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Have you ever realized that you just have too much stuff sitting in your Residence Hall room or Apartment? All those items are just waiting to be sold to become money in your pocket, all you have to do is sell it. Now there’s any easier way to sell, swap and haggle your stuff away!


Swappel is a new website similar to Craigslist’s item selling/trading feature. It allows you to post the items you have, set your price and even decide which items you’d be willing to trade for.

If you have already posted up a flyer on the UT Arlington Student Governance’s bulletin boards and posted an ad on Craigslist, then Swappel is your next step. All that stuff you have lying around can actually bring in a decent amount of money.

For people like me, who tend to impulse buy, you can easily sell your larger priced items online for close to what you paid for it. Sometimes, if your lucky, you can even make a profit. Around this time last year I purchased a drafting table from Thrift Town on Abram’s St. and several months later decided I didn’t want it anymore. I ended up getting $140 for the drafting table when I sold it to an individual.

For all of those items that aren’t easy to sell, or aren’t of much quality to sell, you can donate those. Donating your old items to a Goodwill Inc., Salvation Army, or Texas Thrift is an easy way to get rid of them while helping others at the same time. Most of these businesses are not-for-profit and donate their earned income to various charities.

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When the Texas winter arrives at UT Arlington, keeping warm is one of the most important things you can do. UT Arlington offers many indoor activities while the winter weather terrorizes all that go outside. Whether you live in a residence hall or an apartment you have many options to stay warm.

Take a look at these options for staying warm this winter:

1. Stay Inside: If you’re inside where it’s heated then you can’t really get too cold. If you’re still cold then bundle up. Don’t forget about all of the fun things you can do inside here at UTA. The University Center Bowling and Billiards located in the E.H. Hereford University Center and all of the indoor sports at the Mavericks Activity Center are just two of the things you can do while trying to stay warm at UT Arlington.

Mavericks Activities Center

2. Make Hot Cocoa: Hot cocoa can help warm your body and give you a tasty treat. Another simple food you can make is Maruchan Instant Lunch which only requires boiling water. Sure it might not be the tastiest food, but it’s affordable and will definitely help you keep warm.

3. Wear Your Coat or Sweater: If you ever find yourself freezing, try putting on a coat or a sweater to help warm you up. These are a big necessity for the winter. If you don’t have one, you can buy one at any of the  retail places around UT Arlington like Kohls, The Parks Mall at Arlington or even Texas Thrift right down the road. You can even get away with wearing a Snuggie in the comfort of your residence hall or apartment.

If you can’t stay warm by any of these means you can get creative and come up with your own methods of staying warm.

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Living at UT Arlington has never been better! The new College Park District has so much to offer to Arlington community members and UT Arlington students living both on and off campus. If you live in Vandergriff Hall you’re literally right in the heart of the College Park District with parking garages and retail space just a stone’s throw away.

Grabbing some grub has really never been easier. No matter where you are on campus you can find something delicious, whether it’s your own pizza pie creation at Pie Five Pizza, making your own sandwich at the Connection Cafe or mixing your own flavors of frozen yogurt at Coolberry Frozen Yogurt. Take a look here to look at all the dining options at the College Park District.

Housing Ambassadors at Pie 5

This last week, Pie Five Pizza Co. offered $1 breakfast pies for any person who came in wearing their P.J.s. Some of our very own Housing Ambassadors attended, received their $1 breakfast and enjoyed posing for the Pie Five photo booth. Several students and Arlington community members attended. Here’s a look at some of the other photos from the photo-booth from last week.

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Arlington businesses are now becoming more student friendly with help from College Town, UTA. College Town, UTA focuses on creating a better place for the Arlington community and UTA students alike. Some of the ways College Town, UTA offers engagement of the Arlington community is by offering campus tours at the Dan Dipert University Welcome Center, offering seasonal passes for using the Maverick Activities Center , access to UTA’s Central Library and by offering continuing education classes available to students and the Arlington community.

College Town, UTA

This month College Town, UTA offers Pep Rally at the Parks on Friday September 28 from 6-8pm. At Pep Rally at the Parks there will be many retailers who will be offering discounts to students wearing UTA apparel. This is a great way for UTA students to save some cash.

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As a college student, you’re already well aware that affording an education can be expensive, that’s why it’s important to save money. Saving money doesn’t just mean keeping your extra money in a savings account and having it sit there, but it means proactively finding new ways to spend less!

Don't break the bank!

Here are a few tips to save money while living on campus at UT Arlington

1: Avoid that daily Starbucks Frappaccino or Caramel Macchiato. Instead, make coffee and flavor it at home, or buy a less expensive coffee from the POD in the University Center.

2: Instead of buying new textbooks, try and find them used at the UT Arlington Bookstore , or borrow them from a friend. Don’t forget about E-Books as they are also a viable option as they are often times more affordable than a used copy of a textbook, however because they are a digital copy there isn’t anything you can sell back at the end of the semester.

3: Attend On Campus University Events! You pay for them as part of your tuition, you might as well attend them. UT Arlington puts on many events throughout each semester. When you live in one of UT Arlington’s residence halls or apartment you have access to the events and programs that your Resident Assistant’s put on . Attending these allows you to save money and most importantly to have fun.

4: Use the UTA Shuttle Service, carpool or ride a bicycle. UT Arlington’s shuttle service will allow you to get from one end of campus to the other without having to walk in the heat or drive your car, carpooling will allow you to have fun with friends while saving gas money and riding a bicycle will help keep you fit and healthy while getting to a destination quicker. UT Arlington even has a student-ran bicycle shop on campus.

Now that you know a few money-saving tips, here’s my experience:

I had to learn how to budget and manage my money as a student who had to transition from living in a residence hall, to moving into an apartment independently. One of the ways you can help better manage your monthly funds is to set your due dates for your monthly-recurring bills to the time of the month that you get paid, that way your bills are taken care of and whatever is left is yours for the month. I really like that I can pay my bills on MyMav and can see exactly what’s owed. If you know how much you receive each month and you know how much you must pay each month then you should know your spending allowance. Learning how to budget money is one of the best skills you can have as a young adult. If you have questions about managing your money you can visit the Student Money Management Center

Housing Ambassador,
Dakota

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You may have heard the term Housing Ambassador around the UTA campus from time-to-time, but do you know what a Housing Ambassador is? The Housing Ambassadors are a group of outstanding students that serve as liaisons to current and prospective students. They all live on campus in UTA Housing and can help answer questions and familiarize you to our exciting campus life. Not only do Housing Ambassadors share their experiences of living on campus with prospective students and their families, but they lead daily housing tours of our residence halls and apartments, answer housing and dining questions, and help students with the online housing application process.

The Housing Ambassadors are your friendly representatives that will answer any questions you have when you call the UTA Housing Office or attend a presentation about UTA Housing. If you ever have any immediate questions you can call 817-272-2791 and a friendly Housing Ambassador will answer your phone call.

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Welcome to the UTA Housing Ambassadors’ Blog. On here you can find important supplemental information about what is going on in the UTA Housing Office, when important deadlines approach and about some of the experiences of students and Housing Ambassadors living on campus. If you need more detailed information you can visit the UTA Housing Office webpage and take a look at all of the apartments and residence halls that are on campus. Take a look at our UTA Housing and Dining Video.

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