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Dero Downing Student Union

Welcome to the heart of Western Kentucky University's campus!

Located in the center of WKU, the Downing Student Union is truly the crossroads of WKU activities. Constructed in 1970, the building was named after former Western Kentucky University president, Dr. Dero Downing. Today, the facility houses auxiliary and academic support services, is the primary dining location on campus, and serves as a student organization meeting facility.

A variety of student-based programming occurs throughout the year including pageants, lectures, and special events. Whether you want to buy books/supplies, enjoy a meal, become involved in leadership/volunteer activities, inquire about student organizations, seek job opportunities, acquire about your student ID, find tutoring assistance, buy postal stamps, or just meet friends, the Downing Student Union is the place to visit while you are at Western Kentucky University.


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Inside Downing Student Union


The Dero Downing Student Union is a unit within Student Activities and part of the Division of Enrollment and Student Experience. There are several resources and offices within DSU. Here are some listed below. 




Caboni's at the food court
Food Options
Downing Student Union houses the following restaurants: Burrito Bowl, Fresh Food Company, Red Zone, Starbucks, Papa John's, Steak 'n Shake, and Chick-fil-A.
study lounge
Recreation and Study Spaces


The first floor of Downing Student Union offers the Study Lounge, Recreation Area, and Nite Class. The recreational area features billards, ping pong tables, and video game consoles.



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 Last Modified 1/21/21