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Facilities Services

Hyde Park Campus Building Update

The University has increased access to facilities on the Hyde Park campus through a phased approach, with access varying by building. Below you’ll find more information on the approach, including details about specific locations. All buildings will require your UChicago ID to enter.

Expectations in Buildings

All members of the University community, whether they will be on campus or not, are required to complete the online attestation form for the Winter Quarter, which acknowledges they have completed the University’s COVID-19 Safety Training and will comply with the University’s COVID-19 health requirements.

Academic Building Access for Students

Student access varies by building. Certain academic buildings, particularly those with cafes/dining areas, are open to all members of the campus community. Other academic buildings are only accessible to students with in-person classes. In addition, certain academic buildings are only accessible to students with classes in those buildings.

Access to academic buildings with in-person instruction for the Winter Quarter began January 19. Access adjustments will be made as needed the first few weeks of academic quarter to accommodate add/drop periods. Graduate students who are teaching assistants for in-person classes have appropriate building access, effective the week of January 19.

Classrooms will be closed when instruction is not taking place, to allow for proper cleaning and sanitation.

Building Access for Faculty, OAAs, Postdoctoral Researchers, and Staff

Faculty, OAAs, postdoctoral researchers, and staff are given the same building access they had before the pandemic. Approved implementation or resumption plans are still necessary. The Department of Safety and Security are working with units whose buildings are not being used for in-person instruction to determine the dates access resumes. The BSD Dean’s Office is coordinating with units for buildings using the BSD access control system. Please contact your academic leader, supervisor, or COVID-19 unit lead if you have a question about your building access.



Academic Buildings

Limited Access

Research Laboratories

Limited Access

Administration Buildings

Limited Access


Patrons can reserve specific seats in the Library for quiet, individual study or to use a computer workstation or printer. In addition to on-site services, services also are available online, including scheduling material pickup.

More information about locations, hours, and offerings.

Residential Dining Commons

 Open (residential students only) for carry out only. Hours of service and additional details for Winter Quarter for other on-campus dining options.

Academic Cafés and Food Courts

  • Hutchinson
    Commons: open to campus community for carryout only
  • Café Logan: open to campus community
  • Peach’s Café: open to campus community for carryout only
  • Tiffin Café: open to I-House residents
  • BARDAVID – open to students, faculty, and staff with access to the David Rubenstein Forum
  • Law Café: open to students, faculty, and staff with Law School building access

Coffee Shops

  • Starbucks at Saieh Hall: open to those with Saieh Hall access
  • Pret A Manger: open to campus community for carryout only
  • Barnes & Noble Bookstore Café: open to campus community


  • Midway Market: open to campus community for carryout only
  • Maroon Market: open to campus community for carryout only

Quad Club

Takeout only, resuming Spring Quarter

Residence Halls

Limited access. Access to rooms and living spaces in all residence halls is limited to building residents only, at all times. Overnight guests, including family members, are not permitted.

Recreation Centers

Limited access to Ratner for students, faculty, staff, and faculty emeriti. Reservations required.

Information for students

Information for faculty, faculty emeriti, and staff

Other Student Services Spaces

Limited access to Rockefeller and Bond Chapels, for approved students engaged in musical instruction.

For additional dining location information, please refer to the Campus Dining Map

COVID-19 Sanitation Procedures And Spatial Configurations

University Facilities Services has worked to address health and safety in classrooms, workplaces, and other space on campus. Ventilation specifications and cleaning protocols align with guidance from the UChicago Medicine’s epidemiology team and relevant governmental agencies. The University has established spatial configuration guidelines that will reduce density and facilitate social distancing in classrooms and other spaces across campus.

Please contact for additional information.

COVID-19 Signage

Campus signs have been designed to help units promote health requirements, social distancing, proper cleaning, and other guidelines. The University is posting these signs across campus and welcome others to print or customize these signs and post them within your University buildings.

Heated Tents on Campus

The University has installed a small number of heated tents that are available in locations across campus. These tents can be used as alternative spaces for instruction, for limited outdoor seating for students to use for study space and dining, and for approved extracurricular convenings. Strict capacity limitations and other guidelines apply when using the tents.

Locations and Spring Quarter Hours

Central Campus at the Quadrangle Club

  • Monday – Thursday, and Saturday: 8am – 8pm

  • Friday: 8am – 5pm
  • Tents will be closed from Saturday, March 20 – Sunday, March 28

Campus South in the Law School Parking Lot

  • Monday – Sunday: 11am – 9pm
  • Tents will be closed from Monday, March 29 – Sunday, April

Using Tents for Instruction

Tents in Central Campus and Campus South as well as open-air classroom spaces at the Snell-Hitchcock Quad serve as alternative spaces for classroom instruction. Instructors can reserve these spaces by contacting the Registrar.

Using Tents for Student Study Space and Dining

Tents may be used for student study space and dining. Reservations are not needed, however students should limit their stay in the tent to one hour when it is busy. While in the tents, students must:

  • Sit one per table, which are pre-set for social distancing
  • Wear a mask at all times except when eating
  • Clean the table and chair upon arrival and before leaving

Staff are available on-site to answer questions and provide support.

Reserving Tents for Approved Extracurricular Convenings

Students can request to reserve tents for approved extracurricular events through the Student Centers office by calling 773.834.0858 or emailing In-person events should be proposed only where essential; additional information on the approval process and guidelines for in-person events for Recognized Student Organizations (RSOs) can be found on the Center for Leadership and Involvement website.

If you have been exposed to or test positive for COVID-19, promptly report to, even if you have not been on campus.