Campus and Local Information
The University of Illinois has been a pioneer in accessibility and offers a full range of disability services, including accessibility maps.
Chicago has branches of major national banks, along with numerous ATM locations (including one in BSB), and many local banks offer free checking and savings accounts to students. The UIC-affiliated Credit Union One occupies the basement of University Hall. For information about Banking see the Office of International Services banking page.
The main UIC Bookstore is in Student Center East. Chicago Textbook, at 1076 W. Taylor St., also carries textbooks. Barbara’s Bookstore is on Halsted Street on the South Campus. With advance planning, some textbooks are available on line.
The Academic Computing and Communications Center (ACCC) handles all services such as new accounts, e-mail and calendar, labs and facilities, software, instructional technology, and network services. The Client Services Office offers general computer and web publishing consulting, as well as support for account and password problems. For more information, see UIC Computing and Support, call (312) 413-0003, or send e-mail or visit a computer lab, including one in the basement of BSB.
Among the cafeterias at UIC, there is a food court, convenience store, coffee shop and vending machine area in BSB. Similar (or larger) options are in University Hall and Student Center East. The surrounding neighborhood is home to some of the city’s most interesting and inexpensive restaurants: Greektown, along Halsted between Van Buren and Madison; Little Italy, along Taylor Street between Morgan and Loomis; and University Village, along Halsted south of Roosevelt Road. Other offerings nearby include Mexican taquerias, thai kitchens, French bistros, and Soul Food.
A campus health program covers students, who have access to an outpatient clinic for minor illnesses and an HMO for anything more complicated. The Student Counseling Center provides confidential personal, educational, and vocational guidance for all students. The UIC Dental Clinic offers an initial visit for a flat fee.
Most students prefer to live in apartments, which are available and affordable in Chicago. Campus bulletin boards carry notices of apartment vacancies, roommates wanted, and the like. Students also check for housing in the local papers, particularly the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, and Chicago Reader (a free weekly), all of which have searchable on-line databases. UIC also runs an Off-Campus Housing Database System. Campus Housing is also available and requires a (not necessarily refundable) deposit.
All students must obtain a UIC photo identity card, the iCard. The ID Card Office is in Room 1790 SSB and is open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Tel: 4135940). The ID card is free, but replacements cost $20.00.
UIC has excellent library collections with a supportive staff. Check out the hours and rules for the UIC Daley Library. An efficient interlibrary loan service makes the collections of other area libraries readily accessible, even for obscure publications. Students have access to the Chicago Public Library, as well as university libraries throughout the metro region and the state.
The Department is in the Behavioral Sciences Building (BSB), 1007 W. Harrison St., on the East Campus just west of University Hall. The department is located on the 1st floor, Harrison St. or north side of the building. The building looks like a cicada made of Lego bricks. To reach the department facilities the first time, the best place to enter the building is from Harrison Street. Upon entering, touch the right-hand wall and continue to stick to the right through several turns until reaching the well-marked main office, BSB 1140. If you get lost, please call (312) 996-3188. View a map of BSB and the Department.
For general information about UIC, call the UIC operator at (312) 996-5000. The operator can connect callers to any campus department.
The Student Recreation Facility, 737 S. Halsted St., is a center for fitness, leisure, and adventure activities. Several other centers on campus provide a range of sports, and the campus organizes intramural and of course extramural sports.
Biking is encouraged at UIC and in Chicago and there are plenty of bike racks all over campus. Always lock your bike and follow the rules of the road (the same as automobiles). Register your bike with the UIC Police. See the Active Transportation Alliance Site. UIC has easy access to public transportation, and CTA passes are on sale at Student Center East. Students meeting credit-hour requirements are eligible for a city-wide UPass. The Chicago Transit Authority elevated (“El”) train station is just north of campus. From the UIC-Halsted stop, the Blue Line train reaches downtown Chicago in three minutes and O’Hare International Airport in about an hour, with convenient connections throughout the city and to Midway International Airport. Five bus routes serve the campus, on Harrison, Halsted, and Taylor Streets and on Roosevelt Road. See the CTA web site for bus information. Commuter Metra trains stop at Ogilvie Station (Clinton and Madison) and Union Station (Clinton and Jackson). Both stations are within a twenty minute walk or one subway stop of the campus. See the Metra site for more information. A pay shuttle bus serves the campus and the two Metra stations weekday mornings and afternoons. Check out the many on-campus parking options if you drive.