Campus life at George Mason

Campus life at Mason

Where your friends become family 

The staff at Mason works to give you the opportunity for a meaningful global experience. You will be treated as an important part of this multicultural community where every member brings unique contributions to an outstanding learning environment.

Our programs help you meet students from all over the world and from every US state. We provide activities that help you get involved on campus and in the Fairfax and Washington, DC, communities.

Join any of the more than 500 student clubs on campus including volunteer, religious, academic, international and multicultural organizations. You can also join honor societies, fraternities, sororities and sports clubs. 

Religion on campus

Being a part of Mason’s multicultural community means respecting and representing many different religions around the world.  You are welcome in this community regardless of denomination or any spiritual beliefs. Our students have facilities and clubs to express their faiths and explore other faith communities in a safe, inclusive environment. 

Mason basketball game

College basketball is huge here

Athletics and recreation

Whether you're an athlete or a fan, there are many ways to get involved in Mason Athletics! Mason is a Division I school with 22 NCAA men’s and women’s athletics teams. Soccer, basketball and volleyball are some of the most exciting games to see in person. Bonus? You get to watch the games for free. 

If you're looking to stay active you can join an intramural team, a club sport or you can work out at Mason’s athletic facilities. Do you dance? Want to cycle indoors? At Mason, you’ll have free access to 3 on-campus recreation centers that offer fitness and wellness programs and services.

Health care on campus

Visit the convenient on-campus healthcare clinic

We take care of you

Feeling sick or need a doctor? Visit Mason Student Health Services and you'll experience high-quality healthcare. Mason's healthcare professionals will tell you what to do when you have a cold, flu, upset stomach, injury or any other health concern. You can make a medical appointment and get immunizations and allergy shots at the on-campus clinic. There’s no charge to you when you see a healthcare professional on campusit’s all part of your student insurance.

Staying safe

George Mason University is very safe and has its own full-service law enforcement agency on campus. However, you should not engage in any activity that puts you in danger. You can stay safe on campus by  using well-lit and well-traveled paths at night, and traveling with a friend or group of people. Lock your doors and windows. If you drive a car, lock it at all times even while driving. Do not leave valuable items in your car. In general, trust your instincts. If you do not feel comfortable in a situation, leave. If you are being harassed or experience any threats, let University Police know immediately. You can call the non-emergency number of the Police Department and request a police cadet to escort you safely on campus.


A variety of healthy options to love

Our 25-plus on-campus restaurants and three dining halls cater to the diverse population of students, faculty and staff. At the Globe, you’ll taste traditional recipes from around the world. Southside features home-style American cuisine with a variety of nutritious options, including an allergen-free section. Ike's is your go-to for healthy eating and features fresh produce grown on campus in the President's Park Greenhouse. For coffee, students can check out Peet’s Coffee, Starbucks, Einstein Bros. Bagels or Panera Bread, all of which open as early as 7 am.

Dining halls

Food at Mason

Culture starts with great food

Near George Mason University, you'll find food that reminds you of home. In the multicultural metropolitan area of Washington, DC, you’ll find ethnic restaurants where you can enjoy a special dish from home and international grocery stores where you can buy some ingredients to prepare yourself. If you’re looking for something special, just ask us. We’ll be happy to help you figure out where to find your favorite ingredients.

You can often find a taste of home on Mason’s campus too. Our dining halls provide a great selection of global recipes. Choose from over 25 on-campus restaurants with plenty of vegetarian, halal, gluten-free and Kosher options.

If you live on campus, you'll have the Anytime Dining Plan. This meal plan allows you to enter any of the all-you-can-eat dining halls as many times as you wish each day. If you live off campus, you can choose to purchase a meal plan as well.