Published: May 1, 2024

UMC exterior

Known as the campus “living room,” thousands of people visit the University Memorial Center (UMC) every day to eat, enjoy free activities and entertainment, study or just hang out. Here are some things to know about the UMC. 

1. There are lots of dining options  

From the Alferd Packer Restaurant & Grill to Starbucks, Infinitus Pie, Panda Express and Subway, the UMC has dining options for every taste.    

2. You can find your perfect study spot  

Whether you need to print a paper or like a table to spread out on, the UMC has excellent places to study. Be sure to check out the fifth-floor rooftop patio for a study space with a great view! 

One great option for studying is the Student Engagement & Collaboration Area (SECA). Here you can find meeting rooms and lounge areas to work on group projects or be around others who are also working. And if you’re a student who commutes or lives off campus, check out the Commuter Lounge in UMC 102. 

3. You have access to the new, elite gaming lounge on campus

CU Boulder has its own full-scale gaming space! Located on the first floor of the UMC, the Alienware Buffalo Esports and Gaming Lounge is outfitted with 17 Alienware gaming desktop stations, three Alienware gaming laptops, a varsity esports training area, a broadcast studio, console games and a tabletop game space. The gaming lounge is open to all CU Boulder students, staff and faculty and community members.  

4. It has bowling, billiards and more  

The Connection on the first floor of the UMC is a place to kick back, relax, have fun and meet new people. The space offers fun recreation options and amenities such as bowling, billiards, ping pong, video games and board games in a welcoming and open environment.   

Check The Connection’s website for information on tournaments, trivia nights, special events and more throughout the semester. 

5. The UMC is home to student resources

You will find many student-centered offices and services at the UMC. Whether you’re looking to get involved or need support, here are some of the resources you can find at the UMC: 

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

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