Health & Safety

Chicago, IL
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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Campus police is always there to transport you around campus at night, if you feel unsafe.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: On campus, there is no need to worry. The UCPD is rumored to have a small army and only the Vatican has a larger private police force. There is rarely any crime on campus and the students respect each other and their property. However, as you start to head off campus (especially south) it can get sketchy. There are occasional reports of students being robbed at gun/knife point, but the UCPD does patrol around Hyde Park and security walks around campus 25/7. As long as you are aware of your surrounding, nothing bad should happen in theory.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Yes, Hyde Park sees crime etc, but it's actually one of the safest neighborhoods in Chicago, and the UCPD is large, well-distributed, attentive, and quick to react.

2 College Freshman

Health & Safety: It can be pretty sketchy at times. I haven't felt personally threatened. If you use common sense, you'll probably be fine, but sometimes things happen, even if you're being smart. It can be a bit scary, but if you really utilize the police presence, you will probably be fine.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: UCPD is great at keeping students safe but in the event of an emergency, the hospital takes forever


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1361st
    Best Student Health Center
  • 1375th
    Safest Campuses
  • 1397th
    Most Visible Campus Police

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Liane Rousseau
Cincinnati, Ohio
English Language and Literature
Grad Year
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The University hospital is a great resource for student health needs. The Student Care Center, or SCC, is specifically for students. While you have easy access to the ER and to the hospital, it can be a huge pain to schedule an appointment with the SCC. If you aren’t incredibly sick, chances are you won’t get seen. You’ll simply talk to a medical consultant, and he or she will tell you to sleep and take an Aspirin. However, if you do have a serious problem or need a prescription written, the SCC and hospital are right across the street from campus.

As for the crime side of life, you have a much different story. Hyde Park is on the South Side of Chicago. Crime comes along with that territory. Chances are, you’ll get a security alert from the dean about a crime that has happened close to campus. However, the University takes the safety of its students very seriously. The University of Chicago Police Department (UCPD) and the City of Chicago Police are always on campus and have a huge presence. There are officers stationed on different corners on campus to provide extra security. The police will follow you home if you feel unsafe, and there are emergency phones located on almost every corner of campus that can provide you with immediate assistance. The University has several shuttle routes and late-night vans to help, as well. Security alerts are sent to every student to keep them informed about what’s been happening on campus and in the neighborhood. Overall, you need to be smart about where you are walking at night. However, there are enough resources on campus that protect the safety of students that you shouldn’t have a problem with feeling safe.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 27
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 0
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
Department of Safety and Security
6054 Drexel Ave., first floor
Dial 123 (on-campus emergency); (773) 702-8181 (off campus)
Safety Services
  • Bicycle registration
  • Campus "Umbrella" service (police escort)
  • Campus bus service
  • Emergency phones on campus
  • House watch
  • Jumper cables
  • Laptop stop tags
  • Late-night van service
  • Safety awareness presentations
Health Center
Student Care Center
Wyler Pavilion/5839 S. Maryland Ave., Suite R-100
(773) 702-4156
Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Health Services
  • Gynecological services
  • Lab testing
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Physical therapy
  • Physician and nurse practitioner appointments
  • Prescriptions
  • Sports medicine
  • Urgent medical care
  • Vaccinations
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
  • You can register your bike and laptop with the University police so that if either is stolen, you can easily track them down.
  • If you're out of town, the University police will drive by your place and alert you if anything is out of the ordinary.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 56 responses

  • 24% Criminal activity near campus
  • 22% Theft/robberies
  • 20% Walking alone
  • 10% Gang violence
  • 6% Non-students on campus
  • 6% Unlit pathways
  • 3% None
  • 2% Dorm safety
  • 2% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 2% Excessive drinking
  • 1% Lack of safety escort services
  • 1% Drugs
  • 1% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 1% Violence among students
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 55 responses

  • 4% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 4% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 44% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 18% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 9% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 22% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 57 responses

  • 0% We have campus police?
  • 0% Not very visible.
  • 2% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 40% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 58% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 56 responses

  • 9% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 41% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 36% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 14% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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