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University of Santiago-Chile

Explore Chile’s oldest public university and enjoy free concerts and cultural events at this historic educational institution.

Visit University of Santiago-Chile (Universidad de Santiago de Chile) for interesting insight into the student and cultural life of one of Chile’s largest universities. View historic buildings, attend free cultural events and see Chile’s only planetarium. The university opened in 1849 as the Escuela de Artes y Oficios (School of Arts and Crafts) and it has since grown to become one of Chile’s most important educational institutions. 

Wander the grounds of the university campus and look for the Escuela de Artes y Oficios, a national historic monument built in 1885. Sit on a bench in the Patio de los Héroes (Patio of Heroes) and observe students passing by. Head to the university’s planetarium to watch audiovisual presentations in a domed cinema and discover interactive science exhibitions.

Throughout the year, the university presents a busy schedule of concerts, lectures, theater productions and workshops. Check upcoming schedules to see what events are taking place during your visit. Among the highlights of the annual program are the performances by the University Orchestra, the Syntagma Musicum baroque group and the choirs of Madrigalista and Coro Universidad de Santiago. To see where these events take place, seek out Aula Magna, a superb concert hall located within the Escuela de Artes y Oficios.

The University of Santiago-Chile is about a 10-minute drive west from Plaza de Armas. Take public buses or the metro for easy access to the university. The Estación Central and Universidad de Santiago metro stations are both less than a 10-minute walk away. If arriving at the Universidad de Santiago station, be sure to check out the murals by Alberto Ludwig, which depict the university’s history. 

While in the area, you might also want to stroll around the picturesque Parque Quinta Normal (Quinta Normal Park). It is home to tree-shaded lawns, ponds and three museums, including the Museo Nacional de Historia Natural (National Museum of Natural History).

Entrance to University of Santiago-Chile is free, but there is an admission fee for the planetarium. Opening hours vary, so be sure to check the website before your visit.


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Best Western Estacion Central ¥6,695
Best Western Estacion Central

Best Western Estacion Central

Avda. Lib Bernando O'Higgins 3559, Santiago
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Santiago, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from University of Santiago-Chile and within 3 mi (5 km) of Palacio de la Moneda and Plaza de la Constitucion. Plaza de Armas and Santiago Town Square are also within 3 mi (5 km). Santiago University Station is only a 3-minute walk and San Alberto Hurtado Station is 10 minutes.

    ibis Santiago Estación Central ¥5,356
    ibis Santiago Estación Central

    ibis Santiago Estación Central

    Av Libertador Bernardo O'Higgins, 3780, Comuna Estacion Central, Santiago, Region Metropolitana
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in the heart of Santiago, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from University of Santiago-Chile and within 3 mi (5 km) of Palacio de la Moneda and Plaza de la Constitucion. Santiago Town Square and University of Chile are also within 3 mi (5 km). Santiago University Station is only a 2-minute walk and San Alberto Hurtado Station is 6 minutes.

      Hotel Imperio
      Hotel Imperio

      Hotel Imperio

      Libertador Bernardo O'Higgins 2876, Santiago
         
        2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Downtown Santiago, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of University of Santiago-Chile, Palacio de la Moneda, and Plaza de la Constitucion. Santiago Town Square and University of Chile are also within 3 mi (5 km). Latin American Union Station and Santiago Central Station are within a 5-minute walk.

        Hotel Railef ¥5,314
        Hotel Railef

        Hotel Railef

        Avenida Bernardo O Higgins, 3493, Santiago, Región Metropolitana
           
          2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Santiago, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from University of Santiago-Chile and within 3 mi (5 km) of Palacio de la Moneda and Plaza de la Constitucion. Santiago Town Square and University of Chile are also within 3 mi (5 km). Santiago University Station is only a 4-minute walk and Santiago Central Station is 6 minutes.

          Imperio Suites
          Imperio Suites

          Imperio Suites

          Rodulfo Philips 32, Santiago
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Downtown Santiago, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of University of Santiago-Chile, Palacio de la Moneda, and Plaza de la Constitucion. Santiago Town Square and University of Chile are also within 3 mi (5 km). Latin American Union Station is only a 2-minute walk and Republica Station is 6 minutes.

            Tur Hotel Santiago ¥8,502
            Tur Hotel Santiago

            Tur Hotel Santiago

            Alameda 3750 Piso 3, Santiago, Region Metropolitana
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in a shopping district, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from University of Santiago-Chile and within 3 mi (5 km) of Palacio de la Moneda and Plaza de la Constitucion. Santiago Town Square and University of Chile are also within 3 mi (5 km). Santiago University Station is only a 2-minute walk and San Alberto Hurtado Station is 7 minutes.

              RQ Hotel Dacarlo ¥4,782
              RQ Hotel Dacarlo

              RQ Hotel Dacarlo

              Obispo Javier Vásquez 3940, (ex Manuel Thompson) 3940, Santiago, Region Metropolitana
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from University of Santiago-Chile and within 3 mi (5 km) of Palacio de la Moneda and Plaza de la Constitucion. University of Chile and O'Higgins Park are also within 3 mi (5 km). San Alberto Hurtado Station is only a 5-minute walk and Santiago University Station is 7 minutes.

                Si Hotel ¥3,443
                Si Hotel

                Si Hotel

                Av Libertador Bernardo O'Higgins 2721, Santiago, Santiago
                   
                  2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Downtown Santiago, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of University of Santiago-Chile, Palacio de la Moneda, and Plaza de la Constitucion. University of Chile and Plaza de Armas are also within 2 mi (3 km). Latin American Union Station and Republica Station are within a 5-minute walk.