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About Us

The Mountainlair, commonly called "the Lair" by students, is West Virginia University's three-floor student union building. The current building dates to 1968 and replaced an earlier structure built in 1948.

Our Mission

The Mountainlair is an organization and a program of services that seeks to balance the educational, recreational, cultural, and social needs of the West Virginia University community. As the student union, the commitment is focused on the whole area of student life outside the classroom, exploring all the possibilities of making study and leisure cooperative factors in education.

Mountainlair Information Center

The Mountainlair Information Center is conveniently located on the first floor of the Mountainlair. Our staff is here to assist students, faculty, staff, visitors, and the Morgantown community. Services include:

  • Up-to-date telephone information, as well as, information for campus and community events.
  • Answer questions regarding our campus, community, city and state.
  • Provide directions to downtown and Evansdale, as well as directions throughout the Morgantown area.
  • First aid
  • Lost and found
  • Various pamphlets, leaflets, flyers, maps, course schedules, and bus schedules
  • Bulletin board authorization
  • Announcements/paging


The Mountainlair offers students great jobs and are flexible in accommodating student schedules. Working at the Mountainlair will not only provide you with real-world experience to help build a great resume, but also the opportunity to work with a professional staff who are dedicated to helping you succeed.
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Mountainlair Quick Facts

  • The original student union was acquired in 1948. It was an old Navy Surplus Recreational building which served as the first gathering/union space on campus.

  • The Mountainlair came to be because of a referendum that was voted on and passed by students putting in place a mandatory fee to support a new building.

  • The current Mountainlair opened as a state-of-the-art student union in 1968 and cost $3 million dollars.

  • An expansion/renovation was done in 1989 and cost $4.5 million dollars.