Housing & Residence Life

Autumn 2021 Housing Guidance

Housing & Residence Life has always sought to provide students with opportunities to live in vibrant, inclusive communities that engage and support students in their academic and non-academic endeavors. We are focused on making our residence halls as safe as possible and are committed to continued excellence in supporting our residents. To that end, due to concerns of COVID-19, there are several changes we are implementing to reduce risk for all students, faculty, and staff.

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Face Coverings

Please be reminded that the University masking requirements are in effect within the residence halls.  You are expected to wear a mask upon entry of any residence hall and while in hallways and common spaces.  Masks may be removed in your room and while in bathrooms.  Please remember that members of your community might choose to wear a mask outdoors or in other situations in which masks are not required, regardless of vaccination status or level of transmission, for various reasons. We ask everyone to respect others’ decisions, act with consideration and respect regarding these choices, and refrain from asking questions about the reasons why others are wearing face coverings in cases where they are not required.

Face coverings should be changed daily and disposable face coverings should be discarded daily.


Residence halls guest/visitor rules have been revised. Access to rooms and living spaces in all residence halls is limited to on-campus residents only.  On-campus residents may visit one another by being signed in at the residence hall desk by their respective host.  Overnight guests, including family members, are not permitted.

Student Well-Being

Housing & Residence Life staff (Resident Heads and Resident Assistants) will be in residence this fall to support all students and provide virtual and when safe, in-person, programming. RHs and RAs will be regularly checking in with students virtually- please make sure to respond- in order to reduce person to person interactions. The Housing & Residence Life office is open 8:30am to 5pm weekdays, and an Assistant Director of Residence Life is on call at all other times to assist with urgent matters. 

The University and Housing & Residence Life are committed to the well-being of our students. The University has many resources to assist students during this unprecedented time including stress reduction tips, virtual wellness coaching, and mindful meditation. Please visit the Wellness resources available at https://wellness.uchicago.edu/. Students can also connect with mental health services at https://wellness.uchicago.edu/mental-health/.

Isolation Housing

Isolation housing is used when someone has symptoms or is confirmed to have an illness. See UChicago Protocol for COVID-19 Exposures.

If a student needs to go into isolation, and they reside in on-campus housing, Housing & Residence Life will work with the student to ensure they are able to safely be in isolation and have meals delivered to them. Students may need to relocate as needed to safeguard their health and that of their community. 

The University has set aside student housing that will serve as isolation accommodations for residential students. When a residential student is temporarily assigned to isolation, the student will receive a detailed plan from Housing & Residence Life about the steps they need to take to prepare for their stay in temporary accommodations, including a “what to bring” list, information about self-care during the quarantine or isolation period, and contact information for assistance during the quarantine or isolation period.

While in isolation, students will have full access to wireless internet in their accommodations and isolation accommodations include UChicago Dining providing regular delivery of prepared meals for reheating, fresh fruit, produce, and dairy products. All isolation spaces will contain a kitchen with a microwave and refrigerator. Please note: HRL or UChicago Dining will reach out to students at the start of their stay in isolation to inquire about food allergies and/or special diet requirements. All students in isolation will refer to a medical professional advice regarding the amount of time needed to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.