The University of Chicago is located seven miles south of the city center in the community of Hyde Park/Kenwood. The campus is bordered by two major parks and Lake Michigan. The University of Chicago enjoys the juxtaposition of stately gothic buildings and new research buildings furnished with the latest scientific facilities.

The city of Chicago offers endless activities for entertainment and leisure including restaurants, sports, cultural events, and shopping for all tastes and budgets.  Many students, staff and faculty live in the neighborhood of Hyde Park where the University of Chicago is located, and walk to campus or use the frequent free shuttle service.