This isn't your traditional campus—and we think that's exciting! Columbia occupies more than 15 academic, administrative, and residence life buildings in the South Loop neighborhood, part of the city’s downtown area and central business district. Campus stretches just over a mile from north to south and approximately three blocks wide. You'll find everything you need within walking distance: classes, cultural destinations, grocery stores, restaurants, and more. Check out our tips for things to do near campus.
Chicago's comprehensive public transportation system, known as the CTA, provides easy access all over the city. Full-time students receive a Ventra U-Pass that provides unlimited rides on the CTA. Visit colum.edu/upass for more information.
New to public transit? Watch as Columbia College Chicago student Laura Maynard travels from campus to her favorite movie theater using the CTA Red and Brown Lines.
Graphic Designer Erick Morales talks riding in the elements, his favorite spots to bike in the city, and how biking has helped him really get to know Chicago.
We’re happy you’re thinking of joining our creative community. We work hard to make our application process as simple and fast as possible, but should you run into any concerns, we're here to help at any time.
If you can’t make it to campus, don’t worry! We have a full schedule of events all across the U.S. and around the world.