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Students Lounging in Amphitheater


The Amphitheater is a unique space in that it is the only formal outdoor performance area at CSUSM. The amphitheater can seat around 400 people. One unique aspect is that the stage level at bottom of the amphitheater connects to the ballroom. It is possible for an unique event to utilize both spaces either simultaneously, or have an event in the amphitheater and have people flow into the ballroom for the post celebration or reception.

Playing pool in the Activity Center

Activity Center

The Activity Center provides fun activities for you participate in both inside the USU and out in the community. The center features table games, console gaming and discount ticket sales. The space also offers board games, television screens, lounge areas and beautiful sweeping views of the city of San Marcos. Learn more about their services on the Activity Center Page.

Tables Set in the Ballroom


The Ballroom is 9,000 sq ft and is the largest indoor programming space on the CSUSM campus. The room also has operable walls that can divide the space into as many as 4 smaller spaces to accommodate a variety of events both large and small. The full ballroom can seat approximately 450 guests banquet style and close to 1,000 lecture style depending on setup. Learn how to reserve this space.

USU Commuter Lounge

Commuter Lounge

The Commuter Lounge is located on the first floor adjacent to the USU entrance from Chavez Circle. This space was created to provide resources for students who have needs as they arrive before going about their day on campus. It includes microwaves, vending, a sink, shower and nearby lockers. Computers and print stations are also available. Learn about Commuter Services and Programs.

USU Production Studio

Production Studio

The Production Studio is a space located on the east side of the 4th floor and features industry-standard audio and film equipment ranging from greenscreens, lighting, audio mixers, and more. The studio serves as a space for CSUSM on-campus departments and groups and student organizations/clubs to operate their projects independently using equipment for photoshoots, broadcasting, podcasting, audio engineering, and film production. Learn how to reserve this space.