SAMU Building FAQs

What are the hours of the building?

The SAMU building follows the same schedule as MacEwan University.

Stat. Holidays – Closed

Fall/Winter Term Hours

Monday – Friday | 6 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday | 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Spring/Summer Term Hours

Monday – Friday | 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday | 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

SAMU Offices
Monday – Friday | 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Hours for our services can be found here.

Is this building accessible?

Yes! Our building is located on the main pedway with an elevator conveniently available for students to access the first and third floors of the building. We also have several accessible washrooms located just outside the Support Hub (SA-223).

What food options will there be?

We will have four new food vendors in the SAMU building, opening September 2020 including Chachi’s, OPA, Edo and Deville Coffee.

What type of options will these vendors have for students with dietary restrictions?

Our food vendors will have a variety of options available for those with dietary restrictions including fresh grilled vegetables, spring roll, tofu tastic bowl, kappa roll, avocado rolls, noodlefull bowl and vegetable udon from edo.

Opa has the following vegan items available: santorini salad, caesar salad, greek salad and falappel.

Please inquire about any dietary restrictions with the vendor staff.

How many new microwaves can we expect in the building?

There are eight industrial microwaves available in the Students’ Lounge (SA-216) for students to use.

What type of study space is there?

We have a ton of new study spots available throughout the building including spaces on the first, second and third floors. We also have a dedicated quiet study space on the first floor in SA – 112.

With the SAM Centre closing, where can I find gift cards, movie tickets or Oilers tickets?

We unfortunately will no longer be selling gift cards, movie tickets or other entertainment passes.

We are still selling Oilers and Oil Kings tickets at the SAMU main reception desk at SA-301. Interested in finding out what games are still available? Our main reception can be reached at 780.497.5631.

The Griffins Landing Convenience Store (6-162) will be offering some items including ski passes and gift cards. Please contact the store for availability at 780.497.5029 or

Where can I pick up my U-Pass?

U-Pass stickers can be picked up at the SAMU main desk reception (SA-301) Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Where’s the Student Benefits Office?

The Student Benefits Office can be found in their regular spot at the SAM Centre until the end of January. The new office will open February 3, located on the main floor of the SAMU building underneath the large staircase at SA-109A.

Where are the SAMU Executives located?

Our Executive Committee can be found on the third floor at SA-301.

Where’s the best place to charge my tablet, phone or laptop?

Pretty much everywhere! We have special seating on the first floor with plugins built right into the seating but you’ll find outlets located near all seating in the building.

Where will things like Breakfast Club and Doggo Time be hosted?

Both of these events will be held in our new Students’ Lounge (SA-216) right off the pedway. This space will be a study space for students to use when no scheduled events are booked.

Where are the ablution stations?

We have two washrooms (SA 224/225) on the second floor next to Peer Support and The Pantry that will contain an ablution station. For those of you who do not know, an ablution station is a place where ritual washing or cleaning that is associated with religious observance can occur. The difference between ablution and foot baths is that ablution is the actual process of religious cleansing, where foot bath is a generic slang term.

Can I book space in the SAMU building?

We are giving Student Groups priority when booking any of the meetings spaces on the second floor up to five business days before the approved day, based on availability. Afterwards, these spaces will be available, first come first serve, to all students. Meeting rooms can be booked through the MacEwan Room Booking System on the mystudentportal up to a maximum of two hours (this does not guarantee your booking).

The Student Groups Department is responsible for approving ALL meeting room requests through the booking system.

Please ensure that your group can fill 50% of the allocated meeting room capacity or you may be placed in a more appropriate meeting room.

For any questions regarding bookings, please contact the Student Groups Administrative Assistant at or 780.633.3590.

Alternatively, you can reach out to Student Groups Manager, Maureen Workman at or 780.497.4362.

Bookings for SAMU’s large event space, The Lookout, and Students’ Council Chambers, are only available for approved Student Groups at this time. Damage deposits will be required at time of booking to account for additional costs such as cleaning. Requests can be made online using the Event Form.

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