There is a place to study, play, and relax for every student at Gustavus. Whether one is looking for solitary outdoor meditation, social interaction teeming with people in the caf, or a comfortable balance with relaxed conversations in the Courtyard Cafe, the facilities make Gustavus an incredibly secure and content place to learn and play. The campus is beautiful during the summer with exotic-looking plants scattered throughout the heart of campus. Though the winter turns everything into a frozen tundra and white covers up a lot of the beauty, the arboretum provides the best place to ski.
If you're looking for the action on campus, the cafeteria and student union are the best bets. Since the caf hours are from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., there will always be someone to talk to. The student center also has an art gallery, coffee shop, offices of student organizations, a bookstore, counseling center, diversity center, post office, and other meeting spaces for student organizations to gather. The academic facilities are mostly up-to-date and above par. Unfortunately, the music and art buildings are dated, and the education and nursing department buildings leave more to be desired. For those interested in the biology and chemistry disciplines, Nobel Hall is scheduled for a facelift, and you might reap the benefits. The library is well-staffed and expansive, and the athletic center is used by not only student athletes, but also other students and faculty.