Campus life at George Mason University

Do you want to study in a safe, suburban community with easy access to opportunities in a thriving, metropolitan area? As a George Mason University student, you get the best of both worlds. Situated in the heart of Northern Virginia, Fairfax is a welcoming community that students from all over the world call home with plenty of restaurants, shopping and theaters. The best part? Washington, DC, is just 24 km away and accessible by public transportation so you can explore the rich history and culture of the nation's capital.

It’s easy to explore this area, and you have so many options. Visit historic landmarks, hike in the Blue Ridge mountains, or spend a weekend at the beach in Ocean City, Maryland. Mason also offers you weekend trips to places such as New York City and ski resorts nearby.

Cheer for Hofstra athletics

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.

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.

Culture starts with great food

Our 25+ 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 homestyle 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.

We take care of you

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.