Chicago Life

Chicago is a world-class, vibrant business community, headquarters for many global companies and a regional hub for virtually every industry. Located in the heart of the city, DePaul connects you to that community.

Some spots students like to check out are Millennium Park, Navy Pier, Museum Campus, and the Art Institute of Chicago.

Facts & Figures

DePaul’s location in the city is very good for a student in business because all the major businesses are located here in downtown. This helps me to have more networking opportunities with companies that I may want to work with in the future.

Manuela Vargas Orozco


While you're studying at DePaul, the university's Public Safety Department strives to maintain a peaceful and safe environment for all students, faculty, and staff - 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Public Safety provides safety escort service around campus, text messaging to share urgent information and patrols all campus buildings and grounds.

Campus Activities

DePaul has more than 350 student clubs and organizations dedicated to community service, student government, professional development, recreational sports and more. Find the student organization that matches your interest here.

Sports and Recreation

DePaul has a long history of outstanding sports teams. Events are held at the Wintrust Arena, the McGrath Arena and the Sullivan Athletic Center. Admission to home sporting events is free for students to encourage team spirit!

Aside from being a cheering fan, trying out for an athletic team like basketball, soccer or softball is another great way to immerse yourself in university culture. Women’s teams include basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field and volleyball. Men’s teams include basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, tennis and track & field.

For a more informal sporting experience, there are various student organizations on campus such as a badminton club, a bowling league, a marathon club among many others. With 350 student organizations on campus, you’re guaranteed to find something to stir your interest!


Located on DePaul’s Lincoln Park Campus, this sprawling 123,000 square foot space provides students with an abundance of recreational opportunities. Amongst the weight benches and cardio equipment, you’ll also find:

Health Insurance

All F-1 international students enrolled in courses at DePaul will automatically be enrolled in the ISO Student Health Insurance Plan. Direct-entry students will be charged per quarter. You will receive additional information about housing and dining in your pre-arrival packet.

Estimated Living & Health Insurance Expenses 2018-2019

Housing Expenses $3,117-$3,537* per quarter, depending on housing style and availability $3,450* per quarter, depending on housing style and availability
Meal Plans $1,663* per quarter $1,715* per quarter
Student Health Insurance $219* per quarter $226* per quarter
Personal Expenses (snacks, hygiene products, etc) $500-$800 per quarter $500-$800 per quarter

*Estimated rates are subject to change.


Student housing is more than just a place to sleep—it’s where you’ll develop meaningful friendships, explore new ideas, and get involved with the university community. Living with other university students will help you learn how to balance the academic and social aspects of life at DePaul University.

The University Center of Chicago (UCC) is a residence for students from four local universities, including DePaul University. GPP students will be housed here. GPP housing is required for undergraduate students. Graduate students may reside at UCC or find their own housing. The 18-story, well-maintained facility is open all year, even during university closings, and has many outstanding amenities, including:

  • Workout center
  • Multimedia rooms
  • State-of-the-art technology labs with programs and equipment perfect for film editing, game design, animation, sound editing, collaboration and more
  • Music practice rooms
  • Art studio
  • Dining center
  • Game room
  • Student lounge with kitchen on every floor
  • Study room on every floor
  • Meeting rooms
  • Bicycle storage
  • Laundry Facilities
  • 24-hour security and keycard access to the building and elevators
  • All utilities included (heat, air, cable, local phone and internet access)


Meal plans allow residents to use their DePaul or University Center ID cards to make food purchases at various locations on both campuses.

Find out more about DePaul Dining Services here

Student Services

To ensure your academic, social and personal success, you will be assigned to a Student Services Advisor to provide you with additional help and support.

Find out more
about Student Services here.

Getting Around

As a DePaul student, the cost to get around Chicago is included in tuition. You’ll get a U-Pass at orientation, which gives you unlimited rides on CTA buses and trains for terms you’re enrolled.

Find out more about
Getting Around Chicago here