Graduate Student Commons

Evanston Campus Graduate Student Commons

2122 Sheridan Road Evanston, IL 60201, Room 250 (2nd floor)

Graduate School Commons
The Graduate School opened a space in 2010 for general use by graduate students: study, small meetings, presentations, etc. The Graduate Student Commons has at least 60 seats and can accommodate at least 100 standing. Graduate students must be enrolled in The Graduate School and have a valid WildCARD to access the Commons. The room is accessible by WildCARD scanner from 8AM to 12AM, Monday through Friday. From 5PM- 11PM, the room may be reserved for special events or meetings. Reservations should be made one week in advance. For weekend hours and reservations please see instructions below.

The room is accessible by WildCARD scanner from 8AM to 12AM, Monday through Friday. From 5PM- 11PM, the room may be reserved for special events or meetings. Note: Your WildCARD must be current to access the room. If your WildCARD has been replaced, please report this to The Graduate School so your new WildCARD number can be added to the scanner.

Amenities:
  • Wireless internet access
  • Water cooler
  • Coffee, tea and cocoa
  • Multimedia equipment including projector/screen for presentations/films, blu-ray DVD player
  • The Graduate Student Commons has at least 60 seats and can accommodate at least 100 standing.
Policies:
  • Students may use the adjacent kitchen, accessible via the hallway North of the Commons. The doorway between the kitchen and the commons is locked.
  • Do not prop open the doors to the Commons. All students must swipe their valid WildCARD to enter. The door will automatically lock when it closes; please be certain to take your WildCARD with you if you leave the room.
  • The Commons may be reserved at certain times for meetings or special events - see below.
  • Do not leave personal belongings unattended.
  • If you move the furniture, please return it to its original configuration.
  • Podium equipment may be used during meetings and events. Instructions for use are on the podium. Report any problems with the podium or AV equipment to The Graduate School: 847-491-5279.
  • Alcohol is allowed only with a reservation, permission from TGS and confirmation that the University liquor policy is being followed is required.

Reserving the Commons:

Please e-mail Bianca Allen to reserve the Commons for a meeting or event. Reservations should be made one week in advance. Reservations for events/meetings should mostly be made for the evening, but on occasion we allow these events/meetings in the Commons during the day. Please note that the Commons will be open to students during day hours, even if the room is reserved, with the exception of select events (at the discretion of TGS).

Please provide a brief description of your event and the following information when requesting to use the Commons.

  • Event Name
  • Event Type
  • Sponsoring Organization
  • Date and Time
  • Head Count
  • Plans to use the A/V Equipment

Weekend reservations for the Graduate Student Commons are available although the doors to the Seabury building will be locked. The Registrar will notify University Police of your reserved weekend event and ask them to unlock the doors, but students should be prepared to arrive early and contact the University Police (non-emergency number: 847-491-3456) to unlock the building doors in case they are locked. The Graduate Student Commons will still be accessible with a valid WildCARD.

Location: Enter through the door marked "2122 Sheridan" on the south side of the building (Garrett driveway-facing). Follow building signs to "2nd floor classrooms." Enter through the door that leads to Registrar classrooms on 2nd floor. Please do not enter building from Sheridan Road or through the door with the "600 Haven Street" address.

Chicago Campus Graduate Student Commons
Hours: TBD
Reservations/Access: Students in The Graduate School may sign out and pick up the key from the DGP (Driskill Graduate Program in the Life Sciences) program office, located at 303 E. Chicago Ave., Morton 1-673, Chicago, IL 60611. Students may pick up the key between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM for a same-day event. The key should be returned the same day (or next morning if use of the room is after business hours). In order to sign out the key, students must show a valid WildCARD.
Amenities:
  • Wireless internet
  • Microwave
  • Small refrigerator
  • Seating for about 15

Questions, problems with WildCARD access, or suggestions should be directed to Penny Warren.