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Fun Things To Do In Orem Near Promenade Place

By News, Students

There are plenty of fun things going on at UVU, but sometimes you need a break away from school. Are you looking for some fun things to do in the Orem area? Here are five fun things you can do near your UVU student housing!

  • Go for a hike! Living in Utah Valley, there are plenty of fun trails in the area. Get out of your Orem student housing and into the great outdoors!
  • University Place Mall has something for everyone! Grab some ice cream, build a bear, go shopping, get your nails done, or even get a haircut. You don’t have to go far from your UVU student housing to get to the mall.
  • Arcades aren’t just for kids! Gambling might be illegal in Utah, but nickel slot machines sure aren’t! If you get enough tickets you can grab some cool prizes to bring home to your UVU student housing.
  • Go to the water park! Swimming pools and water slides in the summer never get old. There are plenty of splash pads and water slides nearby, and it’s the perfect way to cool off when it’s 100 degrees outside.
  • Watch a performance at Scera. Scera is a non-profit organization that helps bring the arts into the community. Whether you prefer theater or concerts, there are always plenty of performances going on at Scera for your enjoyment.

When school starts again this month, we hope you’ll remember to take breaks and do something fun for yourself! Living in Orem student housing, there are plenty of options nearby for you to have a great time.

Hiking in Orem

Five Things You Shouldn’t Leave Behind When Hiking

By Special Offers

One of the nice things about living in student housing in Orem is how close you are to several hiking trails! If you haven’t already, take some time this summer to explore the beautiful area around you. Before you go, read through the checklist and make sure you’re prepared.

  • Water. This one should be a bit of a no brainer but you can never have too much water. Running out of water, especially in the heat, is miserable and potentially dangerous. Avoid this situation and fill up a large water bottle at your Provo student housing before you go anywhere. Read ahead to see if there are water refilling stations at the trail.
  • Snacks. While you’re hiking, you’re burning calories, and if you want to be able to finish your hike you need to replenish those calories by eating snacks.You can make something in your UVU off campus housing before you leave, or you can just buy some granola bars to take along. Protein, salty foods, and sweet foods are all important for keeping your energy up.
  • Good Shoes. Different shoes are good for different terrain. One thing all good hiking shoes need is traction. That rock face might seem easy and fun to climb, but when your shoes are slippery it immediately becomes a much scarier task. If you’re living in a UVU college apartment you can go over to the UVU Outdoor Adventure Center and borrow some proper gear.
  • A Camera. When you finally reach your destination, or even along the way, you’re going to want to take pictures. You need proof for your roommates that stayed at home in their UVU student housing that you actually reached the summit. You may even see a moose and want to take a picture. (Never approach a moose).
  • First Aid Kit. Bring some alcohol wipes, bandaids, and tweezers along with you for any cuts or splinters. Gauze or bandanas are light to carry and can be used for bigger wounds in an emergency.

If you’re still on the hunt for student housing in Orem to call your home base, we hope you’ll consider Promenade!

UVU College Library

Awesome Resources To Take Advantage Of While Studying At UVU

By Special Offers, Students

As a college student you have a lot on your plate. We’ve compiled a list of resources that Utah Valley University offers to connect you with the services you need.

Tutoring Services

College isn’t easy. Most of the time you can’t rely on your roommate at your UVU college apartment to help you with your chemistry homework. UVU offers these free services to help students succeed. If you struggle with studying in general, go visit Learning Strategies Support. If you’re studying ASL, Japanese, Portuguese, French, Russian, Spanish, or German you can get homework help or just practice your conversation skills at the Language Lab. Math isn’t your strongest subject? Go visit someone at the Math Lab who is strong in math and they’ll help you! The same goes for the writing center. If you don’t have them go through your final paper (it’s free!) then what are you doing?

Learning strategies support

Language lab

Math lab

Writing Center

Career Assistance

One of the biggest reasons you are studying and living in student housing by UVU is to launch a career in whatever it is you may study. Or maybe you know you want a college degree but you’re not sure what to do with it? Stop by the Career Development Center to meet with a counselor, learn new skills, and get connected with potential employers.

Career Development Center


This one is pretty simple. Is the pantry in your UVU college apartment empty? You’re not getting paid for a few more days? Don’t go hungry. Stop by the food pantry and they’ll supply you with some groceries no questions asked.

Food Pantry

Child Care

Being a parent shouldn’t hold you back from completing your degree. Daycare can be expensive, but leaving your child in your apartment is a no-go. Take them to the Wee Care Center, and get discounted childcare with your student ID.

Wee Care Center


Medical expenses can be daunting, especially as a poor student. You don’t have to choose between paying rent for your UVU student housing and paying to go to the doctor. UVU offers extremely affordable basic health visits and mental health therapy.

Student Health Services

-Basic visit: $10

-Mental health therapy: first visit free, subsequent visits $10

-Financial waivers are available

Keep these resources in mind if you’re ever in need. If you’re looking for housing, give Promenade Place a look!

UVU Skatepark

Four Fun Activities For UVU Students To Do In Orem

By Special Offers

Did you just move into UVU student housing? Do you think living in Orem is boring? Check out this article! We know it can sometimes be hard to entertain yourself and get out of the house, especially without spending tons of money. Here are some fun, and relatively cheap activities you can do right here in Orem.

Plaza Las Americas

Plaza Las Americas is an indoor swap meet. The swap meet is a great way to support local small businesses, plus you can get a great deal! You can find everything from speakers to clothing to amazing food there. It’s definitely something you need to experience at least once. Drag your friends out of their UVU apartment and go have some fun at Plaza Las Americas!

Scera Center For The Arts

Scera hosts concerts, musicals, outdoor movies, paint night, live theater, movie theater, ceramics classes, stained glass classes and more! It’s not far from Utah Valley University housing, so you’ve got to stop by to see a play or take a class. Scera Center For The Arts was founded in 1933, and is a non-profit dedicated to involving the community in the arts. Check out their website to see all of the different classes and shows you can attend all year long.

Orem Heritage Museum

Do you need to get out of your UVU apartment? The Orem Heritage Museum is located right next to Scera Center for the Arts on State Street. The museum has artifacts from WWI, WWII, and the Korean war. You can also learn about the history of early Orem pioneers, and how Orem came to be. The best part, if you’re a poor college student, admission to the Orem Heritage Museum is free!

Classic Skating

Are you looking to have a great night without going too far away from your student housing by UVU? Go skate the night away at Classic Skating! Classic is located just off of Orem state street, so not too far from any UVU apartments. They even have themed skate nights like Throwback Thursday, Freestyle Friday, and Disco Night. Classic also has giant bounce houses, an arcade, and laser tag. You can usually find coupons for Classic in that coupon calendar that comes in the mail.

If you’re just looking to live in Orem, but haven’t found the right UVU student apartments just yet, give Promenade Place a try! Promenade is right off Geneva Road giving you easy access to UVU campus and to the freeway so you can get where you want to go easily.

Restaurants in Orem

Four Great Places To Eat Within 7 Minutes Of Promenade Place

By News, Students

As a college student, it’s basically your civic duty to try out the local food. If you’re living in Promenade Place, or any other student housing near UVU, here are some great eats that you’ve got to try out.

5 Star BBQ

5 Star BBQ is just a 2 minute drive from Promenade Place! This restaurant has always been family-owned and will have your mouth watering with their homestyle barbecue. 5 Star BBQ is located inside a house! Just off of Geneva Road, 5 Star BBQ is a large traditional family home that has been remodeled into a fun and cozy restaurant. Friday and Saturday nights at 6pm on the second floor, they have some fun live music. Only minutes away from the hustle and bustle of UVU apartments, you can enjoy a family style meal in one of Orem’s most iconic restaurants.

Thai Evergreen

Only 7 minutes away from Promenade Place and other UVU student housing, Thai Evergreen is an oriental noodle house with lots of different dishes to try. Their sweet sticky rice with mangoes is delectable. Thai Evergreen, and two other Thai restaurants in Utah, was founded and is owned by Thavone Mymala. He learned from his mother who had been a chef in Laos, so you can count on getting some authentic food from a local family owned restaurant.

Krispy Kreme

Donuts! Who doesn’t love donuts? Krispy Kreme is only 5 minutes away from Promenade place, not many people are lucky enough to live that close to a Krispy Kreme. You can definitely brag that your student housing near UVU is also near a Krispy Kreme. They are always doing different promotional offers, so keep your eyes open for when those come around.

Juan Pablo’s Bakery 5 minutes

Juan Pablo’s bakery is only 5 minutes away from Promenade Place, so when you’re craving dessert, drag your friends out of their student apartments by UVU and head to Juan Pablo’s. They make custom cakes for weddings, birthdays, quinceñeras, or whatever else you may want. They pride themselves in their fresh pastries that are made from scratch with zero preservatives.

Packing for UVU Apartments

The Beginners Guide To Packing, Moving, & Unpacking

By News

Are you finishing up your first year in UVU student housing? Or researching housing to move into in the fall? You’ve come to the right place. Moving is a lot of work, and during your college years you’ll probably do it more than once; especially if you move home during the summers. So here we’ve made a beginners guide to help you figure it all out.

Make a plan. Planning ahead for your move will save you from staying up until 1 am trying to stuff your car before the move out deadline. Ask someone ahead of time to help you move. If you don’t have very much stuff you may be able to do it on your own, but no matter how strong you are, taking box after box from the third floor to the parking lot by yourself doesn’t work out super well. Try asking someone who doesn’t live in the same UVU student apartments as you, as they will likely be doing their own moving. Have a plan for your large awkward items; think about how you are going to pack it, and if it can be compacted to fit in a car or if you need a truck.

Be prepared. Being prepared isn’t just for boy scouts, it will help you out in all areas of life. Not being prepared to move in or out of student apartments by Utah Valley University can be a catastrophe. You need to know what size boxes you need and get those. Don’t get super large boxes that will be impossible to lift when filled up. Keep a sharpie around to label all of your boxes. Make sure you have plenty of packing tape; regular tape will not hold anything together. Newspaper or packing paper is important for protecting any dishes or fragile items you have. You will be glad you bought these supplies ahead of time, because the last minute on moving day is when all the students will be running to Walmart to buy the same thing.

Stay organized. Just as terrible as packing is, un packing when you’re at your new place can be rough. When packing up a box, put small items in zip lock bags so they don’t get lost. Keeping things in smaller containers, and packing those small containers into a box will make packing and unpacking so much easier. Keep similar items together, and label those boxes. You don’t want to pack a couple t-shirts with your frying pans, and you definitely don’t want to pack your cleaning supplies with your cereal. If you’re moving home for the summer and won’t need any of your school supplies, keep all of those in one box and don’t unpack it until you move back to UVU student housing in the fall.

Think about food. Try to use up most of your perishable food in the weeks ahead so that you don’t have to pack it or throw it away. If you have the space to pack your dry goods, it’s nice to have food at your new place and not have to buy a whole new pantry. If you have the space and want to bring your frozen and refrigerated items, have a cooler with ice ready so they stay cold during the drive. Make a plan of what you’re going to eat the first few days after you move. On moving day, you’ll probably want to get fast food. If you have some easy meals, keep all of the ingredients for those in the same box and unpack that one first when you move in.

If you’re looking for an awesome UVU student living experience in the fall, take a look at Promenade Place. Follow all of these tips, and moving will be a breeze. Let us know if any of these help you out!

UVU apartment living area

Finding The Best Off Campus Housing by Utah Valley University

By News

Finding quality off campus housing by UVU is a breeze with the use of the internet if you follow certain steps. With a simple search you will find many options. Their offers of facilities and amenities will certainly catch your attention. Most UVU student housing facilitators have an active online presence that makes dealing with them virtually quite easy. Below we are going to discuss the steps that will make your search for off-campus housing by Utah Valley University, easier and hassle-free.

  1. Set your budget: The first step is to determine the budget range that you can afford. It is important to stick with the options that fall under your budget range. Overspending on your accommodation will lead you in making adjustments on other necessary expenses. And consequently, you have to compromise the quality of lifestyle you are going to have.
  2. Explore websites: The second step is mindfully browsing through the information available in various top and popular websites of the student housing facilitators. You can find the images of floor plans, exterior and interior, and facilities provided under the establishment, which you must analyze one by one to see if they can meet your expectations.
  3. Accessible Location: The student housing that is located nearby or within the walking distance from the university will save you commuting time and cost. Considering an accessible location is an added benefit for someone who has other things to attend or pursue besides university sessions.
  4. Ask for the price: When you have analyzed the websites, noted the potential facilitators, now it is time to inquire about the lease cost. As you have already figured out each detail mindfully to see if it goes well to your needs and complements your preference, it is thus important to confirm if it aligns with your budget.
  5. Look for essential amenities: A well-furnished unit, 24/7 power back-up, solid wi-fi connectivity, and installation of basic tools and equipment such as dryer, cleaner, etc. is a must to comfortably pursue studies while having a fuss-free stay.
  6. Shortlist the best ones: When you have procured the details on budget, accessibility, prices, and amenities; now select the one carefully that perfectly suits your requirement and fits into your budget. In other words, determine the one that has the maximum number of facilities to offer and incur a minimum cost, without making you adjust on the quality of living.

Things will get pretty smooth after following the above steps, all you need to do next is have a virtual tour and discuss the terms and conditions of the lease agreement. If you are okay with everything and getting a positive vibe about the deal, lock the deal at the earliest. Since the most popular and top off-campus housing in Orem is subject to be occupied swiftly, you have to get into action quickly!