Student Life

Montview: Open for business — and much more

October 18, 2016

When students returned after the summer break, they were greeted with a spacious new building to call their own.

Designed to enhance student life, the Montview Student Union features meeting rooms for student groups, a bowling alley, game rooms, open lounge areas, a large ballroom, and six new eateries that are new not only to the university but also to the Lynchburg community.

The 168,000-square-foot building at the back of DeMoss Hall looks out onto the new academic commons. Its massive front steps and vast lawn will be used for a variety of campus events.

DID YOU KNOW? Montview was the name of U.S. Senator Carter Glass’ estate, which operated as a dairy farm on the land where Liberty’s campus is today. The property was purchased in the 1970s. Glass’ historic home, Montview Mansion, was built in 1923 and still stands near the Hancock Welcome Center. It is open for tours and occasionally houses university guests.

  • The basement level features an eight-lane bowling alley.
  • The Alumni Ballroom on the top floor has seating for up to 700 people, as well as its own terrace and catering facilities.
  • The Veterans Center on the third floor.
  • The second floor of Montview Student Union features a gaming room with various video game consoles and game tables.
  • There is plenty of seating throughout the Montview Student Union.
  • Star Ginger offers Thai, Vietnamese, Indian, and other Asian cuisine.
  • Woodfire Pizza Company, Liberty’s own brand, offers a large variety of brick oven pizzas.
  • The Grid Marketplace is a convenience store concept, providing an array of snack food and healthy options.
  • Garbanzo offers freshly made Mediterranean cuisine, including falafel, hummus, salads, and more.
  • Argo Tea features teas from growers around the world. The location at Liberty is the fourth on a college campus.

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