Tallahassee, FL
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$21,570 ($6,402)
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Reviews 4928 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Great Movies – I don't really party, and I live off campus, but anytime I'm there late I stay for the SLC. SLC is just awesome, with quality movies that will keep you entertained weekly.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: It's Alright – The food is alright. Everywhere except the FIG is mediocre at best. The food sometimes just doesn't taste good and isn't really healthy.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greeks Aren't Anything Special – Here at Florida State, we all get along. It doesn't matter if you're a Tri-Delt or a Zeta, or if you're not even in a sorority we all get along!

5 College Freshman

Facilities: Main Library Is Amazing! They have recently renewed the main library of the school,and it is amazing! The first floor is so comfortable because it includes booths, tables and individual chairs that come with built in desks but have the comfortability of a couch! It's soo comfortable to relax and socialize or study vigorously for an exam. They also offer Smart rooms which are private study rooms equipped with the Smart Board and the other wall of the room is either an entire whiteboard or a chalkboard.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Dorm Life – I liked living in the dorms. My freshman dorm was Kellum which wasn't the best but my random roommate was awesome, we even lived together in Wildwood for my sophomore year too. I prefer dorms on the west side because you don't have to get a meal plan. I liked that you could wake up and class was just a 5-10 min walk away. The staff was always friendly and you should take advantage of the free food that they have during the events that the hall sponsor.

5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Taste of Tallahassee – Some of my favorite places to eat in Tallahassee are Mo-Mo's Pizza, Mr. Robotos, and Crape Vine. Of course there is all the fast food places too. Mo-Mo's slices are huge! they cost 3.25 for a slice plus 0.75 for additional toppings. Mr Robotos has delicious hibachi chicken and is about $7 for a plate with salad and rice. Crape Vine is a little pricey but tastes so good, just bring a coupon when you go. The coupon books from bills has discounts for lots of places to try around Tallahassee.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: Save on Gas and Time – Transportation at FSU is amazing. There are multiple bus routes that run all around town. They service those who live on campus as well as off. The buses are free for all students and usually run on time.
At night, there is a longer bus route that services the same areas and runs all night. This is great in preventing drunk driving.
Also, they offer the "Safe Bus" service. You can call their phone number or place a call through one of the emergency poles. The safe buses can drop you off anywhere on campus if you feel unsafe.

2 College Freshman

Parking: Parking at FSU is not the greatest, but there is really no need for a car on campus. We have one of the best public transportation systems for students. But if buses aren't your thing, you can literally walk anywhere on campus within 15 minutes. If you do decide to drive, commuter lots are usually best.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Let's Go Noles! Sports are actually a big part of life as a Seminole. Football games are the most popular in the fall, but no sports are overlooked. They are all supported by a very spirited fan base and all are popular to participate as well as to watch.
The facilities are all phenomenal. We have the nicest baseball stadium I've seen at a big state school. Our Doak Campbell Stadium is gorgeous and very functional, and usually full. It is incredible to see more than half the stadium partake in the Tomahawk Chop and rooting for our teams!

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Very Diverse – There are people of every different race imaginable at FSU. Lots of ethnic fraternities and sororities.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Lots of Apts – There are tons of apartment complexes around campus. It's very easy to find one that fits your needs and price range.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Ahh the local weather of Tallahassee. It's very unpredictable. You could have a week of very hot days and randomly a cold one will pop up. The winters are SO cold. I've never experienced anything so cold before I came up here. I had to go buy an entire new wardrobe to accommodate the winter months. When it's summer, it gets very hot. It also rains a good amount.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Always Something – There's always something going on in Tallahassee. The fact that there's a strip of bars about 2 minutes away from campus says something. You could go to the Strip, which is a strip of bars like Mardi Gras, Floyds, ect. which is a pretty causal. Theres some music, a tiny bit of dancing, but mostly you just walk around and drink. Then there's Potts, which is also within walking distance to campus. It's like bar with an outside area as well. They hold Happy Hour. As for clubs, there's Chubbys, Mint, Bajas, and a new one 20/20. Apparently 20/20 is slightly fancier than the rest There are always parties. Its a college town. If you're not into drinking and partying, you could go see a movie at SLC for free or I know a lot organizations hold special events. Like the campus just had a Spring Fling which was completely free and had rides and everything at the Union. You could go bowling on campus, you can always find something to do. As for transportation, there's the nightnole, which is free.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Depends on What You Want – Most of the places within walking distance to campus are either pricey or not the best quality. I've never lived off campus yet, but I'm signed up to live in the University Club next year. It's a four bedroom four bathroom townhouse about 6 minutes driving distance to campus. A bus comes right to it, like most student living apartments. It's a very nice place for about an average price. For the most part of what I've seen, you have to sacrifice something. Either distance, money, or quality. There are a couple of places that have a good balance between everything. If you're looking to be extremely close to campus where you're almost on campus, you could live in South gate, which is pretty much on campus, but not a dorm.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: There are campus busses that go around campus every ten minutes. There are also busses that bring people to student living apartments around town that come about every twenty minutes. Theres a StarMetro that will bring you to other places as well and with a FSU card, its free. There's a greyhound not too far from campus as well. At night, if you're trying to go from one side of the campus to the other, you can call the Safe Bus, which will pick you up and take you. For getting to certain apartment complexes at night, you can take the Night Nole, And then also for local campus areas, there's a service called Gotcha that will pick you up in little golf carts. Besides the transportation cost you have to pay in your tuition, everything is free. I think you're supposed to tip the Gotcha people though.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Close by Restaurants – The main off campus dining within walking distance is Moes, Coldstone, Firehouse Subs, Tacobell, BurgerKing, McDonals, Tropical Smoothie, Subway, Sunberry, Pita Pit, Gumbys, Mr. Robotos, Papa Johns, and a few other places. The cost is low, nothing super expensive. Mostly fast unhealthy places.

1 College Freshman

Parking: Don't bring a car if you can avoid it - most things in Tallahassee are within walking distance, including restaurants and FAMU. They're trying to build more parking garages, but people are late to class all the time because they can't find parking, especially late in the semester when people start coming to class.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The dorm RA's a very strict about alcohol in the dorms.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Landis is pretty nice, but check to see if a meal plan is required for your dorm - could be a deciding factor.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: FSU has a family atmosphere that is generally welcoming to everyone.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: you can come to a place where even if you change your mind about your major you will find something else that caters to your interest and is offered equally as much at FSU

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Ok but Very Repetitve – I like eating on campus but its too similar to eat every day for every meal. it is convenient though.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe on campus but I know there have been some cases of unsafe scenarios.

College Junior

Greek Life: I Don't Know Anything. I'm not part of any sorority or co-ed fraternity on campus, nor do I desire to be. Overall they're too expensive, and too competitive, which is something that tends to discourage me from Greek-sponsored activities, in addition to the intense amounts of drinking that tend to occur.

2 College Junior

Guys & Girls: People Are Mildly Okay. People at uni are your average people. There're good-looking ones, there're average ones. Since I'm already in a relationship and have been for more than two years now, I don't really take into consideration how other people look. I don't do that anyway, since I'm not generally a shallow person.


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Cheryl Justis
Daytona Beach, Fla.
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You would be hard-pressed to find a graduate of Florida State University who doesn’t have fond memories of the years they spent on campus. Current students will also agree that they are happy with their decision to attend school here. There is something for everyone, from athletics to academia, and you would have a hard time finding a more comfortable setting than Tallahassee. It has so much to offer, from exciting nightlife to beautiful weather.

Although it bears the reputation of a party school, FSU also has a growing reputation for turning out some of the best and brightest graduates in the entire nation. The school is now turning its focus on research, which should appeal to those interested in science and mathematics. But never fear, FSU also emphasizes the arts through their award-winning film and theater departments. From math and science, to the arts, FSU offers a vast array of eclectic degrees, which will be nothing but helpful later in your life. Choosing which college to attend is not an easy decision, but if you’re looking for the perfect combination of a good education and a good time, you can’t do much better than Florida State University.

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