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Student Union
521 East Ave North
La Crosse, WI 54601

Hours

Daily building hours:
Academic Year:
Monday - Friday 7 a.m. - 12 a.m.*
Saturday 8 a.m. - 12 a.m.
Sunday 10 a.m. - 12 a.m. 

Winter Break, Spring Break, & Summer:
Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday Closed

Admissions Office
Monday - Friday
7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Chartwells Office
Monday - Friday
7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
University Centers          
Monday - Friday
7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

UW Credit Union
Monday - Friday
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Information Center
Monday - Friday 7 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. - 11 p.m. 
Sunday 10 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Tickets
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Eagle ID Office
Monday - Friday
7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

University Bookstore
Fall & Spring
Monday - Friday

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.*
Saturday
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.*

Winter & Summer
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.*
Textbook Rental
Fall & Spring
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.*

Closed Saturday & Sunday

Winter & Summer
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.*

More hours information for the University 
Bookstore and Textbook Rental

*Unless otherwise noted and posted in the building

Dining Areas & Hours

Cellar

  • Pizza, Appetizers, & Grill
    • Sun-Thur 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
    • Fri-Sat 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Main Level:

  • Erberts and Gerberts
    • Mon-Fri 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Grilled It
    • Mon-Fri 7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Einstein Bros. Bagels™
    • Mon-Thur 7:15 a.m. - 9 p.m.
    • Fri 7:15 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    • Sat 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Kitchen Classics
    • Mon-Fri 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
  • Sonos Southwest
    • Mon-Fri 7:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Soup and Salad Bar
    • Mon-Thur 7:15 a.m. - 9 p.m.
    • Fri 7:15 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
  • Lacrosse Café
    • Mon-Fri 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Check out the DIning Services webpage for more information about hours.

Spaces in the Union

The New Student Union is 204,287 square feet. There are four gas fireplaces, two that are double sided, and an outdoor gas fire pit. 

  • Admissions Office
  • University Centers
  • Dining Services 
  • Eagle ID Office
  • Student Organizations Suite - The COVE
  • Custodial and Maintenance Offices
  • Storage areas for student organizations
  • UW Credit Union
  • University Bookstore
  • Textbook Rental
  • Veterans Lounge
  • The Entertainment Café
  • Information center/ticket sales area
  • A play area with Pool tables, air hockey, darts, basketball games, foosball, and vintage video games
  • Movie Theater
  • Gender Neutral Bathrooms on each floor
  • A family room for moms on the first floor
  • 11 meeting rooms
  • Large multipurpose/ballroom 
  • 3 green rooms (dressing rooms)
  • 8 lounge areas, including a lounge for commuter students
  • 3 balconies
  • Vending machines

History & Architecture

History of the Student Union

The original idea of a union was to form a university-wide society which cut across college lines, aiming to achieve a semblance of unity through understanding differences.  The name "union" was used as the organization “united” the existing debating societies (Butts, 1967). The first of all unions was organized at Cambridge University in 1815.  In 1866 the students built a permanent building, (Butts, 1967). Houston Hall, at the University of Pennsylvania, was the first official union building in the United States.  It was built in 1896.  

The student union is the community center -- the living room -- of a university, providing services, conveniences, and amenities the members of the university need in their daily life on campus.  It is part of the educational program of the college where students, faculty, and staff can come together for informal interactions, as a place to relax, eat, and recreate. It is important that the student union provides a safe place for all who enter -- a place that fosters increased understanding of all people. 

UW-La Crosse has had five Union Directors since 1959.  Dr. Robert Steuck, Mr. Donald Strand, Mr.  Calvin Helming, Dr. Robert Mullally, and Dr. Larry Ringgenberg.

Architecture of the UWL Student Union

The architect used the natural features of Lacrosse area to guide the design:

  • There were attempts to bring the outside into the building
  • The columns in the first floor level resemble trees with leaves
  • The terrazzo floor on level one represents three rivers meeting at the Information Counter
  • There is a lookout, like in the marsh, when you walk down the stairs from level one to the lower level
  • Recycled barn board used in some spaces
  • Bamboo used for some wood floors
  • Stone used throughout the building