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Greetings, future Pocatellans! In just a short time, many of you will be making Pocatello and Bannock County your new home! In this blog, we have already suggested several ideas to help you transition to campus life. It is equally important to get to know Pocatello (where many of you will be living while attending ISU)!

The college years are a wonderful time for spending your weekends and free time immersing yourself in the culture of your new city.  What do you like to do in your free time? Whether it is hiking, reading, camping, shopping, eating, or playing

sports that interests you, learn how to continue it in Pocatello. In addition to hobbies, there are a vast number of community events to choose from, like the annual Southeast Idaho State Fair in September.  If you can make Pocatello a home away from home, you will likely be happier and more comfortable with your new living situation. There are so many memories to be made while you are a student in this area!!

Consider these suggestions to learn more about Pocatello. Of course, this list is simply a starting point for getting involved in the life of this area.  Feel free to connect with your Orientation Leaders during New Student Orientation to find out the ways that they have chosen to embrace and explore Idaho.  

  • Visit Old Town Pocatello
    • Old Town Pocatello has historical buildings and provides a unique location to many shops including clothing, antiques, galleries, spas, and many more. This is also a prime location for events like Farmer’s Market and Art Walk.

  • Portneuf Wellness Complex 
    • This new facility offers outdoor activities to keep Southeast Idaho healthy. There are active areas including basketball courts, sand volleyball courts, a mountain bike park, and a large children’s playground. In addition, the Portneuf Health Trust Amphitheatre within the Complex holds concerts and similar events (http://portneufamphitheatre.com/).
    • Pocatello Chamber of Commerce 
      • The Chamber has many services including:
        • Information Center- has community information and pamphlets
        • Business Advocate- voices state and local issues
        • Community Development- leadership programs and beautify Pocatello campaigns

For those attending classes at our Outreach Centers (Idaho Falls, Meridian, Twin Falls), these links can also help you to explore your areas as well.