The University of Chicago is committed to supporting the health, safety, and well-being of its students, faculty, and staff. To this end, we offer a Student Care Center, the Student Counseling and Resource Service, and numerous resources for student safety in an urban campus environment. Students also call on their academic advisers and Resident Heads in the Housing System for academic and personal support.
The Student Care Center, part of the University of Chicago Medical Center, is available by appointment for any student who wants to meet with a health professional. Physicians, nurses, a dietitian, and specialists in sports medicine, travel health, reproductive health, physical therapy, movement and ergonomics, and health education are available. The mandatory health and wellness fee covers all Student Care Center visits. Students who have after-hours emergencies are welcome to call the physician on call.
The Student Counseling and Resource Service is available for individual and group therapy, medication management, support groups, ADHD services, and offers an Academic Skills Assessment Program and classes on topics such as note-taking and speed-reading. The service is free, though for long-term counseling the office will refer students to a doctor in Hyde Park or in other Chicago areas.
Hyde Park is a residential neighborhood that is home to more than 60 percent of our faculty. Parks, schools, restaurants, cafes, beautiful lakefront beaches and vistas, and community arts activities abound. And between thriving cultural, dining, and arts scenes, the streets of Hyde Park are abuzz with pedestrian traffic.
Moving to college can be a big transition for anybody—no matter where you’re from or where you’re going. To ease the transition, the University provides students with a wealth of resources during a week-long Orientation period and beyond.
For instance, there’s a Department of Safety and Security and certified University of Chicago Police Officers. In addition to performing traditional police duties with full police powers, UChicago Police Officers can accompany you if you’re unsure of where you’re going at night or are traveling alone, educate you in self-defense classes, register your bike, and even bring you jumper cables if you’re in an automotive bind.
UChicago also has a dense network of blue-light emergency phones and nighttime transportation around Hyde Park. For students interested in traveling into downtown Chicago, the University supplements public transit options with an exclusive South Loop Shuttle on Friday and Saturday nights, which forms a convenient, direct, and quick route between Hyde Park and the Loop.
New students, who find themselves at home from the outset in their College House communities, also find themselves quickly and proudly becoming citizens of Chicago.