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3 College Junior

Scholarships: It took a while for me to be able to receive a little bit of financial aid.

College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I don't know much about off-campus housing except that there are A LOT of apartments but they are very expensive. Generally, students will get a lot of roomates to be able to afford the rent and bills.

College Junior

Party Scene: I am not much of a party person so I am not aware of where the best parties take place or exactly when.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of eating locations outside of campus which may be in walking distance, biking distance, or better yet, easy to get too by taking an uber. However, these eating places are mostly fast food chains and weird asian places I'd never heard of.

3 College Junior

Administration: I don't believe that there are any strict policies at school that affect student's academic or social lives.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: For me, the best fast food places on campus are panda express, burger king, subway, and pollo loco. The market place and the convenience stores are expensive. The dining dollars are great to use for all of these on campus dining locations.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Campus dorms are okay. They are well kept and clean all the time. The laundry rooms are rather small but everyone manages. There's only one laundry room per building and some buildings have up to four floors. The dorms are not close to campus. About a 15 minute walk but school provides a "tram" that has several pick up locations around the dorms which will take you to campus.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: I do not live on campus housing however I have heard good comments about it.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Great off campus housing but pricing is very high

4 College Junior

Administration: The school is constantly looking for ways to create and enforce new school policies that better the safety and efficiency of our school campus and student body

4 College Junior

Scholarships: I am very satisfied with the financial aid package I receive

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: It's California, so most apartments are expensive. The school doesn't help you find anything though.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: The usual take out is open pretty much 24/7, student discounts are only at the places surrounding the schools perimeter. There are no campus bars off campus other than Yardhouse, but that is a restaurant.

3 College Junior

Party Scene: The police station is nearby and quick to break up parties at fraternity houses. House parties otherwise are lame. Apartment parties are much more chill.

2 College Junior

Administration: I don't feel like the administration thinks about the students and what they want when it comes to policy changes. They seem to only think about what is best for them and make decisions without hearing out the students opinions.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: It's confusing on how to apply for it, and when you receive it, it usually goes straight towards tuition and whatever's left is for other school related costs. There needs to be an option for summer/winter course financial aid.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: The variety is good, you get a good mix of asian, mexican, american, and italian food and it's spread out on campus well. The meals are extremely expensive though for how little you get. I can go off campus and get twice as much food for how much I pay on campus.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: The dorms are old and need to be seriously remodeled to fit the current decade. The cost of living in the dorms is too high for how little space you are given between you and your roommates, how far away they are from campus, and how little dorm life affects your collegiate years.

3 College Freshman

Administration: I think one of the hardest things is knowing that the parking lot that I park in when I visit friends in the dorms closes at 7pm. So if I am going to someones dorm to work on a group project at like 6, I have to make sure I move my car or I park on the street to begin with or I will be trapped there forever. Other than that I know that the RA's of the buildings are pretty cool. I don't dorm, but a lot of the time when I hang out with my friends at school, their RA's will drop by and say hi to me. I remember one time I had a professor freak out on my class and tell us to be quiet, she ended up calling the campus police on us and they came by for the "noise complaint". They were really calm about it and told us that they were sorry that the professor was rude, and that they don't really care what we're up to but they were required to come check out the complaint anyway.

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I guess if you're into student loans, its okay. I'm trying my hardest for scholarships instead of loans because I don't want to be in debt the rest of my life. I think its hard to get Scholarships because there are so many people on the campus, but my rule is to just keep applying. As long as I just keep going and don't give up on financial aid, I know eventually I will get a scholarship that will make everything worth it.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: I think that for college, the food isn't bad. Maybe the only problem with it is how inflated the prices are. Thinking about us, we are broke college students. Something is wrong if we can't afford a meal. Other than that, I think the campus is good with food, theres plenty of variety. You have subway, el pollo loco, burger king (eh), the pub, arbor grill, and if you don't know exactly what you want, then just go into the marketplace, they have TONS of different choices which is always good, because you can choose whatever looks best.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: My roommates and I recently have started to look into off campus housing and most of the places are nice but pricey.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There is not to many places to go to but there is a variety of foods to eat.

3 College Freshman

Administration: They are pretty strict on who can be in the dorms or not.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: I received a Cal grant and it was perfect. I am grateful for it. It was the only help that I got.

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On the whole, students most satisfied with their experience are very involved in the heart of the school. Many students choose to become RAs or ambassadors, work in the Matador Involvement Center or the Design Factory, join a sorority/fraternity, or get involved in intramurals or club sports. CSUN is a commuter school, meaning that most students live at home and commute to school. Because so many students are native to the area, they are not compelled to meet new people and participate in school activities. Years later, many of these commuter students say that the school lacks a social scene and they wish they had moved away from home to go to college. On the other hand, other CSUN students move from small, rural towns to go to a college in the city, and they absolutely love the campus. However, students are correct when saying that Northridge isn't a typical college town. Most of the partying takes place in Los Angeles. Many students also acknowledge that the school has a laid-back atmosphere about academics, which allows students to work and live a life beyond their computer screen. Students cite the school's ubiquitous diversity as a pinnacle example of how students can learn from their environment by hearing the voice and seeing the values of different cultures.

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