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Chinese New Year Events in Connecticut

Posted On: Thursday, January 26th, 2017

Rooster. Happy new year 2017.The Chinese New Year, which takes place on January 28, 2017, is the most important traditional holiday in China. Whether you’re a Dragon, Pig or Snake, the Lunar New Year is a fun and exciting holiday for everyone. Each year, decorations are hung, reunion dinners are prepared and fireworks are launched in honor of more than 4,000 years of history.

According to Chinese astrology, the year of one’s birth sign is the unluckiest year in the 12-year cycle. In the year of your sign, fortune in all aspects of life will not be very good. The year 2017 begins the year of the Fire Rooster, meaning people classified as Roosters should take extra precautions this year. (more…)

Ways to Avoid Sickness in College

Posted On: Thursday, January 19th, 2017

avoid sicknessNot only is it a sad day when winter break comes to an end, but going back to class this time of year also means you’re constantly surrounded by people who are sneezing, coughing and looking like they need immediate medical attention. Whether it’s your roommate, at the gym or in the dining hall, germs are in full effect this time of year. Here are some smart ways to protect yourself wherever you are: (more…)

Why the Millennial Generation Chooses CTBest Apartments

Posted On: Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

rentalsResearchers define the millennial generation as anyone born between 1978 and the late 90s. The bulk of this generation has graduated college, while the rest are just finishing up. No matter what the situation, millennials feel economically challenged with student loan debt and/or the fact that their bills are higher than their pay. At CTBest Apartments, we know that the cost of living doubled with desire to live life to its fullest is a struggle for many young people in today’s society.

Due to the ever-changing job market and the ability to move geographical locations, millennials are turning more toward renting than owning. They are looking for affordable apartments with functional layouts and simple amenities. A variety of open floor plans such as studios and up to three bedroom apartments are available from CTBest. Listed below are amenities that CTBest offers in different complexes that appeal to the millennial generation: (more…)

Welcome to the Magical World of Harry Potter—at Yale

Posted On: Wednesday, December 28th, 2016

Yale vs HogwartsIn 1998, J.K. Rowling released her infamous book series, Harry Potter, which took millions of kids’ imaginations by storm. Who knew 18 years later, those eager children who longed to be a graduate of Hogwarts could attend a university that is the closest real-life school to Hogwarts that one can get.  Like Harry Potter, lucky high school seniors are summoned from their former life with an acceptance letter to an Ivy League school. Here are some uncanny ways in which Yale resembles Hogwarts: (more…)

Winter in the City – Why it’s Refreshing!

Posted On: Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

Winter in the cityStepping outside in the frigid Connecticut air, it may be difficult to remember why winter in the city is something to be thankful for. Besides being ready with all sorts of ice and snow activities, the chilled atmosphere is much more enjoyable for many than a hot, humid and sticky summer day in the crowded streets of downtown. Get to know your surrounding cities when the air is crisp and the twinkling lights create a relaxing, magical feel.

City life comes with distinct odors. While there are fresh flower aromas and whiffs of delicious food on every corner, there are also scents of less appealing matter. In the city, subway platforms can get over 90 degrees in the summer and to beat it all, there is no breeze! With winter in full swing, everyone is a little more insulated in their thick coats and solid boots. Instead of letting the cold temperatures overwhelm you, be thankful that you are saved from the not-so-friendly odors of a big, busy city. (more…)

Weekend Getaway to Cure the Winter Blues

Posted On: Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

FlushingThe cold weather can wreck havoc on our desire to go outdoors. While the snow is inviting, sometimes you just need a break. That’s the perfect time to take a small weekend trip. Downtown Flushing in New York is the perfect getaway for students looking to explore different cultures or embrace their own ethnic background. Flushing is just over 30 miles and about an hour drive, or ride, from Stamford. Best known for its restaurants, bakeries, Asian specialty stores and proximity to major attractions in Queens, downtown Flushing is the perfect weekend getaway.

Downtown Flushing is a large commercial and retail area and is the fourth largest central business district in New York City. While the neighborhood has the feel of an Asian city, there are still numerous ethnic groups that reside there. Many locals describe the city as being a place where they’re able to enjoy the foods of their childhood, but also the freedoms of America. Main Street features Candy Shop USA where wasabi pistachios are sold and a new Bodai vegetarian restaurant that offers a variety of vegan meats from chicken to jellyfish. New World Mall is one of the main attractions within the area and is the largest indoor Asian mall on the east coast. On the upper level of the mall, shoppers will find stores selling groceries, cosmetics, clothing and electronics. On the ground floor, a huge food court is set up where food from all over the world can be found. There are vendors that serve stir-fries, soups, dumplings, bubble teas, hand-pulled noodles and a large variety of fish. (more…)

5 Ways to Make the Most of Winter Break

Posted On: Thursday, December 15th, 2016

winter breakWinter breaks offer incredible advantages to college students, whether it is time to catch up on all the TV shows that have been missed or time to prepare for the important months ahead. The truth is, this may be one of the last times that seniors will have a large chunk of “time off”.  So, how to celebrate this little bit of freedom? We have compiled a list of ways to make the most of winter break!

  1. Enroll in winter session courses: UCONN currently offers students up to four courses throughout the winter break. This is an amazing opportunity for students to catch up on required hours or enroll in courses they normally wouldn’t take based on time shortage. While winter sessions are intense, the full credit courses are worth it! (more…)

UCONN Dominates on the Court and Off

Posted On: Thursday, December 8th, 2016

basketballThe diversified amount of opportunities a student gets while attending The University of Connecticut is unbelievable. Not only do they offer career development assistance, but they also have numerous organizations and groups to become involved with. Another top reason to attend UConn is the sports. The sports teams within the University keep the spirits high and the atmosphere alive. With the collegiate basketball season upon us, it’s only appropriate to mention the incredible University of Connecticut Huskies women’s and men’s basketball teams.

The best basketball programs in the country are teams that have a history built on excellence and a future accordingly bright. The Huskies hold four national championships, all of which came in the past 16 years. (more…)

Save Money this Winter with these Energy-Saving Tips

Posted On: Monday, December 5th, 2016

With winter just around the corner, it’s a good idea to get a jump-start on prepping your apartment for the cold weather ahead. We all know cold weather means higher energy bills, but you can avoid outrageous expenses just by making minor changes to your living space. Here are some tips on how to save energy during the frigid months:

  1.       Change the lighting. Lighting is one of the easiest ways to start saving energy. Replacing frequently used light fixtures with energy-efficient bulbs can save you between $65 and $75 each year. Energy-efficient bulbs, such as LEDs, last longer and provided the durability that is needed in the winter months.
  2.       Change the thermostat. If you have a programmable thermostat, automatically adjust the temperature settings when you’re away or sleeping. If a programmable thermostat is not an option, you can manually turn the heat down whenever you leave or go to bed. By setting a recurring reminder on your phone, it will quickly become habitual. (more…)

Featured Community: Hoyt Bedford in Stamford

Posted On: Friday, December 2nd, 2016

Hoyt Bedford OutsideToday’s college students want the right location and great amenities for their apartment, but they are more budget conscious than ever before. Hoyt Bedford apartments have an affordable price point along with all the amenities you need. Located in one of the top 100 best places to live, these apartments in Stamford offer something for everyone – a convenient location in a unique town or an easy commute to nearby New York City.

Renters at Hoyt Bedford can choose from many floor plan options and sizes, including terrace studios or one, two and three bedroom apartments. Each apartment has plenty of living space and features wall-to-wall carpeting or hardwood floors, fully-equipped kitchens, ample closet space, lots of natural light an in-home washer/dryer and a gas fireplace, per plan. Monthly rent also includes heat, hot water, cooking gas and an on-site clothes care centers. (more…)