Main Campus Student Center

The Main Campus Student Center is a sprawling 220,000 square foot facility that is a visual representation of East Carolina University’s connection to people and industry of Eastern North Carolina, the City of Greenville, and our Pirate traditions.

Spring 2024 Hours of Operation

Summer 2024 Hours of Operation

Main Campus Student Center Directory


Serving as the premier location for the campus community, the student center carries forward many of the traditional facilities of the past combined within a more modern appearance with some of the following new highlights:

  • Dowdy Student Store
  • Retail Spaces
  • 14,000 square foot Ballroom
  • Black Box Theater
  • 24 x 42 foot Pirate Vision Digital Display
  • Six Dining Options including Starbucks and Au Bon Pain
  • Home to the Dr. Jesse R. Peel LGBTQ Center and the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center
  • Multiple lounges, study rooms, and gaming center



Check out the special windows that were chosen to enhance the student experience provided by View Smart Windows.

Benefits Include:

  • Students learn better when connected to nature
  • Environments with natural elements, such as greenery and sunlight boost creativity
  • Improve student and educator task performance with enhanced thermal comfort

What’s Inside

Campus Dining

Multiple dining options exist in the Main Campus Student Center for students, faculty, staff, and guests to enjoy. Panda Express, a full service Starbucks, Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, Au Bon Pain Cafe & Bakery, Steak & Shake, as well as The Pirate Market - a snack and sweet shop.

Programs & Services

The Main Campus Student Center continues to serve as the home to the unit of Student Involvement& Leadership. Programming areas include Student Activities & Organizations, Intercultural Affairs (Dr. Jesse R. Peel LGBTQ Center, Ledonia Wright Cultural Center and the Women and Gender Office), Leadership & Service-Learning, Greek Life, and the Crow’s Nest Game Room. Services include Central Ticket Office, Dowdy Student Stores, and Central Reservations which will serve the greater university community.

Transit & Parking

Transit is now providing service out of the Main Campus Student Center bus hub. Visit the Transit website for a list of routes. ECU Parking & Transportation is excited to be opening ECU's first parking garage! Visit the Parking & Transportation website for permit fees and hourly costs.

Lounges & Rooms

The Main Campus Student Center provides a number of spaces for faculty, staff, students, and guests to engage in dialogue, study, and relax. Along with a 14,000 square Grand Ballroom, there are nine meeting rooms of various sizes located throughout the student center. Along with a number of lounges, the 10,000 square foot GUC Commons serves as student center’s central artery and gathering spot.

Pirate Vision

Unique to East Carolina University, the Main Campus Student Center is home to Pirate Vision, a 24 x 42 foot outdoor jumbo digital display. The screen is used to show films, simulcast live television programs, and showcase pirate sporting events. Pirate Vision is on the north side of the center facing Joyner Library and the newly landscaped lawn.

Student Life

As part of the Division of Student Affairs, Student Life is home to six departments: Student Engagement, Student Transitions, Leadership and Service-Learning, Intercultural Affairs, Women and Gender, and Student Centers; two programs: SAB and Student Government Association; and three centers: the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center, Military and Veterans Resource Center and the Dr. Jesse R. Peel LGBTQ Center.

Mission & Learning Priorities:
Developing Inclusive and Innovative Communities.

  • Identity development
  • Effective leadership
  • Understanding and appreciation of cultural and human differences
  • Connect knowledge to other knowledge, ideas, and experiences

What People are Saying

“The student centers are not only going to be an incredible resource and luxury for students on the Main and Health Sciences campuses, but they are also living proof of East Carolina University’s commitment to student success, and transforming this region.”

– Carson Pierce, 2016, BS Communication, BA Political Science



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