Welcome to the University of Chicago and Its Community

Welcome to Chicago—a fascinating and exciting city of 2.7 million people who live in 77 distinctive and diverse communities. While the city and its surrounding neighborhoods have a great deal to offer, they also present all the challenges of a complex, modern, and urban society. Being a member of the University of Chicago community gives you the opportunity to experience the advantages of city life with the support of many resources.

The University takes measures to ensure a safe campus environment, but it is important to keep in mind that a level of responsibility for crime prevention and personal safety also rests with each individual. Whether you are a longtime resident of the city or a newcomer to urban living, we encourage you to spend a few minutes reviewing the content of this website.

Inside, you will find tips for navigating the city while remaining safe and alert, as well as information about the offices and services that provide safety support. This publication also has details on where to go for help in the event of an emergency and how to avoid threatening situations.