Housing & Residence Life

Spring 2022 COVID-19 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.

Masking Requirements

The University of Chicago is transitioning to mask optional for much of campus beginning on Friday, March 4. As of March 4, masks will not be required in most non-medical campus office settings, on-campus residence halls, retail stores, and dining spaces. More information about this policy update can be found here.


Beginning at 5:30 PM on Friday, April 1, current off-campus UChicago students will be permitted to be signed into the residence halls. Non-affiliated visitors (including family members) are still not permitted in the residence halls. Other on-campus residents living in different residence halls will continue to be able to visit one another.

Student Well-Being

Housing & Residence Life staff (Resident Heads and Resident Assistants) are available to support students and provide virtual and when safe, in-person, programming. Our central administrative office is open 8:30 AM to 5 PM weekdays (excluding holidays), and an Assistant Director of Residence Life is on call at all other times to assist with urgent matters. 

The University has many resources to assist students including stress reduction tips, virtual wellness coaching, and mindful meditation. Please visit the UChicago Student Wellness resources available here.

Isolation Housing

On-campus isolation housing will be used when a resident student has symptoms or is confirmed to have an illness. The University's Protocol for Addressing Confirmed or Suspected COVID-19 Exposures can be found here.

The University has set aside specific on-campus housing that serve as isolation accommodations for resident students. When a resident 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, including a list of suggested items to bring, self-care guidance during isolation, and contact information for any additional assistance they may require while in isolation.

Students in isolation housing have continued access to the University's wireless network and accommodations include UChicago Dining providing regular delivery of prepared meals for reheating, fresh fruit, produce, and dairy products. All isolation housing assignments contain a kitchen with a microwave and refrigerator. Housing & Residence Life or UChicago Dining will reach out to students at the start time in isolation housing to inquire about any food allergies and/or special diet needs. All students in isolation will follow guidance of UChicago Student Wellness medical staff regarding the amount of time they must remain in isolation housing before being able to return to their academic year housing assignment.