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4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: If students want to get some off-campus dining experience, they have to take the subway or a cab to Philly's Center City (a 5-10 minute ride). Wandering off the actual campus is not a good idea - the neighborhood outside of campus is dangerous and there is nothing going on.

Philadelphia, however has a great restaurant and bar scene with an incredible beer selection, diverse cuisine, and overall great night-life.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Administration: Temple University is is located in a very unfortunate are (North Philadelphia), so campus and city police are always highly alert. This sometimes adds tension during weekends, when students go out and party-crawl.

The ID policy is, however, not as strict as I think it should be - although everyone entering any campus building is required to present a valid TU ID, it is fairly easy to sign if you don't have one. The only exceptions are the Tech Center (Computer labs and printing services) and the gym, where you actually have to swipe your ID. I've always considered it to be a weak spot.

4 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: The school is generous to students that are academically successful and to those, who are in need.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: The food trucks is what really makes the campus food great. I tried the student dining rooms a few times, but was never a fan of the food. The trucks, however, are of high quality and variety: crepes, sushi, tacos, veggie burgers, 24/7 cookies - you name it! The trucks are all well-maintained and clean.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It's really easy to find an apartment close to campus and at a good price. There are even companies affiliated with Temple to help students find affordable off-campus housing. My friends and I were able to find 3 bedroom apartments under $500 that were at a safe neighborhood, 3-4 blocks away. You may only need a bike if it comes down to it, but it's still not bad. Living off-campus is definitely much cheaper, and you don't have to deal with roommates or communal living spaces and there are no limitations as to when you can stay in your apartment. For example, if your dorm closes during break or you can even stay during the summer because you want to take summer classes and what not. The process is kind of long and tedious, but once everything's done, it will feel nice to know you have your own space.

All in all, I can honestly find a few cons that may only concern certain apartments you look at, but there are more pros than anything. The on-campus housing process is much more complicated and tedious than off-campus as well.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: It's nice to have other options other than on-campus dining, and it's especially convenient because they accept Diamond Dollars (or at least most of them do). They're all pretty close to campus though they are placed at the far ends of campus, but it's still not bad at all. There are also Chegg coupon books if you ever want a nice deal. My favorite place to go is Tropical Cafe Smoothie which have really nice, affordable and healthy food if you need something to fill you up, especially after a nice workout.

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Applying for financial aid is a hassle, and it always will be. I am still dealing with it now. My advice for anyone going through with it is to always keep track of loans and grants and deadlines to apply for the financial services you need. You will really regret it if you don't.

The good thing though is that you receive the services

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food is tolerable, but I wished that more places took meal plans like how Cosi takes meal plans. For example, it would be nice if Tropical Cafe Smoothie took meals plans. Other than that, because it's pretty limiting as to where I can go, I usually go to J&H. Sometimes it's good, sometimes it's not. It depends on when you go.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are plenty of places to live, but the good ones are gone quick.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are plenty of places to eat and they know that broke kids are coming there

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5 College Freshman

Administration: There are plenty of cops around, but not for the students

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Anytime I go, they answer my questions, but I never get enough.

5 College Freshman

Campus Food: There are plenty of options around. The food trucks are great.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I got an apartment for next year, the hunt to find the right one was long and hard but we did it.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: ugh there's so many amazing food places around here. Philly Style and Munchies.

4 College Freshman

Administration: Temple kind of lets students be adult when they come here, they're not here to baby sit us. We make our own decision and we all live our own lives.

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Eh, it was kind of very confusing at first, it still it. I wish i understood it all better.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Temple parties are always so crowded, but if you know the right places to go they are so much fun. You should find an older buddy when you come here to show you the ropes a bit so you don't get into trouble. I dont go out much but when i have i never regretted it and always had fun.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Really it's all hit or miss with the food around here, I personally always go to J&H for dinner, but the Student Center is nice too and the wall. I just wish the wall took meal plans. Some of the dinning hall foods are sketchy, they "always some shade of yellow".

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living here on the Temple University Main Campus was probably won of the best decisions i've ever made for myself. I've grown so much as a person living in this sort of environment. It's like i live in the city, but the campus doesn't feel like it. The diversity is my favorite thing about Temple, theres a place for everyone to go, a group for everyone to be in, and a vast amount of information you can gain from everyone around you. The dorms are nice, the bathrooms are cleaned everyday, i have no complaints. I call Temple my new home.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Many off campus housing options with rent that can break the bank if you are looking to live alone. Most off campus homes are guided toward 5+ roommates. Not very safe on some streets, many students have been getting robbed. The temple class page however does advertise many apartment options

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are many places along the strip of brad street and into the city. City life dining can be expensive, broad street strip fair. Not many student discounts, pizza shop called plaza pizza however takes diamond dollars, check them out.

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3 College Freshman

Administration: They are strict about the things that are not important and lenient on the things that should matter, example- drinking in the dorm rooms.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: The financial aid office workers do not do their job to the fullest extent to make sure you get your aid that you were awarded credited to your account. They will answer questions tat you did not ask just to tip toe around what your initial issue is. If you do receive any scholarship, grants,etc. make sure you are on top of everything and know exactly what you need to ask and get taken care of. The office is also always packed in the beginning and the end of the semesters.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Not really the party type, but it is not hard to go down a street and find a party.

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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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