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It was just shy of 9 a.m. Wednesday when University of Miami President Donna E. Shalala strolled toward the elevators of the Hecht Residential College…

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The Bookstore

The UM Bookstore is the official one stop shop for students, faculty, staff, and alumni of the University of Miami. It offers a variety of options for course materials that include rental, used, new, and digital textbooks. The bookstore is also an incredible source for technology, UM clothing, and spirit merchandise.  Shop online 24/7 at

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Computing Center

The Ungar Computer Center houses the University’s central computing facilities. This facility supports an IBM 2818-E10 Model M02 Enterprise Server (running z/OS-MVS and z/VM-Linux Operating Systems), an IBM iSeries Model 520, an IBM iSeries Model B20, a Digital VMS and True64 cluster with two Digital GS160 Servers, and various Windows and Linux based servers. In addition to the mini and microcomputers located at various units on each campus, there are over 40 computer labs (both IBM and Apple) in residential colleges, libraries, and schools; and campus networks including network connectivity in each dorm room, and gateways to national and international networks.

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Dining Services

The Hurricane Food Court and a LIME Mexican Grill, located in the University Center, are opened as scheduled by the Department of Dining Services.  Purchases may be made with cash, major credit card, or by using Cane Express.  The Convenience Store on the first floor of the University Center stocks a variety of snack items, cold beverages, milk, ice cream, and sundries.  Starbucks at the Richter Library offers espresso and Fair Trade certified coffee beverages, premium teas and blended cold drinks along with fresh pastries and warm sandwiches. Retail food services in the Student Activity Center include a second Starbucks, M2O (Made to Order), upscale fresh bakery and sandwich shop, and Jamba Juice. The University Village Marketplace is conveniently open to students at the University Village. For additional information and hours or operation, visit 

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I.D. Cards

The Cane Card is the official on-campus I.D.  All students are required to carry their Cane Card for identification purposes while on campus.

New Students can obtain a Cane Card in the Mcknight Building.  Please provide a valid ID and be prepared to have a picture taken.  A $20 replacement fee is charged for lost or stolen cards.  Damaged cards will be replaced for free upon exchange of original card.  For more information regarding the Cane Card please visit .

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Camner Academic Resource Center

Located on the second floor of the University Center, the Camner Academic Resource Center (ARC) offers free academic assistance to all UM students. The ARC offers individual peer tutoring by appointment in most subjects, study skills instruction with a Learning Specialist, free academic workshops, and many other valuable services. Please visit or call 305-284-2800 to learn more or schedule an appointment.

Office of Disability Services (ODS)

The Office of Disability Services (ODS) is the primary university office responsible for the coordination of auxiliary aids and services for students with disabilities. For specifics about service offered, see listing under the Camner Academic Resource Center.

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University of Miami Libraries

The University of Miami Libraries rank among the top research libraries in the United States. Students can access the Libraries in person or through our virtual gateway for high quality information, resources, technology, and research tools to assist with study, course assignments, research, and projects.
The Libraries include the Otto G. Richter Library, the Marta and Austin Weeks Music Library, the Judi Prokop Newman Business Information Resource Center, the Paul Buisson Architecture Library, and the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science Library. The University also has independent medical and law libraries.
Specialized research and resource assistance is available through virtual services and individual contact with librarians and information and technology professionals who can assist you with your specific areas of study through instruction, tools, and resources.

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Parking on the University’s Coral Gables Campus is a privilege extended only to those members of the University community including trustees, faculty, administrators, staff, students, vendors, and visitors who have paid for, received, and properly displayed a current and valid UM parking permit.

The rules and regulations governing parking on the Coral Gables campus are published at Parking and Transportation Services Web site at, and at the offices in the Flipse Building. Telephone inquiries may be directed to Customer Services at 305-284-3096, option 1.

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Housing and Residential Life

The Department of Residence Halls offers summer housing during both summer sessions to regularly enrolled degree seeking University of Miami undergraduate students. Housing is available from mid-May through early August. Single rooms are available in limited numbers. Students enrolling in courses that do not conform to the published Summer Sessions Calendar will have to make arrangements off campus.

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Wellness and Recreation

The Herbert Wellness Center is a premier fitness facility that offers recreation, fitness, and wellness programs to University students. Summer membership is available to all enrolled students and those continuing in the fall semester.

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Student Health Center

The Student Health Service (located across from the Pavia Garage at 5513 Merrick Drive, Coral Gables, Florida 33143) provides primary care, specialty care and pharmacy services to eligible University of Miami students.  Students may choose to be seen on a drop in basis; however we encourage students to make an on-line appointment at The Pharmacy is located on the second floor of the Health Center, and can fill prescriptions from most local and out of town medical providers.  You are not required to have the University sponsored health insurance plan in order to utilize the services of the Student Health Center.

Only students who have been charged the Health and Counseling Centers fee can receive care at the Student Health Service during the summer sessions.  For some enrolled students the fee is automatically charged, for others the fee must be added prior to scheduling an appointment or receiving care. All eligible students who are not automatically charged the health and counseling centers fee, must add the fee in order to access care at the Student Health Service.

This includes enrolled students who are not automatically charged and non-enrolled students eligible for care.  For some students the fee can be added via CaneLink. Students who are unable to add the fee via CaneLink can add the fee at the Student Health Service.   Students are encouraged to add the fee prior to arriving for care and will not be able to make on-line or other appointments if the fee has not been added.

Health insurance is only available to students enrolled in six or more credit hours (or considered full time).  Graduating seniors, and others leaving the University, are encouraged to seek alternative coverage well before the termination of their current plan.  Policies for students covered by the University sponsored health plan will terminate on August 14, 2014. 

More Information regarding the Student Health Service is available at

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Student Center Complex (SCC)

The Student Center Complex includes the Whitten University Center; the Student Activities Center; the outdoor Patio and Stage; UC Swimming Pool; and the “Rock”. Within the University Center (UC) can be found an Information Desk with ticket window; the Follet Bookstore; US Post Office; University Credit Union; CaneNet computer and internet resource for students; Camner Academic Resource Center; and the Launch Pad entrepreneurial initiative. Dining options include Lime, Oasis Deli, and the Convenience Store. The Student Activities Center has an information desk and SCC reservations office; 24/7 study lounge; meeting rooms; and grand ballroom. There are dedicated student spaces for undergraduate; graduate; and law students. Starbucks is located along the lakeside promenade. Other dining options in the UC Food Court and the SAC are closed for the summer except for special events. For more information, call 305-284-4599 for the SAC Information Desk, or 305-284-2318 for the UC Information Desk.

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Abbreviations for Campus Buildings

Click here for a list of Abbreviations of Campus Buildings

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