Looking for somewhere to relax and recharge? Somewhere to meet a friend over a latte? Somewhere to rock out with fellow musicians? We've got it all.
College Center at Crozier-Williams
Located in the center of campus, the College Center at Crozier-Williams, better known as “Cro,” is the heart of campus activity and social life. It is home to Oasis Snack Shop, Humphrey’s (the campus pub), Cro’s Nest (a bright and airy all-purpose space used for lectures, discussions, concerts and parties), Cro Pit (barbecue, anyone?), the Bookshop, Post Office, SGA Office, Community Partnerships, The College Voice, many other student clubs and most offices related to student life.
MOBROC (Musicians Organized for Bands Rights on Campus), a student-run support organization, provides bands with access to this practice and performance space. Called "The Barn" or "MOBROC Barn," it is a converted squash court with high ceilings and a second-level balcony that features a full sound system, a place to store instruments and a space to rock out with fellow student musicians.
Smith Game Room
The Smith game room is a great spot to relax with friends and unwind after a busy day or hectic week. Located on the ground floor of Smith House, it features plenty of table games including ping pong, air hockey and pool; dozens of board games, a poker table and picture puzzles; wall-mounted televisions, an in-house sound system and comfortable couches and chairs.
Tempel Green, which offers sweeping views of Long Island Sound, is a favorite place to study and relax. In warmer months, students gather for picnic lunches, group study sessions and Ultimate frisbee competitions. In the winter, you are likely to encounter a few friendly snowmen or even an igloo. Some professors move their classes to Tempel Green, which features an outdoor classroom fashioned from granite.
Every day at Unity, the College's multicultural center, you can find students of all backgrounds sharing in the community as they find spaces of comfort in the lounge areas, and evenings, gathering with friends to prepare a meal in the kitchen. Unity also offers culturally affirming and educational programs.
The Zachs Hillel House opened in January 2014 and serves as the home base for the College's Hillel student organization. The building features a kosher kitchen; a great room for studying, lectures and dinners; a library; conference room; and office space. Downstairs, comfy chairs and couches surround televisions, with Ping-Pong tables and games at the ready.
The Womxn's Center is located on the lower level of Smith and Burdick Houses. It provides a safe, welcoming environment for all students to engage and discuss gender-related topics. Comfortable couches and a television make the space inviting and warm, and books and resources on gender issues are plentiful.
The LGBTQIA Center serves as a resource for the entire College community to learn about issues related to gender identity and sexuality. Organizations on campus are invited to reseve space in the Center for meetings and events, and it's a comfortable space for relaxing, studying and discussion.
The Center produces a printed and digital guide to identify faculty with expertise in LGBTQIA and/or gender and sexuality studies.
The Connecticut College Arboretum is 750 acres of beautiful landscape that actually includes the College's campus. The Arboretum extends across Mohegan Avenue, encompasing the nationally-recognized Caroline Black Garden, as well as Mamacoke Island. On the Williams Street side of campus, you can find the Native Plant Collection, a large outdoor amphitheater, and Buck Lodge, all of which surround the pond. The Arboretum (or "Arbo") is a beautiful place to walk, hike, study, picnic or just get away to clear your mind. The Arbo is open daily until sunset and you can find maps and information in the Arboretum office on the first floor of Olin Science Center.
The Athletic Center is located just across Mohegan Avenue and is a hub of activity. The complex includes the Ann and Lee Higdon Fitness Center, which opened in 2009 and provides stunning views of the Thames River to those working out; Luce Field House (featuring basketball, tennis and volleyball courts; squash and handball courts; a rockwall; locker rooms; offices for the Department of Physical Education and Athletics; and the Athletics Hall of Fame); Lott Natatorium; the Christoffers Rowing Training Room; Dayton Arena for ice hockey; Silfen Track and Field and the boathouse along the river.
The Steel House is a historic structure that's home to the Office of Sustainability. It's the headquarters for students, faculty and staff who implement projects that help the College balance the three components of sustainability: social equity, economic well-being and environmental stewardship. The building features comfortable seating, a kitchenette equipped for cooking and baking, a resource library, fireplace and outdoor patios. Architecturally, the Steel House has a rich history as one of the earliest prefabricated houses in America. After a complete restoration, the building was reopened in 2013.
The International Student Center opened recently in the basement of Harkness Chapel, adjacent to to the Chapel Library. The Center features a small kitchen, meeting space and resources for international students.
Coffee houses and campus eateries
Humphrey's, the campus pub
At night, Humphrey's serves beer and wine to students of legal drinking age. Students must be 21 years of age, with proper identification. Students must present the proper ID every time they plan to enter the pub.
At lunchtime, Monday through Friday when classes are in session, students may swipe their CamelID for grab and go selections from a set menu.
9:30 p.m. - 1 a.m., pub service
11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., Grab and Go Lunch
Payments Accepted: Meal Swipe, Cash
Oasis Snack Shop
The Oasis Snack Shop is open past midnight seven days a week. The menu features a variety of grilled items, sandwiches, pizzas, snacks, wraps, salads and beverages, as well as grab-and-go sandwiches and salads.
In addition to cash, students may use dining dollars ($45 per semester for a full meal plan) and Camel Cash to make purchases. Please see the Camel Card website for details about Camel Cash and how to add money to a Camel Cash account. Unused fall semester dining dollars will carry over to the spring semester.
The Blue Camel Café offers a variety of specialty coffees, teas, snacks and baked goods. In a comfortable, relaxed setting, you can enjoy a cappuccino, read a newspaper, watch close-captioned CNN for the latest news, and meet with others in our casual seating area.
This favorite campus coffee shop is now located in a fully renovated 24-hour space on the first floor of the new Charles E. Shain Library.
8:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.
Payments Accepted: Camel Cash, Cash
Located near the first-floor entrance of Cummings Arts Center, the Coffee Closet offers a variety of beverages and a smaller, more intimate study space.
From Dec. 18
CLOSED for winter break
Exam Week Dec. 11-18
10 a.m.-1 a.m.
9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and 7-11 p.m.
9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
5 p.m.-11 p.m.
Payments Accepted: Cash
Coffee Grounds, a student-run venue located in Katharine Blunt (KB) House, offers a cool place to kick back, relax, study and enjoy some great espresso, coffee, hot chocolate and fresh-baked goodies. Coffee Grounds hosts special events throughout the year, including live music, poetry readings and open mic nights, and welcomes campus-group meetings, like the "Coffee G'Round the World" gatherings. At these events, international students share news and stories of their countries, allowing you to explore the world without leaving the couch.
Winter Break Dec. 18
Exam Week Dec. 11-16
8 a.m.-2 a.m.
Sun Dec. 17
8 a.m.-12 a.m.
8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Payments Accepted: Camel Cash, Cash
The Walk-in Coffee Closet at Ruane's Den
This café, located in Harkness House, is a favorite spot to study, meet with friends or just grab a latte. Built with a generous gift from the Ruane family, it's a cozy, 1,500-square-foot coffee shop complete with comfy couches, wireless Internet and two large-screen televisions. The café serves baked goods, coffee, tea, cappuccinos, hot chocolate and their famous Nutella latte. While primarily designed as a student space, the café is also open to faculty, staff and campus visitors.