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University of Chile

Look around the historical buildings of Chile’s principal university for a glimpse into the lives of the local students and researchers.

The University of Chile is the oldest higher educational institution in the country, dating back to 1842. It comprises many buildings of historical and architectural importance and plays a key role in the country as a political and scientific hub. Peruse the museums, theaters and lecture halls in the university’s five main campuses, which cover 420 acres (170 hectares) of land in the nation’s capital.

The university was initially established in the 19th century as a replacement for the former Royal University of San Felipe, which was built in 1738. Explore the grounds and admire its historical buildings. Among the most notable structures is the Main House, which dates back to 1863 and has an eye-catching yellow, neoclassical façade. Other university buildings, including the Theater of the University of Chile in the Turri Buildings and the Law Faculty, were constructed nearly a century ago.

Investigate the intriguing collections on campus, most notably in the Pharmacy Museum, the Dentistry Museum and the National Museum of Medicine. Examine the artworks displayed in the Museum of Contemporary Art, the American Museum of Popular Art and the Juan Egenau Exhibit Hall, which celebrates a diverse range of plastic arts.

Concerts are held at several of the university’s theaters, including the Isidora Zegers Concert Hall. Check the university's official website for the schedule of events.

Interact with the local residents who work and study at this esteemed institution. Nearly 40,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students are enrolled here.

Find the University of Chile in the center of Santiago near many of the city’s main attractions. After wandering through the university grounds, stop by the nearby Palacio de la Moneda, south of the Mapocho River.

To get to the university, ride the metro to the Universidad de Chile stop, between La Moneda and Santa Lucia. Several bus stops are located along the road in front of the university as well.


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Hostal Alameda $38
Hostal Alameda

Hostal Alameda

Alameda 980 Depto 702, Santiago, Santiago
     
    2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Downtown Santiago, this hostal is within a 10-minute walk of University of Chile and Plaza de Armas. Clinica Santa Maria and Movistar Arena are also within 3 mi (5 km). University of Chile Station is only a 2-minute walk and La Moneda Station is 6 minutes.

    Apart Hotel Ahumada Santiago De Chile
    Apart Hotel Ahumada Santiago De Chile

    Apart Hotel Ahumada Santiago De Chile

    Paseo Ahumada 6, Santiago, Metropolitana
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Downtown Santiago, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of University of Chile and Plaza de Armas. Clinica Santa Maria and Movistar Arena are also within 3 mi (5 km). University of Chile Station is only a 2-minute walk and La Moneda Station is 6 minutes.

      Hotel Fundador $59
      Hotel Fundador

      Hotel Fundador

      Serrano 34, Santiago, Region Metropolitana
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Downtown Santiago, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Paseo Ahumada, Palacio de la Moneda, and Plaza de Armas. Plaza de la Constitucion and National Museum of Fine Arts are also within 1 mi (2 km). University of Chile Station is only a 3-minute walk and Santa Lucia Station is 7 minutes.

        Hotel Plaza San Francisco $110
        Hotel Plaza San Francisco

        Hotel Plaza San Francisco

        Alameda 816, Santiago, Region Metropolitana
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Downtown Santiago, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of San Francisco Colonial Museum and Plaza de Armas. Clinica Santa Maria and Movistar Arena are also within 3 mi (5 km). University of Chile Station and Santa Lucia Station are within a 5-minute walk.

          Plaza Paris Amistar $30
          Plaza Paris Amistar

          Plaza Paris Amistar

          Serrano 62, Oficina 215, Segundo Piso, Santiago
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Downtown Santiago, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of University of Chile, Palacio de la Moneda, and Plaza de Armas. Santa Lucia Hill and Museum of Memory and Human Rights are also within 3 mi (5 km). University of Chile Station is only a 3-minute walk and Santa Lucia Station is 7 minutes.

            Hotel Vegas
            Hotel Vegas

            Hotel Vegas

            Londres 49, Santiago, Region Metropolitana
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Downtown Santiago, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of San Francisco Colonial Museum and Plaza de Armas. Clinica Santa Maria and Movistar Arena are also within 3 mi (5 km). University of Chile Station is only a 4-minute walk and Santa Lucia Station is 5 minutes.

              Hotel Paris Londres
              Hotel Paris Londres

              Hotel Paris Londres

              Londres 54, Santiago, Region Metropolitana
                 
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Downtown Santiago, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of San Francisco Colonial Museum and Plaza de Armas. Clinica Santa Maria and Movistar Arena are also within 3 mi (5 km). University of Chile Station is only a 4-minute walk and Santa Lucia Station is 6 minutes.

                Hotel Paris Londres
                Hotel Paris Londres

                Hotel Paris Londres

                54 Calle Londres, Santiago, Región Metropolitana
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Downtown Santiago, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of San Francisco Colonial Museum and Plaza de Armas. Clinica Santa Maria and Movistar Arena are also within 3 mi (5 km). University of Chile Station is only a 4-minute walk and Santa Lucia Station is 6 minutes.