Housing & Residence Life

Winter 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.

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Face Coverings

The University's masking requirements extend to the residence halls.  All individuals are required to wear a mask upon entry to all residence halls and while in hallways and/or common spaces.  Masks may be removed in individual rooms and while in bathroom facilities.  Members of the campus 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. The University expects all community members to be considerate and respectful others’ individual masking decisions in outdoor spaces 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.


At this time, we have suspended all residence hall visitors, including other on-campus residents.

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.