Shorten your daily commute across campus
Published: Thursday, August 22, 2013
Updated: Friday, August 23, 2013 16:08
UConn has a massive and imposing campus; at least to the eyes of those of unfamiliar with it. Freshmen will find their new home will grow smaller in the coming weeks; but trying to walk from end to end when one’s time is short, is less than simple. Here are some routes to make the navigation of UConn’s hundreds of pathways a bit more efficient.
For the large number of freshmen living on the north end of campus, the fastest road to the center of campus for the Babbidge Library, Oak Hall and Laurel Hall, is to take the staircase between Torrey Line Science and the Biology/Physics Building. At the end of the sidewalk; fork left towards the Pharmacy Building, and continue up the slope, which borders Gentry and the Student Union mall. One will end up at the large Oak Emblem in the middle of Fairfield Way. For those whose destination lies on Mansfield Road, such as Arjona, Montieth, or Family Studies, the ideal passage is to go between the Chemistry and Pharmacy buildings, then turn left to head to Austin. The other option is to continue behind Wilbur Cross, taking the path down the hill for the other buildings.
Students living in Towers should be aware of the staircase behind Gelfenbien Commons dining hall, which is a direct path to North Eagleville Road; it’s easily ten minutes faster than following Storrs Road and taking the corner. If you seek the west end of campus by the Student Union, Co-op, or gym, reach Glenbrook Road by the path between the Chemistry Building and Swan Lake and follow it until its end, where the Union will be on the left.
For those living in Buckley and Shippee, the quickest way to the core of the campus is to follow Hillside Road but cut across the South Campus quad to the sidewalk that stretches from the ground floor of Rome Commons. Continue straight across the half-walled footpaths which end directly behind Homer Babbidge Library. If one has to trek to one of the science or engineering buildings (excluding Chemistry), head left of Homer Babbidge Library and across the quad with the inverted stone tower. Continue ahead through Fairfield Way, right to the west end of Glenbrook.
Hilltop Residents should always take the path that leads down to the back entrance of the Student Recreation Facility, which will deposit at the head of Fairfield Way. The alternate route down Alumni Drive should be avoided unless one’s destination is the Jorgensen or anything on North Eagleville Road.
Several other slight shortcuts to shave a few seconds off of one’s journey include: the staircase and somewhat wooded walkway behind Wilbur Cross; the sidewalk behind Oak Hall towards Montieth, the paths through and on the east side of Connecticut Commons and the staircase behind South Dining Hall and the Nathan Hale Inn towards S Lot and Von Der Mehden.
For the freshmen residing in East Campus and separated by the vast lawn, the best advice I can give would be to take a bus. There is no fast way up that hill.