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Reviews 2018 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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5 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: The gym facilities at the University of Miami is outstanding. It has everything you would want, from machines to weights to an indoor track and a pool. They offer great classes and the hours are very accommodating.

5 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Varsity sports are a big thing on the University of Miami campus. It's a really fun scene and a great way to meet other students while feeling like you are doing something interesting. Most popular sports are football and baseball but there are other sports too.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food is not healthy and the working hours are very inconvenient. There is a food court where you can find fast food, but the same thing, unhealthy food.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The dining in the University of Miami is not good. The food is not healthy and working hours are very inconvenient. However, dining facilities off-campus are tremendous. Miami city has tons of restaurants on every corner, especially in Downtown. You can find any type of cuisine and the prices are not very high.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Varsity sports are: tennis, football, women soccer, track and field, and diving. There are plenty of intramural sport clubs. I am in University of Miami boxing team. It is really good and the coach is very much experienced.

5 College Freshman

Weather: Can't beat Miami heat. It's humid for the first few weeks or so, but after that the weather is gorgeous - perfect for sending pics of you on the beach to your freezing friends back home ;)

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Transportation: UM provides shuttles to the Grove and Sunset, but unless you are trying to get from one part of campus to the other the shuttles are generally unreliable and very late. The metro is a slightly better option, though not advisable late at night. Taxis are also a primary mode of transportation for those without a car, though they overcharge like crazy.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: As long as you aren't falling over drunk and/or too obviously high, you generally won't be stopped by RA's or security. Dorm parties happen all the time and are rarely busted, so long as you keep it quiet.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Nightlife: There are definitely people who enjoy the 24/7 party atmosphere here, and the school makes it easy (at least Thursday-Sunday) to safely get to the Grove (a college student hotspot). Other options include South Beach (if you have the time, money, and if under 21 the fake ID), downtown Miami, and house parties.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Haha when I moved in it was ridiculous, it was like everyone was required to be attractive to be here. Guys-wise, there isn't just one 'type' - you can find any type of guy you are into here, and maybe discover other types too!

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Freshmen dorms aren't too bad. The rooms are plenty big and the atmosphere is the most important part - your floor will become your family, and it's so easy to meet new people.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: You can live off it; not much more to be said, except watch out for the chicken, it has a tendency to be undercooked...

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Miami has a great deal of wealthy alumni, and it shows. Although the older buildings such as the dorms could use a little work, academics buildings, the health center, and the new under-construction Student Activities Center demonstrate the U cares about its students.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: MIAMI. There is absolutely no reason to say you're bored here. If you aren't into the nightlife scene, the school puts on plenty of events to keep you occupied, and there are attractions very close by such as the Vizcaya Museum and the Metrozoo!

4 College Freshman

Academics: All of my professors are willing and able to aid students who seek help. They won't hold your hand, and the material is fast-paced, but with good time management and use of all the resources available to you, it is possible to succeed here.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Housing is expensive in Miami. If you find anything under $1000, there is a good chance its not a good area, so be wary. That being said, Brickell is a popular place for UM students to live its Downtown with lots of nightlife and only a 20 minute drive from campus; from there you can also opt to take the metro (which stops in front of campus), however it tends to be pricey. Coral Gables is also a very nice area, however beware of prices and all the housing regulations! Some people live in the Dadeland area (also about 20 minutes from campus and you can take the metro); it tends to be a bit cheaper for some units. The farther west of UM you go, the cheaper it will be.

1 person found this useful Report
5 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Sports are HUGE at UM, especially football. Games are always packed and there is a lot of energy surrounding big games. The gym is absolutely wonderful, it is hands down, the best gym I've ever been to.

5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: UM is close to South Miami and the Grove. There are A LOT of really amazing food choices nearby. Sunset Place (about a block away) and its surrounding area have dozens of restaurants to chose from. Cuban, American, Mediterranean, Greek, Italian, Spanish, and Middle Eastern restaurants can all be found within a couple of minutes from campus.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Alcohol, unless found because you are loud, is fine. Loud car stereos and music is not really controlled in dorms, especially if you live near the football players. RAs may do random room checks but this depends on who you have as one.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Computers: The library has fine computers and each individual school mostly have very new Mac desktops, especially in the Communications school.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Greek Life: Very cliquey. Mostly "the popular kids" from high school with a few "lesser" organizations that are very much excluded from the mix. You can still find decent people in each organization but it is tough at this school.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: The campus is very diverse & very casual. Guys & gals wear mostly shorts and flip flops! and the girls are good looking.

4 College Junior

Majors: I'm a music major. The professor are well qualified & personable. The curriculum is great. The facilities are top notch except for the practice rooms (they need more) Students are friendly and work with eachother well in this major. I'm having a blast

1 person found this useful Report
College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I live in an apartment very close to campus, it is very nice and very safe. I have never lived on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I don't know too much about safety on campus. I live off campus and commute to my building and back.


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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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