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3 College Junior

Party Scene: As far as Bars and Clubs, the nightlife is pretty much for 21 and over. If you are looking for a good time and is underage, you probably want to visit a house party. House parties have good music, and you can have a great time without having to be 21.

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Landlords Screw You Over – Be smart about off campus housing. If you want to live right next to campus, expect to pay way too much for not so great housing. Almost all landlords are trying to get as much money from you as possible, so keep that in mind. Generally the further south you go, the less sketchy the area is. Look for housing between Cecil and Girard if you want to stay close to campus, and try to avoid anything further west than 19th street. Make sure your housing has a good security system and try to find a house/apartment on a block that has a high student population.

1 College Junior

Local Area: Depends on How Far from Campus – The city of Philadelphia has a lot to offer, and if you're looking for something to do besides party you need to get out of North Philly, for the most part. The general area surrounding Temple is pretty bare, mostly just ghetto houses and locals. Anywhere south of Temple is a good place to start discovering new places to eat, concert venues, bars, etc.

4 College Junior

Party Scene: Skip the Bars – Draught horse and Maxi's are ok if you can't find a party on a weekday and want to do more than drink at your house. If you're looking for a bar, go to Fairmount or Spring Garden or into center city and you'll find much better spots. Frats are generally really lame and crowded. There is a huge basement show scene at Temple and its really easy to find shows every weekend. It's also really easy to get pretty much anywhere from Temple; educate yourself on where all the buses go (and which ones run all night) and you'll save yourself money on cabs. There is a bus that runs down Broad street when the subway stops which is very convenient. When going to house parties make sure you're with a group of people and that you have people to walk home with.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Not Enough Housing – It is very hard to get housing after freshman year. Temple does not guarantee housing for upperclassmen, which can be tough because finding cheap housing off campus usually means living in a sketchy area. However, the on campus housing is pretty decent. Temple Towers has really nice apartments and by far the best place to live (for sophomores). All the dorms are pretty standard, 1940 is the best because of the suite style and location, although White hall and 1300 also have suite style living, they are further from the center of campus

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Pretty Safe – When on campus, especially at night, I feel pretty safe. The campus is as bright as daytime at all hours of the night, and there are always security guys all over the place. As long as you are smart it is safe. Things do happen, but you just need to use your brain and be smart, wandering around by yourself is not a good idea at night. Off campus gets a little sketchy, depending on where you go. Just don't go anywhere alone and keep mace or something on you, know the safer routes to get to off campus places (stick to well lit, 2 way streets when possible)

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Scary Area, Not Enough Supervision from Police – Being in the city, you want to feel like the campus police are on top of their game. However, at Temple, you often see groups of campus police chatting on their bikes and not really paying attention. This is probably Temple's biggest flaw.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Always Things to Do in the City – Being a part of the city has so many advantages to the students, and it is so easy to get to any part of the city using SEPTA. The social scene is pretty good, and being such a large school, there are plenty of people to socialize with. Even so, you have to make an effort to make friends, so join clubs, get involved, and do things that you are interested in! Campus life is pretty good during the week, but pretty empty on weekends since a lot of students commute or live off campus. It doesn't mean that there's nothing going on, though! There are always things to do!

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The campus may not be the most beautiful, but it is in a city setting and there is plenty to do on campus and off. The Student Center is pretty much the most popular "hangout" place, but there are other places to go, like the TECH center (amazing), Barnes and Noble, Starbucks, Paley Library and more. In the early Fall and Spring, people usually hang out at the Bell Tower on Beury beach, on Liacouras Walk, and pretty much any grassy area on campus. The facilities are in really good shape, although some buildings are really easy to get lost in (Anderson and Ritter).

3 College Sophomore

Parking: No Experience – I have never had to deal with constantly parking at Temple except when my parents visit or drop me off at school. When parking next to my dorm there was never a big problems but every once and a while it would get full and we'd have to drive around to find parking.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Cute Guys but Be Alert! There are cute guys on campus. You can find any kind of guy you want from athletic to artistic. Some guys dress pretty nice and other wear just a plain t-shirt and pants but when it comes to personality i've met really nice and outgoing ones. Compared to my town, Temple's guys are definitely a lot better but you have got to be on the lookout if you want to find a match for you.

2 College Junior

Scholarships: Not Very Helpful – They could be a little more attentive to your personal issues

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Center City, Old City, ANYWHERE – Anywhere you go in the city, you're bound to find your new favorite place to eat. Just go explore!

4 College Junior

Transportation: Broad Street Line Is Best Option – Temple University conveniently surronds Broad Street which facilitates multiple modes of transportation. Many students utilize the bike lanes, SEPTA buses, taxi cab companies, but most of all the SEPTA subway Broad Street Line. The Broad Street Line can take students from north Philadelphia all the way down to south Philadelphia where all the local sports complexes are with stops along center city and South Street.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Very Lenient Professors – I've attended this school for one year and the professors that I have had so far have been very lenient about the work in their classrooms. Some are very strict about missing classes because it can effect your grade drastically. The curriculum requires several gened requirements that must be fulfilled to obtain your degree. Registration is very easy as there are a wide range of classes to choose from as well as a variety of class times.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The availability of off-campus housing is very easy to find. There are several buildings being built near campus as well as buildings available near campus. The prices vary based on number of rooms and roomates. There are many fliers that go around to show students of the off-campus housing around the campus.

5 College Junior

Majors: Great Variance – There are all different types of majors and all majors have great opportunities for students to take advantage of.

5 College Junior

Technology: Tech Center – Our Tech Center is equipped with more computers than I have ever seen in my life. Tons of macs equipped with latest software and is open 24 hours for our convenience.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Somewhat Out of Reach – The greeks are very introverted and they all know each other but it seems that they do not attempt to get to know the student body.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: It's Pretty Good – University Village is where most of the students want to live in versus living at Kardon. Avoid Kardon at all costs.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There are different kinds of restaurants. Your typical fast food places or just places that have Asian or Mexican cuisine. Also, the food trucks have some pretty good deals for on the go students

2 College Senior

Health & Safety: I wouldn't recommend going to the student health center, because they use medical students who are still very rusty at what they are doing. So go at your own risk.
Also, the campus is safe, because of the many police cars and guards that patrol the campus. However, it is always better if you are aware of your surroundings.

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3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Everyone Is Different. Very diverse. Not so much of "cliques". Good & Bad

5 College Sophomore

Majors: Defiantly Not Going Back on My Neurons – I absolutely love neuroscience and do not regret choosing it has my major. Future plans for me are to either attend med-school, if I am good enough or work as a researcher, then later go to graduate school so then I could one day be a professor of neuroscience. I have two options that seem pretty feasible to me, so I am not that worried about my future in regards to getting a job. I love this subject so much that even if I were paid minimum wage to teach it in an university environment - I would.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Neuroscience Is a Great Major – Neuroscience is really interesting and I doubt that I would change my major to any other major, particularly because the Neuroscience professors really now how to teach such complex topics as neuronal functions and plasticity. The professors themselves offer numerous opportunities to better your performance in their class, chances such as office hours that are negotiable to your schedule and Student Teachers, who really take their time to help you with your studies. I enjoy my neuroscience major particular because some professors hold research directly under their supervision, and this opportunity is great for someone who is simply interested in expanding their horizon with opportunities.

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Overall, Temple has its ups and downs, but students seem to love it all the same. On the downside, there can be some head-butts with tyrannical teachers, unfriendly cafeteria workers, and the always-frustrating financial aid office. Housing can cause an enormous hassle, and those commuting have to battle with parking or public transportation. Some people don’t feel as though they are prepared for the real world once they leave campus, but others say it’s been an incredible learning experience. Those students that love their experience at Temple all have their own reasons. Some love the atmosphere and found it to be a lot of fun. Others found it to be a great place to grow up and discover themselves. Lots of students take away more from living in a big city than they do from the University. But one thing it seems most students agree on is that the people at Temple University are what really make it a worthwhile experience.

In general, students coming to Temple have big expectations, from both the school and the city. Those that graduate either feel that Temple met their expectations, or if it didn’t, then it was their own fault for not pursuing more opportunities while they were there. Most students feel that Temple provides them with the opportunities that make their college experiences excellent—as long as they are willing to make use of them.

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