University Union Expansion

A multiphase project to expand and renovate our hub of student life.

A two-phase project is transforming TU's University Union. Completed for fall 2021, the first phase created an 85,000-square-foot addition offering expanded event and dining space, a new main entrance and a spacious plaza. Phase two is renovating the original building to update Paws Café and provide offices for Student Life, Civic Engagement, and more. Phase two will be complete in late 2022.

Features of A Brand New U

  • double the space for student activities and organizations
  • 300-seat auditorium/movie theatre
  • new food market with seven food venues, including Dunkin’ and Chick-fil-A 
  • relocated and expanded Career Center
  • 15,000-square-foot ballroom  

Project Impacts

Traffic and Pedestrian Information

The Union Garage will remain open during the project. The main entrances on the first and second floor of the Union are open for use, as are the exterior walkways surrounding the building. If you have limited mobility and are having difficulty navigating the campus, please call 410-704-RIDE (7433). A TU Paratransit will help get you where you need to go.

Services and Dining 

The Union Food Market is open! Paws is closed for renovations. Other services are in the locations below: 

Visit the offices' websites for up-to-date locations and contact information.


To reserve new event space in the expanded Union, visit the Reservations page or contact Event & Conference Services


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Progress is underway on a Brand New U! The building expansion is open, with the new Food Market, Career Center, ballrooms, meeting rooms and event space. The grand staircase is complete. Work is ongoing on the second phase of the project, comprised of renovations to the existing building. Those renovations will provide new space for Student Life, Design + Graphic Services, Paws, Civic Engagement and Enrollment Marketing.

Why we are expanding

The Union is the most frequently-used building on Towson University’s campus, housing student activities, student group and meeting space, and retail and dining options used by the entire campus community. An update is in order to expand and transform the Union for Towson University’s current campus population of approximately 21,000 students, versus the 9,000 students enrolled when the building opened in 1972. 

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