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The Craft Shop at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

During winter months, it can be difficult to find interesting activities near your luxury apartment. For students and other members of the community looking for a creative outlet, fun classes, workshops and volunteer opportunities, The Craft Shop is perfect.

The Craft Shop is located on the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville campus at the south end of the Student Center. Volunteer opportunities are available at the Craft Shop. You can volunteer from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and doing so gives you the ability to work on projects such as the birdhouse factory, which makes birdhouses for endangered species. Donate time or materials and enjoy contributing to the beautiful area surrounding the campus.

The Craft Shop offers a wide variety of services, supplies and tools for students or hobbyists alike. The ceramics studio offers open studio time Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 8:45 p.m. It provides all the tools you will need, is a friendly atmosphere and is an ideal learning environment. They also offer workshops and private lessons for those interested. Private lessons are $12 for 30 minutes with group lessons ranging in price from $10 per person to $7.50, depending on group size.

There is also an on-site frame shop with the best prices in town for those looking to display their art. Nearby is the wood shop for any type of woodworking project you could imagine. Sign up for a pass, take the required efficiency test and begin your project with a staff member available to help you.

For students who regularly ride bikes around campus or on nearby trails, Saluki Spokes is located in The Craft Shop and offers tools and materials to fix your own bike. With the right resources at your fingertips, you will be back on the road in no time.

For more information on activities and events on the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville campus, contact us today.


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Sick Of Staying In? Check Out The Events & Activities at Southern Illinois University!

We all know that college is an instrumental part of bettering your future, but studying doesn’t have to consume your life! At Southern Illinois University, we want you to enjoy your college years and make memories that will last forever. With all of the events & activities at Southern Illinois University , there’s always a reason to take a study break!

On any given day of the week, you can find something exciting going on at SIUE! We guarantee that you will find the perfect activity for you with the extensive event calendar located on the SIUE website. From movie nights to cosmic bowling, SIUE has a never-ending list of events planned for you and your friends!

Southern Illinois University has its own student recreation center where students can involve themselves in activities such as water aerobics, yoga, Zumba, and much more! SIUE wants to cater to every student’s interest or needs, and the state-of-the-art rec center certainly does that!

If you aren’t interested in anything athletic, SIUE has plenty of other activities that you will love! The Craft Shop offers students a chance to practice their hobby, or to develop a new one! Students are not only allowed to practice the art of crafting, but can involve themselves in classes and workshops if they choose! Private lessons in music, ceramics, fibers, painting, framing, woodworking, and much more are available!

Another popular hot spot for students is the bowling and billiards facility in the student center. If you’re looking to unwind with your friends after a big test, or just to have some fun, this is the place for you! Bowling and Billiards is a smoke and alcohol-free facility. You can even celebrate your birthday there!

No matter what you’re into, you’ll find it at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. If you would like more information about activities and events on campus, feel free to contact us!


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Check Out Great Bakeries Near Luxury Student Living

Valentine’s Day is coming up. Whether you are planning to surprise a sweetheart, go Dutch with a good friend, or just treat yourself and watch Valentine’s Day (the movie from 2010) on Netflix, one constant is the need for a good bakery for a cake, a cupcake, or a cookie. You are in luck in Edwardsville, because it is chockfull of wonderful bakeries near luxury student living.

First, check out the cupcakes at The Cup. You know a place has to be really good when its website is cravethecup.com. The Cup started as St. Louis’s first gourmet cupcakery, but have long since crossed the water, to our delight. Try the Buckeye, a delightful confection of peanut butter cake, peanut butter buttercream, chocolate ganache, and peanuts. Or indulge your inner bananaholic with the Banilla, vanilla buttercream over banana cake with banana chips…yum!

Brevan’s Patisserie offers cupcakes along with a wider selection of elegant pastries in a down-home, relaxing environment. Need a morning start? Try their croissants, cinnamon buns, muffins, or scones. (They also have gluten-free options.) Want a celebratory cake? Loads of options: tortes, small cakes, mousses, tarts, and cake cakes, of all possible flavors and descriptions. They also carry cookies: chocolate chip, raspberry bars, and snickerdoodles.

Check the local pride in 222 Artisan Bakery, which describes itself as “the best bakery in the St. Louis metro area.” You can get pastries with the best of them here (pies, cakes, croissants, scones, and muffins), along with artisan bread that is heavenly. Nicely enough, they are also a café, with fresh baked quiche, Belgian waffles, fresh sandwiches, and even fresh made pizza.

The next time you find yourself craving a baked sweet treat, or in need of a delicious, edible gift – be sure to try one of these amazing Edwardsville locals.

Contact us today to discuss student living and schedule a tour.


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Student Activities in Edwardsville: Join the Audubon Society and Enjoy Nature

If you love to get out and walk or hike in nature, you are not alone. If you also love to congregate with other people who love the outdoors, you are also not alone. Why? Because you have the Southern Illinois Audubon Society (SIAS) nearby. Audubon societies are very concerned with conservation and wild birds, but they also sponsor nature hikes and a number of events that are very open to students. Hiking is thus a great student activity in Edwardsville.

In December and January, for example, SIAS will be very involved in winter bird counts. These bird counts—which continue through January—are hikes in which participants count and identify species of birds. Socializing follows. The group also hosts public astronomy gazings on the SIUE campus during the year. The group also hosts meetings every month with potluck dinners.

In April, SIAS hosts an event called the Birding Blitz of Southernmost Illinois, in which teams compete to see how many birds they can see and identify within a 24-hour period. Winners will be announced at a brunch later in the Spring. Public lands in the area include Cypress Creek National Wildlife Refuge, Cache River State Natural Area, Mermet State Fish and Wildlife Area, Horseshoe Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area, Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge, Giant City State Park, Trail of Tears State Forest, and the Shawnee National Forest.

The SIAS also plans international tours. In June, for example, they will run a nature tour of Trinidad and Tobago, with hiking, bird watching, and West Indian food as part of the tour.

The next time you find yourself yearning to take a hike or get some fresh air – be sure to consider the Southern Illinois Audubon Society and the many activities it has to offer right here in Edwardsville.

Looking for luxury student living close to SIUE? Please feel free to contact us and schedule a tour!