If you’re looking to step into Hogwarts, you’ve come to the right place. Everywhere you look, there is neo-Gothic architecture covered in ivy and shaded by massive trees. The University works hard to maintain these buildings, so there is usually some kind of construction going on. On the other hand, a lot of the facilities are recent additions to the campus; Max Palevsky dorms, Ratner Athletics Center, and the Mansueto Library are incredibly modern and state-of-the-art. The combination of these two styles creates a hodgepodge of architecture that is still incredibly beautiful. You’ll never be searching for a facility on campus. Combined, the two gyms offer several cardio machines, weight rooms, competition gyms, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, and an indoor track. There’s a library everywhere you turn. Each has a unique style, like the cathedral ceilings in Harper or the clear dome in Mansueto, so you can find a place to study that fits your needs. There are spacious lawns that are great for lounging around on that rare perfect day.
In addition to having great facilities, there’s also always something happening in them. You’ll find intramurals happening nightly in both Ratner Athletics Center and Henry Crown. If you’re not up for intense house competition, you can check out nightly movies at Doc Films hosted in Max Palevsky Cinema in Ida Noyes. But if film noir isn’t your thing, you can spend the time at the Pub, which is the University-run bar in the basement of Ida Noyes. And if you’re behind on your studies, there are 24-hour study spaces where you’re sure to be joined by some of your friends and lots of coffee. Less regular events are put on a student activities calendar and sent out in a weekly email. When it comes down to it, you’ll never be bored with the facilities or events at the University of Chicago.