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The Commons integrates all aspects of university life by serving as the principal gathering place for the campus community.  The Commons is the perfect place to catch up with friends, meet with study groups, or just gather between classes.  The services and programs offered in The Commons promote individual development, responsibility and social competency; augment the academic process; celebrate the diversity of our student body; emphasize excellence of service to the campus and community; and enhance campus life and school spirit through cooperative participation and collaboration.

The Plaza, between The Commons and outdoor pool, offers a great place to hang out, have a bite to eat or just relax!  Main Street, Market Street and lounge areas are primary indoor meeting spots for students touching base with friends, clubs advertising events and service organizations recruiting volunteers. Special events occur in these areas throughout the year and external vendors use the areas to bring information and products to the UMBC community.

The Commons is a 143,000 sq. ft. high-tech/wireless facility which houses a restaurant, 8 meeting rooms, the Campus Information Center, Market Street food court, a game room, commonvision and the Cabaret.  Additionally, The Vice President for Student Affairs, Office of Student Life, Commons Administration, and Off Campus Student Services are located within the facility.  The Student Events Board (SEB), the Student Government Association (SGA) and the Graduate Student Association (GSA) also have offices in The Commons and student organizations have multiple work, storage and meeting spaces.

Main Street
Main Street, a 40-foot high, 100-foot long interior walkway, is at the center of The Commons.  Here, the campus community has access to an ever-changing variety of information tables, seasonal kiosks, a full-service Chevy Chase Bank, the UMBC Bookstore, and “commonvision”.  Look on Main Street for the “commonvision” screen, The Commons’ newest way to inform you of all that’s going on.  And, listen and watch for Common Grounds coffeehouse performances at the south entrance to Main Street on the ground floor.

Get Connected
The “wireless” structure of The Commons is state of the art.  You can connect to family, friends, instructors and the Internet from anywhere, without a phone line.  You can surf the web via a wireless laptop from any corner of the building.  Use your UMBC I.D. to check one out at the Information Center.

Information Center
The Information Center (IC), in the lobby, is the first place to go with questions. The IC maintains information on campus activities, transportation, campus programs, services and directories, and The Commons operating schedule. Laptops for use within The Commons may be checked out. UMBCTransit, Wave ‘N Ride hospitality van, MTA schedules, local maps, calendars of events and other general information materials are available.  All major events and many student event tickets are sold at the IC where cash and general fund dollars can be used.  The IC also provides phone operator service to the entire campus as well as other information that is pertinent to the campus community as well as guests. 

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