Students beware: these are the most confusing buildings at UT

Matthew Duncan

UT is a big campus with buildings — old and strange. This makes the trek through the heat and hills to your classes that much more difficult. You have to find your way to that building, decide which building is which and navigate the inside. Here are some buildings that almost guarantee you getting lost in, at or around them:

Robert Lee Moore Hall (RLM)

RLM is easily the least beautiful building on campus, yet one of the most identifiable. It’is home to math, physics and astronomy here at UT. Getting to the building is quite simple. Look for the ugly bricks.

Once you enter, finding your way to the right floor is going to be almost as difficult as the calculus class you’re trying to make your way to. If you enter the building from the side near Speedway, the building starts on the fourth floor. If you need to go to a higher floor, use the escalators.

But there’s a catch.

The escalators only go to the seventh floor. RLM has 19 floors, so there’s a lot above the seventh floor. Don’t worry there’s elevators, they’re just in a different part of the building than the escalators.

Confused? You haven’t even made it to differential equations.


College of Liberal Arts (CLA)/Patton Hall (RLP)/Student Activity Center (SAC)

Patton Hall is the renamed home of the College of Liberal Arts, in case you #UT22 children don’t know. Half of the confusion is getting to the right building. The CLA/RLP isn’t confusing once you enter it. They’re one building, two different names.

The problem is with the sky bridge located between it and the SAC.

If you have a class in the SAC and it’s on the fourth or fifth floor, you have a few options to get there: Use the skybridge, which closes at weird times or find an elevator inside the SAC that will take you to the fourth floor.

Just remember that no stairs lead to the fourth floor of the SAC, and some elevators don’t go to the fifth floor. Why not? Good question.

Burdine Hall

Burdine is a common building for science majors. The problem is, it’s located right between the biomedical engineering building (BME) and the pharmacy building (PHR).

“Well, most buildings are between other buildings,” you say.

Yes, but when looking at the buildings from the outside it appears to be attached to BME, leading many to believe they are the same. If you exit on the east side of the building, then you’ll end up in this weird open concrete area behind all the buildings. That’s the Narnia of UT.

So if you have a class here: Good luck and Godspeed.


Jesse H. Jones Communication Center (CMA)/Jesse H. Jones Communication Center  — Building B (CMB)/William Randolph Hearst Building (HSM)

So you have class in one of the communication buildings. Well lucky for you, they’re all right next to each other. Unlucky for you, they all look like boxes, and there's three of them.

Here are some tips: HSM is the small one, CMB looks like someone stuck a high security prison on top of some windows and CMA is the other one.

Figuring out which of these is the one you need to be at is the hard part. Navigate your way up the many sets of stairs, and hope that you don’t have a class in the basement. If you do, then good luck finding a way down there.

Bellmont Hall

Located inside Darrell K Royal Stadium is Bellmont Hall. Yes, the football stadium has classrooms inside of it.

The biggest problems here are trying to find elevators, what floor you're on, stairs and where you can and can’t go. Bellmont is on the side closest to San Jacinto Boulevard, if that helps.

Also, be warned that the ghosts of Longhorn football’s past are said to haunt there to this day, looking for students who can’t find their way. If they find you, they’ll tell you how good Longhorn football used to be and how this year will be the year that they come back.

Are they actual ghosts? Are they lost Longhorn fans? Or are they lost students not unlike yourself? These questions, much like our way through Belmont Hall, we may never know.