Welcome to the University of Chicago and Its Community

Note: Most pages on this website have been updated for 2014–15. Pages being updated for 2014–15 are so marked.

Welcome to Chicago. It’s a fascinating and exciting city of 2.7 million people. You will want to explore the distinctiveness and diversity of its 77 communities. While Chicago has a great deal to offer, it also presents the challenges of a complex, modern, 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.

While the University takes measures to ensure a safe campus environment, 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 contents of this website.

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