Campus Services strives to enhance the quality of student life by delivering a variety of essential goods and services with an emphasis on creativity, innovation, and customer service. All departments may be accessed at www.ImportantStuff.gatech.edu.
Student Housing is a residential campus community consisting of 45 undergraduate and graduate residence halls with more than 8,500 beds with an additional 300 family/graduate housing apartments. Undergraduate residence halls range from double occupancy rooms with community baths to single bedrooms in apartments with shared kitchens and bathrooms. All rooms have high speed and wireless Internet, and cable television with the most comprehensive line-up of networks on any campus television system in the world. Residents have access to residential fitness centers, and laundry rooms with machine availability notification through the Internet or cell phone via http://laundryview.com/lvs.php . Freshman Experience program helps incoming freshmen to build solid personal and academic foundations. Residence Hall Association gives residents representation, leadership, and promotes social, academic, and recreational activities.
The Student Center & Stamps Student Center Commons offers irresistible facilities, essential services, and life-shaping programs to the Georgia Tech Community. Located in the heart of campus, the Center offers 14 meeting rooms with seating for 12 to 500, a full-service post office, information desk, automatic teller machines, theater, ballroom, box office, and a computer lab.
As the central hub for campus life, the Student Center provides a complete range of social, artistic, cultural, and recreational activities for both students and the campus community to enjoy. With eight bowling lanes, 10 billiards tables, a video game lounge, darts, and more at discounted rates, Tech Rec gives Georgia Tech a place to relax and have fun. Paper & Clay, the campus art studio, is equipped with everything the campus community needs to explore its creative side, including pottery, sewing, stained glass, and more. The Student Center and Stamps Commons are also host to the Student Government Association, the Office of Leadership and Civic Engagement, WREK Radio, Under the Couch (music lounge), Kaplan Test Prep, Burdell’s Convenience Store, Hamper Haven, DePoe Eye Center, and several Georgia Tech Dining food venues.
Students looking for more involvement can join the Student Center Programs Council to participate in the planning and execution of campus programming. The Student Center also offers a diverse array of student employment opportunities that allow students to engage the campus community outside the classroom and develop their professional skill set.
Georgia Tech Dining Services offers fresh, local, and sustainable cuisine supported by more than 20 Sodexo-operated locations on campus. With three Community Restaurants located on both sides of the Georgia Institute of Technology’s campus, it is easy to find diverse food choices; no matter how much or little you would like to eat. North Ave, Brittain, and Woody’s Community Restaurants have everything from made-to-order omelets made with cage-free eggs, to chef-prepared entrées, fresh vegetables and sides, pizza and pasta stations, antipasti grain bars, and made-from-scratch desserts and pastries inspired by our Campus Pastry Chef. Meal plans are available to all students and are designed to provide quality, value, and convenience at an array of price points.
Some of our national and regional brand restaurants and local campus favorites include Chick-fil-A, Panda Express, Dunkin’ Donuts, Taco Bell, Subway, and Highland Bakery. The Student Center Food Court includes Ray’s Pizza, Far East Fusion and AFC Sushi, Twisted Taco, Essential Eats, Café Spice, the Simply Sustainable Salad bar, Zaya Mediterranean, and a Simply to Go grab and go station. Other locations around campus include a full-service Starbucks in the Clough Commons and Freshens Smoothies at the Campus Recreation Center. Convenience store, Westside Market, eight on campus food trucks located on Tech Green and at the College of Computing, Food Anatomy, a new satellite Highland Bakery location, located in the newly constructed Engineered Biosystems Building, and Ferst Place, an upscale restaurant located on the third floor of the Student Center, round out campus dining offerings.
Georgia Tech Catering Services is another part of Dining Services which caters anything from breakfast meetings to weddings. Georgia Tech Catering Services also offers dedicated menus for student organization events and meetings and offers sustainable catering packages throughout the year. The Football and Basketball Athletic Suites are also managed by Catering Services.
We are dedicated to saving energy and protecting the environment through our sustainable practices, such as focusing on decreasing energy and water usage while reducing waste. In addition to these initiatives, Georgia Tech Dining Services recently rebranded on campus to more accurately describe our culinary program which is based on three pillars: Fresh, Local, and Sustainable.
Our culinary program offers fresh recipes featuring house-made soups, salad dressings, guacamole, Pico de Gallo, and croutons, all handcrafted by our classically trained Executive Chefs. Our Community Restaurants have expanded to include handcrafted artisan pastries, desserts and breads inspired by our Campus Pastry Chef, Katherine Benson.
Not only is our food fresh, we source our ingredients locally, from the hydroponic Bibb lettuce in our salad mixes to the grass-fed Angus beef patties on our burgers. Our local farm partners include R&G Farm, T&A Farm, Gratitude Lettuce, and Cox Family Farm. To promote eating local across campus, we also partner with farmers and artisans to provide convenient access to their products through the Georgia Tech Farmers Market.
We also have a commitment to serve our local community through the Campus Kitchen at Georgia Tech and the Klemis Kitchen. The Campus Kitchen at Georgia Tech is a student-run organization sponsored by Dining Services which donates overproduction from our Community Restaurants to those less fortunate in the Atlanta area. The Klemis Kitchen is a location on campus that allows access for food insecure students to take free nutritious meals throughout the semester. Since launching the programs, the Campus Kitchen at Georgia Tech has donated over 3,700 meals to those in need, including 1,200 to food insecure Georgia Tech students.
Every step of our culinary process is sustainable, from the local ingredients used in our recipes to the compostable packaging featured at our retail locations. Through partnerships with our local suppliers, we are also able to incorporate environmentally responsible proteins including cage-free eggs, sustainably sourced seafood, and grass-fed Angus beef at our Community Restaurants.
Once our food has been prepared, our team begins the process of recovering or diverting any pre-consumer food waste we generate, which is food that never touches a plate. If the food is not being reserved due to our brand standards, we donate it to the Campus Kitchen at Georgia Tech. If we cannot donate the food, our locations either compost the food or place it in our bio-digester, which naturally converts it into water through the use of bacteria and enzymes. In addition to these programs, our pre-consumer, and post-consumer waste tracking through the LeanPath waste management system and the Weigh the Waste education program, are helping us to achieve our goal to reduce our carbon footprint by 26%.
Georgia Tech Dining Services and the Student Center have continued to improve the Georgia Tech Farmers Market each semester. This year, three additional vendors were welcomed to the markets: including a gluten-free bakery, full service Asian café and bakery, and a premium jam, jelly, and preserve member. Other products offered at the market include, artisan biscottis; sweet breads; cupcakes; pies; hot, iced, and whole bean coffees; and locally crafted lotions, bath salts, and soaps. The Georgia Tech Farmers Market allows the Georgia Tech community convenient access to local, affordable, and sustainable food throughout the fall and spring semesters.
Due to food allergies, vegan and vegetarian preferences, and increasing nutritional awareness on campus, our Registered Dietician takes an active role in the creating and planning of healthy dining options in our Community Restaurants. We have three programs that focus on health and wellness: Mindful, MyFitnessPal and Simple Servings. For students, faculty, staff, alumni and visitors interested in learning more about these and other programs please, visit our website at www.gatechdining.com.
Georgia Tech Dining Services is always striving to be the best and is constantly making new and improved changes to our facilities. Our mission is to provide quality, value, and convenience to all of our guests on campus, whether they are students, faculty, staff, or visitors, while ensuring that our culinary program stays true to our fresh, local, and sustainable values.
Barnes & Noble @ Georgia Tech, located at 48 5th Street in Technology Square, is a 43,000 square-foot bookstore that includes a full-service, Starbucks café, dedicated to fulfilling the educational needs of students, faculty, and staff. The bookstore supplies textbooks, Yellow Jacket apparel and gifts, general office supplies, computers and technology accessories along with a selection of general reading materials. Carrying the largest inventory of textbooks adopted for Georgia Tech courses in the area, the bookstore will save students 25% on used textbooks, up to 60% on digital textbooks and more than 50% on rental textbooks. The Technology Store @ Georgia Tech within the bookstore sells computers, iPads, accessories, and software, and has an in-house repair service as well. Compliant with the Georgia Tech mandatory laptop requirement, the Technology Store (404-894-2377) offers students the ability to purchase computers in-store or online for three approved vendors, Apple, Dell & Lenovo. Visit the bookstore website at www.shopgatech.com for gifts and apparel, or www.techstuff.gatech.edu for technology needs.
Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) provides the entire campus community with convenient and reliable methods of traversing the Georgia Tech campus. Because parking customers have a variety of needs–daily drives to campus, occasional parking for special events and Institute business, or parking during odd working hours–the department provides a number of parking solutions to fit every situation. In addition, PTS offers annual online registration for preferred parking, parking services and staffing for special events, electric vehicle charging for permit customers and visitors, and regular enforcement and maintenance to ensure that permit customers have regular access to their assigned parking locations.
Transportation-PTS provides the Institute with reliable transportation within the campus borders and surrounding areas via the Tech Trolley, Stinger buses, Midnight Rambler, Emory Shuttle and Weekend Grocery Shuttle. The Stingerette Nighttime Shuttle provides safe rides for the campus community from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. through online, telephonic and smartphone ride reservation systems. The Stingerette Paratransit Service assists students with temporary or permanent disabilities in traveling across campus. Many transit modes operate on biodiesel (B20 blend), utilizing waste oils from Atlanta-based businesses. BuzzBikes allows students to rent bicycles for a semester to experience inexpensive and eco-friendly campus transportation.
Partnerships -PTS offers discounted passes to the campus community for the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), Georgia Regional Transportation Authority (GRTA) Xpress bus, Cobb Community Transit (CCT) and Gwinnett County Transit (GCT). Zipcar is a membership-based, car-sharing company that provides exceptional discounts for students, faculty and staff. Rentals include gas, maintenance and primary insurance. The Gotcha Ride is free transportation service (student drivers appreciate tips) that operates six days a week to Midtown, Downtown, Home Park and Atlantic Station. Zimride is a social networking site for ride matching. Customers can create an online profile featuring vehicle photos, personal preferences and price negotiations and partner with others who need rides for carpools, trips or outings.
Whether customers need on-campus parking or whether they need assistance traveling within the campus borders, Parking and Transportation Services is there to give each customer a safe and reliable parking and transportation solution.
The BuzzCard Center is the all-campus card center located on the second floor of Barnes & Noble at Georgia Tech. The BuzzCard Center administers and supports the all-campus card system, BuzzCard production, meal plan administration, and gtID# request processing. Additionally, the BuzzCard Center provides discounted monthly MARTA passes to students, faculy and staff. The BuzzCard is the official Georgia Tech identification card and provides secure access to a variety of campus-wide services and systems such as meal plans, access to athletic events, vending, bookstore, residence halls, and on-campus restaurants. The BuzzCard is also used as a personal on-campus debit card and is accepted at more than 200 locations. By placing money on the BuzzCard either at the BuzzCard Center, BuzzCard ATMs (see web site for locations) or online at the BuzzCard web site, students, faculty and staff may draw upon pre-deposited funds for the purchase of products and services throughout campus.
The Center for Community Health and Wellbeing formed as a campus-wide initiative designed to align and increase existing resources for wellness, mental health, alcohol and drug education and sexual violence prevention. Three departments make up the Center – the Campus Recreation Center, Health Promotion and Stamps Health Services.
One of the three departments of the Center for Community Health and Wellbeing , the Campus Recreation Center supports the Institute’s strategic plan by inspiring and promoting a healthy lifestyle through diverse, quality recreational opportunities and services to enrich the mind, body, and spirit while encouraging a lifetime of learning. From sport clubs and intramural activities to fitness classes and outdoor recreation trips, Campus Recreation has something to offer everyone at all levels of ability and interest through our Healthy Lifestyle Programs (HLP). Our state-of-the-art Campus Recreation Center (CRC) illustrates Tech’s commitment to providing students with one of the finest facilities of its kind in the nation. In addition to state-of-the-art facilities, the CRC hosts numerous events throughout the year including iRec (our Welcome Home event), the Halloween Holla, Rec-of-Love and Rec-A-Palooza. For more information visit crc.gatech.edu or call 404-385-PLAY.
Located in the Joseph B. Whitehead Building with Stamps Health Services, Health Promotion is a part of the Center for Community Health and Wellbeing. Its mission is to provide learning opportunities designed to empower students to make healthy decisions. It is staffed by health educators with areas of expertise in alcohol and other drug prevention, body image, nutrition and disordered eating, sexual health, sexual violence prevention, and tobacco cessation.
Accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Healthcare, Stamps Health Services is part of the Center for Community Health and Wellbeing and is an outpatient ambulatory care center that provides healthcare to students and their spouses/domestic partners. The center is located in a state-of-the-art, 40,000-square-foot facility within the Joseph Brown Whitehead Building (740 Ferst Drive), next to the Campus Recreation Center. Consisting of board certified physicians, certified nurse practitioners and physician assistants, the professional staff also includes registered nurses, medical assistants, pharmacists and laboratory and radiology technologists in these areas. General services covered by the student health fee include: unlimited visits to a clinician in primary care, women’s health, two full hours of psychiatric care every calendar year, x-ray/interpretation by radiologists, consultations with a pharmacist, EKG (electrocardiogram), travel clinic consultations, flu shots, some lab tests, blood pressure screening, pregnancy testing, and sexually transmitted disease testing. Appointments are required for most services. Students and their partners can access services through payment of the student health fee or on a fee-for-service basis. The student health fee covers care and some services rendered at Stamps Health Services; it is not health insurance. A student health insurance plan is available. For more information, please visit us at www.health.gatech.edu.
Source: Campus and Auxiliary Services