UConn Health will be your home for the next four to ? years. You’ll learn here, work here, eat here, hang out here, and possibly even occasionally sleep here. The building’s a circle, so you can’t get completely, hopelessly lost (unless you go through the subbasement). Below are some ins and outs of the campus and what it has to offer.
- Food Court/Starbucks
- Student Lounge and Fitness Center
- Building Codes
- Other Handy UConn Health Information
To park on campus, you are required to have an official parking permit issued by UConn Health. You will be assigned a parking location and can park only in your designated area.
For details on parking, registration forms, shuttle schedules, and parking updates, visit the Parking and Transportation website. Their offices are located on the 3rd floor of the ASB-Administrative Services Building (behind the helipad near the roundabout).
Your UConn Health ID (later a record of how much graduate school has aged you) also doubles as your library card with a UPC sticker attached to it. You can get the UPC sticker from the library’s Front Desk.
Books and Journals
The Stowe Library is a (bio)medical library containing over 150,000 volumes, and has current subscriptions to nearly 1,500 journals and access to over 52,000 electronic journals. If they don’t have the reference that you’re looking for, someone at the Information Desk can usually help you get it through interlibrary loan and many items can be found online.
Searches of computerized databases (biomedical journals) can be performed via Medline in the library. This is an extremely convenient system when you need to find information on a topic for class, journal club, research project, or just general interest. The computers hooked up to Medline are located on the B floor in the library at the windows facing the elevators. You have to sign up to use the computers, but since this service has become available to any UConn Health computer on the Net, you can go to ANY computer in the library or in many labs.
Macintosh computers and PC compatibles are available for use in the back of the library. They are almost ALWAYS available unless there is a class. Students are also able to check out loaner laptops from the library for a 24 hour period. For more information on the loaner laptop program.
There are three photocopiers available for public use in the library. One takes coins at 10 cents a copy, while the other two use Vendacard copy cards which are available for purchase at the Information Desk. There is a $1.00 one time charge for the purchase of the card, and then copies with the card are $.07 a piece. Usually individual labs have copy cards.
If you’ve got the time, they’ve got the spot. The repertoire is limited in this field, but the ambiance makes up for it.
Radiation Safety: x2250
The emergency room is located in the University Tower at the basement level.
The Police Station is located on the ground floor near Public Safety (aka “UConn Police Administration,” room LG041; where they take the photo for your UConn Health ID). Two of the services provided by the police department at UConn Health that you’ll probably use the most are the rides to your car after 7 p.m. (based on staff availability), and unlocking of unrestricted rooms. For the latter service, you need to show your UConn Health ID, which, of course, is usually locked in the room with your keys, but they’re pretty understanding.
Additionally, the Police can jumpstart your car or help if you lock your keys in the car.
Please note that the officers on campus are State of Connecticut officers. Traffic rules are enforced on campus and the police will ticket you if you park in the wrong places, fail to stop at a stop sign, etc. These are ‘real’ state police tickets and the fines double after 10 days if you do not pay them. Also, it is a state law in Connecticut to yield to pedestrians in a cross walk!
UConn Health ID: Your ID badge is necessary to enter the building at several entrances, as well as to go up to the lab floors in the main building, enter the student parking garage, get into the student lounge, etc. University policy requires that you wear your badge at all times while you are on campus. Replacing a lost ID badge will set you back $15, so be sure to keep track of it. You can find badging hours here.
Food Court Hours
Weekdays: 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Weekends/Holidays: 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The Food Court is located on the Main Floor of the Connecticut Tower. Noon is NOT the best time to go to lunch since everyone else goes then, making the lines long and seating difficult to find. The time to go is before noon or after 12:45 p.m., although the selection is usually better before noon.
What you’ll like at the Food Court depends on your taste. There are a several different windows and each has a special for the day, which you can preview online (Sodexho Cafe). Check them all out before making your decision. The prices are fairly reasonable, and you can get a filling meal for around $8.00.
In addition to the Food Court, there is a Starbucks, located on the Main floor of the University Tower, one floor up from the new hospital entrance, next to the Connucopia Gift Shop. Their hours are 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; they are closed on weekends. They offer Starbucks beverages, as well as sandwiches and treats.
The student lounge (located across from the Men’s Restroom near the Academic Entrance) has foosball, ping-pong, pool, vending machines, a microwave, refrigerator, TV, stereo, and couches/chairs. The room is badge access only.
The UConn Health Wellness Center is located on the main floor, Academic Building, LM034. A 3,600-square-foot, 24/7, badge-access facility offering 13 cardio machines, 9 resistance machines, free weights, showers, a “healthy” vending machine, and two rooms for fitness classes.
Additional resources on student wellness can be found online here.
If you’re a smoker, you’re out of luck here. UConn is a smoke-free environment and as of November 18, 2010, the entire campus is smoke, tobacco, and vape free; you will not be able to smoke on the UConn Health campus. See more information on the Clean Air initiative.
Finding offices and other locations at UConn Health can sometimes be a challenge. Here’s brief guide to what all those letters before the room numbers mean:
- ARB-Academic Research Building (these rooms are also coded as ‘E’; a.k.a. ‘the new building’)
- ASB-Academic Services Building (a.k.a. ‘down the hill’)
- L-Laboratory Building (a.k.a. ‘the old building’)
- A-Academic Building
- M-Main Floor (level the Food Court is on)
- G-Ground Floor (level the Massey and Keller auditoriums and Low Learning Center are on)
- MUNS-Munson Road Building (where all the Human Resources, the International Office, and Finance people are located)
- MARB-Medical Arts and Research Building
- R-400 Farmington Avenue (Cell and Genome Sciences Building)
Generally, the first number or letter (in the case of the Main and Ground floors) indicates the floor and the numbers after that indicate the room.
So if you were looking for L4102, you’d go to the L building, 4th floor, room 102.
There is a Webster Bank ATM located outside the Food Court, near the recycle/trash area.
Lost and Found is located on the 7th Floor of the Connecticut Tower (take the 6 bank elevators by the cafeteria up to the 7th floor).
There are snack and soda machines in the food court seating area and outside the library entrance. Microwaves are available in the Student Lounge and the food court seating area. There is outdoor seating located in the center courtyard in the middle of the main building, outside the Student Lounge, and soon to be on the courtyard patio near the Public Safety entrance.
There is an outgoing U.S. Mail dropbox outside the main entrance (closest to Garage 3).
Bike racks are located at the Academic Entrance and Public Safety entrance of the main building, as well as at 400 FArmington Ave. (Cell & Genome Sciences Building).
The UConn Barnes and Noble Bookstore is located on the Main floor of the Academic Building, one floor up from the Academic Entrance, next to the Academic Rotunda. Bookstore hours are currently Monday-Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 4 p.m..
The Connucopia Gift Shop opened in 1975. It is located on the M-level near the cafeteria. It offers stationery, jewelry, stuffed animals, baby clothing, officially licensed UConn merchandise, fresh flowers, snacks and more. Gift certificates and gift cards are available, and gift shop purchases are exempt from the state sales tax. A gift kiosk opened on the first floor of the Outpatient Pavilion in 2015 which is also staffed by volunteers. Proceeds from gift shop sales benefit the Auxiliary’s programs and projects. Gift Shop hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday/Sunday from Noon to 4 p.m.
All house phones can be used to make local calls. Just dial 9 to get an outside phone line, and then the phone number. To dial a number within UConn Health on these phones, just dial the last 4 digits of the phone number. These phones are dispersed throughout the main building, including in the food court seating area, in some of the academic hallways
You can buy (or add copies to) a Vendacard copy card at the Information Desk in the library or at Reprographics copy center (located in the basement). Copy machines in the library take cards and cash, but most others in UConn Health only take cards. Copies are $.10 each with cash, $.07 each with copy card at general copy machines, $.045 at the copy center with a copy card and $.03 if you have the copy center make the copies for you. The copy center also has a color copier available.
Wireless internet service is available throughout the main floor of UConn Health. Contact the IT department at x4400 for assistance in setting it up on your laptop.