Summer Session FAQs

University of Chicago students are welcome to join us this summer to explore new subjects or delve into a current interest, all while living on campus! As a Summer Session student, you can enroll in undergraduate courses drawn from the regular curriculum of the College at the University of Chicago and live in Campus North Residential Commons. Please see below for answers to your Frequently Asked Questions regarding living on campus and taking courses.


UChicago College students should register via beginning February 4; after May 31, College students will have to follow the instructions below about adding and dropping outlined in the Registration Dates section. Graduate students should register through their Dean of Students Office.

UChicago College students who wish to add or drop a course after May 31 should email the student name, student ID number, and relevant course numbers and titles to

Since Summer Session courses are very brief and very intensive, we strongly encourage students to consider their choices very carefully before they register. Students wishing to enroll in a course that has already met (even once) must have the written consent of the instructor.

Current UChicago graduate students who wish to add or drop should do so through the usual channels you use during the year, such as your division’s Dean of Students Office.

Undergraduate courses offered during summer quarter are three, four, five, or six weeks in length, but they all meet for at least 30 contact hours, as required by the College. Each summer course, regardless of length, is therefore the equivalent of a full quarter-long course, yielding 100 units of credit.

Intensive courses offered as part of the Summer Language Institute, however, are six or eight weeks in length, and yield 300 units of credit.

Official grades for all courses, regardless of course dates, are not available until after the end of Summer Session (mid-September). Once official grades are available, you may log on to myUChicago to view your grades.

If the Fourth of July falls on a weekday, classes will not be held and University administrative offices will also be closed. The University will not be closed on any other days surrounding the holiday, and you should expect to be in class on these days unless your instructor tells you otherwise. If the holiday falls on a weekend, the University will be closed on either Friday or Monday in observance of the holiday, and you should consult your course syllabus to see how your class schedule will be affected.

UChicago College students dropping all Summer Session courses will need to notify the Summer Session Office via email at in order to be dropped from the courses and have their Term Record updated. Current UChicago graduate students who wish to drop all of their summer quarter courses should do so through the usual channels you use during the year, such as your division’s Dean of Students Office. Tuition refunds decrease with the lateness of the withdrawal date. The $500 housing deposit is nonrefundable; room and board charges are final as of June 1, 2019, and  cannot be refunded or prorated after that date.

Sometimes, either because the instructor can no longer teach the class or because an insufficient number of students have enrolled in a class, a course is canceled. If a course you are enrolled in needs to be canceled, you will be notified by our office and given the opportunity to enroll in a different course.

Housing & Dining

During Summer Session 2019, most students will live in Campus North Residential Commons, a new residential complex with many amenities. This air-conditioned facility offers single and double rooms as well as apartments. Each floor is accessible by elevator and has a community bathroom. Different sections of the living area, including the community bathrooms, will likely be segregated by sex.

All bedrooms are fully furnished with an extra-long twin bed, desk and chair, dresser, bookshelves, lighting, carpeting, and window treatments. Amenities include: weekly linen exchange, multiple lounges and recreation rooms, computer labs, music practice rooms, laundry facilities, wireless internet service, vending and ice machines, and 24-hour front desk service.

UChicago students enrolled in courses can check in to the hall the day before their classes start, beginning Sunday, June 23 and no earlier. Unfortunately, the Summer Session Office does not have any housing available during the time between the end of Spring Quarter and the beginning of Summer Session. Current residents of Campus North Residential Commons planning to stay in Campus North for Summer Session will still have to move out for the period between quarters and make arrangements for housing elsewhere. Questions about storage options in your current residence hall should be addressed to your current residence hall staff. The Summer Session Office cannot guarantee or make arrangements for any other hall or for any other academic quarter.

You must check out of the hall by 9 a.m. on the Saturday after your classes end. For example, if your last class is on Friday, July 12, then you must check out of the dorm by 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 13. All Summer Session students must be checked out of the dorm by 9 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019.

Yes. Please indicate your room preference on your housing application.

Yes. If you request to live in a double room or apartment and would like to request a specific roommate of the same gender, both you and that person must list each other as a requested roommate when requesting housing during your online registration.

When you check in to the hall, you will receive a room number and mailing address information.

Mail can be picked up at the front desk of the hall 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The front desk will sign for all priority packages (24 hours/day). Students receiving packages will have a package slip in the expanding file at the front desk in the Summer Session section. Please do not have mail sent until you receive your room number at check-in.

Please talk to the staff of the hall you are currently staying in to find out if storage is available between housing assignments. The Summer Session Office does not have separate storage facilities and cannot make storage arrangements through other halls.

The Summer Session Office can make housing arrangements for students in the buildings assigned to us by the Housing office; we cannot make arrangements for any other type of campus housing (married student housing, I-House, sublets, etc.). We share use of the hall with other groups and conferences over the summer, so we cannot guarantee a particular building or room within the hall.

Housing and Residence Life requires that all rooms be vacated at the end of spring quarter in order to be cleaned and repaired as necessary, so all students are required to move out between Spring and Summer quarters.

The only people who can stay in your room are you and your roommate(s), if applicable. Guests are welcome to visit you in your residence hall room (so long as you meet them at the front desk and they sign them in); however, they cannot stay overnight in student rooms: no exceptions. Hosts are always responsible for the behavior of campus guests; visitors are expected to conform to the behavioral standards set for students at the University.

A meal plan for Bartlett Dining Commons is available to students living in the hall only. It costs approximately $35.50 per day and covers three meals per day, seven days a week. No flex dollars or other dining options are available during the summer, and credit is not issued for meals not eaten. Commuter students are welcome to pay cash to eat in the dining hall open in the summer.

Summer Dining Commons have vegetarian and vegan options at every meal. If you have food allergies or other special dietary needs, please list them in the space provided on the Housing Application; Campus Dining needs advance notice to best accommodate any special needs. Please be aware that the kosher and halal stations in the dining hall during the regular academic year are not open during the summer.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served cafeteria-style in the summer Dining Commons seven days a week. You may come in for meals at any time during serving hours:

  • Breakfast: 7:30–9 a.m. (continental breakfast available until 9:30 a.m.)
  • Lunch: 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
  • Dinner: 5:45–7:45 p.m.

If you miss a meal, you will not get monetary credit or another make-up meal. In an effort to control waste, Campus Dining does not allow anyone to take food out of the dining commons other than to grab a cookie or an ice cream cone on your way out.

If space permits, students may be able to add housing or dining after the application deadline. Please be aware that the June 1 finalization date applies to all housing arrangements; if you add housing or dining after June 1, you will be held liable for all charges.

Once you submit a housing application and deposit, housing arrangements will be made for you. The deadline to apply for housing is May 15, 2019, and these arrangements become final and binding on June 1, 2019. Charges associated with housing and dining cannot be refunded or reduced after this date. If you change your housing and dining arrangements by reducing your number of weeks or withdraw from housing altogether after June 1, no matter when you were scheduled to move in, you will be held liable for all charges associated with your original arrangements. By submitting a housing application, you indicate you are aware of, and agree to abide by the policy regarding finalization of housing arrangements.