Student Union (University of North Florida)

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University of North Florida
Student Union
UNF Student Union pic.jpg
General information
Type Student union
Location Jacksonville, Florida, USA
Opened 2009
Technical details
Floor count 3

The Student Union is the student activity center at the University of North Florida (UNF) in Jacksonville, Florida, U.S. The first such building in UNF's history, it opened in 2009. It is located on the university's campus across from UNF Arena. The Student Union has been awarded numerous architectural awards, including AIA Jacksonville "Best Education Building in Florida (2012)", Fourth in "Best Building in Florida in 100 Years (2012)", and the "AIA Jacksonville Design Award of Merit (2010)." [1]


Opened in 2009, the Student Union is the first in the university's history. It succeeds the Robinson Student Life Center as the main recreational facility on campus, but the Robinson Center only included a fraction of the amenities of the current Student Union. Plans for a Student Union go back as far as the 1980s,[2] but the project was finalized in 2007.[3] The Student Union is a central part of UNF's 2006 announcement to spend $170 million on new structures on campus including new housing, a College of Education building, and parking.[4]


Front of Student Union at night
  • The official size of the structure is 150,048 square feet (13,939.9 m2).
  • The facility cost $50.4 million.
  • The Coxwell Amphitheater has a capacity of 6,000 people.
  • First Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified student union in Florida.


UNF's Student Union consists of two buildings connected by a covered walkway known as Osprey Plaza. The structure includes contains the UNF bookstore, a convenience store, restaurants, a game room, an auditorium, a ballroom, Community First bank branch, an LGBT Resource Center, and an amphitheater. UNF student government is housed there, as is the Spinnaker Media, which includes UNF's student newspaper The Spinnaker, Osprey Television, and Osprey Radio. The Lufrano Intercultural Gallery of Art and other various student organizations like Greek Life have their offices in the facility.[5] The Boathouse restaurant is the third variant of the UNF tradition. The food court has an Einstein Bros., Papa Johns, and Chick-N-Grill.[6] Market Days are held each Wednesday from 10am-2pm in Osprey Plaza and features vendors from the region.[7]


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