Working Together to Protect our Community and Advance our Academic Mission

Housing & Dining

Community living and dining are critically important to a student’s experience on campus. We have reduced density and implemented a variety of other health and sanitation protocols in University residence halls and residential dining commons so that we can responsibly operate these facilities for students the 2020-21 and 2021-22 academic years. Living and eating on campus are different than in the past; however, we will continue to optimize the experience to adapt to public health guidelines and meet the needs of our students and other members of the campus community.

Overall Approach to Campus Housing and Dining

The University worked closely with UChicago Medicine to design a campus experience that makes your personal health and well-being our top priority. We implemented a variety of mandatory health protocols to help protect students, faculty, and staff living in University housing. This includes:

  • Weekly COVID-19 testing of everyone living in University residence halls.
  • Under the direction of UChicago Medicine Infectious Diseases specialists, the University established a team dedicated to timely contact tracing for reported cases of COVID-19 involving the campus community.
  • Quarantine periods for students after moving into the residence halls and after returning to residence halls following breaks.
  • Separate campus housing space allocated specifically for students who contract COVID-19 and must follow isolation procedures. (Students living off-campus who contract COVID-19 are required to remain in isolation where they live.)
  • Our student health and wellness resources, including mental health services, are available to assist students both on-campus and virtually.

Undergraduate Housing

On-campus residence halls are operating at reduced capacity.

  • All room assignments are single occupancy, including within apartments, to provide more personal space.
  • The University has provided contact information and other details for rental agencies to returning students in need of off-campus housing. Additional tips and informationalso are available to assist students.
  • All students on financial aid, regardless of whether they live in a residence hall, received an aid package this year that includes increased funding to cover incremental off-campus rental costs and dining expenses.

Learn more about Spring 2021 Campus Housing

Residential Dining

While our on-campus food is still delicious and plentiful, the dining experience is different to accommodate social distancing and other health guidelines. In-person dining is offered at a limited number of locations on campus with reduced capacity, enhanced sanitation, and other safety measures.

  • Health safety protocols include the reduction of maximum capacity at dining commons by about 75% and the elimination of self-service food options like salad bars.
  • Extended hours help reduce density at any given time and provide students with additional dining options throughout the day.
  • We have put a focus on take-away meals that still deliver the quality and variety of food offerings that our students crave, while also offering convenience and facilitating social distancing.
  • We have a meal-delivery program for students who must quarantine/isolate.
  • We have implemented a Meal Replacement Program that allows students on a meal plan to pick up pre-packaged lunch options that fit a variety of needs, including vegan and kosher. Meal Replacements are available for pickup Monday thru Friday 11am – 4 pm at Café Logan, Tiffin Café, and Maroon & Midway Markets.

Learn more about locations and hours for campus dining commons for Spring 2021.

Other 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
  • BAR DAVID – 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 campus community
  • 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

On-Campus Dining Map

Campus Dining Map

Download On-Campus Dining Map PDF Version

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the focus of the Housing and Dining planning group?

The Housing and Dining planning group is charged with establishing a safe environment for our students to cohabitate on campus. This includes providing public health informed recommendations on housing density and capacity, health and sanitation protocols, dining and food service operations, and hygiene and isolation requirements.

Who is in the Housing and Dining planning group?
Name Unit
Andrea Lewis Communications/The College
Angelica Marks Commercial Real Estate Office
Christopher Toote UChicago Dining
Crystal Szewczyk Housing and Residence Life
Elizabeth Shanin Office of Legal Counsel
Heath Rossner Housing and Residence Life
Joel Poelhuis Office of the Vice President for Operations and Chief Financial Officer
Kevin Austin Facilities Services
Paul DeLuca Emergency Communications and Security Operations
Regine Desruisseaux Enuson The College
Richard Mason (chair) Campus and Student Life/The College
Robert Rush Office of Legal Counsel
Sophia Chaknis Housing and Residence Life
Steve Rings Resident Dean
Suzanne Riggle Resident Dean
Tracy McCabe Office of President

Note: Italics signify faculty members.

Additional Information

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