Below you will find some useful preliminary information regarding the final steps for starting in your graduate program. You can expect to receive communication over the summer with reminders and further details about these, and other important resources that will be available to you as a University of Chicago graduate student.
Tuition and Billing
UChicagoGRAD maintains a housing resource page for graduate students. There you will find many resources for your housing search, including a map of Chicago neighborhoods where current grad students live.
Maps of the UGo Daytime and NightRide shuttle routes give those who are unfamiliar with the university's surroundings an idea of where students, faculty and university staff tend to reside in Hyde Park. Transloc is a real-time bus tracking app serving the campus area, including UGo shuttles.
Getting Immunization Records/Getting Immunized
All University of Chicago students are required by state law to demonstrate immunity to certain diseases. You may find information about required immunizations at Student Health and Counseling Services. Starting with the 2017-2018 academic year, the process for verifying immunization records will undergo a change. Please keep an eye on the Student Health and Counseling Services website for updates.
Enrolling in/Waiving University Health Insurance Plan
All University of Chicago students are required to have health insurance. Information about enrolling in or waiving the University's student health insurance plan (U-SHIP) can be found at Student Health and Counseling Services.
Student ID Cards
New students can get their UChicago Cards in person at the ID and Privileges Office, located in the lobby of the Regenstein Library. They are usually available at the beginning of the Summer Quarter.
Orientation, Registration, Academic Advising
Autumn quarter advising and course registration generally takes place during the week prior to the start of autumn quarter. You may peruse Class Search to get an idea of what courses are offered. Most departments organize orientation sessions and festivities for incoming students. In addition, the Humanities Dean of Students Office holds an orientation program prior to the University-wide graduate student orientation presented by UChicagoGRAD.
Some Other Useful Resources
- Academic Calendar
- Student Manual of University Policies and Regulations
- Class Search
- University of Chicago Library
- xMail overview
- Student Disability Services
- Office of International Affairs
- Transportation and Parking
- Transloc, real-time bus and shuttle tracking on campus
- CTA, Chicago Transport Authority
- Metra, rail service in Chicago and surrounding areas
- Graduate and Professional Students - Student Life
- Office of LGBTQ Student Life
- Office of Spiritual Life
- Family Resources
- Office of Multicultural Student Affairs
- Exploring Chicago and the University