Published: Jan. 28, 2022

UMC during winterThe University Memorial Center (UMC), also known as the “heart” of campus or the campus “living room,” is one of CU Boulder’s well-known buildings. Many people visit the UMC every day to grab a bite to eat, enjoy free entertainment, shop the retail stores, study with free Wi-Fi or simply hang out. 

Here are five things you should know to help you navigate and make the most of this iconic building. 

1. There are lots of dining options

From the Alferd Packer Restaurant & Grill, named after Colorado’s famous cannibal, to Starbucks, Infinitus Pie, Jamba Juice, Panda Express and Subway, there is something for every taste! Plus, the Alferd Packer Grill accepts meal plans, Campus Cash and Munch Money, and the Starbucks in the UMC accepts Campus Cash and Starbucks gift cards. Come by and grab a bite!

Learn more about all UMC dining options.

2. You can find your perfect study spot

Looking for a study spot that isn’t Norlin Library or your room? The UMC is the perfect place to focus or relax. Whether you want a view of the Flatirons, need to print a paper or want a table to spread out on, the UMC has great places to get work done.

You might opt for the student engagement and collaboration area (SECA). Here you can find meeting rooms, quiet space and lounge areas to work on group projects or be surrounded by others who are also working.

Be sure to check out the Student Arts Program pieces on display in SECA and throughout the building. Viewing art can be a great way to take a break and alleviate stress. 

3. It has bowling, billiards and more 

The Connection is CU Boulder’s own hub for kicking back, relaxing, getting involved and meeting new people. The space offers fun recreation options and amenities such as bowling, billiards, pingpong and board games in a welcoming and open environment.

Make a reservation in advance for you and your friends to have a good time! Follow The Connection on Facebook to learn about weekly and special events throughout the semester.

Also inside The Connection you’ll find Club 156, Boulder’s most intimate concert venue for live music, brought to you by Program Council.

4. There are many student job opportunities 

As one of the most active spots on campus, the UMC has an energetic student employee community that provides exceptional leadership and job experience. They offer a competitive salary, flexible hours, professional and personal development opportunities and a true team spirit! 

Because the UMC houses a wide variety of services, there’s bound to be an employment opportunity perfect for your style, interests and skills. Check out a full list of student jobs available!  

5. The UMC is home to student resources

One way to make a big campus feel like home is to get involved. The UMC is home to student-centered offices where you can find ways to meet new people and learn about programs and services that can help you.

Check the building directory for a complete list of services, shops and spaces in the UMC.

For more tips and resources on events and getting involved, visit the Student Affairs website, check out student events and be sure to follow @CUBoulderLife on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter!