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Reviews 437 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Bellarmine holds a housing fair that brings in different apartment companies/landlords/etc. for students considering living off-campus. However, some of these tend to be a little expensive. If you're just looking for a basic apartment with a few friends, there are also little books laid out around campus that advertise apartments and houses. The Highlands where Bellarmine is situated is a pretty safe area. Most apartments and houses have street parking. Sharing an apartment 5 minutes away from the campus with three other people, I'm paying about 230 a month in rent, not including internet, electric, and food. This is much cheaper than living on-campus!

3 College Junior

Party Scene: I didn't really get involved in that social scene.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Bellarmine University is right off Bardstown Road. There are countless fast food restaurants, bars, local restaurants, coffee shops, ice cream shops, etc. Many places also deliver directly to Bellarmine if they aren't in convenient walking distance (or you need pizza/chinese/subs at one in the morning). A lot of students frequent Shenanigans. The Comfy Cow is also a great place for ice cream.

3 College Junior

Administration: I don't have much to say about the administration.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: Bellarmine is extremely expensive, even with the scholarships. The tuition hikes up with each passing year, but they usually also increase the scholarships/grants alongside these changes. However, the end result is still that you end up paying more out of pocket. The financial aid office is knowledgeable enough (and gives out free food on holidays, just as an FYI). I've never really had a problem with anything to do with financial aid, except on instances that you've done something wrong in your application for aid. Then it just shows that your application is incomplete/wrong, but they do not tell you how to fix it. You have to call and search the answer out yourself.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: The food is average, and it's pretty much the same thing available every day. Also, everything in Horrigan can get pretty expensive. They need to put up a Taco Bell or something instead of that pricey Mexican place that barely anyone uses.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Regardless of what some people might say about living in K-New (the freshmen dorms and two of the oldest buildings on campus), it isn't terrible at all. The school has absolutely remodeled the bathroom and the kitchen area, and there is computer/printer access in the basement. It clearly isn't as fancy as the Sienas or Anniversary, but I think a lot of the stigma towards K-New finds its roots in the upper-class white kids who tend to apply with Bellarmine. These are dorm rooms, not luxury hotels. You have internet, heat, air-conditioning, a window, desks, beds, lots of storage, and the option to bring in fish or turtles. Laundry is also free.

I stayed in the Sienas during my sophomore year, and while they're definitely more expensive than K-New and also further away from the class buildings (despite Bellarmine being a small campus in the first place), they're very spacious and new. Well-lit, high ceilings, etc. You can also control the temperature in your individual room and different sections of the halls with thermostats. Overall, neither K-New or the Siennas are slums. But living on Bellarmine is extremely expensive, so most people scramble to find apartments their junior and senior years. (Occasionally, sophomores are allowed off-campus.)

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Houses off campus are expensive, and often students aren't granted permission to live off-campus

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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Parties are fun, although they get busted a lot. Mostly in the sports houses.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are so many options close to campus! I definitely got to experience many new foods.

4 College Freshman

Administration: The security officers are wonderful, and they do their jobs. They're always fun to talk to!

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The UDH is good, but at times the food becomes the same for several days. It would be nice to have variety!

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Lived in Kennedy my first year, and although the community bathrooms were a challenge, the atmosphere of the halls was great.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: While it can be kind of hard to find, the places are generally pretty nice and spacious and there seem to be enough options close to campus.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Louisville is a great town with LOTS of dining options around the city. There is something for everyone. There is also a growing local food movement happening and several restaurants are dedicated to strict local sourcing while many others source at least some of their products locally.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: I didn't live on campus for long and therefore never had too serious of a run-in with campus security, plus my RA was very lenient and not around too much. I lived in the Siena Secondo which doesn't have a front desk so that makes it a more lenient environment.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: You just have to find the right group of people. Some Bellarmine parties are more like get togethers which are more my scene. Others are wall to wall people. Both are good for making connections with people in the BU community and getting to know new people.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Apply for it early! Bellarmine grants a lot of scholarships

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: UDH works to source local food. The menu isn't always the best but there's generally a nice variety and lots of vegetarian options.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The living space is nice but the community was hard to connect to for me.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I personally have lived at home with my aunt while in school. I do not have the resources to live on my own in off-campus housing. I have heard wonderful things from fellow classmates who do live off-campus within walking distance of school. They love the area and have had nothing but positive things to say regarding their experience.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: My university lives within the best area for restaurants and night life. The street I am referring to is within walking distant and has a variety of everything. I do not know of anything that Bardstown Road does not have to offer.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: Personally I have not had a problem with the campus strictness. I think the rules are set in place for a reason. More than likely if there is a rule prohibiting a certain act, you should not be doing that anyways.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Throughout undergrad it was easier to seek help and guidance from financial aid. However, now as a graduate student I feel stuck. The only options presented to me are loans. There is a restriction on the amount of loans I can seek from school, which leaves me with a large sum of money I am struggling to pay. I am in a program where it is almost impossible to work while in school. Therefore, I have no income and am living off of what little I have in savings. It would be nice to present graduate students with additional options and guidance as is done with undergraduate students.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: A lot of students over 21 go to bars not students' houses.

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