St. Mary's College of Maryland, The Public Honors College
Campus Life

Campus Life: Campus Hangouts

The Place to Be


Sometimes after a long day of studying, its good to just kick back and relax.

St. Mary's intimate walking campus makes its it easy for students to meet with friends, work out, or go to the beach without having to venture too far.

Students kayaking
Students performing at the weekly Coffeehouse
Students chatting at the Point
Chatting on the campus center patio

Working out at the ARC
A bonfire at the Point

Just a few of the great places to hang out on campus:

The Campus Center

The Campus Center is the hub of student life at SMCM. This is a great place to catch a movie, attend a lecture, or take advantage of one of the many events organized by the Office of Student Activities.

The facility houses:

The Daily Grind

The Daily Grind is available for your everyday convenience needs, from your weekly groceries, to study snacks, to that mid-morning caffeine craving - it's also a place to hang out, listen to some good music, and relax with some fantastic people!

For more information visit: The Daily Grind

The Great Room

The Great Room is a self-service dining facility that caters to a wide range of tastes and food preferences.

Weekdays: 7 am – 8:30 pm
Weekends: 10 am – 8:30 pm

View Today's Menu

Cole Cinema

A 100+ seat movie theater that screens current movie releases free of charge on Friday, Saturday, and Sundays, and features lectures by professors and guest speakers during the week.


Michael P. O’Brien Athletics & Recreation Center (ARC)

The Michael P. O'Brien Athletics & Recreation Center (ARC) contains 110,000 square feet of first-class athletic competition and health & fitness activities space. The ARC features 1,500 square feet of climbing wall, an Aquatics Center with a 50-meter and a 25-yard swimming pool, three areas outfitted with a variety of state-of-the-art fitness and weight training equipment, two recreational courts, and an Arena.

The campus also features a running track, numerous sports fields, tennis courts, and dance studios that are available to students.

Visit the ARC website for more information.


The Waterfront

St. Mary's prides itself on having one of the finest college waterfront facilities in the country.

Students have free daily access to kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, windsurfing equipment, and FJ sailboats for their own recreational use.

Fire Pits, Outdoor Fireplaces, & Grills

Feel like a cook-out? The Waring Commons fire pit and grill, the Lewis Quad patio fireplace, the South Crescents outdoor fireplace, and the outdoor grills located near residence halls are great places to kick back with some hotdogs and s’mores and enjoy the company of good friends on those cool Autumn evenings.


The Campus Pub

Want a late-night snack? Go to The Pub and grab some cheese nachos or a black bean burger while you watch the game or catch up with friends in the evenings.


"I went kayaking on such a beautiful day just because I can and it's free."

Emily Sinton '16