University Resources and Services

The Library

Published literature and texts are available in the main library. The library website is the place to start any search. From this site, you can search for hard copy material on the UIC campus, request interlibrary loans, or examine the available electronic journal holdings. Examples of useful search engines are Web of Science, Georef, Geoscience World, American Geophysical Union (AGU) Digital Library, and the American Chemical Society Journals and Magazines. (Note that the links to these search engines work only if you are on campus. If off-campus use a VPN connection to the UIC network.)

Computer and Email Facilities

All graduate students will be provided with a PC in their office that has either hardwire or wireless internet access. A PC with internet access and printers for general student use are located in Room 2438 SES. Additional PCs are available at the Library, Science Learning Center (west side of SES), and the Academic Computing and Communications Center (ACCC) facilities around campus.

Housing

EAES graduate students live all over the city. The following are some of the housing options the students use, arranged according to length of commute time.

  • Off-campus housing information and a site for checking current listings.
  • Campus graduate student housing
  • Near campus:
    • University Village; new area just south of the east side of campus; many new apartments and condos.
    • Bridgeport – not too expensive; Chicago Transit Authority (CTA)
    • Halsted #8 bus as transportation, approx. 20 minute commutes
    • Little Italy and Tri-Taylor – immediately west of Department: Served by University shuttle and CTA Streeterville/Taylor #157 bus.
    • Greek Town/West Town – ~5 blocks north
  • Easy commutes:
    • Oak Park – west suburb, use CTA Blue Line “L” train to commute, 30 min.; Many UIC faculty and students live here. You may want to check out nearby Berwyn and Forest Park, which are less expensive.
    • Near North – Lincoln Park, Lakeview, and surroundings; both high- and low-end rental possibilities; many young professionals, students near DePaul University; easy transportation, nightlife, etc.; Halsted (#8) bus.
    • Bucktown and Wicker Park. 20 minutes on CTA Blue Line “L”, northwest (Between Division and Armitage, Ashland and Western). Gentrifying area; cafes, artists, boutiques, etc.
  • Longer commutes: 4000 North and beyond including Andersonville, Evanston: possible cheaper housing than Near North and Oak Park; fairly peaceful middle class neighborhoods; North/South L’s (Brown, Purple, and Red Lines) are main mode of transportation. West suburbs (Naperville, Villa Park) and South Suburbs (Homewood, Flossmoor) require using the Metra commuter train or car.

Medical and Other Student Services

Medical services available to students include

Other services and useful information: