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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Still pricy but they are nice apartments.

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5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Tons of great restaurants around campus.

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4 College Junior

Administration: I feel safe on campus.

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5 College Junior

Scholarships: The office will answer all of your questions and lines are not too long.

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3 College Junior

Party Scene: I do not really party that often.

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5 College Junior

Campus Food: Campus food is great! Really yummy and healthy.

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5 College Junior

Campus Housing: I love San Diego State University! It is a beautiful campus with tons to do. My absolute favorite is the ARC or Aztec Rec Center which is a blast. Not only is it huge but it includes a rock climbing wall, tons of machines, a sauna in the locker rooms and so much more.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Lots of student apartments off-campus. I live in a newer complex with great security and a gated parking garage. I love my complex. The area around SDSU is not the best. I would try to get a house off the main roads with secured parking if possible. Many houses and complexes near campus are not top notch. There are 4 new complexes (including mine) with excellent amenities, but they come at a steep price. Street parking is not a problem in the residential areas. There seems to be a lot of availability in the area, it just depends on your standards. The higher end complexes and houses do go quickly.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There is quite a bit of variety. Next to my apartment, we have several Thai places, Chinese, Mexican, sandwiches, fast food, sushi, ice cream, boba tea, pizza and coffee houses. Prices are average. Affordable, but I have not noticed many student discounts except for the coffee shops. Cold stone Ice Cream gives students $1 off on Tuesdays.

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3 College Junior

Administration: They are very responsive to sexual assaults. Frequent emails are sent out about incidents and rules. Other than that, I have not noticed any strict policies.

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2 College Junior

Scholarships: Parking structures fill up very quickly. Hourly parking permit required at all times (if you didn't purchase a semester permit). Enforcement is very strict ... You WILL get a ticket. Off-campus parking is extremely limited, all surrounding street parking requires a city permit between 7am-7pm. You will get a ticket without permit.

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3 College Junior

Party Scene: Unless you are in Greek Life, I don't really see a lot of large parties. Greek Life is very dominant at SDSU. I personally have not been invited, but I see house parties in my apartment complex. Over 21, the party scene is at Pacific Beach.

4 College Junior

Campus Food: It is a pretty great selection of food! I can always find something! I love Chipotle and The Habit most.

College Junior

Campus Housing: I do not live on campus. I live about 5 minutes away at a student-filled apartment complex. The dorms are closets campus with lots of outside food options.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: It's great-- for the male athletic teams. Our men's basketball team is one of the best around. You know who else is pretty great? Our women's team. They OWN the court-- but nobody ever hears about them. It's a real tragedy.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The big names around for off-campus housing-- Sterling Alvarado, 5025, BLVD 63-- are all CRAZY expensive! Don't get me wrong, the facilities are sparkling and BLVD 63 only opened last year, but they charge around $600 for a SHARED room. If you're looking for a studio, you better be on a helluva scholarship, because one of those babies at Sterling costs around a grand (although they throw in a gym membership, a semester trolley pass, optional furnishing for ~$36/month, in-unit washer/dryers, and a partial utilities with every apartment). The apartments all tend to be crowded and get a little crazy on the weekends and holidays-- just like the dorms.

Try looking at the Diplomat, Penthouse, and Dorchester for apartments. They're cheaper by about half, and they have shuttles that run to campus.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Probably my favorite so far has got to be Bangkok Poco. They're not super popular, but damn do they make a good pad thai! Vegetarian options are limited, but they have a few. The price is good for what you're getting, and the staff is friendly. The sake isn't bad either.

You've also got Chipotle (too expensive!), the Den (mini Denny's, haven't been. It's supposed to be alright), Buddies, Oggi's (in the Union), Pizza Boss, and then the ever-raging competition between Trujillo's and Senor Pancho's, the two Mexican places near campus. Trujillo's, buddies, Oggis, and Pizza Boss double as bars, but Oggi's has the BEST IPA around!

3 College Sophomore

Administration: Really the only issues anyone has is with the Resident Advisers in the dorms or smokers on campus. Don't let them catch you bringing a bottle in.

1 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Let's put it this way: students being able to park and get to their classes is not this school's priority. God help you if you try to drive to campus for a night class while someone's preforming in the Open Air or at Viejas. Or if there's an event. Or if there's a game. Or ever.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: There are parties at Greek (Frat) houses and their satellites all the time, but lately (2014-2015) there have been a lot of crackdowns for sexual assault and rape at these parties, so I would say to not go. The ones I went to weren't that great anyway, and the guys who aren't members that want in have to either pay a cover charge or get turned away... for being "competition". Yeah, it's pretty gross.

I've heard that there are some really stand-up Frats that have designated sober brothers who will walk people home or else call them an escort car, but many of them do not. If you really want to go as a female-presenting person, go with friends, stick together, and once it starts winding down, LEAVE.

If you really want to go to a party, try getting in to a house party. They tend to be safer if you know who's running them. I've heard TJ is pretty fun, but try to go with your passport instead of just an ID, and walking in is supposed to be easier than finding a place to park on the other side.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: When on the meal plan, you have enough food to get you through each day, minimum, no matter what the plan is. But be careful, if you don't use ALL of your meal plan for the day (with the exception of the "Fat Kid Plan"), you lose whatever was leftover. The Flex 5 only feeds you 5 days a week, so you have to be strategic about it. My ex-roomie would stock up on cuppa ramen or else she would save enough on her plan to buy bread and peanut butter (which are outrageously expensive). I recommend the Flex 7, which is about $18 on weekdays and $13 on weekends.

The Fat Kid Plan gets you a certain cash amount and a lot of "swipes" into the Cuic dining hall or the University Towers Kitchen (UTK). Each swipe is one meal. At the end of the year, you'll see Freshmen taking in random strangers for free just so they can use up their swipes.

There's a lot of "off-campus" options that are available, but they don't take the meal plans. These include Chipotle (which is INSIDE the Union, fml), the Farmer's Market on Thursdays, the Den (which is a mini Dennys, also on campus grounds) and a few others. All three Starbucks take the meal plan though.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: There are two areas for Freshmen-- the main dorm area and then Chappie. The rest of the dorms are grouped together and are close to the Student Union and the rest of campus.

Chappie is not.

Chappie is a good 15 minute walk from anything useful. Last year (2013-2014) and continuing into now, Freshmen were being thrown in 3 people to what was meant to be a double room... while keeping the same price per student as 2 people to a double. There are rumors that there are plans to do the same and worse, 4 people to a double, in Zura once it's finished being renovated from its nearly unlivable conditions.

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3 College Senior

Majors: Labs have very outdated equipment and availability of classes is less than adequate.

5 College Senior

Campus Housing: I live at my parents house.

1 College Sophomore

Scholarships: They are always rude and impatient!!! it takes forever!

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Nearly all San Diego State students are pleased with their decision to attend school here. They find that SDSU offers the perfect mix of stellar academics and a booming social life. With the beauty of the campus, the quality of the teaching, and the fun social environment, it is difficult to dislike much about the school, but some do. Those who tend to dislike San Diego State have reservations about the social scene, which is heavily conducive to partying and Greek life. This is a misconception. SDSU offers a lot, including partying, and the school is truly what you make of it. As long as people don't hold a grudge against the sort of environment that offers partying as an activity many choose to participate in, they will enjoy their time here. San Diego State is a very well-rounded school that has a lot to offer to a variety of students, but if you are searching for a strictly academic experience in a university with a prestigious reputation, you should look elsewhere.

San Diego State is essentially defined by its social culture, and if students relate to it, they love the school, and if they don't, they can loathe their time here. I have heard from numerous people about what a wonderful experience it is coming to San Diego State from their respective hometowns. The school allows for horizons to be expanded and eyes to be opened due to its engrossing academic and social atmosphere. The social scene is strong here, and if you're looking to learn a lot about people and how they work together, this school is a great fit for you. Some grievances with the school deal with the availability of classes and the inconvenience of impacted majors. Some majors require that you take course A before course B, and when you go to register for the semester, course A can be full. This frustration is well understood and it can be counteracted by planning ahead. While schools such as UC San Diego may have stronger academic reputations, San Diego State is by far the most effective university in San Diego, as it offers a chance for students to develop both their academic and social skills in a real-world setting.

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