Student life

Life as part of an intellectual community

Some of the brightest students in the world come from more than 100 countries to the University of Chicago to engage with people, programs, and opportunities that help stretch their capabilities and surpass their expectations.

Challenging and collaborative

Undergraduate, graduate, and professional students publish books, launch startups, play on athletic teams, and perform on stage and screen. They teach in local public schools and travel abroad to champion economic development and human rights.

Inspiring and immersive

When our students are not in the classroom, they are out changing the world, holding lively debates inside the Grounds of Being coffee shop, experiencing each other’s cultures at student-run celebrations, or studying together in one of the University’s storied libraries.

Life outside academics



acres of botanic garden


intramural sport clubs


miles of lakefront


varsity sports teams


recognized student organizations

On Your Doorstep


The many quads and acres of botanic garden on campus are perfect places to gather with friends or throw a Frisbee.

Students jumping through hoops

Students chase their way to glory in our annual Scavenger Hunt, one of the world’s largest.

Hyde park street parking

The neighborhood surrounding campus is filled with tree-lined streets and classic Chicago architecture.

Street sign

53rd Street is a bustling hub of activity with independent owned shops, restaurants, galleries, and cafés.

Skyline view of the lake

Our campus is just miles from the bustling center of Chicago’s downtown.