Welcome to FAU
August 17, 2017
Dear incoming freshmen and transfer students,
When you hear people talk about FAU, it’s not exactly painted as a great university. If we’re looking at public Florida schools alone, it’s usually ranked lower on the list behind bigger, older schools with better funding like UF or FSU.
And while you’ll hear students complain about it plenty during your next couple years, don’t let someone else’s perspective of a university shape your own.
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Parking lots you should use and ones you should avoid
FAU may be swarming with commuters on a daily basis but there is still parking to be found.
Free and discounted services for college students
It’s no secret college is expensive, lucky for you we know where you can find free and cheap stuff just for being an FAU student.
On Campus Free Stuff
Owls Care Health Promotion
Student Services Building (SS-8)
Dental dams, lubricant and male/female condoms are available in the Owls Care Health Promotion office.
Owls Care is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and closed on Weekends.
Student Health Services Clinic
Student Services Building (SS-8)
Both latex and non-latex condoms are offered in a bowl in the waiting room of the clinic, found above the Breezeway Starbucks.
The clinic is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday. On Saturdays, it’s open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and closed on Sundays.
Dean of Students Office
Student Services Building (SS-8)
Blue books and green and blue scantrons are offered in this office located on the second floor above the Breezeway food court, across from the Student Health Services clinic. Students can only receive two scantrons a week.
The office is open Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday. It’s closed on weekends.
Student Union (UN-31)
Found on the second floor of the Student Union, the Student Government office has green and blue scantrons, as well as blue books. Students can only receive two scantrons a week.
The Student Government office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closed on weekends.
A rundown of the beaches near the Boca campus
The campus’ proximity to the ocean allows for outdoor recreation unmatched by nearby universities.
Located only 3.8 miles from the beach, FAU’s Boca campus offers an unparalleled experience into all that South Florida’s natural beauty has to offer. In only a 15-minute drive, students can be on the sand of some of Florida’s most beautiful beaches. Make the most of your freshman year by visiting these four hotspots to get your fill of sun and surf.
Spanish River Beach
This is the closest in proximity to our school, located less than 12 minutes away. With a small amount of roadside parking, this beach has an exclusive feel to it, as it’s rarely crowded at certain times of the day. But that comes at the price of taking care when trying to find a spot.
Thus I recommend that busy afternoon hours are avoided and that you try to come slightly earlier in the day. Oftentimes students will park at the CVS on Federal Highway (located right before crossing the bridge over to A1A) and walk over to the beach side.
This beach is quick and easy to go to, and while beautiful, lacks restaurants and sufficient parking. But, it does have outdoor showers so you can rinse your feet off before heading back to class.
Ross Mellman is a contributing writer with the University Press. For information regarding this or other stories, email [email protected].
A guide to getting around FAU’s campuses
The UP’s guide to the multiple modes of transportation around and between campuses.
FAU’s South Florida campuses are, for the most part, known as commuter colleges. As such, driving to school is the most popular form of transport. However, just because you may not have a car, doesn’t mean you’re out of options.
Here’s our rundown of the different methods for getting around the Boca campus as well as transportation between the Boca, Davie and Jupiter campuses.
One of the worst feelings when you first get to college is not having a clue where you are on campus. A simple solution is downloading the FAU Mobile App, which is available for iOS and Android users. The app includes a useful map with GPS, so you can see exactly where you are on campus and what direction you’re facing.
Another mobile app, FAU Owl Guides, features an event calendar as well as a New Student Orientation program designed to help introduce new students to the campus. The New Student Orientation section of the app includes orientation schedules, maps, and services for transfer students. It is available for iOS and Android users as well.
A where-to guide for the best beer, coffee and food
The UP gives our rundown of where to find the best food off campus.
If you’re new to FAU and don’t yet know where to eat or drink yet — check out this guide that includes our favorite coffee shops, bars and breakfast, lunch and dinner spots off campus.
R1 Coffee Company
3200 North Federal Highway, Ste. 106
Boca Raton FL, 33431
This simple, yet sophisticated coffee shop integrates minimalist decor that includes white marble and stainless steel, giving a “European-style” vibe according to Southflorida.com.
Founded in 2016, owners Anna and Slava Golik, a Russian couple who moved to the states in 2013, really did their research before opening up their doors. The couple spent nearly two decades traveling to five continents in search of ideas for coffee and food, and it paid off.
From their extensive selection of pour overs and lattes to their homemade pastries, this place is perfect to get some studying done or just take a break with a cup of joe.
Upperclassmen advice for incoming freshmen
The University Press’ senior staff members offer some insight into the college experience for new students.
Freshman year is a weird time.
You’re flooded with a new schedule, living arrangements, food, people and an entirely different education.
Fortunately, we’ve been there. As college journalists, we’ve seen it all: From famed comedian Hannibal Buress doing stand-up at the Boca campus to cockroaches in mini-fridges and piss in the stairwells, there’s a reason why people say college is the best of times and the worst of times.
Without getting too cliche, you only get one college experience and one freshman year, so make the most of it. While a lot of it will be jarring and stressful as hell, trust us — it’ll be worth it in the long run.
If you take one thing away from this issue, let it be the University Press’ advice on the importance of making mistakes, learning a new skill and finding your niche.