduate students, exchange messages with people in your division, and share information about securing off-campus living accommodations.
- This convenient guide to Hyde Park serves as a great introduction to the neighborhood. Many students look for housing near transit, shopping, and other services
- You can also explore Chicago’s other communities – some popular neighborhoods for students include the South Loop, Wicker Park/Bucktown, and Lakeview.
- New to Chicago? Adjusting to life in a major urban center, or the U.S.? Take advantage of the information found on the Department of Safety & Security’s website. Even if you’re a city slicker, this contains helpful information on UChicago’s resources and safety systems.
- Moving to Chicago with kids? Resources on campus and around the city will make it fun for the whole family!
Learn More About the UChicago Advantage
A distinct component of the UChicago advantage is the wide range of programs and services offered to our students in support of their academic and professional goals. Whatever your program, and wherever your path may lead, the following offices and programs are here to help!
- UChicagoGRAD: In addition to year-round social and academic programs, UChicagoGRAD is your first stop for professional preparation events and workshops, fellowship applications, and support for international research. They also send out the Grad Guide Weekly and other newsletters, as well as run the Family Resource Center.
- Many programs at UChicago also offer in-house academic and career support services for their students. Check your program’s website for more information on these available resources.
- Council on Advanced Studies Workshops (CAS): Offers over 50 workshops designed to engage graduate students from across campus in ongoing and collaborative exchanges of ideas around specific areas of interest.
- Chicago Center for Teaching (CCT): Provides a variety of teaching resources for UChicago graduate students, in topics like Course Design and Teaching Strategies.
- The Writing Program: Provides writing support for students across all schools and divisions through seminars, workshops, and trainings.
- The Academic English Pre-matriculation Program (AEPP), offered by the English Language Institute.
Costs & Aid
- Students who will be applying for federal loan programs (including Federal Work-Study) should complete the FAFSA as early as possible, and consult their program and the Graduate Financial Aid office for further details.
- Information on graduate tuition and fees can be found on the UChicago Bursar’s Office website.
- International students will receive additional information from their departments in the spring. Information for the Financial Resource Statement will need to be current, and may be submitted electronically along with passport and other required information. The Office of International Affairs will begin the process in April or May for individuals beginning their program in Autumn Quarter.
- Plan to look for a job on campus? Check postings across campus, on the UChicago Marketplace, and on the GRAD Gargoyle site. Please note: incoming students will be able to log in to the GRAD Gargoyle about two weeks after accepting their offer of admission, but won’t be able to register for most events or appointments until they are current students in the fall.
Nuts and Bolts
Still have questions? Here are a few more links to help you find what you’re looking for!
- University Student Health Insurance Plan, U-SHIP
- UChicago Student Wellness is your one-stop shop for your physical and mental health needs
- Student Disability Services Office
- Office of International Affairs (OIA)
- Office for Military-Affiliated Communities (OMAC)
- Student Organizations (aka RSOs), through the Center for Leadership and Involvement
- You can also contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org