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Enhancing Your Campus Experience
What is Campus Services?
The University of Cincinnati's mission is dedicated to academics and research. Campus Services role is to enhance the campus experience to support that mission.
From the moment students, faculty, staff and visitors step onto UC's campuses, Campus Services is there to support their journey. In short, we offer everything needed to live, eat, shop, study and play! When you purchase on campus, your dollars stay here to support the university.
Below is a quick tour of Campus Services business units, with more links and details in the dropdown sections.
With 11 garages and over 11,500 parking spaces, Parking Services plays a critical role in daily campus operations. In addition, thousands of visitors use campus parking for sports and other special events.
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Visitor Tracking Tool
The Parking Services home page features a real-time picture of cash parking availability on campus. Permit holders are assured to find space in their assigned garage.
Most garages have undergone a lighting upgrade in the last few years. Safety and energy efficiencies have improved customer satisfaction. Customers are encouraged to be mindful of keeping valuables out of view to prevent break-ins. Blue Help Phones are placed in all garages for emergencies.
If you're sponsoring an event on campus, contact Julian Botella, who will assist you with details, and enhance your visitors' parking experiences. 513-556-4044
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Everyone who has ever ordered UC business cards or stationery knows about Printing Services, but there is so much more they can offer, for example, cost-effective, quality offset printing of brochures and direct mail. In addition, they offer binding and other finishing and bulk mailing.
When the office copier doesn't provide the quality or speed, or can't handle the volume, the two Duplicating Services locations, in McMicken Hall and Medical Sciences Building, will take care of you. They keep a wide selection of papers available, but can special order when needed. High speed scanning and finishing services are also available.
Free pickup and delivery is available, and most jobs are one-day turnaround,.
With two 60" wide latex ink-jet printers and a 60" laminator, there is a lot of flexibility in wide-format products, including posters, indoor and outdoor banners, and window, wall and floor graphics. Design assistance is also available.
Save the hassle of researching copier vendors! Duplicating Services can rent a copier to you on a "cost-per-copy" basis, or a monthly base charge with a per-copy click charge. Let us know what you need and we'll provide a solution!
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Students with meal plans enjoy grab-and-go options in addition to four all-you-care-to-eat dining centers. Faculty, staff and non-resident students may choose a Campus Dining Pass with the same options, in more affordable quantities. All meal plans include Bearcat Card dollars, which provide flexibility to use at retail locations on and off campus.
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
In keeping with our students-first promise, Food Services has a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist on staff, providing education and one-on-one consultation.
In addition, the CampusDish App and website is tailored to UC dining, with menus and nutrition information.
There are many on-campus retail dining options, such as Starbucks and Chick-Fil-A, grab-and-go and college cafés. The sit-down restaurant, Mick & Mack's is open for lunch Monday through Friday, and offers a Wine Tasting and a Chef's Table each month on Thursday evenings.
Classic Fare Catering's professional culinary staff provide specialized menus, from simple to sophisticated for meetings, conferences and special events.
Food Services has a commitment to sustainability. An outline of all of initiatives is available on the About web page.
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Conference Management & Event Planning
CES provides a vast array of services for conference, meeting, and special event planning and execution on the UC campus, in greater Cincinnati, or anywhere in or out of the United States. Watch this brief video for an excellent overview.
On-Campus Event Scheduling
Summer Conferencing Programs
Using campus facilities helps maintain a manageable schedule, providing a comfortable setting for all summer conferencing needs - at one safe location.
Summer Internship Housing
Summer housing is available for all college student interns, whether they work downtown, in the Uptown area or anywhere in the Greater Cincinnati area. The University of Cincinnati offers interns a convenient and affordable summer lifestyle - all in a vibrant urban setting.
Wedding Planning @ UC
Dream weddings at UC start with CES. From catering services and on-site coordinators to an appearance from the Bearcat Mascot, UC has multiple amenities for the ceremony and reception, and options for other wedding events, too.
CES offers many more services, including:
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UC Bookstores' five locations offer convenience and expert assistance on campus. Students can shop with confidence since UC Bookstores offer all required course materials in multiple formats and affordability options. Faculty and staff provide course materials adoptions to ensure timely availability of materials each semester.
Every Bearcat and Bearcats fan is eager to show their pride, and UC Bookstores offer the largest selection of UC apparel and gifts anywhere. Located in the heart of West Campus in Tangeman University Center (TUC), the store is a Bearcat's paradise. Online shopping is available, too, with free pick-up at the TUC store.
MainStreet ExpressMart in TUC offers quick snacks, beverages and sundries for students who are on the go. Market on Main, affectionately known as MoM, is the place for heat-and-eat meals, cleaning supplies and other grocery items. MoM is located on the north side of the Campus Recreation Center and is open early in the morning, and late at night. Find current hours at uc.edu/food/locations-hours.
The Bearcat Card provides an easy and safe way for students and employees to go cashless on campus. Deposits to the card can be made online 24/7, or at the MainStreet Connection Center in TUC, and employees have the option to use payroll deduction. Not only is the Bearcat Card accepted at on-campus locations such as eateries, UC Bookstores and vending, but also many merchants on the campus perimeter, and even Over-the-Rhine.
The connection to our office supply contract partner, GBEX, LLC. is called Central Stores, and offers departmental ordering and personal online or retail shopping at Office Depot.
PNC Bank offers specialized accounts for students, such as Virtual Wallet Student,® and Workplace Banking® for faculty and staff. There is a full-service branch in TUC and ten ATMs around campus. PNC staff offer financial literacy sessions to student organizations and employee teams, or personal appointments focused on individual needs.
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Campus Recreation membership includes free group fitness classes, access to the Aquatic Complex, a climbing wall, indoor track, gym and racquet courts, weight and cardio equipment and more. In addition, members receive discounted rates on premium classes, personal training and nutrition coaching.
Membership for full-time undergraduate students on the Uptown campus is included in their Campus Life Fee. A range of membership options are also available for part-time, graduate, co-op, distance learning and students on our Blue Ash and Clermont campuses.
Faculty, staff, alumni and employees of affiliated organizations may join, as well as community members. Benefits eligible UC employees can participate in Rec Rewards - a reimbursement program for using the facilities regularly, and completing health assessments.
Members can participate in intramural sports - recreational and competitive leagues - in four-week "seasons" throughout the academic year.
REC Kids Camps are available during traditional school break periods and during the summer, for first through eighth graders.
Registered student organizations, university departments and external groups may rent the Campus Recreation Center or the Fitness Center at CARE/Crawley for events, parties, sports tournaments and more. Kids love having birthday parties at the Campus Recreation Center.
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University housing, regardless of the building or complex, can be compared to a community - with resident advisors and governance to provide resources and activities to make students feel at home, and make peer connections. There's easy acccess to campus dining options, shopping, banking, study rooms and recreation.
Applying for Housing
The housing application process is cyclicle through the year. Communications are sent to current residents and new students throughout the year when their application periods open and close. The best way to stay informed is to carefully watch for those communications and periodically visit the Housing website.
Room Styles and Amenities
All rooms are fully furnished for each resident, and a range of room styles are available. There are traditional residence halls with single, double, triple and quad rooms, plus suite-style accommodations and apartments. ADA accessible accommodations are also available.
Amenities include air conditioning, heat, high-speed Internet access, a micro-fridge unit and cable TV service. A premium channel upgrade is available. All halls feature a laundry room, study lounge, snack vending machines, full fire protection system and 24-hour security.
Special Interest and Honors Housing
Residents may select from floors or wings dedicated by academic college, ROTC, gender, honors programs and living-learning communities.
Room and board rates are set annually and approved by the university's Board of Trustees.
Resident Education and Development (RED)
The RED team is responsible for providing leadership in the development of a positive community within the residence halls and apartments. Most of the staff lives in the communities themselves, and a team member is available 24/7 for emergency assistance. Each community also has a governmental body made up of residential representatives that meets weekly.