Top 10 Queen Mary University of London Resources You Need To Know

Given that Queen Mary is a constituent college of the federal University of London group and is a member of the Russell Group for leading UK universities, QMUL prides itself on high-quality research and teaching.  As a result of its recognition in its advanced style of teaching, there is an array of on-campus and online resources readily available for students to fulfill and exceed their academic potential.  Here are some of the helpful resources Queen Mary offers and endorses.

1) Box of Broadcasts (BOB)

'BOB on-demand TV and Radio for education' logo in white on a purple background

Specifically for higher and further education institutions in the UK, BOB allows students to record over 60+ TV and radio channels and even schedule recordings in advance, for educational purposes. These recordings can be electronically embed onto our Virtual Learning Platform QMPlus to share with other students and grow an archive of material. QMUL also holds a license with the Educational Recording Agency (ERA) which works in the same way as BOB.

2) Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA)

CLA (Copyright Licensing Agency) logo in green and blue on a white background

With the course packs usually provided for some modules, in which copies of often copyrighted material is printed; it is a good idea to check articles against the extensive list provided by CLA before referencing large proportions of an article for research-based essays. If the full publication is not on CLA’s list, you will need to contact the publisher directly to obtain copyright permission.

3) Library catalogue on QMPlus

The home page of Queen Mary's Virtual Learning Environment 'QMPlus'

Once you are logged in to QMPlus, the online library catalogue allows you to search for which books are available to rent in the Mile End library as well as the ability to reserve and renew books. It also allows you access to thousands of online criticism and research resources which we would normally have to pay for on academic sites such as JStor.

4) ‘Insessional’ Modules

Students sitting around a table in a seminar-style class with a professor taking the lead

‘Insessional modules’ are 0 credit optional classes, provided to help you develop skills of your choice. Aimed equally at both international and domestic students of all academic levels, there are courses to help you to sharpen your academic writing skills in your specific degree field, as well as there being classes with the opportunity to learn foreign languages. These courses are on a first come, first served basis, and so a module convenor on your degree course will inform students of when insessional classes become available for your subject and how to enrol on one.

5) Royal Literary Fund Fellows

A teacher overlooking work and assisting students

The Royal Literary Fund Fellows are based in the Mile End Library and provide you with one-to-one tutorials on how to improve your writing. Once you book an appointment (sometimes a long waiting time particularly during exam season), you should bring one of your graded essays to the session, in which they can overlook your work and provide you constructive feedback and ways to develop your essay writing skills.

6) Drop-in hours

A teacher hosting a meeting with a couple of students

Also known as ‘office’ hours, this is dedicated time (usually 1-2 hours) once a week that every professor or seminar leader offers whereby they are available in their office for students to see them on a one-to-one basis and discuss any academic or personal issues they may have. It is offered primarily as a way to allow students and lecturers to further connect outside of seminars, and for students to be offered extra academic support for their work should they need it. Professors usually tell students their specific office hours, however, if you are not sure, look online at QMPlus for the times, or alternatively send them an e-mail.

7) Self-access resources

Students working independently online

Queen Mary’s Learning Developing site also hosts a number of online and downloadable self-access courses for quick and on the go tips for academic success including academic writing, correct referencing, exam and revision advice and more.

8) Academic English online

The front page of Queen Mary's Academic English Online website

This is designed by the QMUL Language Centre, specifically for Queen Mary students. This online platform also allows students to enhance their academic English skills.

9) STEM Wishees

The logo of 'STEM Wishees' and its purpose written underneath, spelt out in multi colors on a white background

As Queen Mary is internationally renowned as one of the top universities in medicine and dentistry, they encourage students to use this platform to develop your understanding of good quality writing in STEM subjects by providing a collection of real-life academic projects for both STEM students and teachers.

10) Interlibrary loans

The typical time that is taken for various requests made through interlibrary

If you wish to read material which is not available in the library on campus or online, and is not easily obtainable, you may request it through Queen Mary’s interlibrary loans by filling in a form on the Self-Service page.

Libraries accessible for QMUL students

1) Mile End Library

Front view of Mile End Library in Library Square

Located in Library Square, this main library is open 24/7 and was recently refurbished with new facilities such as a study centre, additional group study rooms, new PCs and gender-neutral toilets. The library offers silent study areas upstairs whereby you are able to seclude yourself away from everything and solely focus on work. There is also a café located downstairs, making it a perfect place to work on assignments.

2) Whitechapel Library

Front view of the library on Whitechapel campus

Located at Queen Mary’s Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry campus, this library is the more specific home to texts related to medicine and STEM-related subjects. During term time, it is open from 8am to midnight Monday to Sunday. While it is specifically for students who study medicine, non-medical students are welcome to use the library study space provided they are Queen Mary students.

3) West Smithfield Library

Inside view of West Smithfield Library

Another medical based library in Whitechapel, this library is open from 12pm to 8pm Monday to Sunday. The basement PC area, however, is open 24/7 to QM students who have card access to this area.

4) Senate House Library

Inside view of one of the rooms inside Senate House library in Bloomsbury

Senate House Library is the hub library for the ‘University of London’ universities, situated in the centre of Bloomsbury, nearest to SOAS, University of London. Usually, at the start of each academic year, students are able to sign up for a Senate House library card at the Mile End library. From the Mile End campus, Senate House is easily accessible on the Central Line to Tottenham Court Road. It is open from 9am to 8:45pm Monday to Friday.

5) British Library

Inside view from an upper level inside the British library

Known as the largest national library in the United Kingdom, there is an endless plethora of resources for students to delve into. While there is airport-like security screening to enter the library, the workspaces are free to use by members and non-members alike. It is open from 9:30am to 8pm Monday to Friday and is easily accessible from the Mile End campus by taking the Hammersmith and City line tube to the Kings Cross St Pancras station.

Top 10 Dorms at the University of New Haven

Along with bordering the larger city of New Haven and Long Island Sound, the vibrant University of New Haven community boasts an exciting, co-educational and culturally diverse campus life. With all of this at a student’s fingertips, here are the top ten dorms guaranteed to ensure that while striving for the best grades, the excitement of campus life is never missed!

10) Bixler Hall

Residence address: 300 Boston Post Rd, West Haven, CT 06516, USA

Bixler Hall is a traditional co-educational college hall for freshmen. At the center of each floor, students are welcomed to a large common room area with sofas and TV’s available for any of time of the day. Whilst living with 2 or 3 other roommates per room, it is renown as being the fun and exciting dorm whereby people enjoy leaving their doors open to chat or hangout easily with their fellow dorm mates. It is also located near the Health Services Office and the Campus Convenience Store (C-Store).

9) Gerber Hall

 

Residence address: 300 Boston Post Rd, West Haven, CT 06516, USA

Located next to Bixler Hall, Gerber (formally known as Botwinik Hall) primarily caters for sophomore and transfer students, it is perfect for new students alike to help them smoothly transition into campus life. The large suite style rooms are shared by six people, the bedrooms joined together by a common living room and bathroom, whilst the bedrooms themselves are usually shared with two others. It is ideal for students in the music program as well as those who leisurely enjoy music as it has music practice and performance rooms on the first floor. Sandella’s Flatbread Café is also located on the first floor, whilst the David A. Beckerman Recreation Center is located directly opposite, and the Health Services office next to it.

8) Sheffield Hall

Residence address: 300 Boston Post Rd, West Haven, CT 06516, USA

Being near the Quad and C-Store, this large-scale apartment-style living prides itself on housing students from various academic fields, allowing residents to foster strong connections with people they may not usually get to meet. Each apartment has between 1-3 bedrooms, small kitchens (without a stove) and a spacious living room. The rooms are also larger than the freshmen dorms. There is a TV on the lower level common room for students.

7) Winchester Hall

Residence address: 300 Boston Post Rd, West Haven, CT 06516, USA

Similar to Sheffield Hall, this apartment-style accommodation is primarily for upperclassmen. Ideal for those students who want more freedom in terms of food through having a little kitchen in each apartment. With newly renovated bathrooms, each student also has their own room, with one large common room outside of the bedrooms for everyone to hang out in. It also overlooks the Kayo field, meaning that residents are at their liberty to play lacrosse or soccer with the convenience of being right in front of their suite.

6) Bergami Hall

Residence address: 300 Boston Post Rd, West Haven, CT 06516, USA

This residence hall is aimed at freshmen and sophomore students. It is perfect for those who want more independence in the sense that each suite has its own bathroom which connects two bedrooms together. The building is slightly smaller than some other residential halls, meaning students for the most part get to know everyone in their building. Bergami Hall also prides itself as hosting UNH’s Living Learning Communities (LLC), which allows students to live with other students completing the same major, or who has similar interests. They arrange special trips and programs solely for the LLC’s, and allows students to meet and engage with faculty members from their department often.

5) Westside Hall

Residence address: Isadore St, West Haven, CT 06516, USA

The ground floor of Westside Hall serves as a hub for the whole university, therefore there will always be students around to hang out with or talk to even if they do not live in this residence. Each floor occupies two large lounges and multiple common rooms, including many study rooms to allow students ample facilities to fulfil their academic and social potential. Whilst fostering a vibrant area for students to congregate, residents also have the privacy of sharing a bathroom with just one other person. The dining hall is also located downstairs, so students do not have to travel very far to get food.

4) Savin Court Townhouses

Residence address: 783 Savin Ave, West Haven, CT 06516, USA

Perfect for students who want a larger and more private place to live in, these upperclassmen townhouses are located just a mile away from campus, the beach and downtown West Haven where students are spoiled for choice in shopping and dining. Each two-story condo houses three students and includes a full kitchen, large living room, a bathroom and two bedrooms. For your convenience, there is also a shuttle service provided to and from campus.

3) Forest Hills Apartments

Residence address: 17-28 Simon Pl, West Haven, CT 06516, USA

While being just a 5-minute walk from the south part of campus, this block of apartments is located in a residential neighbourhood with 24/7 security at the front entrance. It is the perfect combination for students who want to live independently whilst having the same campus safety the residents on campus receive. Students can primarily choose up to 5 students to share apartments with, and they come with full kitchens and built-in closets. There is an outdoor swimming pool available for students during the winter months.

2) Celentano Hall

Residence address: 37-69 Ruden St, West Haven, CT 06516, USA

Being UNH’s newest $48-million residence for upperclassmen, Celentano Hall boasts terrific views of downtown New Haven and Long Island Sound from the upper levels of the building. Each suite contains four or six singles, or two double bedrooms, two bathrooms, a full kitchen and a living room. Each floor also has a laundry facility, a recycling room and a common room with large flat-screen HDTVs and full furnishing. Being located in the heart of campus, it allows upperclassmen to feel a sense of the same campus community found throughout campus, whilst fostering self-independence.

1) Main Street Apartments

Residence address: 278 Main Street West Haven, CT 0651, USA

The luxurious Main Street condos serve as a true “home away from home” experience. Each condo has 2 bedrooms, 2 1/2 bathrooms, walk-in closets, central air conditioning, a 2-car driveway and a garage. However, if you do not have a car, there is still the shuttle service which is provided to and from campus. There is a private washer and dryer on the second floor of each unit. If this was not enough, each condo is fully furnished with a dining room with a table and chairs, a living room with couches, chairs and a coffee table and a fully equipped kitchen with a dishwasher. It is also located approximately a mile away from campus and from the beaches of Long Island Sound.

By living on-campus or even on off-campus housing at UNH, you will have easy access to academic resources, food and events literally on your doorstep. Not including the study rooms and common rooms in the residence halls, the Peterson Library and Beckerman Recreation Center are also open almost 18 hours a day. There is always something to do on campus, where RA’s and the Office of Residential Life annually organise a variety of events exclusively for students.

Move-in day essential packing list for University of New Haven

1) Room basics

Full bed sheet set and pillows

  • Mattress topper and comforter
  • Towels and washcloths
  • Essential toiletries i.e. shampoo, conditioner, body wash, moisturizer
  • Shower shoes and room slippers
  • Wall décor i.e. photos, posters and home mementos

2) Eating-in

Food utensils i.e. Forks, knives, spoons

  • Cups, mugs, plates and bowls
  • Plastic containers (for bringing food back from dining halls)
  • Long lasting snacks i.e. chips and hard candy
  • Canned food (if you have access to a kitchen)

3) Tech and Entertainment

laptop

  • Headphones
  • Speakers
  • Laptop
  • Tablet (for working on the go)
  • Device chargers (bring spares)

4) Academic Basics

notebook and pen

  • USB Flash Drives
  • Notebooks
  • Stationary essentials i.e. pens, pencils, erasers, highlighters, rulers, sticky notes, index cards
  • Ring-binder folders
  • Stapler, staples and a hole punch

5) Cleanliness and Organizing

  • Antibacterial wipes
  • Dish detergent, sponge and washcloth
  • Tissues and paper towels
  • Laundry supplies i.e. laundry bag and detergent
  • Hand-held vacuum
  • Iron or steamer

6) Campus gear

new haven tshirt

  • Umbrella, raincoat and rain boots
  • Spare pair of shoes
  • Swimsuit
  • Water bottle
  • Backpack
  • School spirited gear i.e. t-shirts and hats for sporting events

7) Don’t Forget

credit cards

  • Student ID
  • Debit and credit cards
  • Cash
  • Emergency contact information
  • Important paperwork i.e. health insurance card, bank documents, passport and visa documents if international

8) Ask First

  • Pets
  • Mini-fridge
  • Candles
  • Fish tank
  • Electric heater or fan

Packing for college? Read on here on how to start packing and shop judiciously: Shopping & Packing List for College Dorm here.

You can also download the list below:

10 of the Easiest Classes at Columbia University

With all the pressure to maintain a high GPA, it can sometimes become hard and overwhelming to juggle many challenging and heavily loaded courses and still come out with flying colors. With thousands of courses available at Columbia, here is a breakdown of some courses which strive to academically develop students whilst allowing them to simultaneously succeed in their more advanced classes.

1.  ENGI E1102 – The art of engineering

Ideal and essential for students wanting to major in engineering and be a SEAS student. This course aims to bridge the gap and transform the fundamental concepts you have learnt in high school into an engineering perspective. Maths and science based contexts will be reviewed and shaped into an engineering context, tying into all engineering disciplines practised at Columbia. Included issues covered within this class also include non-technical issues such as ethics, societal impact and engineering project management.An image representing the visual concepts of maths and science meeting an engineering perspective. 

2. HUMA UN1121 – Masterpieces of Western Art

Ranging from works originating from the Parthenon in Athens to general selected works of the 20thcentury, this course thrives on discussing and analysing the significance of an array of works including, but not limited to paintings, sculptures and architecture, as opposed to conventional literature. It will heighten your sense of awareness for the visual arts in how it intersects with other non-visual topics such as music. The course content will therefore lead you to be able to hone in on your visual literacy skills i.e. formally analysing a work of art for its aesthetics, formal styling, expressive content and its function in society.A Greek sculpture of Laocoon and His Sons at the Vatican Museum.

3. HIST GU4010 – The Roman World in Late Antiquity

Exploring the social, economic and cultural history of the Roman Empire, this course aims to foster knowledge of the time period between 284 to 642 AD, starting with the accession of Diocletian and ending with the Islamic conquest of Egypt. Many other contributing issues such as the decline of pagan religions and the rise of monasticism will also be addressed.A painting representing the contextual civilians in the Roman Empire.

4. FREN UN1202 – French Intermediate Course II

Although FREN UN2121 – Intermediate Conversation is suggested for help in pronunciation, listening and oral expression, it is not a mandatory corequisite. This course boasts enhancing cross-cultural awareness through studying a melange of works again, varying from excerpts from novels, short stories to films. Naturally, this will also develop your verbal, written, and comprehending skills in French, aiming for you to be able to write about and understand a variety of topics. This course serves as a leverage in preparing students for classes in advanced French grammatical structures, language as well as culture. In general, in regards to the intermediate foreign language classes, not just limited to French, the competency you develop in confidently manipulating the respective language to a higher degree than beginner level yields great rewards both practically and will help to spice up your academic transcript!A representation of the traditional way of improving one's comprehension of foreign languages through reading and writing.

5. AHMM UN3321 – Introduction to the Musics of India and West Asia

Taking into consideration the ongoing developing of Asian civilizations, this course takes into account the influences of West Asian and Indian influences when theoretically and practically approaching music as well as other forms of art.A class of Asian students incorporating North, South and West Indian music traditions with contemporary orchestral elements.

6. GREK UN2102 – Intermediate Greek II: Homer

A course fully dedicated to the epic work of Homer. This includes but will not be limited to several of the books from the Iliad. The class will serve as an introduction to the conventions of oral poetry as well as fostering an appreciation and historical understanding of Homer’s life.A painting of the Trojan horse created by the Greeks to take over the city of Troy.

7. ECON GU4400 – Labor Economics

Perfect for enhancing one’s knowledge in the economical field. Approaching such a crucial yet simple subject matter to grasp in economics, this class will focus on the labor laws in economics such as the function of the labor market and force, employee unions, educational training, unemployment and various forms of discrimination including disability, race and gender. Despite the seeming ease of the course content, be wary of the prerequisites required for this course: ECON UN3211 and ECON UN3213.An image of the many forms of labor affected by the economics of a country.

8. PHIL UN2702 – Contemporary Moral Problems

Based on moral questions constantly arising from the twenty-first century, this course serves as a perfectly smooth introduction to philosophy through attempting to contemplate and offer solutions to posed problems whilst fine tuning students’ general moral reflection. A handful of the controversial topics include debates regarding abortion, treatment of animals, immigration and the permissibility of terrorism.A visual interpretation of the meaning of philosophy.

9. ENGL BC3163 – Shakespeare I

A light introduction to the criticism and historicism behind Shakespeare’s various plays ranging in genres from comedy, tragedy, romance and history. Given Shakespeare’s frequent ambiguity in plays, there are a multitude of interpretations to focalise and project viewpoints onto his characters, often leading to rich and unique literary arguments attempting to dissect William Shakespeare and his plays.One of many large Shakespeare anthologies showcasing his plays.

10. ELEN 1101 – The digital information age

Requiring solely a competency in elementary algebra as a prerequisite, this course is an introduction to information transmission, storage and issues correlating with technology. Some projects for this include simple constructing of web pages and creating simple, digital logic systems. Due to its introductory approach, this course is ideal for students outside of the School of Engineering and Applied Science wanting to develop their awareness in this subject area.An image representing technological based work through typing on a computer.The majority of these classes are three units which will greatly contribute towards a GPA. Not only does this provide students with the opportunity to salvage and maintain their high GPA, the course content in each of these classes will also prove to be beneficial for students towards developing knowledge for their specific major choices or even their general interests!

5 Things Only a Student at the University of Miami Can Say

From being known for our sports teams, the exotic creatures roaming freely around campus to blaming the weather for just about everything, there are certain things only fellow Cane students at the University of Miami can truthfully get away with saying!

1. “I live where you take vacations

Where people in some parts of the States usually see the warmth and sunny weather as a temporary, seasonal treat, we are privileged enough to enjoy all the heat Miami has to offer almost all year round. With South Beach just 20-30 minutes away from us, we are free to enjoy summery, beachy weekends as much as we want between classes!

miami-palm-trees

 

2. “I am in Drake’s music video”

We will be the only alumni graduating from a university who can quote Drake telling us that he doesn’t think he’s “ever been to a more turnt school than this” before proceeding to dance on top of our Shalala Student Center for the ‘God’s Plan’ music video. With him wearing one of our signature UM hoodies and throwing the famous ‘U’ hand gesture up at us, we may just have been officially verified as the coolest school ever.

drake-miami-the-u-1000

 

 

3. “It’s all about the U”

With over 26,000 established universities in the world that could have taken this name, we are the only university who is allowed to refer to our school as “The U” and are proud to acknowledge it. The “U” shaped hand gesture has officially become affiliated to us, with our logo simply but famously being a big orange and green ‘U’.

Its all about the U

 

 

4. “It’s great to be a Miami Hurricane”

Our signature chant pervading around Hard Rock Stadium during football matches. Along with holding the best tailgates before our games, we are ranked as one of the top college teams in the whole of the United States for NCAA football. The ESPN even came to film our big match against Notre Dame in 2017 (also known as the Catholics vs Convicts with the last game between us being in 1988). News reporters provided coverage on our campus as well as at the stadium. Go Canes!

Miami_Hurricanes_entrance_2016_8

 

5. “A hurricane has cancelled class”

At some point during your time at UM, it is inevitable that you will experience some form of a hurricane scare or disruption to your class schedule. It may result in just a few days off class for a lower category hurricane without having to evacuate, however with hurricanes such as Irma in 2017, you can unfortunately expect up to 2-3 weeks away from our sunny, resort-looking campus.

saffir_simpson_scale_3

 

6. “It’s so cold” when the temperature drops below 60 Fahrenheit

While other countries or States would consider themselves lucky to have weather as “mild” as 60; the constant exposure to Florida’s heat and humidity has weakened our tolerance to any form of coldness, making it almost seem like 60 Fahrenheit is on par with Canadian cold spells. It is therefore only natural for us to need to bring hoodies into our lectures when the AC is turned up too high.

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7. “There’s an alligator sitting over there”

Florida is renown for its scary, exotic looking creatures roaming around freely such as scorpions and snakes. UM’s campus is no exception to this. Given that we have many picturesque lakes around campus, it is likely that you will come across alligators relaxing by them, not to mention a lot of ducks and a few iguanas on a less scarier note.

 

8. “Ben and Jerry’s are giving away free ice cream”

Ben & Jerry’s along with many other food and beverage companies occasionally station themselves near the breezeway in trucks handing out large amounts of free ice cream and other products to students. The news tends to get around pretty fast so before you know it there are usually lines taking up most of the breezeway! Other causes for long on-campus lines include free t-shirts, mugs and other U themed merchandise.

Ben & Jerry's

 

9. “Did you see J-Lo at our game last night?”

Many celebrities proudly associate themselves and support our university through attending our sports games, using our sporting facilities, simply just visiting or wearing any kind of U clothing. Most recent celebrities known for supporting the U have been Jennifer Lopez, Snoop Dogg, Paul Pogba and The Rock (who graduated here), to name just a few.

Snoop Dogg UM

 

10. “Let’s study by the pool”

With the constant warm and sunny weather, it can be hard to concentrate on studying indoors. Luckily for us we have a large outdoor on-campus pool surrounded with sun-beds to lounge on and catch up with some reading whilst tanning. If studying by the pool is not the most productive way to spend your time, we also have many swing gliders around campus which is another popular place for students to study on outside.

UM Pool

 

All in all, there are many special things about the University of Miami that makes our school so unique and one of the most exciting, unforgettable places to study. From our top ranking sports teams, outstanding on-campus facilities to the exhilarating weather, there are many aspects which no other university can detract from, making us all proud to forever be a Cane!

Top 8 Places to Visit Before Graduating from The University of Miami

Whilst the many on-campus activities at UM can be enough to keep you busy, there is so much more extending past the Shalala Center that the surrounding city has to offer. We are lucky enough that The U is located in such a dynamic city with so many vibrant places in close proximity! Whilst you are a student at UM, be sure to check out these main touristic spots to make the most out of living in one of the world’s biggest holiday destinations!

1. The Venetian Pools

With being just a 5 minute drive away from campus, the luxurious looking, yet inexpensive pool is perfect for a relaxing afternoon. The scenic, Instagram-worthy pool looks like a lagoon you could find in Venice, with surrounding waterfalls, stone bridges, and caves you can swim through! UM students count as Coral Gables residents, meaning it only costs us $5.50 instead of $15, making it even more worthwhile!

Venetian Pool

2. Little Havana

Famously known as Miami’s vivacious “Cuban heart”, this neighbourhood is enriched with the finest of Cuba’s vibrant culture. You will never be short of food options here, giving you a chance to indulge in authentic Cuban food, coffee and desserts, my ultimate favourite place to eat there being the Versailles restaurant and Azucar ice cream for dessert! Calle Ocho is also a must-see road in Little Havana, where you can see many Latin American art murals, galleries and monuments of Cuban patriots and famous figures, not to mention the Calle Ocho Walk of Fame showcasing appreciation of Latin American celebrities such as Gloria Estefan and Julio Iglesias.

Little Havana

3. Wynwood

Another vibrant, colourful neighbourhood in Miami. A great place to be during holiday’s such as Halloween where they have free block parties. Wynwood is most commonly known for its art district showcasing colourful wall murals and designs which also cover many of the buildings. The outdoor Wynwood yard also hosts weekly concerts by local musicians whilst the art walk is nothing short of food trucks, street vendors, bars and restaurants!

Wynwood

4. Ocean Drive

Probably the most popular image associated with Miami, the colourful, iconic oceanfront street overlooking South Beach boasts boutique hotels, restaurants and souvenir shops. You might recognise it from popular Hollywood TV shows and movies such as Dexter and Step up 4: Miami Heat!

Ocean Drive

5. Brickell

Known as Miami’s “financial district”, this fancy, urban neighbourhood is home to the tallest building in Miami, rooftop bars, restaurants, luxury condos and business towers looking over Biscayne Bay. It is also easily accessible through Miami’s transportation such as the metro, buses and taxis. Driving through Brickell whether it is day or night is simply breath-taking – an unmissable sight!

Brickell daytime

6. Aventura Mall

The largest shopping center in Florida, and the second largest shopping mall in the United States. Aventura Mall prides itself as a luxury shopping complex and is centrally located between Miami and Fort Lauderdale.  With 3 floors of stores and over 300 retailers and outlets such as Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom, it is almost impossible to run out of shops to visit in such a large retail space! The mall’s entrance also conveniently has restaurants such as The Cheesecake Factory and Rosalia. It is around a 20-35 minute drive from South Beach, and is accessible via the S bus (119 or 120 route).

Aventura mall

7. Biscayne Beach

If you want a quieter beach day compared to busy South Beach, look no further than Key Biscayne. It is said to be one of the top beaches in the US alongside Hawaiian and Californian beaches. It is located near Crandon Park and Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, where you can also see a lighthouse, the oldest surviving structure in Miami. It is also easily accessible for UM students; you can take the U’s free shuttle from Miller Circle to the RSMA’s campus, and from there it is a 10-15 minute walk!

Key Biscayne

8. South Beach

SoBe bustles with excitement regardless of what day of the week it is, a vibrant, largely spaced out beach attracting locals and tourists internationally. Along with Ocean Drive mentioned earlier, it is near some of the best nightlife venues as well as unique, historical Art Deco buildings. Vendors also available on the beach to rent sunbeds, umbrellas and drinks.

South Beach

There are many more places in Miami beyond these attractions that are also definitely worth visiting while you are studying here. So for now, take a well-deserved break from the books and campus life and venture out into all Miami has to offer!