May 8, 2018
Moving to a new place can be quite the transition.
Where can you get a bite to eat? What if you need a doctor? What if something goes wrong with your car?
Whether or not you’re brand new to Colorado Springs, or experiencing the areas close to UCCS for the first time as a commuter, here’s where to find the essentials.
UCCS Recreation Center
Where: Near Alpine Village
Open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday
The UCCS Gallogly Recreation and Wellness Center offers student the ability to meet with physicians, family nurse practitioners, medical assistants, a psychiatric nurse practitioner, dietitians and a wellness promotion coordinator. Students can receive physicals, vaccines, therapeutic treatment and more for a price of $15 per appointment. Extras, like vaccines and prescriptions, may cost more.
Colorado Springs DMV
Where: 2447 N. Union Blvd.
7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
Visit the DMV in order to renew your driver’s license, register a new car, submit a change of address, get a copy of your driver record or renew your car registration. Before you head to the DMV, you can make appointments online to save some of your time (and sanity), complete a service (filing an accident report or becoming an organ donor) at home or visit websites like DMV.org that can tell you whether or you really need to go the DMV.
Mountain Metropolitan Transit Bus (MMT)
The MMT College Pass Program is offered to all UCCS students and is free of cost for all bus stops when they swipe their LionOne Card or Ent LionOne Card. Taking the MMT offers students free, convenient transportation, without a student ID the cost for monthly, unlimited pass = $65; so for 10 months, $650 and a single pass is $5.
Where: 5342 N. Nevada Ave.
8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily
Trader Joe’s is a grocery food chain that offers students a variety of products (both old favorites and exciting new ones) for good prices. Stop by and pick up a premade meal, groceries for the week or a few snacks for a road trip.
Auto Repair Shop
Honest Accurate Auto Service
Where: 426 Nevada Mesa View
Honest Accurate Auto Service is one of the top-rated auto repair shops in Colorado Springs and offers a variety of services, ranging from oils changes to tire rotations, for all makes and models of cars. Before you visit, call 598-6306 or visit honestaccurateauto.com to make an appointment.
Department of Public Safety
Where: Gateway Hall (next to Gateway Garage, across from Columbine Hall)
The UCCS Police Department and Public Safety provide UCCS students and staff with constant protection and a feeling of security. If you don’t have time head to the Public Safety Department, call them at 255-3111 or hit the button on the emergency panels around campus. If you do not feel comfortable reporting to the department, you can use the university’s online anonymous reporting option.
The closest CSPD is 4.9 miles away on 705 S Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
The CSPD branch will be more helpful for protection off campus, since there isn’t much public safety can do for off campus crime. They can be reached at 719-444-7000.
Kairos Coffee House
505 Popes Bluff Trail, Colorado Springs, CO 80907
7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and closed on Sunday
Visit the Kairos Coffee House just off of I-25 and Garden of the Gods Road to order coffee, tea, a snack or breakfast to get energized and ready for the day or a late night study session. Bring a couple of friends and hang out in the cozy environment, hole-up with your favorite book or bring your laptop and textbooks to get homework done.
Where: 312 Mount View Lane
Open 24 hours daily
Fill up your gas tank and grab a quick snack if you’re hungry.
5240 N. Academy Blvd., Colorado Springs
8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday
Head into Target and pick your essentials for the week, whether that’s a lint roller, roll of paper towels, a white shirt for tie-dye or a poster board for a project. This Target also offers a small selection of grocery items.