Frequently Asked Questions (CUE)

What happens during the Chicago Urban Experience (CUE) Pre-Orientation?
During CUE, you will be introduced to life in the city of Chicago, as well as life in the neighborhood of Hyde Park. You will take trips to different Chicago neighborhoods, to the downtown area, and to locations around campus. Moreover, you will have the opportunity to meet some of your classmates and other current students.

What should I make sure to pack for the week of CUE?
You will be doing a fair bit of walking, so be sure to bring sturdy shoes. Additionally, the weather in Chicago in September is often unpredictable, so be sure to bring layers in case it's a week of cooler weather. Be sure to bring toiletries and any required medications, as well as an umbrella in case of rain. If you are used to warmer weather, you may also want to bring an extra blanket for the dorm rooms. An email reminding you what to bring will be sent in August.

What day should I arrive?
The Chicago Urban Experience begins on Sunday, September 16th. You must arrive by this day in order to fully participate in the program. 

What time should I arrive?
You should plan to arrive after 12:00 pm on Sunday, September 16th – this is when you will have access to your room. We will be offering campus tours and informal Q&A sessions with your CUE Leaders throughout the day. Check in will end at 4:00 pm, followed by a welcome dinner for all CUE participants at 6:00 pm.

How can I apply for CUE without my CNet ID?
You may still apply without your CNetID. However, you should ensure that you claim your CNet ID submit your UChicago Card ID photo before you come to campus for CUE. You will receive information on both of these processes over the summer.

What is included in the $900.00 cost for the Chicago Urban Experience?
The fee includes housing accommodations on campus for the duration of the program, the provision of all meals, and the costs of transportation for trips throughout the city. Limited financial assistance may be available to students receiving aid from the University or who are part of the University's Odyssey Scholars Program. To be considered for financial assistance, please complete our Request for Financial Assistance webform.

Where will I be living during Pre-Orientation?
All CUE participants are housed in pre-orientation housing for the duration of the program.  This location may be different than your term-time housing assignment. Permanent housing assignments will be announced via your student portal in early August. You will recieve an email in late August with detailed instructions on the moving process for the beginning and end of the CUE program, as well as what and how to pack for the program. 

When can I move into Housing?
If you participate in CUE, you will move in to your term-time housing one day earlier than the general student population (September 21st) with assistance from the Orientation Leader staff.

Where can I put my belongings during the week of CUE?
Students may bring all of their belongings for the academic year with them when they move in for the Chicago Urban Experience. Locked storage will be provided for the duration of the program, and all bags stored during the program will be moved for you into your permanent room over the course of the week. For this reason, it is highly recommended that students pack a seperate bag for the week and store everything else. You will find out more about move-in and luggage storage on the Orientation website.

Is food provided during the Chicago Urban Experience?
Yes. If you have specific dietary requirements or any food allergies, but did not include that information in your registration form, please contact the College Programming Office by emailing or by phone at 773.702.8616 so that we can make the proper arrangements for you.

My parents will be coming to Chicago with me during Pre-Orientation. Where can they stay?
Parents and other family members should plan to make separate arrangements with local hotels in Chicago. You can find hotel information under the O-Week tab on the Orientation website for your reference.

Who can I contact if I have additional questions about the Chicago Urban Experience?
Students with questions regarding the Chicago Urban Experience should contact the College Programming Office at 773.702.8616 or via email at