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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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Hotel Railef
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 Movistar Arena and Plaza de Armas. O'Higgins Park is 2.5 mi (4.1 km) away. Santiago University Station is only a 4-minute walk and Santiago Central Station is 6 minutes.

    Best Western Estacion Central
    Best Western Estacion Central

    Best Western Estacion Central

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

      Located in the heart of 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 ¥5,339
      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 Movistar Arena and O'Higgins Park. Plaza de Armas is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) away. Santiago University Station is only a 2-minute walk and San Alberto Hurtado Station is 6 minutes.

        Tur Hotel Santiago ¥9,624
        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 Movistar Arena and O'Higgins Park. Plaza de Armas is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) away. Santiago University Station is only a 2-minute walk and San Alberto Hurtado Station is 7 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 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from University of Santiago-Chile and within 3 mi (5 km) of Movistar Arena and Plaza de Armas. O'Higgins Park is 2.2 mi (3.6 km) away. Latin American Union Station and Santiago Central Station are within a 5-minute walk.

            Hotel Willson
            Hotel Willson

            Hotel Willson

            Jotabeche 225, Santiago, Región Metropolitana
               
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in a shopping district, this hotel is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from University of Santiago-Chile and within 3 mi (5 km) of Movistar Arena and O'Higgins Park. Plaza de Armas is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) away. Santiago University Station is only a 4-minute walk and San Alberto Hurtado Station is 11 minutes.

              Imperio Suites
              Imperio Suites

              Imperio Suites

              Rodulfo Philippi ,32, Santiago, Santiago Metropolitan
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Downtown Santiago, this aparthotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from University of Santiago-Chile and within 3 mi (5 km) of Movistar Arena and Plaza de Armas. O'Higgins Park and Clinica Santa Maria are also within 3 mi (5 km). Latin American Union Station is only a 2-minute walk and Republica 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 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from University of Santiago-Chile and within 3 mi (5 km) of Movistar Arena and Plaza de Armas. O'Higgins Park and Clinica Santa Maria are also within 3 mi (5 km). Latin American Union Station is only a 2-minute walk and Republica Station is 6 minutes.