The Michigan Union, which opened in 1919, has served as the center of student life at the University of Michigan for nearly a century. Originally set aside as a center for men on Campus, the Union opened its doors to all in 1956 and continues serving as a gathering point for all students, faculty, alumni, and guests.
On the ground floor, you will find the Michigan Union Underground (MUG). The MUG is a great place to stop for a meal throughout the year. It is home to Ahmo’s, Panda Express, Wendy’s, Subway, U-Go’s and Freshen’s. Many students also use the dining area as a place for informal meetings or light studying. On this same floor you will find Barne & Noble, the campus bookstore (they have much more than books!), the UM Credit Union, and the Computer Showcase. Don’t have a laptop? No problem! The Michigan Union Computing site in the basement on the south side of the building is one of the best kept secrets on campus!
For those that prefer a quiet study environment, check out the study lounge on the first floor. The stained glass windows, comfy chairs, and hanging ivy plants create an ideal study spot. And don’t forget about Au Bon Pain or Starbucks just across the hall for coffee and pastries. If you need a study break, head to the Billiards and Games Room on the second floor to blow off some steam!
The Michigan Union is also home to many campus services. These include the Center for Campus Involvement (CCI), the Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs Office (MESA), the Counseling and Psychological Services office (CAPS), the Central Student Government chambers (CSG), the Dean of Students Office, and the Spectrum Center, which is the office that supports our LGBTQ+ community on campus. Additionally, many of the more than 1,300 student organizations on campus have offices on the fourth floor of the Union, and they regularly hold events in the building.
And before you go, be sure to view the plaque at the entrance to the Union commemorating where John F. Kennedy first announced his plan for the Peace Corps!
Have any further questions? Stop by the Campus Information desk on the first floor anytime the building is open, and we will assist you in anyway we can! The Union is a central place on campus where all can feel at home—come through these doors and see for yourself!