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5 Tips for Surviving Summer in Eugene

So you’re stuck in Eugene for summer, be it for classes, work, or both. Don’t sweat it! Her Campus Oregon has got you covered with five tips on how to make this summer awesome.

Find out who is in town: Campus might feel like a ghost town during the summer, but there are likely a lot of people you know in town. It’s a great opportunity to reconnect with friends who may have become distant during the busy school year, as well as make some great new friendships. Get to know your neighbors and coworkers, and you’ll find that you’ll never feel lonely!

Photo by She Knows

Catch a show at the Cuthbert: Not far from Autzen, the Cuthbert Theater is the epitome of the outdoor concert experience. Buy some food or drinks from the amazing selection of vendors, and sit on the lawn to watch a concert! Artists heading there this summer include Slightly Stoopid, Stephen Marley, Jurassic 5, Goo Goo Dolls, Plain White T’s, and ZZ Top. Also, right before school starts is the Mad Decent Block Party, with artists such as STRFKR, Dillon Francis, Diplo, and Zed’s Dead.  Don’t miss out!

Hit the River: Grab the nearest inner tube and head to the Willamette! Whether you’re floating down the river or just chilling by the side with some snacks, it’s a great place to stay cool during the day as well as bond with friends. Buy a cooler and an inflatable at Walmart, and get ready for an awesome time. Don’t forget to bring music! If you’re not in the water, that is. 

Photo: Floatilla

Buy a fan: While it’s great to cool off in the water during the day, it sure gets pretty hot inside our small apartments and houses, and ceiling fans only help so much. If you don’t have A.C. or would like to save money on your electricity bill, you don’t have to toss and turn at night in the heat. Buy a low energy fan that you can have while you’re indoors or falling asleep. The average fan uses about 200 watts, and you can definitely find some that are low-cost. In the mornings while you’re home, open the windows and let in the fresh air before the mid-day heat settles in. Then, try to stay out of the house for as long as possible!

Photo: Corbis

Go day tripping: Eugene is surrounded by beautiful spots to check out, even if you’re not outdoorsy. Cougar Hot Springs is only a short walk from the parking lot, and has some beautiful water falls along the way. Florence beach is only a couple hours east. Mt. Pisgah has some great views and hiking. 21 and always wanted to check out some vineyards? At Cork and Barrel Tours, try joining one of the “Friday Night Flights.” For only $40, a shuttle chauffeurs you with a group to three local breweries in the area, where you can sample great wines and see the countryside. You’re never far from your next adventure in Eugene!

Photo by Cork and Barrel Tours

Heather is a senior at the University of Oregon, majoring in advertising. An aspiring copywriter, her dream job would be screenwriting for TV, but for the meantime she works as an office assistant, ad director for Envision magazine, freelance graphic designer, and her favorite, campus correspondent at Her Campus Oregon. She hails from Lake Oswego, Oregon, and loves the quirky side of Oregon: its unique people, unpredictable weather, and amazing music scene. She's a cat lover, avid black coffee drinker, and TV and movie addict.
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