Below is a list of FAQs we often receive.

FAQs for Contemporary Students

Where can I study or take classes on campus if I live off-campus?

Students can book study rooms in the library at https://library.gmu.edu/use/study-rooms. All the group study rooms have been turned into private study rooms, allowing students to take online courses without bothering other students. Students can also study in the Johnson Center at individual tables throughout all floors.

Where can I find information for virtual and on-campus events?

The university has been putting all our events, both virtual and in-person, on mason360.gmu.edu. Students can check regularly on this website or download the app. Many events require an RSVP, which can be done on Mason 360 as well.

How can I see what student organizations are meeting?

Yes, many student organizations are still meeting throughout the semester, either virtually, in-person, or hybrid, All student organizations are putting their information and meeting times on mason360.gmu.edu.

I am only on campus for classes for a short time. What are some good options for parking?

There are short-term visitors parking areas in the Mason Pond, Rappahannock, and Shenandoah parking decks. These are great options to pay by the hour and do not require an advanced purchase. Daily parking options are also available; go to parking.gmu.edu for options and to purchase daily passes.  

I live off-campus but want to eat on campus. What are my options?

There are retail dining option open around campus, including the Johnson Center Food Court. Hours and locations are available at dining.gmu.edu. Residential dining halls (Southside, Ike’s, and the Globe) are also open for students with meal plans.

I'm taking classes online and it can be tough to balance everything, What can I do?

Make an appointment with a Contemporary Student Advisor at contempory.gmu.edu to talk through a plan to balance your work, school, and life commitments. These are students just like you who have experience being successful in an online setting. Also, check out Learning Services to attend workshops for online study skills, time management, and more.