Welcome to another year at Central! While you’ve been enjoying the sweet, sweet freedom of summer, we’ve made a few changes around here. From parking and transportation to buildings and dining, there are signs of change on every corner of campus. Here’s what to expect during your first time back to UCO:
Closed for Business – Ayers Street
The days of cutting across campus using Ayers are over. What was a barrier is now a bridge, connecting the two sides of campus into one community space. What does this mean for you? Well, for one, crossing the street just became a whole lot safer. Pedestrian access across the street won’t be interrupted by passing cars, meaning you are free to roam across campus, stress-free. The closure of Ayers also marks the beginning of a new phase of food for Central, as the new dining center’s construction is underway, set to open next year.
Food for Thought – New Restaurant Options
Speaking of a new phase of food for Central, we’ve got a host of new dining options just waiting to be explored. The best part? All of these options are available for meal swipes.
- Tú Taco – Nigh University Center (NUC) Food Court – We’ve spiced up the Nigh Food Court with a brand-new taco restaurant. Tacos? Duh. Nachos? Heck yes. Horchata? You better believe it. Queso?! We’re in.
- Second Street Subs – NUC Food Court – Everyone could use a good sub sandwich. Whether it’s chicken, turkey, Italian or even meatball, this place is a sub above the rest.
- Pho at Sushi Gusto – NUC Food Court – Though Sushi Gusto is already a UCO staple, the menu got a shakeup this summer with the addition of pho. Fall, pho-filled afternoons, here we come!
- 1890 – NUC Second Floor (across from the UCO Tech Store) – Formerly known as Legends, 1890’s rocking a new vibe in the Nigh. A casual dining, deli experience, 1890 offers salads, paninis and – what’s that – loaded fries?! We can’t wait for you to give this place a try. And don’t miss dessert, either!
- International Market – The Quad – The Market in The Quad has added a variety of international options, including snacks from across the world and a hot meal bar, featuring international selections like kebobs, ratatouille, udon, gyros and more.
Park it – Visitors Lot Changes
The Visitors Lot next to Nigh University Center is now a pay-to-park, metered lot. In the days of old, you’d grab a ticket on the way in and pay at the attendant on the way out. Well, that is no more. Now, visitors pull in and pay at a meter, allowing them to pay for just the amount of time they need. In addition, the lot got a facelift and looks brand-spankin’-new.
George Nigh, the Science Guy – STEM Building
Okay, okay. Former UCO President George Nigh may not have been a science guy, BUT the new STEM building IS next to Nigh University Center. The STEM building, formally set to open in November, is the newest addition to the UCO campus. It will house state-of-the-art research and teaching laboratories, as well as new classrooms and faculty office space. With all the cool things present and future Bronchos will do in the new STEM building, we’re sure to be blinded by science.
Got questions about parking or street closures? View the UCO Parking and Transportation Services website. Want to view the dining menus across campus? Check out the menus for each dining option. Interesting in the new STEM building? Learn more.