CSUN Survival Guide

Lilianna Oustinovskaya

The transition to a new school can prove to be a daunting one. With a campus as large as CSUN’s, that’ process is made even more complicated. The university campus is sprawled across 365 acres, with a seemingly endless collection of buildings. In order to survive your first year at CSUN, it’s important to become acquainted with several key places.

As a student, one of the most important buildings on campus definitely has to be Bayramian Hall. There are 14 student services provided in this building, many of which are required for enrollment and graduation. It is here that students pay for classes, visit the financial aid and scholarship office, get their student identification cards and register for exams. The University Counseling Services are also located here, providing students with a valuable resource to help address any problems they may encounter.

The Career Center, which is located in University Hall, provides students with guidance and assistance in locating internships and jobs. There are peer educators, as well as staff, who are able to advise on resume writing, job searches and various workshops.
For some students, the Oviatt library is just the massive building in the middle of campus and in front of the’ main lawn. For others, it is a quiet place to escape to study, do research and even rent movies. To check out books, remember to obtain a student identification card from Bayramian Hall.

The Klotz Student Health Center, located next to the new science building, offers a variety of health service for students. The center houses optometry and dental clinics, a pharmacy and provides immunizations and nutrition counseling.
The University Student Union has several food and retail locations, such as Subway and Sam’s Clothing. The Associated Students offices are also on the same plaza, in addition to the involvement center.

To break up the monotony of daily routine of classes, make sure to stop by the recently renovated Games Room, where there are pool tables, video games and a lounge area.
The more artistic among us can also spend time at the CSUN Art Galleries, which often have interesting exhibitions, not to mention a great gift shop.

For some local off campus food, nothing beats Pita Pockets, located on Reseda Blvd. across from campus. They serve traditional Middle Eastern food at reasonable prices.
In an attempt to save as much money as possible, the cheapest gas prices near CSUN can be found at an ARCO gas station located on Nordhoff Street and Wilbur Avenue. The prices here are typically significantly cheaper than anywhere else.

Looking to unwind after a long week of classes, McG’s Irish Pub ‘amp; Grill on Devonshire Blvd. is a preferred location for many CSUN students. The atmosphere there is always conducive to having a good time and they are open until 2 a.m. daily.

While there is a lot to discover at CSUN, being familiar with these 10 places will help make your time at school more productive and enjoyable.