Rendering of new student center

New Student Center

The WMU Student Center and Dining Facility is the heart of campus. The Center enriches the student experience socially and intellectually by creating a safe hub of dialogue and a culture of civility welcoming all. Collaboration and inclusivity are in its architectural DNA which celebrates the Bronco spirit in a socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable setting.

Opening Fall 2022

A vibrant and distinctive new WMU Student Center is under development as part of the Hilltop Village transformative projects. The new student-focused Center will be located in the heart of WMU's Main Campus surrounded by student housing, academic buildings and pedestrian walkways.

Intentionally focused on creating a welcoming and inclusive environment, the innovative design includes an array of diverse spaces and customer-oriented retail options. Support for student organizations, affinity space and lounges are integrated into the plan to encourage social engagement and co-curricular activities.

Retail food and beverage

A variety of quick-casual restaurants with flexible seating will be located on the first floor.

Rendering of new Starbucks


All your favorites from the largest coffee shop chain in the world, conveniently located right on campus.

  • Rendering of Fuego Verde

    Fuego Verde

    Inspired by authentic Mexican recipes and robust, earthy flavors, craft your taco, burrito or bowl from freshly grilled and zesty ingredients.

  • Rendering of MiPi - new pizza retail food option


    Build an artisan pizza from a selection of bold and classic Italian flavors, crisply fired in a state-of-the-art hearthstone oven.

  • Rendering of Refresh Market

    Re•fresh Market

    Choose from the distinctive and refreshing ingredients to create a grain, noodle or salad bowl that revitalizes the senses.

Dining center options

A varied mix of exceptional dining options will be offered featuring restaurant-style dining experiences with fresh prepared-to-order options. Multiple service styles and seating options will cultivate a welcoming and engaging environment.

  • Classics

    Comforting menu choices with a modern flare featuring a hearthstone oven; selections for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

  • Rendering of Global Fusion

    Global Fusion

    Inspired cuisines with halal options, prepared on traditional cooking equipment including kabob grills and woks.

  • Rendering of Fireside


    Contemporary grill menu, char-broiled meats, grilled vegetarian selections with hot, seasoned fries​.

  • Rendering of The Garden, The Fruit Stand

    The Garden

    Bountiful fresh greens, vegetables, beans, proteins, cheeses, toppings with a variety of dressings.

  • Rendering of Delight


    Delectable desserts in petite portions to accompany your meal; cake decorating and bakery production in clear view​.

  • Slice

    Rustic pizzas crisply baked in a state-of-the-art oven; watch the pizza bake through the viewing window​.

  • Rendering of Deli

    Village Deli

    Full deli counter with extensive selections and a fast-pressed panini option​.

  • Rendering of Hand Picked and Soup

    Hand Picked and Simply

    Featuring gluten-free and allergen-friendly accommodations.

  • Dash

    Grab'n go options located right next to the dining center with rotating hot and cold choices.

New Student Center floor plans

The new Student Center and Dining Facility is set to open next year as various units begin moving into the building. The first two floors will contain most of the student-focused functions, and the third floor includes administrative office space and a full-service Dining Center

  • First floor of new student center
  • 2nd floor of new student center
  • 3rd floor of new student center


  • Features
    • Admissions Welcome Center
    • Unique gathering and study and spaces
    • Twelve meeting rooms
    • Retail food and beverage, including Starbucks
    • Dining Center
    • Campus bookstore
    • Game room
    • Full-service bank
    • Student pop-up space
    • Student media
    • Student organization resources and support
    • Commuter resource center
  • Design Drivers

    The innovative design will cultivate an environment that will:

    • Celebrate Western Michigan University’s unique identity and promote Bronco pride.
    • Become a vibrant and timeless expression of student life.
    • Create a sense of WOW where students are compelled to gather, find meaning and explore.
    • Create, foster, and enable a culture of civility, inclusivity and living-learning support.
    • Be outwardly engaged to the community and to the globalized world.
    • Focus on the student experience - success, wellness, entertainment and dining.
    • Create flexible, efficient and accessible spaces inside and out that easily adapt to changes in use.