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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: So many options to choose from

Easy to find somewhere within your budget

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of chains and a lot of local places, but few are any good. Eventually you just go to the same few places over and over again.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: J-Bo sucks. good thing we're getting a new president next year that maybe can fix all the problems.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: As middle class, little to no financial aid.

Departmental scholarships and in-state scholarships give the most

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Mostly greek parties on their lawns

Bars on strip are pretty packed

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Same food, gets old fast.

Too expensive, Freshman have to get the full meal plan

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: More expensive than an apartment nearby, but Freshman have to live there. Must have full dining plan. One has a new recreation center. All around the same place. Most of them suite styled.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I currently live off campus and I is okay but I can't wait to be back on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: Haven't really had any problems with it

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I got some financial help but definitely not enough.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: I am not the biggest partier but I know a lot of people here are and they really enjoy the party scene here so I guess I'll take their word for it.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The food on campus is not that bad. There are plenty of options so if you don't like on place just go to another. I don't like how expensive the meal plan is though makes it tough to get one after freshman year.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Living on campus at the University of Alabama is a great experience! I lived on campus at the Presidential Village 1 my first year. The walk is a tad bit further but the dorm rooms are really nice. In my dorm we had a great kitchen for people to cook in and a large room with furnishing and a projector screen to watch anything on. It was really nice! Other dorms I have seen are just as nice.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There's a lot of competition for student housing here, but a lot of the apartment complexes can't find enough occupants. This comes with more variety as to location and cost - it's really important to shop around and I regret not doing that enough. Find what amenities are important to you. There are housing fairs and often subleases are advertised through Facebook. Parking is generally good, and safety is decent - late at night in apartments is no more sketchy than late at night in most places in Tuscaloosa. I haven't heard any real landlord horror stories in my three years here.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: While there are some night options like Waffle House, and some ethnic places (Chinese, Thai, Indian, Japanese, Arabic), it's often a lot more interesting to experiment at home or with friends. These are good out of necessity late at night (midnight sushi has a lot of fans), but the variety is limited. I don't know much about student discounts. My favorite place is Hooligan's, which is Middle-Eastern/Southern fusion, which is closer to campus, relatively cheap, and gives out a free meal after so many meals (with punch-card).

3 College Junior

Administration: UA has had issues with free speech, demonstrations, spontaneous gatherings, etc. on campus. They're very strict with their grounds-use and parking permit policies. There have been a few drug raids in my time on campus as well.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: UA has very good merit scholarships. I got full tuition with my sheer GPA/ACT score; there was a small statement of purpose, but it didn't affect receiving the scholarship as far as I know. That was the smoothest experience as an in-coming freshman. Scholarships for transferring, studying abroad, or grad school seem more of a hassle.

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3 College Junior

Campus Food: I got so sick of Lakeside Dining Hall my freshman year that I wasted even more money (than was already spent on the exorbitant unlimited meal plan) that I went out and bought more groceries. The dining halls don't open early enough to eat breakfast before 8 am classes usually. Also, not a lot of solid warm meals for vegans, mostly weird novelties or the cold salad/pasta option. Some freshman get really creative with taking whole pb jars, loaves of bread, pineapples, coffee cups filled with juice or cereal, etc. from the dining halls, but even so, it's almost impossible to get your money's worth.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: I believe it's similar to other colleges. It is mandatory for freshman to live on campus unless they have relatives nearby/go through some kind of bureaucratic process. The dormitories have great variety, from more apartment-style to the very cramped traditional dormitory. The cost of housing is exorbitant compared to nearby apartment complexes, while amenities are similar. Laundry is paid for separately by card or quarters in most housing situations.

5 College Student

Party Scene: By far parities at the University of Alabama are the best in the state.

3 College Student

Campus Food: Lets be honest their this is college so don't be expecting a five course meal your mom and dad use to cook. But lets givve it credit for what it is the food is decent

4 College Student

Campus Housing: The cost of living on campus at the University of Alabama is average for what you have to pay for a four year college. The dorms themselves are really new and nice. They offer man types such as coed,male only, and female only. My favorite dorm is lakeside mostly because their is a pool and the food court is really close.

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5 College Freshman

Scholarships: As an out-of-state student, financial aid was extremely easy to come by.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Food: There are so many options all around campus, and the places are always nice and clean.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I would rather live off campus due to the social climate and the lack of supervision in apartments. However, the dorms are super nice and as a freshman, living on campus was very necessary for the adjustment period.

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University of Alabama students constantly brag about their school’s traditions and spirit, and their pride is shown throughout the town. Some say it’s the incredible education that drew them here, and others say it’s Bama football that brought them to this Southern school. But no matter what reason these students choose to come to UA, most believe it was the best choice they could have made.

After graduation, some students get a job, some further their education by going to UA’s grad school, and some even go to UA’s law school. No matter what the students decide to do with their future, they believe Bama has prepared them for it. Students advise upcoming freshmen to walk around the Quad, visit the Strip, or watch a football game to understand why so many love UA.

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