Leave your new student housing and head to hip neighborhood joint Five Bar for a brunch of chicken and waffles, and take in some history with a stroll in Capitol Park. On game day, embrace your sports-mad neighborhood and cheer on the Crimson Tide football team. In the evenings, catch a big name performance at the open-air Tuscaloosa Amphitheatre, then head to Catch 22 with friends for a margarita with strawberry, pineapple and jalapeno-flavored tequila. Refuel with the lasagne at local favorite DePalma’s Italian Café. On weekends, don’t miss the Tuscaloosa River Market.
You’ll be living in a gated community at Vie at University Downs, just a 22-minute walk from your classes at the University of Alabama. When your alarm goes off, pull your sneakers on and start your day with a workout at the 24/7 fitness center. For a more gentle start to the day, swim a few lengths in one of Vie at University Downs’ three pools. If you have pets, get some fresh air with a run around University Downs’ two dog parks. Throw your workout clothes straight into the washer dryer in your apartment afterwards.
After a busy day, sip a coffee in the Alabama sunshine on your patio or balcony, before you change into a more comfortable outfit from your walk-in closet. Make a snack in your microwave, or pick up some supplies from the nearby Publix supermarket and whip up a meal for your new friends. After, throw your plates straight into the dishwasher. If cooking is not your forte, you’ll be close to lots of restaurants offering takeout. Grab a burger with cajun fries from Five Guys, then kick back and relax at home.
Finish the day’s work at your own computer desk, or set up in the communal study room. If you need to print off notes for class the next day, swing by the on-site computer lab. You’ll be able to work quickly, thanks to the super-fast internet. When you’ve completed your work, switch off with a game of outdoor ping pong or challenge housemates to a round of pool. Relax in front of a movie in the theater room, or join friends for a game of darts.