Staying Healthy on Campus

College is often the first time students are away from home and need to start making decisions for themselves.  As a parent, you might worry whether or not your child is making healthy choices.  And while you might think that college brings a lot of unhealthy options, rest assured that at the University of New Haven, we are committed to your child's health and well-being!

First, we have the $15.5million, 56,500 square foot Beckerman Recreation Center which opened in 2007.  The Rec Center has everything you could ask for in a health & fitness center, right in you child's backyard.  There are basketball courts, racquetball courts, a suspended track, and a juice bar - to name a few of the numerous amenities available in the Rec Center.  Various group fitness classes are held daily - including the popular Zumba, Spin, and Boot Camp classes at no additional fee.  In addition, instructional programs in yoga, ballroom dancing, and belly dancing are available for a small fee.  New this semester, the Rec Center is offering CPR certification and re-certification courses. If your student is a Fire Science or Criminal Justice major, this may be beneficial to their future career options.

If your student is more of the competitive but fun-loving team sports type, there is REC Sports - intramural basketball, dodgeball, floor hockey, waffle ball, racquetball, volleyball, softball, ultimate Frisbee, table tennis, and indoor soccer.  For more specific information, rules, and schedules check out the website:  These games are a great way to stay in shape, have fun, and make new friends.

Many students get to college and worry about gaining those extra pounds that come with out-of-whack eating schedules and greasy cafeteria food.  These days, however, that doesn't have to be the case.  At the University of New Haven, Sodexho Dining Services works tirelessly to provide students with an array of healthy dining options, as well as plenty of alternatives to put variety in your diet.  Sandellas and Pandinis provide quick, tasty choices from paninis, to pasta plates, and delicious rice bowls.  The Marketplace, the main cafeteria in Bartels Hall, provides buffet-style dining that includes daily vegetarian and vegan offerings, as well as sandwich and salad bars.  The Quik Zone convenience store provides those students who prefer to cook for themselves the accessible ability to purchase all the necessities right on campus.

In the residence halls, students are provided with various ways to stay healthy and active.  Each month, Resident Assistants plan social, educational and developmental programs that help students explore themselves, the local community and their global community.  Many of these programs are wellness, health, and diversity related, so encourage your student to get more information from their RA!  RAs are also trained as campus resources, who can help connect your student to the many offices, services, and activities available to them on campus.  Resident Directors and central office staff are also available to refer students to available services (for example, Disability Services, Health Services, or Counseling Services) or to help work out any issues related to living on campus.  Lastly, in the Freshmen halls, Academic Peer Mentors are available to work with students on study and time management skills.

There are so many healthy opportunities on campus for students to eat right, stay in shape, and get involved.  All of us here at the Office of Residential Life are looking forward to an incredibly happy and healthy 2009 for you and your students at University of New Haven.  As always, please free to contact us with questions or concerns at or by calling (203) 932-7076.

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8:30am- 4:30pm

Summer Hours


8:30am- 4:30pm


8:30am- 1:30pm


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Phone: (203) 932-7076

Fax: (203) 932-7178

Location: 1st Floor Bixler Hall