Although most of the classroom buildings around UM are hideously ugly, the insides are generally decent and the newer buildings are very nice. The highlight of UM's facilities is, by far, the Wellness Center-a huge gym located next to the dorms where most freshmen live. The building stays open until midnight on weeknights, allowing for late-night games of basketball, squash, or racquetball, which can provide a great study break. The multi-level gym has pretty much anything a student could want, and this is definitely something to look forward to when coming to UM. The other place where students spend a lot of time is the University Center, aptly located in the center of campus. The UC has a lounge with televisions, an information desk, food court, offices, and a convenience store, and it's attached to the bookstore and campus post office.
The UC is a nice enough place and will most likely only improve. There is a movie theater in a corner of campus that shows relatively new movies free to students, as well as art-house fare. Construction is booming on all of UM's campuses, from a new nursing school facility, lecture and gallery spaces at the School of Architecture, a music library and technology center, and student center for the School of Communication on its Coral Gables campus, to a 15-story Clinical Research Institute and Wellness Center at its medical school.