Things to Do at UMW

Are you looking for somewhere to spend your free time? Do you need a place where you can meet some new friends and relax? You’ve come to the right place!

In case some of the ideas listed below aren’t feasible right now, check out The List of ideas of things you can do while things look a little different due to the pandemic. And yes, you can still do all the things listed once the pandemic is over too!

Hanging out on Campus at UMWStudents on Ball Circle for Devil Goat Day

The University Center, Underground, and Hurley Convergence Center

All centrally located, students can find comfortable places to hang out, study, and hold group and/or club meetings throughout the week in these locations. In the University Center (“the UC”), students will find UMW’s “all you care to eat” dining hall on the 4th floor, as well as Panera on the 2nd floor. The UC is also home to the Chandler Ballroom on the first floor, which is where many campus events are held. You can also find comfy couches to relax in throughout the building – great places to sit and chat with friends between classes!

The Underground is on the ground floor under Lee Hall, hence the name “The Underground.” Here, you can find a number of campus events, including (but not limited to) weekly Bingo and Karaoke, held by UMW’s Campus Programming Board.

At the Hurley Convergence Center, or HCC, students can study or hold club and/or group project meetings. Outside of Academics, students can go across the HCC to Katora to enjoy a variety of coffees, teas, and food!

Ball Circle

Ball Circle is the center of student life on campus. Not only will one find a variety of planned events there (such as Club Carnival and Devil Goat Day), but students also use Ball Circle as a place to relax between classes and pick up a game of Frisbee! Filled with Adirondack chairs, Ball Circle is the perfect place to hang out with old friends and make new ones all in one!

Events and Performances on Campus at UMW

Check out our Events Calendar on myUMW for information about many of the events happening on campus.

Students dancing at a Performing Arts Club show.Arts

The UMW Galleries feature both guest and permanent collections, and sponsor regular lectures.

The Department of Theatre and Dance has multiple theatrical performances a semester.

The Performing Arts Club has two dance shows a semester, showcasing multiple student dance groups.

You can check out all of our performance-based clubs by going to our Organizations section of myUMW and searching by category and selecting “Performing”


Campus Recreation offers fitness facilities, inter-mural and club sports, and regular tournaments in everything from flag football to inter-tube water polo.

Attend a sports event and support our student athletes! Go Eagles!

Around Town

Carl's, a local ice cream parlor. The City of Fredericksburg sponsors many public events.

Local events are also listed in the Free-Lance Star.

Students can explore area museums and Civil War battlefields.

There are many places of worship around the city.

Students may use the FRED bus system to get around the Fredericksburg regional area for free with their student ID (Bus Route #F4 comes to College Avenue and Eagle Village).

Students can also visit our nation’s capital by using the train station and the Washington Metro.