David Student Union

The David Student Union is a state-of-the-art 151,000 square foot facility built primarily for the student population of Christopher Newport University. Named for the Buddy David family, in honor of their generous support and contributions over the years, the David Student Union opened in the fall of 2006. Amenities within the DSU include four retail dining options, a residential dining hall, four conference rooms, an elegant boardroom and a spectacular ballroom, along with various administrative and student organization offices.

The DSU is home to Auxiliary Services Administrative Offices, the Captains Card Office, the Captains Locker, Catering Services, Dining Services, Disability Services, Multicultural Affairs, Residence Life, Student Activities, Student Services and the Scheduling, Events and Conferences office. The David Student Union is proud to host a plethora of student activities, departmental meetings and functions, community events and large university events.

Dining Services is one of the largest Auxiliary Services operations on campus, feeding thousands of students, staff, faculty and guests on a daily basis, as well as providing services to major University events. About half of the Dining Services operation is housed in the David Student Union, all of which accept Dining Dollars and Captains Cash.

Discovery Café

Centrally located in the David Student Union, Discovery Café houses:

  • Chick-fil-A
    • A nationally known restaurant chain
  • Discovery Grille
    • Includes grilled favorites, from burgers and hot dogs to fresh subs and salads
  • Discovery Pizzeria
    • Featuring personal and full-sized pizzas with a variety of toppings
  • Discovery Bistro
    • Discovery Bistro offers fresh wraps and salads, Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs, Dominics Sweet and Hot Italian Sausages and Soft Pretzels
  • Regattas
    • From traditional homemade favorites, including roast turkey, meat loaf and mashed potatoes, to Mongolian barbecue and hot-from-the-oven pizzas, Regattas offers a culinary adventure

The DSU provides the perfect venue for your meetings, special events and programs. The facility houses a magnificent ballroom, spacious conference rooms, contemporary lecture halls, classrooms and computer labs. The wide selection of spaces varies by size and configuration, accommodating as few as 20 and as many as 500 people.

All events and activities must be arranged through the Office of Scheduling, Events and Conferences, who will ensure your event is a success and a reflection of your high standards. They will assist you in identifying the ideal space and Catering Services, help plan your seating arrangements and provide any technical support you may need.

Reserve your space early by contacting the office at sched@cnu.edu.

  • Appropriate clothing, including shirt and shoes, should be worn in the building at all times
  • Recreational equipment, including but not limited to skateboards, bikes and skates, are to be left outside or carried so as not to damage the facility
  • Animals should remain outside the David Student Union, with the exception of service animals
  • Music should be respectful and “radio safe.” It should not disrupt the everyday business of the building
  • Personal effects should not become airborne at any time
  • Banisters should only be used to assist with walking up or down the stairs
  • Public displays of affection should be kept at a minimum and in an appropriate manner while in the David Student Union
  • Tape or other adhesives that may damage the surfaces of the building and furniture must not be used
  • Respect should be shown for the furniture so as not to damage it
  • Refrain from moving the furniture from its designated areas; should furniture need to be moved, please contact the building supervisor

Written and maintained by the Student Union Board and David Student Union staff.

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