Charlotte Campus

JWU's Charlotte Campus offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in arts and sciences, business, food innovation, hospitality, and health and wellness. Though Charlotte is one of the largest business centers in the United States, it maintains a distinctive small-town feel with easy access to beaches, mountains and an international airport. It is a hub for social, dining, entertainment and cultural activity and is home to several professional sports teams.

For more information about the Johnson & Wales Charlotte Campus, contact

Johnson & Wales University
801 West Trade Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
1-866-JWU-CHARLOTTE (598-2427)

The City

Situated in the center of the New South, the Queen City’s focused growth and southern ambiance is a magnet for the young and talented. With access to mountains and the ocean, picturesque neighborhoods, and idyllic weather, Charlotte offers the best of America’s northern and southern cultures.

The Campus

The campus is located in the Gateway area of Third Ward, just 8 blocks from the heart of Center City. It is an exciting area with a vibrant mix of commercial, residential, retail, entertainment and social spaces. The Charlotte Campus is spread across 12 acres and seven buildings and anchored by the Academic Center, a five-story, 158,000-square-foot building located at 801 West Trade St. All Charlotte Campus buildings and services are situated adjacent to or within easy walking distance from the Academic Center.

Academic Facilities and Administrative Offices

The ACADEMIC CENTER at 801 West Trade St. houses classrooms, culinary, nursing, media, science and computer labs, Information Technology Services, Communications & Media Relations, Human Resources & Payroll, Student Employment, Budget Management, the Executive Office, College of Food Innovation & Technology and College of Hospitality Management, faculty offices, student lounges, James H. Hance Jr. Auditorium, Health Services, environmental services offices, Printing & Mailing Services, Purchasing, Shipping/Receiving, Storeroom, and the University Events Center.

A unique feature of the building is its 166-seat demonstration amphitheater/presentation facility, which includes a production kitchen and well-designed function space to accommodate university events.

GATEWAY VILLAGE, located at 800 West Trade St. directly across from the Academic Center, is home to the College of Health & Wellness faculty offices, Experiential Education & Career Services, The Village Bookstore, the Library, Student Financial Services and the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center. Each of these offices is in a prominent first-floor location with direct sidewalk access.

GATEWAY CENTER, located at 901 West Trade St., is to the immediate west of the Academic Center, and houses classrooms, Admissions, Student Academic Services, the College of Arts & Sciences and College of Business faculty offices.

The WILDCAT CENTER at 235 South Cedar St. (just south of Cedar Hall South) is home to Athletics, Student Engagement and student organizations, and includes a fitness center, group fitness room, 400+-seat gymnasium, locker rooms and large student meeting area known as the Wildcat Den.

The DOUBLETREE HOTEL (university-owned) at 895 West Trade St. features guest rooms, an outdoor pool, a business center, meeting space, Libations Restaurant, Exchange Lounge and a fitness center.

University Library Network

The Johnson & Wales University Library in Charlotte provides a wide variety of information resources, services and facilities. Its network of resources is enhanced through its connection with the Johnson & Wales University campus library in Providence as well as the Higher Education Library Information Network (HELIN), a consortium of academic, law and health sciences libraries in southern New England. Johnson & Wales University Library is also a key partner with the university’s academic programs in the enhancement of student research skills through the delivery of classroom instruction, online information literacy tutorials and web-based guides customized to the research outcomes of specific courses and curricula, plus personalized reference services delivered to students in person, over the phone, and through email, online chat or SMS. In addition, the library hosts the ScholarsArchive@JWU, an open-access digital commons dedicated to preserving and promoting examples of scholarly or artistic works produced at or belonging to the university.

The library at the Charlotte Campus is located on the first floor of Gateway Village at 800 West Trade St. It includes a collection of books, journals, magazines, full-text databases, DVDs, as well as the Information Commons and other resources to serve the research needs of JWU students. The library also provides a scanner, computer workstations, print release stations, and conference rooms for student use. In addition to the resources located on campus, students also have access to the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library System, whose branches are located throughout the region.

Computer Laboratories

Johnson & Wales University has computer labs available for students to use email, the internet, Microsoft Office, specialty course software, jwuLink and more.

Students must have an active JWU Wildcat email account to access lab computers. Documents can be saved to student-acquired USB drives, university provided OneDrive cloud-based storage, or they can be attached to and sent through email. Students cannot save files onto computers in the labs.

JWU's Charlotte Campus has five computer labs that are managed by Information Technology. Four labs are located on the fourth floor of the Academic Center, housing 160 workstations, and one lab is located in the library, housing 30 workstations. Student staff members are available in these computer labs to assist students and answer questions. Computer lab locations, hours of operation, software and rules and regulations are available online.

Academic Center computer lab classrooms 433, 434, 435 and the library computer lab classroom are open for faculty/class reservations during operating hours. Academic Center student computer lab 436 is an "open-use" computer lab and not available for faculty/class reservations. As such, students wanting uninterrupted access should use 436.

Residence Halls

Campus residential facilities are traditional suite-style, smoke-free residence halls. All suites are four-person suites with two bedrooms and a shared bath. Cedar Hall North houses 359 first-year students at total capacity; Cedar Hall South houses 369 upperclass students.

725 West 4th St.
Charlotte, NC 28202

Cedar Hall North is a suite-style residence hall primarily for first-year students. Each suite includes two bedrooms, bathroom facilities, one micro-fridge per bedroom and wireless internet access. The hall has a game room with a pool table, board games and a large screen television. Each floor has study rooms, common areas, vending machines and laundry facilities. Cedar Hall North has a full kitchen available for student use. The common areas have wireless internet access. In addition, Cedar Hall North houses living-learning communities, a co-curricular classroom and the Student Dining Center.

215 South Cedar St.
Charlotte, NC 28202

Cedar Hall South is a suite-style residence hall primarily for upperclass students. Each suite includes two bedrooms, bathroom facilities, one micro-fridge per bedroom and wireless internet access. The hall has a game room with a pool table, foosball, air hockey, board games and a large screen television. Each floor has study rooms, common areas, vending machines and laundry facilities. The common areas have wireless internet access. In addition, Cedar Hall South houses a full kitchen available for student use and offices for Campus Safety & Security, Facilities Management, Residential Life, Student Conduct, Dean of Students and Counseling Services.

Campus Dining

A 300-plus-seat Student Dining Center is located in Cedar Hall North. It is operated by Chartwells, a division of Compass Group, North America. The dining center serves as an on-site facility for the business, food innovation, hospitality, and health and wellness internship programs.

Information on meal plans can be found in the Student Handbook.