All of the facilities on and around campus definitely add to the overall physical attraction of UC Irvine, and most of these facilities are fairly new. Because of the plethora of more-than-adequate student-related activity centers on campus, car-less students and commuters waiting between classes will not be left standing around. They can most likely be found at the ARC (the Anteater Recreation Center), which is perhaps the most popular place on campus. The Student Center is mostly described by students as anything but spectacular, but most agree that it still serves its purpose. While the more studious students choose to study or read there, the more laid-back students view the Student Center as their own personal Holiday Inn because of its diverse lounging—or better said, many places to nap—indoor shopping, and eating options.
For places of physical activity beyond sleeping and studying, the ZOT Zone is available for students who are really into gaming or for anyone who simply wants to live a second childhood for a few hours or so. The ARC is a must see and do for the more physically conscious and active types. If you want to better fit the stereotypical image of a Southern California college student, it might be a good idea to make frequent trips to the ARC.