Q: I’ve read that UND has new restaurants in its new Memorial Union. Can regular folks who have no association with the campus eat there? And if so, where do I park?

According to UND spokesman David Dodds, yes, members of the public who are not UND students, staff or faculty are able to visit restaurants in the Memorial Union. At present there are five establishments there; two more, including a convenience store, are slated to open later.

In 2018, UND students voted to increase their student fees to fund the building’s construction.

And because it's a public building, “anybody can use those restaurants,” Dodds said. “Taxpayers help keep the lights on.”

Restaurants at the Memorial Union include: 1883 Grill, Chick-fil-A, Panda Express, University Ave. Pizza and a Starbucks. Hours vary for the different establishments, and can be found on UND’s website, as well as restaurants set to come to the facility.

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Parking is another matter. People who drive to the campus either need to park in a metered space, or download a smartphone application called Passport, to use the spaces in the parking ramp next to the Memorial Union. Pay-as-you-go parking is available on the first floor, and accessible from University Avenue. Metered spaces are scattered across campus, and also can be found at the Pollard Athletic Center.

Tech-leery people need not be afraid of the parking app. Once it is downloaded, people enter details about their car and the license plate number, as well as credit card information. Once in the parking space, people need to open the app and enter a code found on the wall of the structure, located above the spaces. A two-hour period costs about $3.

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