14 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do at the University Union

Posted by Julianna Klein on April 26, 2018

Whether you’re stopping at The MarketPlace to grab a bite to eat or meeting friends for a show at the Undergrounds, the University Union (the Union, for short) is a bustling hub of activity on campus. Home to many student groups and organizations, it's the center of campus life. Check out these 14 things you can do at the Union!

1. Throw a party!

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Bowling and billiards, located by the Undergrounds in the basement of the Union, can be rented out for parties and events. The Undergrounds also feature table tennis and other games.

2. Rent a bike

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The Bike Share program, co-founded by Devan Tracy ‘13, allows students and faculty to rent a bike on campus for free. Bikes can be reserved using the Gotcha app and reserved for two-hour periods. Pick up a two-wheeler from one of four locations on campus!

3. Join a club

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The Student Association, which funds countless clubs and organizations on campus, is located on the second floor. Independent of the University, the SA offers many opportunities for students in leadership and project management.

4. Become a part of Pipe Dream, WHRW or BTV

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Pipe Dream: Run entirely by students, Pipe Dream was founded in 1946 -- the same year Binghamton University was founded!

WHRW: Broadcast to students, staff and residents of the Southern Tier, WHRW offers free-format broadcasting. DJs can play whatever music they want, in whatever order they want. Tune in or become a DJ!

BTV: Between news, marketing and editing, or even starting your own TV show, BTV offers students many ways to get involved. 

5. Get your caffeine fix

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Located in the lobby of the Old Union, Dunkin' Donuts is one of two locations in the Union where you can get your coffee -- the other is at Starbucks, located in the MarketPlace.

6. Attend an event at the Mandela Room

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The Mandela Room is used for many different events on campus. Named after Nelson Mandela, the room features a portrait of the political leader painted by Gillian Patrick ‘94. This room, and many other rooms in the Union, can be rented out by students and organizations for events.

7. Go to Late Nite for a variety of fun activities

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Featuring many different activities every week, such as crafts, games, movies and more, Late Nite is a great way to hang out with friends and mingle.

8. Grab a bite to eat at the MarketPlace

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Featuring a new CopperTop and many other diverse food choices, the MarketPlace is a hub of activity. You can even sit outside and enjoy the sunshine in the outdoor seating area.

9. Shop 'til you drop at the Bookstore

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The Bookstore is located on the second floor of the Union. Purchase everything from textbooks and school supplies to Binghamton apparel -- all in one place!

10. Get career help from the professionals at the Fleishman Center

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Get help with everything from resumes to interviews at the Fleishman Center, located at UU-133.

The Fleishman Center offers access to The Financial Wellness Center, a partnership between Visions Federal Credit Union and the Fleishman Center

The center is also next door to the Center for Civic Engagement, which offers students and faculty opportunities to volunteer and give back. 

11. Stop by the mail room

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Pick up the package you’ve been tracking since the second you ordered it at the mail room, located in the basement, just past the Pipe Dream and WHRW offices.

12. Drop by the Food Co-op

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If you’re in the mood for fresh, organic food, check out the Food Co-op, located in the basement of the Old Union. This student-run grocery store has been around since 1975. Become a member to get discounts, and visit the Roots Cafe for delicious organic food!

13. Charge your phone

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Phone died and you can’t find your charger? You can charge your phone at the front desk (or get information, too). 

14. Have fun at the Undergrounds

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The Undergrounds, located in the basement of the Union, hosts many different events such as movies, music and more! This space can be rented out for different events. 

Not sure where to go? Check out this map of the Union.

Julianna Klein is a senior English major who hopes to pursue a career as a writer. She spends her free time sprinting as a member of the women’s track and field team. 

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