Visit our FAQ page to learn about COVID-19 safety measures, University Unions building hours, and more.

University Unions COVID-19 FAQ

At the Unions, we are ready to support students’ learning and leadership! We expect students and users of the University Unions to commit to the following fundamental public health practices. These actions are some of the most powerful things we can do, and they depend on each one of us caring for our community.

  • Wear face coverings at all times while on campus and in the Unions – in the public areas, lounges, food courts, corridors, elevators, and office suites.
  • Be prepared to show compliance with the ResponsiBlue app when entering the facilities. 
  • Put your mask back on immediately after eating or drinking.
  • Practice physical distancing.
  • Maintain good hand hygiene.
  • Limit gathering size

Are University Unions facilities open?

In a word, YES!

See the links below for current hours of operation, and remember your MCard for access, your ResponsiBlue health screening, and your face covering.

  • Michigan Union – North Entrance (across from LSA near circle drive) and Southwest Entrance (nearest South Quad and West Quad Connector).
  • Pierpont Commons – Northwest Entrance (near circle drive and Walgreen Drama Center)
  • Michigan League’s  South Entrance (circle drive off of N. University Ave.)


What is open within the Unions?

Visit buildings’ websites (listed below) for the updated daily hours for food, and other services. The Unions are open via MCard swipe to anyone with a valid MCard.

Student Life offices and services continue to operate predominantly virtually with limited in person services. More information can be found Student Life website

Individual study seats are available in University Union buildings and can be reserved up to 120 minutes at a time and up to seven days in advance:

Are lounges and food courts open?

Food court seating is available for individual use with seating de-densified. Lounges in each facility remain available for individual use, with significant public health informed practices implemented. Furniture was reduced and the remaining furniture repositioned to allow for physical distancing and decreased capacity. Current capacity of spaces is posted. We encourage you to use mobile-ordering and pick-up for food vendors. You can find their apps in the Apple App Store and Android Play Store. We have put in place significant protections for health and safety, we also need your help to protect all members of our community so please refrain from moving furniture. For the community’s safety, please put your mask back on immediately after eating or drinking.

As a student, how do I get involved in campus activities and student organizations?

The Center for Campus Involvement, located in the Michigan Union, is available to help Michigan students get involved! CCI offers public health-informed community building programs and services, leadership development opportunities, and ways to connect students with one or more of the University of Michigan’s 1600 student organizations.

Here are some ways to connect with other students on campus:


Are there capacity limits?

Yes, capacity limits follow State of Michigan Executive Orders and CDC guidance for group size. Seating in each room will be configured with six feet of distance between seats. Aisleways are wider, and additional spacing is in place for tables with people stationed at them such as buffet tables and registration tables. These new configurations will significantly decrease the room capacities from the stated fire code capacity. No matter the size of the meeting room, no meetings or events will exceed the gathering size limitations as dictated by U-M, local ordinances and the Governor.

Should in-person team meetings be discouraged even if social distancing?

Yes, in person meetings are discouraged. We recognize not all University and student activities can be done virtually and we all miss seeing each other in-person. If having an in-person meeting is critical, consider everything you can do to reduce risk and offer a hybrid option of joining virtually. Our Conference & Event Services team is ready to assist you.

Can my event/meeting still be catered?

Yes! MCatering continues to offer a robust variety of menu options to meet dietary preferences. The service style may be different than you are used to, for instance, servers will be wearing face coverings and items that were previously self-serve (beverages, buffets) will now be served by MCatering staff. Group size restrictions, physical distancing and other public health considerations may impact the level of available catering. Contact Conference & Event Services for options and information.

Inn at the Michigan League

Has the Inn at the Michigan League reopened?

The Inn at the Michigan League will remain closed until July 2021 due to declines in U-M travel and hospitality needs as a result of COVID-19. Please accept our sincere apologies for any inconvenience this causes to your travel plans.

How can I make a reservation for a special event, such as, Football 2021, Art Fair, etc?

If you are interested in staying with us during one of our special event weekends (Graduation, Art Fair, and Football), we ask that you add your name to our mailing list so that we can contact you as events on campus become confirmed.

How can I make a reservation for travel plans taking place after July 1, 2020.

The Inn’s staff will continue to monitor email and phone messages. Please continue to send your requests to You can expect a response within five business days. We will continue to monitor and adapt to the ever changing nature of the pandemic. Updates will be posted on our website at as reopening plans are determined.