Combes Student Life Center

In January 2015 our building on the rue du Colonel Combes reopened as AUP’s fully renovated Student Life Center. This first stage in our campus redevelopment plan allowed us to replace our historic Bosquet building, which despite our best efforts, we could not renovate in a manner that would achieve our student-centered vision.

With its elegant facades, well-appointed grands salons and private courtyard, Combes is today a vibrant hub of student activity, home to student leadership and clubs working in close collaboration with nearby Student Development staff. Notable new spaces include:

  • The Thamer Salman ’99 Student Media Center, offering a state-of-the art environment for student-led media projects – such as the Peacock magazine and Plume website.
  • The Joy and Edward Frieman Environmental Science Center containing climate change chambers for experimental student projects
  • The Pierre and Christina de Labouchere ’86 Art Studio, which provides space for students to express their creativity.
  • The Fine Arts Gallery on the ground floor where both students and professional artists regularly showcase their work and where new exhibits open every three weeks.
  • The new AMEX Café, adjacent to the gallery and entirely redesigned and expanded.

AMEX Café - Essential AUP

With the sale of Bosquet and the creation of the Student Life Centre in the renovated Combes building in early 2015, it was fitting that Combes become the new home for the Amex. Since its inception as a student-run project to create a café in Bosquet, the Amex has been the well-loved site of much student social and intellectual activity.

Today, the expanded Amex, its new home conceived and designed by AUP alumni with great care to reflect the distinct AUP community culture, has a unique décor, serves delicious food and drink, hosts student-organized events and speakers, and provides a welcoming environment for students, alumni, faculty, and staff. The addition of an outdoor terrace brings the new Amex closer to the origins of the original Amex, which was located in the open-air courtyard behind the Bosquet building, while also creating a great hang-out for students wanting to enjoy a moment in the sun. The Amex also opens onto the Fine Arts Gallery, where pieces by AUP students as well as notable non-AUP artists are on display.