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Stanford, CA
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Tuition
$42,225
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Off-Campus Housing: You can find places to live in the area around Stanford, but they're very expensive. There's no real reason to live off campus.

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Off-Campus Housing: No one lives off campus because the property around Stanford is very expensive, and we are guaranteed on-campus housing.

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Off-Campus Housing: Housing is very inconvenient, unless you are rich and have a car. Remember, the campus is large, and the nearest place is downtown Palo Alto. You figure it out.

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Off-Campus Housing: No one lives off campus. It's too expensive and too inconvenient.

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Off-Campus Housing: I never even considered it. It can be cheaper, but it's a pain to bike onto campus, and you can't really get a parking permit unless you live on campus or want to pay a lot of money. The Dead Houses are the best off-campus option for many because they're close, they have DSL, and they have a co-op environment, where you cook for yourself and live with a group of people.

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Off-Campus Housing: Don't even think about moving off campus. You'll miss a large part of the social scene, plus however many thousands you spend on your tiny Silicon Valley room.

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Off-Campus Housing: The campus is big, which means that commuting from an off-campus apartment to class can be a bit of a pain. Real estate is also exceedingly expensive in the Palo Alto area, so finding a room with a reasonable rent can be rather difficult. Some folks really seem to enjoy being away from campus for a bit, but overall, I'd recommend sticking with an on-campus residence.

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Parking: If you are a freshman, then no car for you! This is probably because finding parking on campus is already so tough.

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Parking: You won't have to worry about parking because freshmen aren't allowed to have cars.

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Parking: Parking sucks. You have to pay for a permit, and since a lot of people work here, it's difficult to find a parking spot during the day. By the dorms, it's okay, though. Whether parking will be difficult or not really depends on the dorm you live in.

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Parking: Freshmen don't get cars. You can get a parking permit starting your sophomore year. It's fairly easy to find a parking space on campus.

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Parking: There is a lot of parking, and from what I've heard about other schools, it's pretty cheap, too. You can't have a car as a freshman, but this makes you focus more on campus life. Later on in your college career, it might be nice to have a car, or at least to have friends with cars, so that you can get out every now and then.

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Parking: There's a big parking problem here, which sucks! It depends on where you live, though. There are definitely parking spaces if you get a student pass, but some dorms have many more spaces than others. So depending on where you live, you might find parking to be a hassle, or a breeze.

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Parking: Freshmen don't have cars, so the rest of us can park.

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Parking: Upperclassmen can bring cars to campus, and there's plenty of parking near where you live.

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Parking: Freshmen aren't allowed to have cars. Upperclassmen can always park, but it is kind of a problem.

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Parking: Freshmen can't have cars on campus, but there are ways around that. However, it makes parking pretty great for upperclassmen. No complaints here.

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Weather: We have very warm California weather. Bring light clothes, but remember to bring some more formal clothes for dances and other events.

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Weather: The weather is probably one of the most appealing attributes of this area.

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Weather: California's weather is nice, especially when it is not too hot, but is still very sunny, and you get a nice breeze from the bay. It rains in the winter, but it doesn't get too cold.

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Weather: Typical bay-area weather is a little cooler than the weather in southern California. It gets pretty cold at night here.

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Weather: It's cold and rainy in the winter but very beautiful at all other times.

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Weather: The weather here is amazing. There is a rainy season, though, and it can get cold in the winter. Sometimes temperatures drop as low as 40 degrees.

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Weather: During the days, you can get away with very little clothing. The evenings require something more substantial.

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Weather: This is Cali, so it is almost always nice. However, unlike SoCal, we actually have more than one season.

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Alexandria Butler
Hometown
St. Louis, MO
Major
Communications, Spanish
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The verdict is in: most students are overwhelmingly happy with their Stanford experience. The combination of challenging academics, undergrad-oriented faculty, diversity, beautiful weather, and a fairly social campus environment all combine to make for a great four years of college. Students, particularly those in engineering or sciences, might find the workload to be especially heavy at times, but most students are capable and want to work hard in the first place. Perhaps the biggest challenge students face at Stanford is just dealing with the other students, who range from hippies to hyper-competitive pre-meds. It makes for an interesting environment, but also a stressful one. However, if you immerse yourself in it long enough, it will eventually start to feel reasonably normal.

Despite the problems that Stanford students find with the University, they overwhelmingly agree that Stanford is “their place,” and they can’t imagine being anywhere else. It seems all the hype and the hefty price tag are well justified by the experiences that students can, and will, have here. If you’re looking for a university with a big name, vibrant population, and a good balance of work and fun, Stanford University will not disappoint.

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