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Campus Housing: Even though next year Stanford is rearranging dorms so that more freshmen will be able to live in an all-frosh dorm, I personally love living in a four-class dorm. I live in Roble, where the freshmen live in roomy, three-room quads. They are really nice, and Roble has so many freshmen, it is like the best of both housing options.

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Off-Campus Dining: Downtown Palo Alto has every variety of restaurant that you could ever want, but you kind of need a car to get to any of them.

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Off-Campus Dining: We have fast food places like Jack in the Box, and nicer stuff like Max's Opera Cafe. Whatever your dining pleasure happens to be, it will be here somewhere. I wouldn't say that there is any one definitive place to which everyone goes, but there are plenty of good places in the area.

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Off-Campus Dining: Off campus, we have Cold Stone for ice-cream and a bunch of great ethnic restaurants-Japanese, Italian, and foods like that-but many are expensive. So except for special occasions, or if you happen to find a nice, cheap little place, it's best to eat on campus.

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Off-Campus Dining: There's pretty good food off University Avenue and in Mountain View, which is a 20-minute drive away. Miyake is a popular Japanese restaurant, and Minokichi, across the street from campus, has an awesome buffet. The pasta around here is pretty good, and there are a bunch of good Chinese places, too.

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Off-Campus Dining: The Palo Alto restaurants tend to be pricey, but the Thai places are good, and they are usually reasonably priced. The only thing that we have in the way of a diner is Denny's or The Creamery-both of which I really like, but both of which are a little expensive.

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Off-Campus Dining: Off-campus restaurants are incredibly nice! Be prepared to spend some cash if you want to eat at the really fancy ones, though. There are plenty of restaurants that I go to that only cost $10 to $15 for a meal, and they're very, very nice! You won't need names of any restaurants since almost any place that you find downtown will be of high quality.

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Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of restaurants on University Avenue, that you can get to by biking, driving, or the Marguerite [shuttle]. I personally eat a lot of Thai, so I'll recommend Krung Siam, which is one of the restaurants on University Avenue.

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Off-Campus Dining: Pluto's is the best thing that ever happened to me-great salads and meat that they cook right in front of you at very reasonable prices! Bella Luna and Osteria are great for taking your parents out. La Fondue in Saratoga has the best chocolate dessert fondue, which can be very romantic, too.

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Off-Campus Dining: Palo Alto is the city of dining. You'd think there might be slightly more culture in such a relatively affluent town, but apparently all the locals want to do is eat. There are all price ranges, all kinds of food, and most of them good. For Italian, try Pasta?-yes, it seriously comes with question mark-and Bella Luna.

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Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of good restaurants off-campus, but I don't tend to eat out all that often. One of my favorite places is called Frankie, Johnnie, and Luigi Too! It's a great Italian place, with absolutely amazing knife-and-fork pizza. Order a `Tina's Too-Too Much' for some serious eating. Given the size of the pizza, the prices are great. They also make excellent pastas and salads, for those who aren't in a pizza mood. The atmosphere is very casual, and Stanford students get a 15 percent discount. It's a good time all around.

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Transportation: Public transportation is cool. Stanford has a free shuttle that takes you to the train station, shopping center, and to other places on campus. It's good.

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Transportation: Everyone complains about our public transportation, but it's as good as it gets in the Bay Area.

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Transportation: We have free shuttles that are relatively reliable. The only problem is that there's no reason to go anywhere in the area around Stanford. Getting to the train station is pretty easy, though.

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Transportation: Public transportation is very convenient. It's easy to get to San Francisco, or to anywhere around Palo Alto with the free campus shuttle.

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Transportation: There is a free shuttle that goes all around campus that is pretty good. The CalTrain goes to San Francisco and San Jose, and makes many stops along the way.

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Transportation: The Marguerite is our free campus-shuttle, but it takes a while, and doesn't go everywhere.

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Transportation: Lately, it's been pretty fashionable to say bad things about our Marguerite Shuttle system, but I don't think it's that bad. I've also ridden the buses in Palo Alto a bit, and those just require that you plan a little ahead. CalTrain is reasonably priced, but not very fast. I found that it works well if you want to get to either airport; otherwise, you have to pay 20 bucks to take an airport shuttle. I've taken CalTrain to San Francisco a few times, and that's worked out pretty well.

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Transportation: There's the Marguerite, which can take you around campus and the surrounding town, but that's not always reliable. To get to the city you can ride the CalTrain.

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Transportation: The Marguerite sucks, and it smells. Don't ever use it. CalTrain is pretty convenient for getting to the city, and airports, and stuff. I never tried the buses on the peninsula, but SF has one of the better bus systems I've come across.

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Athletics: Athletics are very big here. The sports teams are really good. A lot of people who aren't that good play IM sports.

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Athletics: Varsity sports at Stanford are probably the best in the world at the collegiate level. IM sports are fun, and very big, as well.

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Athletics: Sports dominate Stanford. That's definitely a theme that brings everybody together. IM sports are awesome too, which is definitely a plus.

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Athletics: Varsity sports are pretty big here because we do so well in them, especially in women's sports. Intramural sports are also pretty big, and they are there if you want to participate in them. We have a fair amount of Olympic athletes here, and all that, which is pretty cool.

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Athletics: Varsity and IM sports are both pretty big here, but varsity sports are particularly big. My family and friends are local, so I'm off campus too much to participate in sports very much, but Stanford offers classes for volleyball, and many other sports (though no basketball class, to my dismay), so even if you can't play in an IM sport, you can still find athletic activities in which to take part.

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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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