About the SMSU
The Santos Manuel Student Union (SMSU) is a focal point of the campus where students, faculty, staff, administration, alumni, and guests can develop an enduring relationship with the campus. Serving as the campus social hub, the SMSU assists in the retention and development of students, while encouraging a deeper understanding and appreciation of cultural pluralism, gender equity, and ethnic diversity. The SMSU nurtures an environment conducive to personal growth and development through a variety of cultural, social, educational, and recreational activities. Bridging formal learning and life experiences, the SMSU also serves as a training ground for developing student leaders through leadership opportunities and employment that promote an active learning domain.
Functioning as a meeting place on campus, the facilities provide a comfortable and relaxing environment with a multitude of services important for the University community.
SMSU North first and second floors house a variety of services and departments including: Coyote Lanes Bowling Alley, Coyote Cantina, game room, social stairs, CSUSB Bookstore, lounge spaces, The Habit Burger Grill, dining area, an outdoor plaza deck, and our massive 12,000 square foot conference center. Also known as the Student Success floor- the third floor houses: several Affinity Centers: Asian Pacific Islander Center, First Peoples Center, Latinx Center, Pan-African Student Success Center, Osher Adult Re-Entry Center, Queer and Transgender Resource Center, and Women’s Resource Center. Other campus entities include: Associated Students Incorporated (ASI), Office of Student Leadership and Engagement, Leadership Lab, Undocumented Student Success Center and 1,000 square feet of study/lounge space.
SMSU South facilities include: a spacious lobby, relaxation and study lounge areas, meeting rooms, a state-of-the-art theater, a multi-purpose Events Center used for major events, Financial Literacy Center, Graduate Student Success Center, Gamers Lounge, and E-Sports Arena. Other services and departments located within the SMSU are the Coyote Cafe, Obershaw Den, Orientation and First Year Experience, and the Division of Student Affairs Office.
We, the SMSU and RW, through our programs, services, facilities, and employment opportunities, provide safe and inclusive spaces for CSUSB students, the greater campus, and surrounding areas to foster community, promote wellness, develop leaders, and offer enriching co-curricular experiences.