Coral Gables, FL
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Reviews 2018 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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1 College Freshman

Transportation: Transportation is a joke, especially for freshman. Taxi's are expensive as fu-- and the metro rail get's sketchy as soon as it hits 8 pm.

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2 College Freshman

Nightlife: Honestly, horrible. Everyone leaves campus at around 11-12 pm and returns back to campus at 2 am. Parties are generally trashy (house parties), and it's harder to get into clubs/bars, etc considering most of them are 21+. Before coming here I thought that people at the U go hard, but it's not even close to that..

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5 College Sophomore

Transportation: There are so many options for transportation! Directly outside of the school is a metro that basically takes you anywhere relevant. If you want to travel beyond the metro, there are buses and a metro mover (a downtown only transit) that will take you to your destination. During the week, the metro runs until 2 am, and on the weekends, it runs until midnight (a tad bit backwards). If you're not comfortable with public transportation, many students wind up splitting taxis. Also, there are zipcars on campus with an hourly rate. They are expensive but extremely convenient. The only thing is that you have to pay a yearly membership fee, and you have to book them before they're all taken up-which happens on the weekends. Nevertheless, if you want to travel near the campus, you can always walk to the nearby venues which many people do.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I don't know much about the housing off-campus, but I do know that most people that live off-campus love it! There's housing downtown or right by the school; however, there's a community right next to the university called Red Road Commons that's very expensive. If you want to live off-campus, I say to venture out, and see more of what Miami has to offer.

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There is so much to do in Miami-especially when it comes to nightlife! There are an array of clubs, and you don't just have to go to South Beach! (Most clubs there are 21+ anyway.) You can go downtown or to Coconut Grove, which is nearby the University of Miami which is actually located in Coral Gables. If you don't want to go to a club, there are plenty of restaurants, bars, and other things, such as museums, the American Airlines Arena, and the beach, that you can go to that are also great for nightlife. If you're into drinking, the on-campus house parties are probably your best bet.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: RAs in the dorms take drug use very seriously, underage drinking less so. While underage drinking often only gets you a confiscation and a reprimand, if an RA thinks he smells pot, his supervisor and the police all get called.

On the other hand, large groups of students get together in various spots on campus and smoke so much weed you can smell it from a half-mile away--and there's never a cop in sight. So pretty much, just take your drug use and drinking outside the dorms, and no one will care.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Buses frequently run late, so they're not the most reliable for getting to class--but shuttle services to the nearby mall at Sunset Place, to the Metrorail, and to the other side of campus are all useful. Don't be dependent on them if you care about getting to class on-time.

1 College Freshman

Nightlife: The nightlife around campus will get old extremely fast, whether it's the same frat parties or repetitive house parties. Also, The Grove is a popular spot for underclassmen but going to the same bars every week seeing the same people and dancing to the same music is boring to say the least. You have to be 21 or have a fake ID to really have fun in Miami, sad but true. And once that happens, South Beach is the hotspot!

5 College Freshman

Majors: I am a Nursing student and also am pre-med and minoring in Public Health and Religious Studies. I love the academics at UM and it is so easy to switch majors, double major, or minor.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I live in Stanford and I love it. The freshman dorms really are a great way to meet a lot of friends. So far I love living on campus, even though the cost is outrageous and the dorms definitely aren't spectacular.

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3 College Freshman

Parking: I've heard horror stories about the parking on campus. I'm a freshman and don't have a car, and don't really think I need one but that's just me. You have to pay to park in certain lots, and it just seems like a hassle.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Guys are pretty attractive, but as most college guys they just want to sleep around. If you want a stable relationship, these aren't the guys for you.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: The Gen.Ed classes are quite large, but overall most classes have much less students, academics are challenging, but teachers are helpful.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Although the work load is a lot, the Marine Science/ Biology double major program is excellent! The advisors are helpful, but it is very challenging and requires most of the time studying.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms are fine. They aren't like palaces, but they provide you with what you need while you are at college. Overall, they are good!

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Transportation on campus is convenient. There are shuttles taking students to various areas on campus as well as shuttles going to the nearest grocery store and mall.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: There are notable programs the University of Miami has but this is not a super competitive, cut throat, ivy-league quality academic school. There is plenty of fun stuff to do in Miami and the Florida sunshine is fun for those not accustomed to it.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are many good restaurants, but since this is Coral Gables and the larger Miami community, the food is generally expensive.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: There is always something going on from frat parties, to clubbing on South Beach. Unfortunately, South Beach is for people 21 or over so you may have to wait a few years until going to one of Miami's illustrious night clubs.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: There are two freshman residential colleges which are called Hecht and Stanford. Hecht is much nicer on the inside and Stanford among the students is unfortunately deemed 'for losers'. Simply put, it you are put into Stanford, don't be surprised if you are joked with a few times about being a loser. The rooms themselves are fairly small and communal bathrooms aren't very nice, but still are acceptable. Aside from this, the staff in the dorms are very, very strict about drinking and drug use in the dorms, so plan on doing that at frat houes which are conveniently located across the street from the dorms.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: The school has a bus that takes you to the Grove on weeknights and to get to South Beach, students typically take taxis that can get fairly expensive.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I have received a decent amount of financial aid from the University of Miami, however I have also talked with several other students who have received more aid than me.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Restaraunts and icecream shops are directly across the street from the university. There are also several dining options close by ranging from a 20 minute walk (or $2.00, 3 minute train ride), or a short drive or train ride down US1. At the Shake Shack across the street, UM students can get a free cup of custard.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There is a wide range of student diversity at the University of Miami, both ethnically and socially. Everyone has a wide range of interests and daily preferences such as student organizations, daily attire, and social hangout spots.

5 College Junior

Majors: College of Arts and Sciences requires no extra effort

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Sana Khan
Lauderhill, FL
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Despite daily griping about tuition costs, parking, thunderstorms, and hard classes, most students really seem to enjoy UM. Excellent attributes like the nightlife, weather, and culture seem to cancel out some of the bad things about being in Miami. For some students, these bad things include the unapproachable "hot" girls and guys on campus, while others find life in the dorms to be a challenge. The complaints about college are basically what you'd expect to hear anywhere. It appears that the bad things at UM really aren't that bad, but the good things are very good. Miami is one of the coolest cities in the world for a college student, and that goes deeper than just the superficial bar and club scene.

Students who are unhappy generally figure it out within a semester and transfer out of UM, usually to somewhere closer to home. College is tough, especially the first couple weeks if you come without knowing anyone. Making a whole new group of friends for the first time since kindergarten is one of the hardest and most stressful things you may ever have to do. But the end result of this process is friendships that you'll likely maintain for the rest of your life. Whether it's your roommate, classmates, fraternity brother, or sorority sister, college is a time when you should make friends and have fun. Despite the initial challenges of coming to college, there are few cities in the world that are as fun as Miami.

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