Housing + Dining

Chicago is the third biggest city in the U.S. and one of the most vibrant places to live. Discover housing and dining options for UIC students.

Welcome to Your New Home

Living in Chicago provides many wonderful opportunities to thrive and learn.

Whether you are staying on campus in the residence halls, at one of UIC Global off-campus housing options or you are a graduate student residing in a neighborhood nearby, you will find Chicago is a beautiful place to be. Our city is a living laboratory for business, art and culture comprised of more than 100 different neighborhoods.

  • Undergraduates can choose from seven different housing options that vary by location, price and amenities. All undergraduate housing options are within walking distance to UIC’s dining halls, classroom buildings, administrative offices and fitness facilities. Students will also be able to access campus through the UIC shuttle system.
  • Graduate students can choose to live in UIC Global off-campus housing or locate their own housing near campus. All off-campus housing options have furnished private bedrooms and include an amenities pack as well as a fully prepared kitchen. The apartments also have a furnished common living room, high-speed internet and cable.

Learn more about UIC Global housing options.

Dining at UIC

Studying, building new connections and exploring Chicago can make you very hungry.

Luckily, as a UIC student, you will be able to access both classic Chicago bites and authentic global cuisines right on campus. Not only do UIC’s dining halls serve delicious food from around the world, but our campus is surrounded by culturally-rich neighborhoods with some of the top dining destinations in the country.

  • All UIC dining halls are buffet style with rotating menu options, including halal, kosher, vegan and vegetarian selections. Your meal plan* will provide you with a set number of entries into the dining halls where you can eat as much food as you would like during the cafeteria’s open hours. In addition to dining hall access, your meal plan will include a set number of funds called “Flames Fare.” This UIC currency can be used at select restaurants on campus, including Chick-fil-A, Panda Express, Freshii and more.
  • UIC’s University Village neighborhood is closely located to both Chinatown and Greektown and is bordered by Chicago’s Mexican neighborhood, Pilsen. Plus, you will find a Korean grocery store just a 10-minute walk from the Student Center. It’s no surprise that Chicago is considered one of the nation’s culinary capitals.

* All undergraduate students living on campus are required to have a meal plan. Meal plan types vary based on your on-campus housing assignment.

Learn more about UIC Meal Plans.

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