5 Things to Do with Your Aspen Heights Roommates

 

You’re about to embark on your own for the next four years of college and you’ve scored off-campus housing at Aspen Heights. This is one of the trendiest student apartments in the country, so you’re incredibly lucky. You probably want to make as many new friends as you can to get the full college experience, especially with your roommates.

How do you break the ice? Check out our list of five can’t-miss things to do with your new Aspen Heights roommates.

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Cue up a Netflix Binge of House of Cards

Netflix binges are a way of life, but just which shows do your roomies like? There’s only one way to find out. Turn on House of Cards, Stranger Things, Orange Is the New Black, or even a classic like Breaking Bad to see which is the favorite in your new student apartment!

Dinner parties at Aspen Heights!

Okay, now that the most important stuff is out of the way, it’s time to discuss dining preferences. After all, everyone wants to avoid the Freshman 15, which means limiting cafeteria dining. Your Aspen Heights home has an amazing kitchen that you’ll want to take advantage of.

So what’s on the menu tonight? Maybe it’s something classy like avocado toast, an exotic dish like empanadas, or even the healthfulness and simplicity of homemade veggie chips.

Bust out Cards Against Humanity.

Everyone knows about Cards Against Humanity, the hilarious card game where you fill in the blanks to try to come up with the most side-splitting answers. This game tends to reveal a person’s dark side fast, which is a great way to get comfortable with your new Aspen Heights roommates.

Even better? If you’re a little shy around new people, the game has an aspect of anonymity, in that you don’t always have to reveal which answer you played. That makes Cards Against Humanity a must-have game for your early college days.

Compare Dating Apps

Yeah, okay, everyone knows about Tinder by now. It’s old news. When you’re not busy swiping left or right on the hot student body, which other dating apps do you use? You might want to ask your new roommates.

There are plenty of other choices out there, from bigger (but still free) platforms like OkCupid to smaller but growing apps like Coffee Meets Bagel and Bumble. Not single? Many of these apps let you look for friends, too, so you don’t have to miss out on the fun.

Invent new drinking games

As long as you’re responsible and of drinking age, a night of drinking will loosen everyone’s shy streak. You’ll hear stories and secrets flying around left and right, so keep your ears open.

No matter how you plan on enjoying your night, there’s an app that will make it even better.  You can use your smartphone to find bars in the area, but of course, you have to be 21 and older to enter. Your phone can also teach you basic drink recipes and introduce you to new drinking games besides King’s Cup and beer pong.

If you’re newly single, there are even apps that can temporarily ban your ex’s number so you don’t make any drunken mistakes. Phew!

At Aspen Heights, student comfort is the top priority. This off-campus housing has worked to “revolutionize student housing” through its high customer service standard. Here, students are accepted as budding adults, not bumbling children.

 

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Top 7 Health Benefits to Being in Nature

Did you know that nearly 60% of all full-time students also have a job while attending school? 40% of those students work 10 or more hours a week! Can you believe that? With so many responsibilities, it is easy to see how weight gain, stress, and anxiety can creep into the lives of students. There is a solution, however: NATURE. Yep! It really is that simple! If you don’t believe us, keep reading to see how we at Aspen Heights Partners keep it cool.

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Best Study Spots in Austin

Pic Credit: Cream Whiskers

Cream Whiskers:  

We are always an advocate for Cream Whiskers! Not only does it have excellent wifi, plenty of seating, and mood lighting, but it also offers delicious cream puffs and coffee – perfect for a snack break. If you like quieter atmospheres with space to spread out, you should give this place a try! It’s even walking distance from the UT campus, making it the perfect study stop. And did we mention it’s absolutely adorable? #perfectphotoop

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La Tazza Fresca: 

A little further from campus, La Tazza is a laid back coffee shop that also offers some delicious treats (we’re talking homemade pizza!). It has free wifi, mood lighting, couches, an outside patio, and a handful of board games to play during study breaks. This place can get a little crowded during certain times of the day, but since it is open until midnight, you’re able to have a late night study session without a problem. We recommend getting the iced chai latte and veggie pizza!

Pic Credit: Michelle Edmonds Photography

Flightpath:

Flightpath is located on Duval street, north of the UT campus. Although it is further away, we still recommend giving it a shot! The reason we say this is because there is a huge back patio with plenty of seating and mood lighting. Depending on the time of day, the inside will fill up pretty quickly, but just find yourself a space outside! Of course, free wifi and coffee will get you through your studies and if you feel like kicking back for a while, you can always find space on a cozy couch.

Pro tip: Just remember to wear some bug spray if you tend to attract mosquitoes. The patio is in surrounded by shrubbery– combine that and Austin humidity and you get mosquito heaven!

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Mozarts: 

Ok, ok, we know this is a super typical spot to add to our list. But we can’t help it! Who doesn’t like Mozarts?? It is right on Lake Austin and there is always a seat readily available near the water. Wifi can be occasionally iffy, but come in the evening and you may be serenaded by some live music.

Pic Credit: The Austinot

Red River Café:

We love Red River Café. The food is cheap and delicious, the waiters and waitresses are super nice, and it is a calm, quiet, relaxing place. There is an outside patio if that floats your boat and always room inside too if it doesn’t. Even if you don’t go there to study, you should still check it out.

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Bennu Coffee:

This 24 hour coffee shop is definitely one of the more popular places to study in Austin.  While this does tend to make it a bit crowded at some hours during the day, it still has a cool vibe worth checking out. Another cool fact about this place is that it is right across the street from the “You’re my BUTTER half” wall art. Such a cute place to take a pic with your friends/ family / significant other.

Pic Credit: UT Libraries Blogs

Business school, Welch, PCL, Life Science Library: 

What better place to study than on campus itself? Literally any library, study lounge, empty classroom you can get into is a perfect place to cram in studying between classes or during the weekend. If you decide to head to the PCL, the 3rd and 4th floors are pretty quiet with their sectioned off cubicles, but the 5th floor can get pretty noisy because that is where a lot of group study happens.

 

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