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Student Life

There are plenty of ways a student can be engaged on campus and enhance their DePaul experience. Students can navigate to the Student Affairs webpage, then to Student Life to find information on student organizations, community engagement opportunities, leadership opportunities and programming offered to assist students and their families in making a smooth transition into life at DePaul.

How can I meet people at DePaul?

Students can meet new people just about everywhere at DePaul: in the residence halls, in class and outside of class, at programs and events on campus.

Many of DePaul's offices are dedicated to student involvement and deliver many on-campus opportunities that help students connect to and network with others. Contact Student Affairs at (312) 362-5680 for more information.

There are a wide range of opportunities for student involvement at DePaul. Students can learn more about these opportunities by navigating to the Student Affairs webpage then to Student Life.

What do DePaul students do on the weekends?

A wide variety of activities take place on campus over the weekend. Many of these events will be advertised in OrgSync, the online student organization portal, the Student Affairs web page, or in the Student Center, residence halls or on various message boards around campus. Chicago also hosts many interesting attractions, ranging from the Lincoln Park Zoo to the Museum of Science and Industry, the Field Museum or the Shedd Aquarium.

What religious activities are available at DePaul?

DePaul is Catholic by tradition, but is inclusive and accepting of all religions. Catholic Campus Ministry, the Vincentian Community Service Office and the Office of Religious Diversity seek to aid students in their spiritual development whether they are Catholic, Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist or still seeking faith. DePaul also offers prayer rooms as well as daily and weekend Mass services for students.

Spirituality, service and justice are at the heart of learning at DePaul, and a number of departments do much to support students' efforts to make a difference in their world. Students can find more information on services by navigating to the Student Affairs, spirituality web page.

How can I get involved in intramural or club sports?

Students looking to get involved and compete in intramural and club sports can check the Ray Meyer Fitness and Recreation Center website through Campus Recreation or head to the Ray front desk for information on signing up. Students looking for specific activities should check the availability by quarter online.

How can I get DePaul athletic event tickets and how much do they cost?

Full-time students are admitted to all DePaul athletic events free of charge. You can reserve your ticket at depaulbluedemons.com and claim it at the door with a valid student ID. Guest tickets can also be purchased for a fee.

To help students take advantage of the many things to see and do around Chicago, Student Affairs acquires discounted tickets for attractions, events and performances, and then allows students to purchase them conveniently on campus. Students can find more information on student discounts by navigating to the Student Affairs, student life web page.

Where do I go if I am feeling down, stressed or have personal concerns?

University Counseling Services (UCS) is available for students who feel the need to speak with someone privately about important issues they are facing. Counselors will help a student set goals for working through an issue or make referrals for a student to receive the help they need.

At some time in our lives, each of us may feel overwhelmed and may need help dealing with life's challenges. Counseling and care services are available at DePaul for students who find themselves in these kinds of situations. For information on the wide range of support services offered, students can navigate to the Student Affairs support services web page.

How do I use public transportation and what is a U-Pass?

The CTA (Chicago Transit Authority) is the main form of public transportation in Chicago. With the Fullerton "L" stop in the center of the Lincoln Park Campus, the Jackson subway stop near the Loop Campus and bus stops throughout the city, there are any number of routes available for students, faculty and staff to use to travel nearly anywhere in Chicago. Route maps and the CTA website can be helpful when navigating public transportation.

The CTA U-Pass is a transit pass that eligible students can use for unlimited rides anywhere on the CTA system. Eligible students include full-time undergraduate students and some full-time graduate students. Eligible students will be charged a nominal fee which will appear on each quarter's tuition statement.