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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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Hotel Plaza San Francisco $140
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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 5-minute walk of San Francisco Colonial Museum and University of Chile. Palacio de la Moneda and Plaza de Armas are also within 10 minutes. University of Chile Station and Santa Lucia Station are within a 5-minute walk.

    CLH Suites Santiago $47
    CLH Suites Santiago

    CLH Suites Santiago

    San Antonio, 60, Santiago
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Downtown Santiago, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of San Francisco Church, Palacio de la Moneda, and Santiago Town Square. Plaza de la Constitucion and University of Chile are also within 10 minutes. Santa Lucia Station and University of Chile Station are within a 5-minute walk.

      Almacruz Hotel y Centro de Convenciones (Ex Galerías) $89
      Almacruz Hotel y Centro de Convenciones (Ex Galerías)

      Almacruz Hotel y Centro de Convenciones (Ex Galerías)

      San Antonio 65, Santiago, Region Metropolitana
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Downtown Santiago, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of San Francisco Church, Palacio de la Moneda, and Santiago Town Square. Plaza de la Constitucion and Plaza de Armas are also within 10 minutes. Santa Lucia Station is 5 minutes by foot and University of Chile Station is 7 minutes.

        Novapark $64
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        Presidente Juan Antonio Rios 59, Santiago, Región Metropolitana de Santiago
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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          The Singular Santiago $180
          The Singular Santiago

          The Singular Santiago

          Merced 294, Santiago, Region Metropolitana
             
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Lastarria, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Forest Park, Santiago Town Square, and Plaza de Armas. Plaza de la Constitucion and Palacio de la Moneda are also within 1 mi (2 km). Bellas Artes Station is only a 5-minute walk and Catholic University Station is 6 minutes.

            Hotel Capital San Pablo $63
            Hotel Capital San Pablo

            Hotel Capital San Pablo

            San Pablo, 1457, Santiago, Region Metropolitana
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Downtown Santiago, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Mercado Central, Santiago Town Square, and Plaza de la Constitucion. Palacio de la Moneda and Plaza de Armas are also within 1 mi (2 km). Santa Ana Station is 6 minutes by foot and Puente Cal y Canto Station is 9 minutes.

              RQ Santiago $60
              RQ Santiago

              RQ Santiago

              Alameda 1449 Local 11 - Centro, Santiago, Region Metropolitana
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Downtown Santiago, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Torre Entel, Palacio de la Moneda, and Plaza de la Constitucion. University of Chile and Plaza de Armas are also within 15 minutes. La Moneda Station is only a 2-minute walk and Heroes Station is 4 minutes.

                Hotel Cumbres Lastarria $139
                Hotel Cumbres Lastarria

                Hotel Cumbres Lastarria

                Jose Victorino Lastarria 299, Santiago, Region Metropolitana
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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