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The University Center, which is a complex that includes both the Mary Graydon Center and Butler Pavilion, is the hub of student life on campus. You can find student organizations, administrative offices for student services and engagement opportunities, comfortable spaces to chat with friends, and many different eateries. With roughly 2,000 student-generated events occurring here annually, the student center is always bustling.

Events in the Student Center

Event requests for spaces in the student center must be submitted through 25Live

Requests for simple events (i.e. a club meeting) should be submitted at least five (5) business days in advance of the event date. Requests for complex events (i.e. dance parties in the Tavern) should be submitted at least twenty (20) days in advance of the event date.

Our office will review all event requests for logistics and operation's needs. If further information is required, an email will be sent to the event host requesting additional details or to schedule a meeting time. Once approved, an event confirmation summarizing the parameters of the reservation will be sent to the event host.

All event setup information must be communicated to the scheduler in advance of the event date - either when first submitting the 25Live event request, or through email reply to your event confirmation. 

ONLY University Center staff is permitted to set up tables/chairs for events.  All requests to change an event setup must be communicated to our office as soon as possible. Late or last minute changes might not be possible due to available staffing and resources. 

Although event hosts may rearrange furniture during their event, all rooms MUST be returned to their original set-up. This includes removing any materials or leftover food that may have accumulated during the event. There are times where back-to-back events have the same set-up, so having the room returned to the original set-up an event host requests is crucial to making sure the next host gets the set-up they requested. 

Catering is available but not required for campus events except for events in MGC 2-5. Only campus catering may be served in this space.

Additionally, there are two other restrictions for food service:

  • Food at public events (i.e. open to the general campus community)MUST be pre-packaged or prepared by contracted, licensed vendors.
  • Food cannot be distributed in the Tavern while eateries are open. 

For University catering, contact Catering Services at 202-885-3180. 

To request a service or equipment that is outside of the built-in features of the reserved location, contact AU A/V directly at 202-885-2296,  AV@american.edu, or submit an Audio Visual Service Request. For general services, contact AV at least 24 hours in advance (Thursdays by 5 PM for weekend requests). For special services, additional lead time may be required.  

Tour Our Spaces

You can use the virtual tour below to "walk-through" MGC 2-5 and The Tavern. 

Student Center Policies

All events and gatherings must not impede the accessibility to university buildings and services. Although we recognize and encourage the congregation of students on campus, we are also mindful of the impact that has on safety. If egress is blocked, groups will be asked to relocate so our building complies with fire code.

  • No Latex. Please do not bring any latex items to your events, which includes latex gloves and latex balloons. Latex can trigger severe allergic reactions.
  • No Tape. Do not tape flyers or directional signage to the walls. This leaves residue that peels paint and must be cleaned. The information desk has directional arrows that can display your signage for directions to events. 
  • No Glitter.  Do not use glitter or bring glittered items. Event hosts who leave behind glitter messes may lose space use privileges and be subject to carpet cleaning fees.

American University defends the right to free expression, including the freedom to express dissent, within the context of the law and responsibility for one's actions. The university also reserves the right to specify time, manner, and place for the exercise of these freedoms, guided by factors that include safety, the rights of others, and the normal functioning of the university.  Click here for the PDF version of American University's Freedom of Expression Policy 

Information Desk

The information desk is located on the first floor of Mary Graydon. You can also call the University Information line at (202)-885-1000 during operating hours. 

Operating Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Click here to email ucenter@american.edu
Student Center Directory
Name Building Floor Room Number Tag
Terrace Dining Room Mary Graydon Center Terrace Level Food & Vendors
Einstein Bagels Mary Graydon Center First Floor Food & Vendors
Pom & Honey Mary Graydon Center First Floor Food & Vendors
The District Pickle Mary Graydon Center First Floor Food & Vendors
Wonk Burger Mary Graydon Center First Floor Food & Vendors
Absurd Bird Mary Graydon Center First Floor Food & Vendors
Create Mary Graydon Center First Floor Food & Vendors
Hissho Sushi Mary Graydon Center First Floor Food & Vendors
One Card & Dining Services Mary Graydon Center First Floor 123 Student Services
Information Desk Mary Graydon Center First Floor Student Services
MGC Conference Rooms 2, 3, 4, 5 Mary Graydon Center First Floor Event & Social Spaces
The Tavern Mary Graydon Center First Floor Event & Social Spaces
MGC Conference Room 200, The Gianni Lounge Mary Graydon Center Second Floor 200 Event & Social Spaces
MGC Conference Room 245 Mary Graydon Center Second Floor 245 Event & Social Spaces
MGC Conference Room 247 Mary Graydon Center Second Floor 247 Event & Social Spaces
Center for Student Involvement Mary Graydon Center Second Floor 271 Student Engagement
Center for Community Engagement & Service Mary Graydon Center Second Floor 273 Student Engagement
Center for Diversity & Inclusion Mary Graydon Center Second Floor 201 Student Engagement
AU Club Council Mary Graydon Center Second Floor 274 Student Engagement
Counseling Center Mary Graydon Center Second Floor 214 Student Services
Academic Support & Access Center Mary Graydon Center Second Floor 243 Student Services
Kennedy Political Union, Student Union Board & Founders Mary Graydon Center Second Floor 250 Student Engagement
AU Student Government, Kevin J. Sutherland Executive Office Mary Graydon Center Second Floor 270 B Student Engagement
CASE: The Center for Advocacy & Student Equity Mary Graydon Center Second Floor 270 A Student Engagement
Multicultural Collective Mary Graydon Center Second Floor 262 Student Engagement
Women's Initiative Mary Graydon Center Second Floor 264 Student Engagement
Student Media Offices Mary Graydon Center Second Floor 248 thru 256 Student Engagement
University Center Mary Graydon Center Third Floor 300 Student Services
MGC Conference Room 327 Mary Graydon Center Third Floor 327 Event & Social Spaces
MGC Conference Room 328 Mary Graydon Center Third Floor 328 Event & Social Spaces
MGC Conference Room 332 Mary Graydon Center Third Floor 332 Event & Social Spaces
MGC 330N Mary Graydon Center Third Floor 330 N Event & Social Spaces
HOME: Hub for Organizing, Multicultarism, and Equity Mary Graydon Center Third Floor 331A Event & Social Spaces
Corner Lounge Mary Graydon Center First Floor Event & Social Spaces
The Marketplace Mary Graydon Center First Floor Event & Social Spaces
MGC Classroom 303A Mary Graydon Center Third Floor 303 A Classroom
MGC Classrom 312 Mary Graydon Center Third Floor 312 Classroom
MGC Classroom 313 Mary Graydon Center Third Floor 313 Classroom
MGC 315, The Wechsler Theater Mary Graydon Center Third Floor 315 Event & Social Spaces
MGC Classroom 323 Mary Graydon Center Third Floor 323 Classroom
MGC Classroom 324 Mary Graydon Center Third Floor 324 Classroom
MGC Classroom 331 Mary Graydon Center Third Floor 331 Classroom
Fraternity & Sorority Life Mary Graydon Center Third Floor 330 B Student Engagement
The Bridge Café Butler Pavilion Second Floor 203 Food & Vendors
Campus Store Butler Pavilion Third Floor 303 Food & Vendors
Office of Campus Life Butler Pavilion Fourth Floor 400 Student Services
Dean of Students Butler Pavilion Fourth Floor 408 Student Services
Student Conduct & Conflict Resolution Services Butler Pavilion Fourth Floor 409 Student Services
Title IX Butler Pavilion Fourth Floor 400 Student Services
International Student & Scholar Services Butler Pavilion Fourth Floor 410 Student Services
Career Center Butler Pavilion Fifth Floor 500 Student Services
Butler Board Room Butler Pavilion Sixth Floor 600 Event & Social Spaces
Butler Conference Room A Butler Pavilion Sixth Floor 619A Event & Social Spaces
Butler Conference Room B Butler Pavilion Sixth Floor 619B Event & Social Spaces
Starbucks Butler Pavilion Tunnel Food & Vendors
Subway Butler Pavilion Tunnel Food & Vendors
Eagles Nest Butler Pavilion Tunnel Food & Vendors
The UPS Store Butler Pavilion Tunnel Food & Vendors