By Naila Tariq
When you ask people about universities in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), some may be familiar with universities and other higher learning institutions that occupy a floor or two in a business building and run all their classes, activities and administrative work from that space. But there are few universities in the UAE, such as the American University of Sharjah (AUS), which have full-fledged campuses with distinct state-of- the-art structures for academic spaces, administrative offices, dormitories, a modern library, sports complexes and other facilities that enhance the quality of life for students, faculty and staff studying and working in the university.
Many new students and visitors to American University of Sharjah may be familiar with the academic and administrative buildings, but there is more to the university than just these. AUS has a number of outlets, such as the bank, post office and bookstore. Do you know that AUS also has two laundries, a travel agency, a barbershop and more?
AUS is actually home to several retail outlets that make living—or even just studying—on campus a lot more convenient. We will introduce some of them here for you.
The Practical Stuff
Buying groceries, keeping up with finances, picking up mail...with all the coursework, those day-to-day chores can get neglected, especially if they require driving around the city. However, there are outlets at AUS that make things much easier, all within walking distance from each other.
Whether you need textbooks for your courses or even an interesting paperback to read during your down time, All Prints has it all. It's located on the ground floor of the library building, next to Blends & Brews. In addition to books, the store also sells stationary, art supplies, notebooks, and even headphones and power banks, all of which you can choose to pay for using Campus Cash. And at the beginning of every semester, All Prints buys back selected textbooks at a reduced price. All Prints is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday to Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. You can contact them at 06 515 2013.
A branch of the Sharjah Islamic Bank is located on the west side of the Main Building, on the ground floor, with full banking services. There's a 24-hour ATM just outside the bank, with two more around campus– one in the Student Center and the other in front of the Women's Welcome Center. The bank is open from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday to Thursday.
For more information on their services, you can call at 06 599 9503 /04 /05.
There are two Sharjah Cooperative Society groceries—one in the Student Center basement and the other outside the Women's Welcome Center. They may be called “mini” marts, but they stock a wide range of products, including household items and fruits and vegetables. Payment can be made by cash or credit card. They're open from 9 a.m. to 9:50 p.m. Saturdays to Thursdays, but they close at 5 p.m. on Fridays. You can get more information by calling 06 558 5767.
Post Office/Copy Center
This dual facility is on the east side of the Main Building, on the ground floor. The post office deals with both incoming and outgoing mail, as well as express delivery and parcel pick-ups. The copy center offers photocopying, laminating and binding services. The facility is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can contact them at 06 515 2019.
Al Manara University Pharmacy is just next to the travel office. It's fully functional, selling products ranging from antibiotics and painkillers to canes and heat packs. If the University Health Center–located below the LAN building –gives you a prescription, you can fill it here.
For more information, you can call 06 558 9004.
ITL World Travel Office is located in the basement of the Student Center, in the little alcove past Starbucks. They offer airline ticket and hotel bookings, travel insurance and UAE tours.
The office is open from Sunday – Thursday: 8:00am – 6:00pm and on Saturday 10:00am – 3:00pm.
You can contact them for all your
i. Holidays and Leisure needs at Holidays.firstname.lastname@example.org and you can arrange for all your personal leisure and holiday bookings or,
ii. Corporate Travel and Ticketing needs at Traveldesk.email@example.com and you can arrange all business travel request.
Or you can contact the Travel Office by Phone: 06 515 2010.
Keeping Up Appearances
You don't need to have an interview or presentation to look good, and luckily you don't have to venture off-campus either. Here are some of the services on campus that help keep you looking neat and well-groomed.
You might have an important interview or presentation coming up, your best clothes are miserably wrinkled, and you've got no iron. Have no fear, because AUS is home to not one, but two laundries that can clean and iron with the best of them. There's one on the east and another on the west side of campus located in the faculty and staff housing areas. Please note that they accept cash payments only. For more information, you can call 06 515 3106.
Hair in need of a trim? Beard in need of a shave? There's no need to leave campus to get a good grooming. Just pay a visit to the barbershop near the pharmacy and enjoy services ranging from the regular haircut and shave to oil massages and scalp treatments. Please note, however, that they only accept cash payments. For more information, you can call 06 515 2793.
Ladies, you can get your hair needs attended to as well. Not only that, the ladies' salon also offers manicures and pedicures in addition to a range of other services. You can find it just behind the Women's Welcome Center, near the women’s dorms. For more information, call 06 558 9655.
The Food Stuff
AUS is also home to a number of restaurants and coffee shops, most of them at the Student Center. These include Burger King, Grab N' Go, Subway, Blends and Brews, Yogurberry, Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks, and many more. Most of them also deliver, so if you're just not up for a walk across campus, feel free to call! Click here for locations and contact information.
Maybe you'd just prefer something outside campus. If so, AUS also has arrangements with a ton of retailers and outlets across the UAE, providing discounts for students who present their IDs. Examples include a 40 percent discount from Budget Car and Van Rental, and a 50 percent discount from Limar Medical Center. For a full list, feel free to check out the AUS Discount Program page.
The main takeaway from this article is that American University of Sharjah tries to make living, working and studying on campus as easy as possible for the community. Having these outlets on campus helps create as self-sustaining a community as possible.
Naila Tariq is a student at American University of Sharjah.
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