UIC 101: What you need to know

UIC campus and Chicago skyline

Academic Computing and Communications Center

ACCC offers a range of services, including campus Wi-Fi networks, computer labs, free software, and help by phone, email and walk-in. Services include:

Instructional Technology Lab, Daley Library and Goldberg Research Center: equipment check-out, support for Blackboard, Google Apps and more

Instruction in popular software programs and web-related topics through Lynda.com, webinars and short workshops

U-Print, the campus-wide printing service, offered in all ACCC labs and department locations. Students get a $15 print quota at the beginning of each semester. Funds can be added to the account with Dragon Dollars, purchased in the ID Center, at Student Center East and Student Center West, online, or through cash-to-card machines in SCE, SCW, Daley Library, Thomas Beckham Hall and the Library of Health Sciences.

C-stop, where students can work, print, recharge their electronic devices with secured lockers, and receive help. First floor Behavioral and Sciences Building and 115 Student Center West.

UIC’s free mobile app includes maps, bus track, online directory, Blackboard access, campus photos and video, and more. Download from the Apple store or Google Play.


There’s a long list of student organizations, some for community service or social issues, others organized around common interests like sports, anime or Italian. UIC also has fraternities and sororities. For information, attend the Involvement Fair, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 31, Lecture Center Quad, or connect through the UIC Center for Student Involvement.

Want to volunteer at a community nonprofit? Student Leadership Development and Volunteer Services 312-996-4500.

Between-class hangouts

UIC has oases — informal spots where students can hang out, study or collaborate with friends.

The Office of Campus Learning Environments creates the oases with new, comfortable furniture and the latest multimedia technologies.

Centers for Cultural Understanding and Social Change

African American Cultural Center showcases cultural research, art exhibits, programming and community outreach.
209 Addams Hall

Asian American Resource and Cultural Center offers social, cultural and educational programs, peer mentoring. And don’t forget to check out the Pyro Paddlers, UIC’s dragon boat racing team.
101 Taft Hall

Disability Resource Center offers activities, services and resources for students with disabilities and guidance for faculty on accessible teaching.
1190 Student Services Building
Voice: 312-413-2183
Video Phone: 773-649-4535

UIC is among the nation’s top 50 campuses for the LGBTQ community. Visit the Gender and Sexuality Center, where education, research and outreach on issues of gender identity and sexual orientation are offered through events and workshops. There’s also consultation available for students and employees.
1180 Behavioral Sciences Building

Latino Cultural Center promotes educational, cultural and social programs. There’s an annual film festival and weekly events that range from poetry to dancing.
Lecture Center B2

Women’s Leadership and Resource Center offers space for women to host small meetings. Staff assist with topics such as sexual harassment and gender issues on campus. The center sponsors an annual women’s leader­ship program and a production of “The Vagina Monologues.”
728 W. Roosevelt Road

Child care

UIC Children’s Center

College is for everyone, even the young ones. There’s fully accredited, full-time early childhood education for children of faculty, staff and students, ages 2 years, 9 months to 6 years.

Commuter Student Resource Center

UIC’s Commuter Student Resource Center provides a home away from home for commuter students. Inside the Wellness Center, 240-248 Student Center East — behind the Inner Circle food court — it has quiet study space, social lounge, public computers and printers, kitchen and lockers. Staff can provide information on transportation, off-campus housing and other resources.

Mon.–Thurs. 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Fri. 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Gallery 400 is a free gallery for art, design and architecture. First floor Art and Design Hall
Tues.–Fri. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sat. noon–6 p.m.

UIC Theatre showcases student actors in professional-quality productions. You don’t have to be a theatre major to audition.

Any musicians out there? UIC has a variety of groups, including string orchestra, concert band, jazz ensemble and choruses. Membership is open to all students, faculty and staff.
312-996- 2977

Jane Addams Hull-House Museum exhibits are related to social issues important to the pioneering social reformer. Re-Thinking Soup offers free lunch and thought-provoking discussions.

Dining services

UIC may be a diverse campus, but all students have one thing in common: the need for food. Dining Services has cafés, cafeterias and fast-food restaurants, including Argo Tea, Au Bon Pain, Burrito Bravo, Chick-fil-A, Dunkin’ Donuts/Baskin-Robbins, Frank & Fries, Panda Express, Port Center Café, Sbarro, Subway, Tropical Smoothie and Wendy’s.

Health & wellness

Don’t fret over a fever. CampusCare, a student health plan paid by student fees, includes services at these clinics:

Family Medicine Center clinics
722 W. Maxwell St.
and 801 W. Taylor St.

Immediate Care Clinics: walk-in clinics open evenings and weekends

Maxwell Street Clinic, 722 W. Maxwell St.
Mon–Fri, 5 p.m.–10 p.m.
Sat–Sun, noon–8 p.m.

Mile Square Urgent Care, 1220 S. Wood St.
Mon–Fri, noon–8 p.m.
Sat–Sun, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

Stress from classes can take a toll, so the Counseling Center provides counseling, therapy and workshops.
2010 Student Services Building

Wellness Center offers programs and accurate information on health and wellness, along with free condoms
238 Student Center East


On-campus: UIC has nine residence halls, including options for special interest areas, graduate students, families and temporary guest housing.

Off-campus resources

Job services

College life can be expensive. The Student Employment Office helps students find part-time jobs on and off campus to help ease the expenses.
2100 Student Services Building

Office of Career Services helps students prepare for careers and find jobs.
3050 Student Services Building


There are two libraries on the Chicago campus — the Daley Library on the east side of campus and the Library of the Health Sciences on the west side — and libraries at the health sciences campuses in Peoria, Rockford and Urbana. Get help from real, live librarians face-to-face or through live chat at

IDEA Commons: Check out this popular learning and collaboration space on the first floor of the Daley Library, with meeting spaces, a per­formance area, moveable furniture and more than 100 computers, as well as the Instructional Technology Lab/Student Media Lab.
Open continuously Sun 10 a.m. through Fri 7 p.m., Sat 10 a.m.–7 p.m.


Grab an old-school paper map at Building Management in Student Centers East and West, or the Information and Service Center in the Student Services Building. Trying to save paper? Check out the online map. 


UIC Police Department works with Chicago Police and other area security agencies to keep the UIC campus and neighborhood safe. Services include bike registration, after-hours escort and crime prevention programs.
Emergency: 312-355-5555
Non-emergency: 312-996-2830
TDD: 312-413-9323

Red Car Service is a transportation service for employees and students within designated area, 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. seven days a week including holidays. UIC i-card required.

Emergency notification through the UIC ALERT emergency system includes a text messaging system, the UIC website, official campus email and social media and the UIC Hotline (312-413-9696).

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to register for emergency text messages. Registration is free and subscribers can sign up for several phones, so students can register their parents’ phones to receive the alerts.


Fire up Flames! UIC has NCAA Division 1 teams in a long list of men’s and women’s sports, including basketball, soccer, baseball, golf, tennis, gymnastics, swimming and softball, plus fan group UIC Pyromaniacs. Learn the UIC Fight Song!

Student support services

Academic Center for Excellence
2900 Student Services Building

African American Academic Network
2800 Student Services Building

Latin American Recruitment and Educational Services Program
2640 Student Services Building

Native American Support Program
2700 Student Services Building

Student Veterans Affairs
3030 Student Services Building

Student Legal Services
3030 Student Services Building

Student Ombudsperson
3030 Student Services Building

TRIO Academic Support Program
2720 Student Services Building

Women in Science and Engineering Program

Student government

Graduate Student Council
Health Profession Student Council
Undergraduate Student Government

Student representative, U of I Board of Trustees
This year’s student trustee is Jauwan Hall


UIC is working toward a greener world through recycling, improved transportation and energy efficiency. The campus announced its four climate commitments during the spring semester: carbon neutral campus, zero waste campus, net zero water campus and biodiverse campus.

UIC is recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree Campus! Learn more — volunteers welcome — from the Office of Sustainability.


CTA “L” Trains have three stops near campus — Blue Line stops at UIC-Halsted and Racine, and a Pink Line stop at Polk — as well as bus routes.

Intracampus Bus Service provides free transportation for students, faculty and staff around campus. Don’t forget to bring your i-card!

Biking: With stations all around campus, Divvy Bikes are a great way to get around. Discounts are available for the UIC community.

Parking: by semester or daily.



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