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Student services and engagement

We understand that students and their families may be facing financial pressures caused by the pandemic. DePaul has already started an urgent fundraising campaign to provide additional targeted grant support to students based on financial need. This is in addition to our decision last spring to rescind a planned tuition increase for the 2020-2021 academic year in recognition of the economic impact COVID-19 has had on many families.

For the Winter Quarter, DePaul also will cancel the student activity fee and Athletics fee, and the student U-Pass​ will be optional for eligible students.​

Please email to talk through your situation and discuss your options.​

Please visit DePaul's off-campus housing website. The site can help you find roommates, furniture and other resources. 

You can also engage other apartment-finding services in Chicago, like Domu and Apartment People. The DePaul Students Living Off Campus Facebook page is another resource you might want to visit.

ID cards ​will be available for students with in-person classes after the 7 to 10 day quarantine at the start of the Winter Quarter.​ Please visit DePaul's ID Services website for the latest information on locations and hours of operation.

Student U-Passes will be offered to eligible students this winter. Students can opt out of the program for winter, as they were allowed to do in the fall. For the most up-to-date information on U-Passes, and the opt-out form, visit the U-Pass @ DePaul website​

Yes.​ Non-resident students can sign up for a plan by completing a non-resident meal plan form

Students can also add flex dollars to their student ID and use it for DePaul dining. All dining locations also accept cash and debit cards.​

From January 2 to 16, dining locations on the Lincoln Park campus will be closed. On January 17, dining locations at Lincoln Park will reopen. As for the University Center, dining on the 2nd Floor, The CAF and Market, will be open to non-quarantine students at the start of Winter Quarter. 

Visit DePaul's Dining Services website for each location's hours of operation.

DePaul University neither recommends nor advises against particular properties. Sudents should determine what is most important to them in off-campus housing (neighborhood, price, safety, proximity to other college students, etc.), and then research and visit various properties that align with their goals. Make sure to visit several properties for comparison purposes. You can learn more on DePaul’s off-campus housing website​.​

​Beginning in Winter Quarter, all first year students have access to a Success Coach for their first year at DePaul. Their assigned coach is a DePaul upperclassman or graduate student who knows what its like to be a freshman, and has been trained to support you. 

If you are a first year student, you can email to set up an appointment with your Success Coach.

​No, there are still plenty of rental properties available in Chicago, even with leases starting Jan. 1. Visit DePaul's off-campus housing website ​for more information.

  • If you want to be engaged in out-of-class activities but are not sure where to start, visit the Involvement Calculator​ to get pointed in the right direction. Answer a series of questions and the calculator will make recommendations for you.
  • The DePaul Engagement Network (DEN) in DeHub lists and hosts various remote engagement opportunities. Make sure to join and check frequently for added events.
  • Winter Welcome Back: This year's Winter Welcome Back will be celebrated virtually, January 4 - 8, 2021​. There will be many opportunities to celebrate students' return to DePaul after the six-week winter break.​
  • DePaul’s Newsline Daily will continue to list featured events, including those in DEN. Make sure to check that daily email.
  • If you are a student organization leader or member, contact the Office of Student Involvement at or visit their virtual office​ to learn more about DEN and how to create online or remote events and meetings for your organization.

​In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and Student Affairs' continued commitment to connect with students during this challenging time, most Student Affairs departments have virtual offices. They act as reception areas to take walk-ins and field general questions. 

​Yes! Many of the same academic support services DePaul has always offered will be available virtually. For the full list of services, please visit the Student Success website. This includes:
Please visit the Student Services and Engagement FAQs for the most up-to-date information.​

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