Transitioning from high school to university

Transitioning from high school to university is one of the hardest things we can go through at such a young age. The change alone is tough. The change in pace, the abundance of material you’re absorbing, the people you’re surrounded with; these are all changes we find when we begin university. Throw in an additional change in where you’re living? That’s a huge uproot on top of the already large changes in your life. You want to find somewhere that will make moving less of a stressor and more of a saving grace. Aria is your answer. 

The Amenities

The amenities that come with living at Aria are bountiful. The building is situated right above a Save-On-Foods grocery store, making grocery shopping easier than can be, that alone is a huge bonus. We all get busy sometimes, especially if you’re a working university student. The convenience of not just having a grocery store close, but within your building is unbelievably substantial. Plus, save money on grocery delivery by living somewhere where you don’t even have to leave the building to pick up tonight’s dinner. There’s no more ‘stopping on your way home’ when the grocery store is literally at your home. On top of having such a crucial necessity directly in the building, Aria has many more amenities to keep you and guests entertained, and fit. Including a large event kitchen for large parties, or a private kitchen for smaller ones. The courtyard has not one, not two, but EIGHT barbecues. If you’re looking to fry up some patties for your parents in town you can do just that while enjoying the outdoors. There are two separate spaces to stay in shape, the fitness facility and the yoga studio give more of a gym then most apartment complexes. But it doesn’t end there. In the courtyard there is also a pickleball court and a bocce court for more space for fitness. For the kids, there’s a fenced in play area. Let the kids play while you and your partner play some pickleball! Finally, take a break and spend some time in the lounge or the games room to forget about work, school assignments, or just the daily stressors in life. The courtyard alone deserves a highlight because my oh my is it beautiful. Grab a drink from the Land Yacht and sit around the fire pit year round with some friends or neighbours!

The Transit System

Although Aria is a ten minute walking distance from the university (lucky you, beating the parking pass prices!), the winters here in Alberta get cold and sometimes you just want to hitch a ride. Luckily, Calgary has a well developed transit system and Aria is directly across the street from a bus station. The university of Calgary is only a six minute bus ride away. If you’re not going from Aria to the main university of Calgary campus, the accessible bus stop makes the rest of Calgary a short trip away. Mapping the trip to the downtown university campus, it’s only a 30 minute bus and train ride. 

The Neighbourhood

If you aren’t one to travel far for entertainment you don’t have to worry. Along with the amenities that come with living at Aria, the businesses and services are sure to keep you entertained. From spin class, to the movie theatre, to many places to eat, there are plenty of places within walking distance sure to make you excited to call University Ave your home. Spend a night at the movies and then head to The Banquet for some drinks and bowling. The Banquet is a brand new bar that gives you a unique experience, within walking distance from both the university and Aria. In the morning, take a walk across the street to Orange Theory for a fitness class and grab a post-workout bite to eat at OEB Breakfast Co, a 4.5 star restaurant according to google with over 180 reviews! Need a new hobby? Monogram Coffee, just down the street, offers classes on topics varying in the art of being a barista. Make your favourite Starbucks drink from home! Or, walk to the one just down the street from you. No matter where you turn on University Ave, you’re sure to find entertainment in some place new. 

Your Home

The apartments in Aria are stunning, the website has virtual tours if my words aren’t enough but let me try to sum it up for you. Modernly, Chic. The Allegro, a one bed one bath space is perfect for a single University student or a young couple. Walk right out of your bedroom to your desk positioned right in between your storage space and pantry in your 532 square feet of home. If you’re a family of four, the Libretto is sure to suit your needs with three bedrooms and four bathrooms. 1124 square feet of spacious apartment living and a balcony to enjoy any time of the year. The Galileo is the most grand apartment with 3 bedrooms, 1148 square feet, and a corner balcony situated right outside the living room. The ceiling to floor windows make it so you don’t even have to step outside to enjoy the view. Whatever home you choose, enjoy the academia aesthetic of these spacious and modern apartments. 

Ultimately, the move to a university town is scary and (unfortunately) expensive. Nowadays, even if you’re on a full ride scholarship, you still have to pay for housing. Whether you’re a twelfth grade student expecting to enrol next fall, or a mother of two looking to go back, it’s a change that needs to bring comfort. University housing is often near the same price as a single apartment and you don’t even have your own bathroom. Make your transition to university and a new town easier by choosing Aria. Along with a beautiful home, you have more amenities that any university would ever offer you all the while being practically right on campus. Let Aria be your saving grace, choose Aria.