Student Life

Get Active

The key to a healthy mind is a healthy body. Memphis provides numerous gyms and opportunities for physical activity.

Get healthy and have fun doing it by going to the Student Recreation and Fitness Center! You can join an intramural team, play basketball, take yoga classes, swim in the pool or use the cardio & weight room for a more traditional workout. Go to Campus Recreation for more information, including days and times that the gym is open.

RiverFit: Six fitness and exercise stations on the riverfront of the Mississippi River, located downtown. This is a great way to workout outdoors and not have to buy a gym membership.

Shelby Farms Greenline: A 10.65 mile paved trail that is open to pedestrians and cyclists. Bike rentals are available.


Memphis is full of activities and museums and provides plenty of options for fun at any time of the day.

Shelby Farms Park: 6903 Great View Drive North
Memphis Zoo: 2000 Prentiss Place
Overton Park: 1914 Poplar Avenue
Memphis Botanic Garden: 750 Cherry Road
Graceland – The Home of Elvis Presley: Elvis Presley Boulevard
Beale Street: 203 Beale Street
National Civil Rights Museum: 450 Mulberry Street
Pink Palace Museum: 3050 Central Avenue
Jerry's Sno Cones – 1657 Wells Station Road


Target: 601 Colonial Road & 5959 Poplar Avenue
Walmart: 7275 Winchester Road & 577 N Germantown Parkway
Wolfchase Galleria: 2760 North Germantown Parkway
Oak Court Mall: 4465 Poplar Avenue
Tanger Outlets Southaven: 5205 Airways Boulevard

Grocery Stores

Kroger: 3444 Plaza Avenue
Sprouts Farmers Market: 576 South Perkins Road
Whole Foods: 5014 Poplar Avenue
Save-A-Lot: 3941 Park Avenue


There are many places to dine both on-campus and off-campus. Students who have dining dollars can simply swipe a card to purchase food on campus, or use another method of payment.

On-Campus Dining:
Bistro 1912: Salad & Sandwich Café Located in the Community Health Building
Café Fresca: Juice Bar & Coffee Shop located in Patterson Hall
Cyber Café: Pasta, Sandwiches & Starbucks Coffee located in the FedEx Institute
Einstein Bros. Bagels: Bagel Bakery located in McWherter Library
P.O.D. Express – Grab 'n Go Market located in the Engineering Building & also in the Theatre Building
Roar Shack – Snacks & Starbucks Coffee located in the Psychology Building
Subway Café – Sandwich Shop located in the Art & Communications Building
Tiger Den – All-You-Can-Eat featuring the Fire Pit, World Market, Comfort Kitchen and Café Roma, as well as Subway and Steak N' Shake
University Center – The Main Hub for dining includes Chick-Fil-A, Dunkin' Donuts, Taco Bell, Topio's, Panda Express, Tigers of Memphis (sit-down restaurant) & P.O.D. Market

Off-Campus Dining:
Garibaldi's Pizza – Local pizzeria located on Walker Avenue
RP Tracks – Burgers & Mexican food located on Walker Avenue
Café Eclectic – Coffee shop located on Highland Street
Brother Juniper's – popular brunch spot on Walker Avenue
Moe's Southwest Grill – burritos & nachos located on Walker Avenue

Famous Memphis Restaurants:
Gus' World Famous Fried Chicken – 730 South Mendenhall Road
Central BBQ – 2249 Central Avenue
The Rendezvous – 310 South Front Street
The Beauty Shop – 966 Cooper Street