Chesterton's:  Think Responsibly!

Chesterton’s is the community center and “campus pub” located at The Cloisters, the University of Mary’s upperclassmen apartment complex. It’s an incredible place to study and socialize, watch television, play pool and old-time video games, or just enjoy the view. Chesterton’s also hosts a weekly community night for all members! Chesterton’s features complimentary coffee and popcorn, snacks and soda, Wi-Fi, and printing. Members have 24/7 access to the main level of the community center.

Chesterton’s is proudly named for G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936), the English writer, literary critic, poet, and Catholic apologist.  The design of Chesterton’s was inspired by The Eagle and the Child pub in Oxford, where J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and the rest of The Inklings used to gather for good cheer and conversation.

Grub and Special Events

Three nights a week, Chesterton’s operates as our “campus pub,” offering concessions and beverages. Chesterton’s members who are of legal drinking age and who have completed the University of Mary alcohol training seminar are admitted to the community center to enjoy a limited food and beverage menu, as well as complimentary beer or wine.

The Tolkien-themed beer on tap, “Southfarthing Stout” and “Green Dragon Ale,” are locally brewed for Chesterton’s at Buffalo Commons in Mandan, ND.

The University of Mary is committed to educating students on the responsible and moral use of alcohol.  Student members participate in thorough training which includes cultural, legal, and heath perspectives. No alcohol is for sale. Rather, as a benefit of membership, members are provided with up to two glasses of beer or two glasses of wine per evening without charge. Consumption is tracked by Mcard, and no one is allowed more than two glasses of beer or wine per night. No liquor is available, and those who bring alcohol of any kind into Chesterton’s have their membership revoked.

Student members are provided with two guest passes per semester for use during these hours. Guests cannot be current University of Mary students and must provide proof of legal age. Additional one-time guest passes are available at the University of Mary Business Office (lower level of the Benedictine Center) for $10 each.

The lower level meeting room may also be signed out by campus organizations for meetings and events. The main level of Chesterton’s serves as the primary community space for the students who live in Boyle, Deichert, Monte Cassino and Subiaco. Therefore, this space will generally not be available for meetings or events. Special events will be considered on a case-by-case basis and require the approval of the Vice President for Public Affairs.

All University of Mary students can be members of Chesterton’s. All student members are required to take the university’s alcohol seminar, regardless of age.

Membership is programmed to your Mcard, which is how members gain entrance to the facility. Just swipe your card at the front door.

There are two student levels of membership at the community center.

  • Resident Membership: Residents of The Cloisters, Boyle and Deichert halls participate through a $100 per semester fee membership as part of their room plan. This fee is waived for residents who participate in the Anytime Platinum Meal Plan.
  • Associate Membership: University of Mary students who do not live in The Cloisters, Boyle or Deichert can purchase an associate membership for $100 per semester if they live on campus or $150 if they live off campus. The fee is waived for students enrolled in the Anytime Meal Plan at the Platinum level.  Membership can be purchased at the Office of Student Development.

In addition, University of Mary faculty and staff and Sisters of Annunciation Monastery may choose to become members of Chesterton’s.

During the Academic Year

Thursdays: 7-11 pm

Fridays: 4:30-11 pm

Saturdays: 7-11 pm

Food Beverages

Plattdeutsch Knoephla Soup
with whole grain bread

The Bubbly
selection of Coca-Cola products

West Dakota Chili
with whole grain bread
Green Dragon Ale & Southfarthing Stout
on tap

Cheese or Pepperoni Pizza
small or large
by the bottle

Loaded Nachos
small or large

house pours, red & white

The Burger Flambeau
pepperjack cheese, lettuce, tomato,
and pickles


Fries & Tots
basket of either
add chili, cheese, or both