One of the best things about UCR is the beautiful scenery. The landscaping is incredibly well-maintained, and thanks in part to the weather, many students find it relaxing to study or hang out outside on the grounds. The buildings are aesthetically pleasing and technologically functional, as well as under constant improvement. The HUB (Highlander Union Building) is both figuratively and literally the center of campus life, as it hosts the main food court and recreational lounges, like Latitude 55—an area solely for leisure—and study rooms. The Student Recreation Center contains the athletic equipment and courts, all state-of-the-art and of great variety, and also offers dancing classes and group exercise routines. UCR is constantly expanding, as well. In early 2011, the Materials Science and Engineering Building (MSE) was completed, and by spring term, classes were being held in its rooms. The Psychology building is also a more recent addition, offering amenities to one of the most popular majors on campus. Besides the HUB, the libraries are the best place for students to relax and work, surrounded not only by books, but frequently updated, modern computers and related accessories. The staff is extremely helpful and serves the needs of someone looking for a complex text for a technical essay or simply some recreational reading.
UCR generally leaves entertainment up to the students, as nearly all social gatherings are organized by student committees, but R'Side events like HEAT and Homecoming are officially sponsored by the University. There are also numerous educational seminars and film showings that maintain the motivation to learn while still providing entertainment. Overall, UCR provides for all of its students' needs and continually does so in an innovative and gratifying manner.