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What is it like to live in Miami?

Our proximity to the city of Miami and its diverse neighborhoods affords students a broad range of opportunities. ’Canes benefit from real-world experiences in government, nonprofit organizations, multinational corporations, and everything in between. Study in a location that prepares you for tomorrow’s global community. 

From historic to contemporary, there’s something to enjoy for everyone. Beyond the extraordinary blend of colors, cultures, and opportunities, you’d be hard pressed to find a city as diverse as Miami. So, welcome! ¡Bienvenidos! Bienvenue! Here’s a taste of what our location has to offer.

Culture

Pioneers such as the Coral Gables Playhouse, independent Books & Books, and a core group of private art collections set the stage for the explosive growth of Miami’s cultural scene. These days there are more cultural happenings in Miami than you can keep track of. Throughout the year, Miamians pack venues for festivals dedicated to visual art, poetry, books, food, music, and history. When there isn’t a big event, mainstays like the internationally renowned Pérez Art Museum Miami and the Ancient Spanish Monastery reflect our multicultural identity. 

Food

You don’t get a reputation as a melting pot without having the food to show for it. Miami’s world-class culinary culture draws on Latin, French, Asian, and local roots but is unafraid to take your taste buds on an adventure. In Miami, fine dining is not limited to five-star restaurants. You’re just as likely to find Instagram-worthy eats at a gourmet food truck or the mom-and-pop neighborhood staple. Beyond the entree, Miamians take their coffee very seriously. For a quick pick-me-up, grab a cafecito from Versailles restaurant’s walk-up window or a handcrafted cup of joe from Panther Coffee

Parks & Recreations

Beautiful sights in Miami are not hard to find. But walking through the gardens of the 18th-century Italian-style Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Coconut Grove is an experience that will take your breath away. Hot Miami afternoons are perfect spent swimming through the cool waters of the Venetian Pool’s limestone quarries and grottos in Coral Gables. And those seeking to commune with nature can take a short trek out to Everglades National ParkOleta River State ParkFairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, or one of the many other year-round outdoor attractions. 

Sports

In addition to ’Cane athletics, South Florida’s professional sports teams are #winning. Feel the electricity as the Miami Heat chase another championship ring. Visit the young, up-and-coming Miami Marlins at the state-of-the-art Marlins Park. Cheer on the long-standing Miami Dolphins alongside legions of loyal Dolfans. Ice hockey in South Florida? We’ve got that too, with the Florida Panthers. Wherever your loyalties lie, feel the force of our vibrant sports town. 

What is campus life like?

Set one foot on campus and you’ll feel it—a vibe that celebrates life, learning, and daily activities that are anything but routine. Miami has the ability to capitalize on its national reputation as a location at the crossroads of the Americas. The University of Miami offers students unparalleled academic support, enrichment activities galore, sports and cultural offerings, wellness and fitness programs, and endless opportunities to explore, engage, and better the community and the world. For more information, visit our Student Life page.

How easy will it be to get around campus or Miami if I don’t have a car?

Here are a few ways our students typically get around our Coral Gables campus:

Aside from walking along our beautiful paths located throughout the Coral Gables campus, you can hop on a bike and easily get to your destination; you’ll find convenient bike racks all over campus along with free air stations and bike friendly pathways. Locks are also provided free upon registration with UM Police. For more information, please visit UBIKE.

The Hurry ‘Cane Shuttle, a free university shuttle service, runs every 8-15 minutes and stops at convenient locations across the Coral Gables campus. Shuttle service is also provided to the Rosenstiel campus on Key Biscayne as well as nearby off-campus shopping, entertainment, restaurant and grocery store locations. The Hurry ‘Cane Shuttle accommodates the transportation needs of first-year residents since they are not permitted to have a car on campus.

If you would like to venture further off campus, we have ZIPCARS available for rent.

You can also utilize the public transit through the Miami-Dade Metrorail and Metrobus services, at a discounted rate. There is even a Metrorail station conveniently located right next to campus. To utilize the discounted rates, please visit the Information Desk located at the University Center or call 305-284-2318.

Non-freshmen Resident Students and Commuter Students who have a car are eligible to purchase a parking permit in one of the available parking zones on campus.

To learn more, visit the Parking and Transportation website.

What are some of the UM traditions?

You can visit our Traditions page to learn more about our Hurricane traditions.

How big is your campus?

The University of Miami has three campuses on more than 400 acres in Miami-Dade County locations stretching from Coral Gables and the city of Miami to South Dade.

The Coral Gables campus, the University’s main campus, is home to nine undergraduate schools and colleges and is located on a 239-acre tract in Coral Gables, approximately seven miles from downtown Miami.

The campus is one of South Florida’s prime destinations for a rich variety of arts and cultural offerings. The Lowe Art Museum houses South Florida’s largest and most varied art collection and hosts traveling exhibitions. The Jerry Herman Ring Theatre brings vitality to the South Florida cultural community. The acoustically superb Gusman Concert Hall and Clarke Recital Hall are the sites of hundreds of concerts, including Festival Miami, spanning the musical spectrum that is presented by the Frost School of Music. The Cosford Cinema screens a wide variety of first-run, classic, rare, and art-house films. The Coral Gables campus is also home to the University’s celebrated intercollegiate athletics program.

The Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine campus, in the Health District near downtown Miami, consists of 72 acres within the 153-acre University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center complex. The medical center includes the medical school as well as three University-owned hospitals that are part of the University of Miami Health System (UHealth): University of Miami Hospital, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Anne Bates Leach Eye Hospital, home to the top-ranked Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. Our affiliated hospitals on the medical campus include Jackson Memorial Hospital, Holtz Children’s Hospital, and the Miami VA Medical Center. More than a dozen UHealth outpatient clinics are located in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, and Collier counties.

The Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science is located on an 18-acre waterfront campus on Virginia Key in Biscayne Bay. In 2014 the $50 million Marine and Life Sciences Seawater Complex and the Alfred C. Glassell, Jr. SUSTAIN Building opened; the latter facility will enable researchers to study why some storms rapidly intensify into mega-hurricanes The campus is part of a 65-acre marine research and education district that includes two U.S. Department of Commerce National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration research laboratories and the MAST Academy, the Miami-Dade County magnet high school for marine science and technology.

What are UM Points of Pride?

For a snapshot of notable achievements that took place at the University of Miami in 2016, browse the Points of Pride website.

What opportunities do UM students have to experience art and culture? 

Located in one of the most artistic and adventurous cities in the world, the University of Miami celebrates creativity and originality through 50 internationally acclaimed degree programs in art and art history, cinema, interactive media, music, arts presenting, theatre, and more. Our ambitious arts students have unparalleled opportunities to study and showcase their brilliance in gleaming galleries, beautiful performance venues, flexible theatrical spaces, technologically advanced labs, lecture halls, and libraries. For more information, please visit our Arts and Culture page.

What housing options are available at UM?

The University of Miami offers undergraduate on-campus housing in five residential colleges and University Village.

Each residential college has resident faculty members (Masters and Associate Masters), an Area Director/Assistant Area Director, and student staff who all live in the residential college with the resident students to support and promote student well-being, safety, academic achievement, student learning, and development. Numerous social, educational, cultural, and recreational programs are offered throughout the academic year.

For more information about our housing options, please visit our Department of Housing and Residential Life webpage.

What do the layouts look like for various residential college rooms?

To see the different room layouts we provide at the Residential Colleges, visit our Room Layouts page.

Is living on campus mandatory?

Living on campus is a chance to live and interact with culturally diverse students as well as receive support and enhance learning opportunities through live-in faculty and Student Affairs staff. While the University has five residential colleges and the University Village, all non-local freshmen students are required to live in University housing (primarily in Stanford or Hecht Residential College) for two academic semesters. After the 1st year the student has the option to live on campus or off. For more information about our housing options, please visit our Department of Housing and Residential Life webpage.

How many students live on campus?

There are approximately 4,012 enrolled students living on campus, including 83% of new freshmen and 37% of all degree undergraduates.    

What dining options are their available for students? 

The University of Miami Dining Services program offers students a variety of food options conveniently located throughout the campus. Among these are the:

  • Hurricane Food Court - featuring varied concepts including (Panda Express, Tossed, Pollo Tropical, Innovation Kitchen, Sushi Maki, Subway, & Burger 305)
  • Courtside Eatery at the Wellness Center - featuring a variety of healthy food options
  • Jenkins Snack Bar – the perfect spot to grab a quick bite at the School of Business
  • The Corner Deli at Outtakes  – kosher deli featuring sandwiches, Shawarma, and hot soup
  • Outtakes – a full service convenience store
  • Starbucks at Richter Library & Shalala Student Center – your favorite specialty coffee
  • Half Moon Empanadas Carts – for your convenience around campus [Communication, Memorial, and Merrick]
  • Village Marketplace – providing UV residents your convenience store needs
  • Einstein Bros. Bagels – enjoy a delicious bagel at the Law School
  • Sebastian’s Café – offers specialty sandwiches and salads at UM’s Newman Alumni Center
  • GOT Spot featuring Rose’s Café – our newest addition located at the University’s Gables One Tower
  • Lime Fresh Mexican Grill – Mexican fare at the University Center
  • Fresh Fusion – vegetarian, specialty grilled cheeses, naan salads, rice & noodle bowls, at the Shalala Student Center
  • Jamba Juice – smoothies at the Student Center
What meal plans are available?

The University of Miami requires all undergraduate students living in its residential colleges during the fall and/or spring semesters to purchase a Meal Plan. Meal Plan service in the residential dining halls begins operation the first day of housing and continues through the last day of final examinations, during the fall and spring semester. The Meal Plan contract term is for one academic year, with a charge in the fall and spring semester.

The University of Miami Dining Services program offers a variety of services that meet the individual student’s schedule of classes and extracurricular activities. Eight different meal plan options are offered at the Hecht/Stanford and Mahoney/Pearson Dining locations for students residing in the residential dorms on campus:

  • Unlimited meal plan- provides unlimited access into the dining hall ($50 dining dollars per semester)
  • 19 meal plan- provides 19 meals per week ($75 dining dollars per semester)
  • 14 meal plan- provides 14 meals per week ($150 dining dollars per semester)
  • 8 meal plan- provides 8 meals per week ($0 dining dollars per semester) - excludes freshman
  • 100 block meal plan- provides 100 meals to be consumed throughout the fall and spring semesters - Commuters & University Village only
  • 75 block meal plan- provides 75 meals to be consumed throughout the fall and spring semesters - Commuters & University Village only
  • 50 block meal plan- provides 50 meals to be consumed throughout the fall and spring semesters - Commuters & University Village only

For more information, please visit our Meal Plans webpage.      

Does UM have a counseling center?

Yes, the Counseling Center is the primary provider of mental health services for UM students. The Counseling Center provides short-term individual, couples, and group therapy as well as psycho-educational outreach programming and consultation. Urgent care and limited career and psychological assessment are also available. Psychiatric services are available to those under the care of a Counseling Center therapist

What programs or services are available for students with disabilities?

The Office of Disability Services (ODS) is the primary university office responsible for the coordination of auxiliary aids and services for students with disabilities. The Office of Disability Services (ODS) provides academic accommodations and support to ensure that students with disabilities are able to access and participate in the opportunities available at the University of Miami. Please visit the Cramer Academic Resource Center page for more information

The Counseling Center staff consists of experienced professionals from the fields of mental health counseling, psychology, social work and psychiatry

Do you have ROTC programs?

Yes, The University of Miami has an Army and Airforce program

Is there a health center on campus?

Yes, The Student Health Service provides primary care, specialty care and pharmacy services to eligible University of Miami students. You are not required to have the Health Center sponsored insurance plan to utilize our services.  Appointments can be scheduled at mystudenthealth.miami.edu, services are also available on a “drop in” basis

Can I join the band?

Any UM student, regardless of their major can join the Frost Band of the Hour! Please visit the Band of the Hour for more information.

Is there Greek life at your school?

UM currently boast over 2,400 students in our 30 fraternities and sororities. For more information, please visit our Greek Life webpage.

Where can I get information on campus safety?

The University of Miami Police Department (UMPD) is dedicated to providing a safe and secure environment for all members of the University community who study, research, work, and live on the Coral Gables Campus. There are several services that our UMPD provides its students. For more information, please visit UM Police website

What programs are there for students living in Miami-Dade and or Broward Counties?

The Department of Orientation and Commuter Student Involvement offers a variety of services and programs for students from Miami-Dade and Broward Counties who live at home and commute to the University of Miami. For more information, please visit our website

How do I get involved in student life on campus?

Our Student Organizations empower you as students to participate in a diverse and broad spectrum of backgrounds and interests while helping to shape the University of Miami experience for yourself and your fellow students.

Student groups coordinate campus-wide events, including Homecoming, intellectual symposiums and the annual `Canes Film Festival, which features films written and directed by UM film students. Other events, such as International Week, give students the opportunity to experience music, traditions, and cuisine from around the world.

For more information, please visit Student Life and the Department of Student Activities and Student Organizations to learn more about how to Get Involved

What student organizations are available?

The Department of Student Activities & Student Organizations staff serve as a resource for student leaders, programming boards, and over 280 registered student organizations through advising, leadership development, and organizational support services.

Whether you attend an on-campus play, participate in a community service project or plan Homecoming festivities as a member of the committee, you are helping to shape the University of Miami experience for yourself and your fellow students. For more information, please visit our Clubs and Organizations webpage

What exercise and workout facilities are available?

UM provides students with a range of options to maintain or pursue a healthy lifestyle. The Coral Gables campus is home to the Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center, a premier fitness, recreation, and wellness facility that includes a 17,000-sq. ft. fitness room, basketball courts, indoor track, spa, saunas, racquetball and squash courts, instructional kitchen and classrooms, tennis courts, an indoor pool, and the Courtside Eatery. Since it takes more than just physical exercise to maintain good health, the Wellness Center also offers classes in meditation, stress management, smoking cessation, cooking, emergency care, and nutrition education.  

If you are interested in a team atmosphere, be sure to check out our Intramural Program as well as our Club Sports Program. The Intramural Program offers participants the opportunity to play competitively or recreationally in a variety of sports and activities such as flag football, soccer, basketball, softball, tennis, volleyball, and racquetball, among others. The Club Sports Program provides diverse, competitive sports opportunities for students across a broad range of skill levels and experiences and includes activities such as aikido, badminton, sailing, SCUBA, fencing, golf, lacrosse, and rugby to name a few. To learn more, click on Health & Wellness at UM

What services are offered for international students?

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) represents the needs and interests of the University of Miami international community and provides support services and programs for international students, scholars, and academic departments at UM. Every year, approximately 3,750 international students (undergraduate and graduate) and scholars (professors and researchers) from 115 countries representing every region of the world study, teach, and conduct research at the University of Miami.

The professional and dedicated ISSS staff provides expert advice, services, programs, and information aimed at supporting the students’ educational endeavors and enriching their U.S. experience over the entire course of their stay. For more detailed information about the services, please visit the ISSS webpage.