Historical Campus Tour

Danforth Campus

The William H. and Elizabeth Gray Danforth University Center

Interior of the DUC

The Danforth University Center, known affectionately as the “DUC,” is the vital hub for all who participate in the life of the University: students, faculty, staff, alumni, neighbors, parents and friends. Named in honor of Chancellor Emeritus William H. Danforth and the late Elizabeth (“Ibby”) Gray Danforth, the Danforth University Center’s mission is to offer each member of the Washington University in St. Louis community a place on campus to work, relax and gather.

Intended as the “campus family room,” the Danforth University Center features courtyards, meeting rooms, offices, lounges and upscale and casual dining venues. A popular place to eat and study, the DUC is the most popular dining area on campus and has by far the most options and seating. Nooks and crannies of quiet study space, free wireless Internet throughout the building, an infant nursing room, open courtyards, rocking chairs and an outdoor fire pit are among the building’s other facilities and features. Beneath the DUC is a three-story, underground parking garage.

Designed by the Cambridge-based firm Tsoi/Kobus & Aassociates on the former site of Prince Hall, the three-story, 116,000 square foot building integrates sustainable design approaches intended to reduce its environmental impact throughout its projected 200-year lifespan. The DUC has achieved LEED-Gold certification, the highest LEED rating of any current building on campus.

The DUC houses, among others, the Career Center, the Student Union, the newspaper Student Life, WUTV, a recording studio for KWUR, the Graduate Center and other on-campus groups.

Other resources located inside the Danforth University Center:

For more information visit the Danforth University Center.

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