Your college experience doesn’t just have to revolve around lectures, mindless memorization, and endless group meetings at the PCL. Don’t let burnout get to you – it’s important to take time off to rethink, regroup, and most importantly: Treat Yo’Self. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZsABTmT1_M0
With a campus as expansive as UT’s, there are a lot of perks that most students don’t even know about, let alone utilize. There are still so many places to explore and opportunities to take advantage of. Without further ado, here’s the insider edition of cool things UT offers that you should treat yo’self to:
- Brand New Gym at Bellmont (located in the stadium) If you’re tired of having to wait for equipment at the Gregory Gym, you should check out the brand new gym that has opened at Bellmont (located at the Stadium). All the equipment is new, and the area is complete with mirrors, weights, and cardio machines.
- Sauna & Steam Room At UT, you don’t have to pay extra to enjoy the nicer things in life. There are dry saunas located in the locker rooms at the Gregory and Bellmont gyms. The steam rooms can be found in the Faculty/Staff locker room. Students are allowed to use the steam room but cannot use the faculty locker room for storage. They’re great for muscle relaxation and stress relief.
- Mindfulness Meditation & the Mind and Body Lab If you’ve been feeling a bit down lately and want some time to rest and meditate, there are guided meditation classes located on the 5th floor of the SSB every Tuesday from 12:15 – 12:50pm. If classes aren’t your thing, the Mind and Body Lab offers self-guided meditation as well. This is free and open to all UT students. (There are also massage chairs in the waiting rooms!)
- Innovation Station – Free 3D printing The Cockrell School of Engineering has offered free 3D printing to all UT students. The Innovation Station located at the ETC allows students the opportunity to build objects for different purposes through the web-based portal.
- Telescope Star Parties Racking your brain for a date night activity? The Astronomy Department hosts three weekly viewing nights for the public. On Wednesdays, the star parties are held on the top roof of RLM. Every Friday and Saturday, there is a viewing party at the Painter Hall Telescope from 7-9pm. If you’d like to operate the Painter telescope on your own, you can! Review the instructions, get authorized, and book a time!
- Vintage Study Space If you’re tired of the PCL, Union, or FAC, there are still some really fantastic study spaces on campus. Check out the Architecture Library, the Life Science Library, and even the Littlefield Dormitory for just some of the quaint places to do your homework.
- Free Condoms at SSB At SSB 1.106, you’re allowed to grab up to three free condoms per day from the box located at the Health Promotion Resource Center.
- UT MicroFarm If you love to garden but have no space to do it, UT MicroFarm is a solely student run organization that offers UT’s first student-run, on campus farm. Beets, butternut squash, collard greens, sweet potatoes, carrots, etc. are in season right now, and those who volunteer can also take some fresh produce home.
- Harry Ransom Center/ Blanton Another perk of being a student at UT is that admission is free to both the Harry Ransom Center and the Blanton Museum of Art. The Harry Ransom Center is an archive/library/museum that specializes in the collection of literary and cultural artifacts. The current exhibition is Frank Reaugh’s Landscapes of Texas and the American West. Blanton’s current exhibitions include Moderno, Natalie Frank’s The Brothers Grimm, Donald Moffet, etc.