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Cost of Living: Much More Than a One Time Fee.

After a year or two of living in the residence halls at UND, some students want to get away from the “random roommate” situation and want a place of their own. It is important to evaluate your options to ensure that your living situation supports your academic success, a healthy lifestyle, and finally, your bank account.


More than just a one-time fee.
Let’s face it, the UND Residence Halls provide just about everything a student needs once the bill is paid. A one-time payment through Campus Connection provides a furnished room for a semester complete with internet, cable, garbage, cleaning services, dining services, to name a few. When moving off campus, it is very important to understand what expenses will be incurred each month should you choose to move off campus.

Questions to ask:
What will my fixed monthly payment be?
What utilities are included?

What expenses will be variable each month and when will I be expected to pay?

From Dining Services to Ramen?

The dining centers provide all sorts of entrees, sides, and desserts with your one-time payment. Once paid, you will have a semester of either unlimited food or a blocked meal plan. Yet, the meal plans offered may not be the cheapest eating if you don’t utilize the service enough. On the other hand, living off campus brings a new set of obstacles. Unless you purchase a campus meal plan, you will have to grocery shop, plan meals, cook, and do dishes for yourself. These are costs and time commitments that must be accommodated to your lifestyle.

Questions to ask:
Do I have basic cooking supplies: bowls, plates, silverware, pans, cups, and cleaning supplies?

Can I resist the temptation to go out to eat and cook at home instead?

Will I make healthy meals at home, or will I eat Ramen every day?

Living in the Residence Halls includes a furnished room, bathroom, and shared living rooms. This means a bed, desk, and drawers are provided. When moving off campus, it is likely you will need to purchase some larger furniture to complete a bedroom, kitchen, and living room. For many students, especially upperclassmen, these are items that they will need to purchase after graduation any way and buying now is a head start. A great time to purchase used items is in May as many students are graduating or transitioning and don’t want their old stuff or at least don’t want to move it with them.

Questions to ask:
Do I have the funds to purchase larger ticket item living expenses?

Will I need to rent a moving van to transport furniture?

What will I do with these items when I graduate?  How much will it cost to move them?

How far can you walk?

Every UND Residence Hall is located within easy walking distance to the UND classrooms. When moving off campus, there are options near and far. Evaluate your transportation resources and account for the expenses that come with owning a car: repairs, gas, and maintenance.


Questions to ask:
Can my car survive the winter?

Is there a bus route nearby my place of living?

Can I carpool or will I need to purchase a parking permit?

Know what you are signing.

The Residence Hall contracts a student for a semester or full school year of living. A contract for an apartment or house will likely last for a year. For students staying in Grand Forks for the summer, this is a great option. Regardless of where you live, you will have to pay for these months unless you sublease to a different renter.

Questions to ask:

How long is my lease?

Will my roommates pay their rent on time and will they be present for the whole term of the lease?

Do I have enough money to pay the deposit?
Do I need to mow the lawn, shovel snow, and upkeep in general?

As you consider moving off campus, be sure to make a list of the different expenses you will have and ensure that you have the resources to pay for them! Both living on campus or off campus has a set of benefits and consequences. Need help determining what’s best for you? Set up an appointment with a peer consultant at Financial Wellness at

Wellness Center FAQ- Intramurals



What sports does the UND intramural program offer?

-         In the first half of fall we offered: Flag Football, Volleyball, Dodgeball, and Inline Hockey.

-         In the second half of fall we offer: Basketball, Indoor Soccer, Badminton, Indoor Frisbee, and Hockey

How do I sign up for intramurals?

-         UND students can sign up individually or on a team at

Where can I find the schedules for intramural sports this semester?

-         The second half the semester sports will start on Oct. 21st. The link for the intramural homepage can be found at:

Where are the rules for the intramural program?

-         The intramural handbook and rules for each individual sport can be found on the intramural homepage

How much does it cost to make a team for UND intramurals?

-         The prices for each individual sport will be listed on the intramural homepage, but prices normally range from $85-$120

Where do intramurals take place?

-         Most take place in the Wellness Center or in the Hyslop, but Flag Football takes place on the aerospace fields by Biolife, and Hockey takes place in the Ralph Engelstad Arena

How can I get involved in the intramural program?

-         We are currently hiring! Jobs are posted on UND student employment JobX site

Mary Jane: She is NOT Your BFF

     Have you heard about Mary Jane?  She’s not exactly the new girl in town, but over the years, she certainly has managed to garner quite a name for herself. Recently, it appears that new laws are making it sound like Mary Jane (which, by the way, is one of the numerous nicknames of the drug marijuana, in case you didn’t know), despite all the rumors, is really an ok type of gal to call your friend. But mark my words, while she may seem like the type of person everyone wants to be around, the truth is she has a dark side.  For example, did you know that she may influence you to drop out of college? It’s true! A recent University of Maryland study concluded that marijuana was linked with college drop-out rates. In addition, according to Dr. Nora D. Volkow, the director of The National Institute on Drug Abuse, “THC, a key ingredient in marijuana, alters the connectivity of the hippocampus, a brain area related to learning and memory.” So what does that mean? Simple:  you smoke pot, your brain stops functioning. You’ll start to forget things, and your ability to learn will become impaired. But marijuana’s dangers go beyond dumbing you down.  A recent Auckland University study concluded that marijuana use could double the risk of both heart attack and stroke in young adults, regardless of whether or not an individual has any current risk factors. Furthermore, it could also lead to a weakened immune system, damage to your lungs and airways, different types of cancer, and serious mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia (

So, does Mary Jane still sound like someone you want to hang out with? It is clear that she is indeed more dangerous than people make her out to be, especially if you’re trying to get through college. After all, (as the old saying goes), there’s a reason why she’s often referred to as being a “dope.”

Kiley Wright
AOD Peer Educator
Health & Wellness Hub


Green Gallop Homecoming Run


Show your UND Pride and participate in the annual Green Gallop Homecoming Run to support the Wellness Center’s Student Development Fund. Participants can choose between a 5K or 10K race in which the course winds through campus, along the English coulee, past the Ralph Engelstad Arena and finishes back at the Wellness Center.


Awards will be presented for top finishers in each race as well as prizes for the ‘greenest‘ or most spirited costumes. Lace up your running shoes and come dressed in green for a fun Homecoming event, Sunday October 13th at 9:30am. Those who register before September 23rd will be guaranteed a Green Gallop t-shirt! 

For more information please contact Patrick Marcoe at


Not interested in running but need volunteer hours? Register online to be a volunteer for the Green Gallop Homecoming Run and receive a free Green Gallop t-shirt! For more information please contact Michelle Willis at

What’s on your mind? Use these hashtags to promote healthy living at UND! #ilivewellUND


You may have seen a few Wellness Center Facebook posts recently like the one above that feature a sparkling new set of hashtags. The Wellness Center loves to generate a good discussion about health and wellness related topics and what better way to do that then through the use of hashtags!

We want to know how you’re pursuing a healthy lifestyle this fall. Hashtag your health and wellness related posts with the following hashtags to join the conversation!

#ilivewellUND, #iworkoutUND, #ieathealthyUND, #iplayintramuralsUND, #irechargeUND, #iclimbUND, #iadventureUND, #iskiUND

Have you ever wondered what a Sponsored Wellness Center Membership is?


Did you know that you can sponsor individuals for a membership at the UND Wellness Center?  Yep! You can sponsor ANYONE over 18 years of age!  It could be your best friend, a family member, your neighbor…anyone!  Come in with them for their first visit and we will get them signed up.  When it is time for them to renew or purchase a new membership the sponsor does not need to be present!



Sponsored Pricing:


·         Day: $5


·         Month: $45


·         Semester: $198


·         Annual: $480


Don’t forget about the Health Club Credit Program! If the person you sponsor has eligibility for the Health Club Credit Program through BCBSND or BCBSMN they can enroll for the program online and get a $20 reimbursement if they workout 12 or more times within a month!

Stay on Track over July 4th

Vacations involve relaxing and enjoying yourself, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up on your health and fitness. People often have trouble sticking to their diet or exercise routine over the holidays, but there are ways to avoid this. Here are some steps to stay on track over July 4th:

  1. Drink water—being outside for the majority of the day can dehydrate you, avoid pops and other drinks and stick to drinking water for less calories and more hydration.
  2. Grill Buster—the summer holidays would not be complete without the grill, but be careful of what you choose to grill. Avoid eating brats and hot dogs, and stick to lean ground beef hamburgers or grilled chicken breast on whole wheat buns or go bunless!
  3. Skip the chips—instead of chips have cut up veggies as a side with hummus
  4. Fruit for dessert—have cut up fruit for dessert and skip the cookies and cake (you will probably have a late night S’more for your chocolate fix—but limit it to one)
  5. Small Plates—serving food on smaller plates will make people take less food to start off with.
  6. Bring tennis shoes—if you don’t bring tennis shoes you are less likely to stay active.
  7. Keep Moving—go for a bike ride, go swimming, go on a hike, tubing, kayaking, water-skiing, bring a Frisbee, football or soccer ball.

Hopefully these tips will help you enjoy your vacation and stay on track with your diet and fitness.

bike ride








This blog post was written by Annie Marhula, dietetic student.

Summertime food safety

Many people enjoy the warm summer weather by camping; however, a challenge may be what to pack and how to keep your food safe. Here are some tips and food safety recommendations to consider when planning for your next camping adventure.

Do all prep work prior to arriving at your destination. This includes cutting up all fruits, veggies, and other items that require prep work. This will save you time and less hassle when preparing your meals.

Pack snacks in baggies with the right portion for convenience and to avoid overeating.

Know your cooking temps!

  •  Beef and pork                   =             145⁰
  • Ground beef and pork   =             160⁰
  • All poultry                           =             165

Store foods properly! This avoids possible cross-contamination between raw and ready-to-eat foods.

  • Have a separate cooler for raw meats.
  • Try to leave cooler closed and away from the sun as much as possible.
  • Pack the cooler with large ice packs, or blocks of ice, and restock with ice sold by the campground.
  • Coolers with cold food must always have ice.
  • Temperature should be ≤ 40⁰ F

Know the temperature DANGER ZONE!

  • Danger zone = 40⁰ F – 140⁰F
  • If food remains in the danger zone for more than 2-hours, DO NOT EAT IT!

Plan a menu so you know how long you will need to keep certain foods cold.

Freeze your meats.

Make sure to put all food in your car or camper at night.

Bring bottled water for drinking if the water there is not safe to drink.

Make sure you have hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, and dish soap to use before and after eating, and to clean all cooking equipment.

Snack Ideas:

  • Homemade trail mix, cut up fruits and veggies, granola bars

Best Camping Breakfasts:

  • Oatmeal (just add hot water and enjoy with dried fruit & nuts), bagels, or cold cereal and milk

Go to Camping Dinner:

  • Campfire Hobos: put any meat, potatoes, veggies, & cheese on  a sheet of foil, wrap it tight, and cook over the fire.

Don’t Forget to pack:

  • Napkins, silverware, cups, plates, cooking utensils, seasonings, paper towels, cleaning supplies, flashlight, matches/lighter, trash bags, towels, bug spray, and sunscreen!

Follow these tips and you will be sure to have enjoyable camping experiences throughout the summer.

Blog post written by Annie Marhula, dietetic student.

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