Student Life FAQs

What is it like to live in Miami?

Our proximity to the city of Miami and its diverse neighborhoods affords you 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. With its extraordinary blend of colors, cultures, and opportunities, you’d be hard-pressed to find a city elsewhere 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 entrée, 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 & Recreation

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 ’s limestone quarries and grottos in Coral Gables. And those seeking to commune with nature can take a short trek out to Everglades National Park, Oleta River State Park, Fairchild 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—the Florida Panthers. Wherever your loyalties lie, feel the energy of our vibrant sports town.

What is campus life like?

Set one foot on the University of Miami 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?

While freshmen are not allowed to have cars on campus, the University offers numerous transportation options including car-sharing, carpooling, bicycling, and on-campus shuttles which are integrated with public transit and other modes. For more information, visit Campus Transportation.

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, stretching from Coral Gables and the city of Miami to South Dade.

  • The Coral Gables campus, the University’s main campus, is home to our undergraduate schools and colleges and the School of Law and is located on a 239-acre tract in Coral Gables, approximately seven miles from downtown Miami.
  • 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 Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science campus is located on an 18-acre waterfront campus on Virginia Key in Biscayne Bay. 

What are UM points of pride?

For a snapshot of our most recent notable achievements that took place at the University of Miami, 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, including the Lowe Art Museum on campus, 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 (master’s and associate master’s), an area director/assistant area director, and student staff who all live in the residential college with the students to support and promote student well-being, safety, academic achievement, student learning, and development. University Village is our on-campus apartment complex, which is reserved for upperclassmen.

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 and receive support and enhanced learning opportunities through live-in faculty and student affairs staff. While the University has five residential colleges and the University Village apartments,  non-local freshmen students are required to live in University housing (primarily in Stanford or Hecht Residential College) for two academic semesters. After the first year, you have 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?

Over 4,045 enrolled students live on campus, which includes 89 percent of new freshmen and 38 percent of all degree-seeking undergraduates. UM has five residential colleges, as well as the University Village apartments, which can house 779 students.

What dining options are available for students?

University of Miami Dining Services offers a variety of food options conveniently located throughout campus and open during hours that work with your busy schedule. 

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. The University of Miami Dining Services program offers a variety of services that meet the individual student’s schedule of classes and dietary needs. 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. 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 our Camner Center for Academic Resources for more information.

Do you have ROTC programs?

Yes, the University of Miami has an Army and Air Force 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 for all types of visits are available at mystudenthealth.miami.edu. Services are also available on a drop-in basis.

Can I join the band?

Membership in UM's Frost Band of the Hour is open to all UM students regardless of their major. Please visit Band of the Hour for more information.

Is there Greek life at your school?

UM currently boasts over 2,500 students in our 29 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 the UMPD provides for students. For more information, please visit the UM Police website.

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

The Department of Orientation and Commuter Student Involvement offers a variety of services and programs for students commuting to the University of Miami from home in Miami-Dade or Broward counties. For more information, please the Department of Orientation and Commuter Student Involvement webpage.

How do I get involved in student life on campus?

Our student organizations empower you 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 campuswide 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 Getting Involved.

What student organizations are available?

The Department of Student Activities and Student Organizations staff serve as a resource for student leaders, programming boards, and over 290 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.

What services are offered for international students?

The Department of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) provides information, services, acclimation, and culturally relevant activities to support international students and scholars and ensure their success.

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.