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Welcome to the Living Room! You’re welcome to any coffee or tea that you’d like. This blog is run by students, for students, and our goal is to provide you with the information we wish we’d had at the beginning of our college experience. We get to choose our topics and our content — so it’s as authentic as you can get! Feel free to browse, skim, and check out our posts for helpful tips and tricks.

Salt Lake City’s Must Try Restaurants

One of the perks to living on campus is being so close to downtown Salt...

Letter to a Future Resident: Part 3

Just over two years ago, I sat down to write the first Letter To a...

Crimson Nights Recap

It’s the Union Programming Council’s (UPC) biggest event held twice a year... Crimson Nights! If...

How to Make Friends in Campus

As a person with a bit of social anxiety, I understand how hard it is...

So, What’s it Really Like Living On Campus?

As the April 1 traditional housing application priority deadline quickly approaches, we sat down with...

How to Use the Campus Gym as a Novice

Going to the gym can be intimidating, especially when you’re unsure of what you’re doing....

A Living Learning Community Experience

Application season is among us, including housing applications! The first deadline to approach is March...

Residential Education

Have you ever wanted to dive deeper into some of the topics your RA introduced...

Show U How To: COVID-19 Testing

Sam Dalton Outreach Housing Ambassador

How to Set Healthy Boundaries

Because Valentine’s Day has just passed and love is in the air, I wanted to...

Lifestyle

Navigating college, roommates and adulthood can be difficult, but we’re here to help! From hard...

Single? That’s Okay!

Nothing hurts more than seeing your milk with a date on Valentine’s Day and you...

Feeling Curious?

Where would we be without curiosity? It is a key component to the basis of...

Five Things I Wish I Knew Before My First Semester of College

Beginning the first semester of college is the start of an invigorating chapter, but it...

Dining

 As you plan out your campus experience, we know that a variety of nutritious and...

Student Life

As a blog written by students, for students, we naturally speak about student life quite...

What’s the Deal With the Booster?

What’s the Deal with the Booster?  Last year, I walked you all through my experience...

Social Justice and Inclusion

Within HRE, we strive to promote equity, diversity and inclusion on campus. Students and staff...

Do You Know Your Strengths and Skills?

During the past couple of weeks, I have had many classes and activities highlight the...

Why Microaggressions Matter: Understanding the Impact of Unconscious Biases

Our community on campus is built to foster a culture of belonging, personal development, and collegiate success....

The Most Useful Student Discounts in 2021

Don’t Break the bank! Take advantage of you student discounts! I’ll admit being a college...

What’s the Big Deal With the Resident Satisfaction Survey?

Every year, the University of Utah’s campus residents have the opportunity to use their voice...

What’s On Your Mind?

Every year, we go through cycles: it starts cold, turns warm, gets hot, and returns...

Best Study Spots on Campus

It’s officially midterms week. In preparation, you need to scout out and secure a great...

Breakfast on a Budget

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, yet almost a quarter of the United States skips this meal....

Show U How To: Meal Plans

Sam Dalton Outreach Housing Ambassador

Top Five Things to Do in Utah This Fall

1. Hike in Little and Big Cottonwood Canyon.   Little Cottonwood Canyon and Big Cottonwood Canyon...

Best Questions to Ask a Stranger

Congratulations on making it through your first two weeks of school! Being surrounded by new...

Let’s Learn About Resources

As our largest class of residents settle into campus, we want to empower you all...

My First Week Living on Campus as a First-year

I was positively terrified yet excited in the days leading up to my first-year move-in...

A Letter to a Future Resident: Revisited

Dear Future Resident, More than a year ago, I sat down and wrote the first...

Show U How To: Public Transportation

Sydney Myers Outreach Housing Ambassador

20 Fun Facts About the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games

As the Olympic Games end their first full week of competition we thought it might...

Who are the Social Justice Advocates?

Housing & Residential Education has more than 100 student leaders. These include resident advisors (RAs),...

Best Hangout Spots on Campus

Living on campus has some of the best benefits to students. Some of these are...

What is Residential Education?

Have you ever wondered what Housing & "Residential Education" means? When living on campus, you...

Expectation v. Reality: Living on Campus

Whether you are an incoming first-year student, a transfer student or a current student, living...

How to Accept Feedback Like an Artist

You may call it feedback, a critique, or criticism, which is having someone assess you...

Being Involved On Campus

So you’ve chosen to attend the University of Utah and live on campus. Now what?...

Pardon Our Dust: Acknowledging You’re a Work in Progress

"Pardon our dust", sort of a silly phrase, isn’t it? Often, you will see this...

Being a Good Neighbor

When you live on campus at the University of Utah, you’re surrounded by friends and...

What’s the Deal With Meal Plans?

Living on campus at the University of Utah provides many benefits like the sense of...

Show You How To: Parcel Lockers

Sam Dalton Outreach Housing Ambassador

Need Support?

When I moved to campus last fall, I braced myself for change. Regardless of the...

My Vaccine Experience

  As the COVID-19 vaccine becomes more available to Utahns, I was fortunate to get...

Living on Campus as an Out-of-State Student

Did you know, 22% of the student body at the University of Utah come from...

Homemade Garlic Knots

Sometimes when you are scrolling through TikTok at 1 in the morning, you see something...

Living and Learning with a Campus Community

Students, there are so many reasons why you should live on campus. Not only does...

Spring Into a Healthy Lifestyle – Meals, Exercise & the Outdoors

As the weather gets warmer (hopefully soon), everyone is beginning to spend more time outside...

Perseverance, Welcome to Mars

Yesterday, around 2 p.m. MST, NASA’s Perseverance became the seventh rover from Earth and fifth...

The Best Valentine’s Day Gift: A Healthy Relationship

Love is a funny thing. It can make us happy, sad, excited, and emotional in...

Upcoming Building Projects @ the U

I have always had a great interest in architecture and construction. Living in housing only...

Tips For Success – Zoom Edition

If somebody would have told me that my first year of college would be almost...

Biden’s Cabinet: A Look at Some of the President’s Most Prominent Picks

As Joe Biden assumes the presidency, we will start hearing news about the confirmation hearings...

Tips For Moving In: Spring Semester

It’s finally spring semester. We have overcome what may have been the most difficult year...

Making the Best of Public Transportation

“I didn’t bring a car to college. How can I get around?!” Many students don’t...

Cooking Meat-Free

Meat is expensive and veggies are cheaper. I’m going to share some tips on how...

This is Hard…

Is anyone else somewhere between really confused and mildly scared for their GPA? As I...

Cooking Gluten-Free

A good number of people I know on campus have to eat gluten free. Whether...

Become an Active Bystander

I’m sure most people have heard this phrase from time to time. Some of you...

Mental Health Resources Following Election Day

This post will be a bit different from usual. We want to connect you to...

Why Should I Get a Flu Shot?

We have all heard it before, “get your flu shot!” But why is it important?...

Pesto Hash

I hate to write another food blog post but you’ve gotta check this out. I...

Where Did Art Go & Where Can I Find it?

If you are like me, you need art in your life. Art is what gives...

Cheap Tasty Stuffing

Do you want to blow your grandma’s mind this Thanksgiving? Or are you just a...

Join an RHA Board

As an on-campus resident, you are automatically a member of the U.’s Residence Hall Association...

The Election

Only about 18% of people between the ages of 18 and 24 vote. I think...

New Student Welcome (In Case You Missed it)

I watched the New Student Welcome in case you didn’t. Every year, bright and early...

Leadership That Pays

Utah is one of the states that puts the most funding towards its public universities...

Anybody Wanna… Cook?

Since I was stuck at home for the summer, I realized that my focus on...

What is Accessibility and Why Does it Matter?

Did you know that the Americans with Disabilities Act was passed by the 101st United...

Campus Changes

So, you've lived on campus before and aren't sure what it will be like when...

Recognizing and Avoiding Microaggressions

We’ve seen posters around campus with mentions of microaggressions, but what are they actually? What...

How to be an Ally

"Ally" is a word you hear a lot lately, and being an ally is something...

What is Juneteenth?

“The people of Texas are informed that in accordance with a Proclamation from the Executive...

Whats Your Favorite Dining Spot?

On-campus dining has been modified to better promote social distancing and to promote the health...

New to Utah? Here’s a Guide.

Utah is a pretty cool state. I’ve lived here my whole life, so I can’t...

Why Don’t We Use the Drum and Feather?

One thing you might notice about housing at the U is the distinct lack of...

How to: Getting Involved on Campus

I think that getting involved on campus is the most important part of your college...

A Resident’s Take on the Packing List

We all know that when you are preparing to move off to college, you need...

The Best Guac Ever

I got this recipe when I visited Cancun over the summer, and it is BY...

A Literary Guide to Heritage Commons

When you’re trying to learn what all the different terms we use are before you...

A Letter to a Future Resident

During my time on campus, I have lived in both Heritage Commons and on lower...

The Hidden Gems Across Campus

On a campus as large as the University of Utah, there is so much to...

Budgeting for College Students

Regardless of whether your college experience is being paid for by parents, student loans, or...

10 Tips for Packing and Moving

As students are moving home in response to COVID-19, we thought it might be a...

On-campus Living—All About Community

“Oh no!” was Maria’s reaction when asked about her first day on campus. “I moved...

Eight Home Study Tips

It can be difficult to study at home, especially with all of the distractions that...

Five Self-care Tips

We are going through a super stressful time right now, and many of us may...

10 Roommate Conflict Tips

Living with roommates is tough. Everybody is raised differently and personalities can often rub up...

Live on Campus in 2020! Here’s Why

“I drove in a very packed car with my parents to my residence hall and...

 

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