Everything in Boise is so close that you may not even need a rental car. Walk the short 10 minutes into the heart of downtown or rent a bike at our Cycle Learning Center for the day. Located in the Lincoln Parking Garage, the CLC is focused on developing healthy and sustainable lifestyles.
Here are the resources you’ll need for a self-directed exploration of our campus. Enjoy your self-guided tour!
Take the Tour
Begin your tour at 1700 W. University Drive, directly in front of the Bronco Shop.
STUDENT UNION BUILDING (SUB)
This is one of the most used buildings on our campus and we recommend you start here on your walk. The SUB houses various student organizations and business offices including:
– Our Games Center (bowling alley, pool tables and air hockey galore)
– The Bronco Shop – make sure to stock up on some blue and orange gear!
– Some of our main food areas which includes Chick-fil-a, Moe’s Southwestern, Tree City Smoothies, Subway, Provisions on Demand (POD) and of course, a Starbucks. If you venture down the hallway, you will end up at the Boise River Cafe, our main cafeteria on campus.
– This building is also home to the Admissions office (shoutout!)
Just across the street from the Student Union, you will find our award-winning, 105,000-square- foot Student Recreation Center. Membership is included in your student fees. It features basketball courts, exercise and weight rooms, racquetball courts, a multipurpose gym, an indoor running track, activity rooms, a 19,000-square-foot aquatics center and one of the largest collegiate climbing walls in the United States.
Famous for its blue turf, visit the home of our Bronco football team. Stop in to our Boise State Hall of Fame to see some pieces of Boise State athletic history and take an iconic picture in front of the Blue field! (Bonus points for tagging Boise State Admissions).
Take a stroll from the Stadium past Extra Mile Arena and through our housing quad where you can meander past five of our first year residence halls: Chaffee, Taylor, Keiser, Driscoll and Morrison.
Take a few minutes to walk around our library! There are tons of study rooms, comfy “cocoon” chairs and gorgeous views of the Boise River.
You can also access many resources as a student, including the largest map collection in the West, books, periodicals, U.S. Documents, textbooks and more. The higher you go in the library, the quieter it gets, and you’ll find some of the best views of the Boise River here.
Our quad is the center of our campus geographically and one of the busiest areas on campus. You can see the Administration Building which houses the office of our University President and other helpful offices like Financial Aid and Scholarships and the Registrar. Our solar-powered charging station is nearby if your phone needs a quick charge, and we highly recommend relaxing (or studying) on the lawn.
Friendship Bridge symbolizes the friendship between Boise State and the city of Boise (can I get an “aww”?!) and is found right on the Boise Greenbelt, 25 miles of riverside trail.
To get downtown from this bridge, you would turn left after crossing the bridge and then turn right onto Capitol Boulevard – a straight shot to the heart of downtown within a 15 minute walk. (You might even see a giraffe head poking out from Zoo Boise!)
INTERACTIVE LEARNING CENTER (ILC)
Wander around this building to get a sense of what Boise State classes may be like. This building holds study rooms and classrooms on floors 2-4 and a lecture hall on the first floor.
This is also home to more food options such as Einstein’s Bagels, Papa John’s Pizza, Grille Works, Panda Express and Provisions on Demand (POD).
CENTER FOR VISUAL ARTS
Home to the Department of Art, Design and Visual Studies, our newest building on campus is an absolute show stopper! It is home to our World Museum, art spaces and incredible views of Downtown and into the Foothills.
MICRON BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS BUILDING
Home of our College of Business and Economics (otherwise known as COBE), this building is full of classrooms, study spaces and a cozy lobby to get some studying done before class. This building is also home to Skaggs Hall of Learning — our largest lecture hall on campus.
Finish up your tour with a picture at our famous “B” where students take their first pictures as Broncos when they visit campus for the first time. This spot is also a must for future graduation pictures!