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About the Vaughn Center

The nine-story Vaughn Center is a multi-purpose facility that serves as the hub of student life and activity on The University of Tampa campus.

The Vaughn Center houses a variety of campus offices including Residence Life, Orientation and Conduct, and Student Leadership and Engagement. Additionally there are multiple dining service eateries, the campus bookstore, a game room and a variety of student organization office and meeting spaces.

The information desk, located on the first floor, provides schedules and information for campus events and services. Students can check out a loan-key for their residence hall room, or request assistance with an event hosted in the building.

The third through eighth floors are used for student residence. Living arrangements include suites with two double rooms sharing a bathroom. Students who live in the Vaughn Center use a proximity card for elevator access to their individual floors.

Lastly, the ninth floor serves as a conference center and provides a spectacular view of the campus, Hillsborough River, downtown Tampa and Tampa Bay. The ninth floor is designed for audio-visual presentations, meetings and dining for special events and conferences.

Role of College Union

The University of Tampa is a proud member of the Association of College Unions International, a nonprofit educational organization committed to the development of community within college unions across the country. The Vaughn Center understands the importance of this mission and the Role of the College Union. Download PDF for more information.

Hours of Operation

Sunday-Wednesday 7 – 1 a.m.
Thursday – Saturday 7 – 2 a.m.

Hours of operation are standard when The University of Tampa is open and classes are in session. Please note that hours of operation may differ when the University is closed (i.e. winter and summer breaks, University holidays).

Contact Information

For more information regarding Vaughn Center services, staff members or events, please contact the Office of Student Leadership and Engagement at (813) 253-6233.

To contact the Vaughn Center Information Desk please dial (813) 257-4515. A staff member is on duty and present during normal hours of operation.



Mission Statement

The Vaughn Center shall serve as the entity that houses the true spirit of campus life by striving to provide:

  • A safe, comfortable and caring environment for social and intellectual growth;
  • Amenities to serve the ever-changing needs of campus;
  • Efficient and courteous service to students, faculty, staff, alumni and guests, and
  • Leadership opportunities through involvement and student employment.

The Vaughn Center will endure as a home where ideas are shared, friendships are created and memories are made.