University Unions is an organization within Student Life offering a variety of services, programs, spaces, and student involvement opportunities within three facilities: the Michigan League, Michigan Union, and Pierpont Commons. The Unions serve as places where students can meet friends, attend events, grab food, get computer time, study and more. The three campus union buildings comprise over 500,000 square feet — making University Unions one of the largest college union complexes in the world. The many resources available in each building ensure that students will adjust to their independence and thrive in the University setting.
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The Michigan Union is one of U-M’s most recognizable and beloved landmarks. Located in the heart of Central Campus, The Union has been a student gathering place for more than 100 years and has served as the backdrop for many historic events, including JFK’s announcement of the Peace Corps concept. The Union is currently closed for renovation with reopening planned for winter 2020. While the renovation will preserve and honor the mission, tradition, history and architecture of this campus icon, it will also create exciting new spaces in which students can study, connect, engage and lead.
Also centrally located, the Michigan League provides the University community with elegant facilities and superb catering services for hosting successful meetings and special events. In addition, the 21-room Inn at the Michigan League offers convenient and comfortable overnight accommodations for visitors, and the Mendelssohn Theatre, with 640 seats, provides a unique entertainment experience. The League serves as a popular in-between stop offering a convenience store and information desk, a computer center, several eateries and various sitting areas, including a charming garden.
This is the student union on North Campus. Day or night, students come to Pierpont Commons to escape the hustle and bustle of the residence halls and academic buildings or as a place to stop and relax between classes. Many student services are housed here, along with inviting lounges for relaxation and entertainment. Vendors include a bank, ATMs, bookstore, computer store and convenience store.
Dining options abound in this busy student hub. Choices include the popular Fireside Café, a coffee shop, a daily rotation of local restaurateurs and several eateries that lend an international flavor to Pierpont Commons.