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Life at U I C

Located in the heart of one of the world's great cities, the University of Illinois Chicago is a vital part of the educational, technological and cultural fabric of the nation. As Chicago's only public research university, UIC provides students access to excellence and opportunity.

Facts and Rankings

Explore UIC facts and rankings to find out who they are, what they value and more. As one of the top 5 diverse campuses and a national leader among urban and public higher education institutions community engagements is a big part of UIC’s urban mission.


You’ll find campus dining, retail and convenience store in the city giving you countless meal options.


learn more: Housing and Dining

Whether you prefer to have a shared living experience or a private single student residence, UIC offers a variety of campus housing.

Campus Activities

Recreation Centers

UIC Campus Recreation offers state-of-the-art facilities focused on providing a complete recreational experience. Dispersed throughout campus, Campus Recreation offers over 500,000 square feet of dynamic and diverse recreational opportunities, encouraging healthy lifestyles.

Student Organizations (SOs), Clubs, Sports

UIC has more than 460 student activities and organizations to enhance your experience and resume. Learn valuable leadership and organizational management skills, make new friends, and enjoy a more vibrant college experience by choosing to participate in one or more of these opportunities.

If you cannot find a student activity or organization you are interested in, you can consider creating your own!

More information about RSOs

Cultural and Resource Centers

The seven Centers for Cultural Understanding and Social Change are a collaborative group that aims to make UIC a welcoming and inclusive place for all students, faculty and staff. The Centers are committed to student success, intercultural engagement, vibrant scholarship, and dynamic community partnerships

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Internship and Research Opportunities

Internship and research opportunities at UIC are endless!

Interesting Places

360 Chicago Observation Deck: Located in the John Hancock Center on the 94th floor and made entirely of glass. Experience heart-stopping views of Chicago’s skyline and four neighboring states.

Millennium Park: Across the street lies a 25-acre oasis, perfect for a stroll or catching a fun concert in the warmer months. The Bean marks the center of the park and is a destination hot spot for tourists around the world.

Chicago Theatre: Visit the Chicago Theatre, a gorgeous city landmark showcasing the best of the arts in music, plays, and more.

Riverwalk: Grab a bite and walk Chicago’s scenic Riverwalk, which is scattered with fishing piers, boat docks, and eateries ranging from seafood to tacos.

Wrigley Field: Catch a Chicago Cubs game at the iconic Wrigley Field, a Chicago landmark since 1914. Located in Wrigleyville, it is the second-oldest baseball stadium in the world.

Architecture Boat Tour: Take an architecture boat tour with Chicago’s First Lady cruises to explore the city’s legendary buildings and the colorful history behind more than 50 prominent sites.