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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Prices are expensive, especially when you're on financial aid and need to keep a budget without the help of having wealthy parents. Most buildings are run-down, so you'll have to settle. But it beats living in the dorms in a triple.

6 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: It's really great to see small local restaurants around here. The food scene here is fantastic.

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: Parties every week, whether you're aware of it or not. But don't get obsessed over it. The novelty wears off after a while.

2 College Freshman

Administration: Campus climate here is hardly recognized but it's very important that administration sees how excluded students, especially students of color, feel in this environment and the harms of such toxic people and policies.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: I do not want Parent Plus loans. Stop trying to give me it.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Campus Food: When you're no longer a freshman, the dining halls are a godsend.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living in the dorms is a must-do when you go to college. It's the best way to find friends--fast. But, it is also the reason why you'll only want to live there for one year, if not less.

Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: I was never interested in Greek life.

1 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Apartments are way to expensive for horrible amenities. Students are in need of housing all the time, so landlords can charge whatever they want and still rent it out. It is very competitive to obtain a place.

5 people found this useful Report
4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of really good ethnic food off campus. Most meals will run about $8. Some of the best places are Brazil Cafe, Mount Everest, Indian Flavors Express, and Racha Cafe.

3 people found this useful Report
Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: I wan't much for partying. I applied to Optometry School so that was my main focus.

3 Recent Alumnus

Administration: Just like any administration, they apply the rules. Sometimes it can be a hassle to get the help you need.

2 people found this useful Report
3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: The best thing about campus food is late night. Everything is served a la carte, but the food is so much better and it's perfect for late night's after studying or partying!

1 person found this useful Report
3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Living in a triple was the worst. Three people share a 144 square foot space... and we were girls. No room for anyones clothes, make up, or anything. I definitely suggest a double. But the amenities were good. Open study lounges 24/7. Laundry in the building. Bathrooms were cleaned everyday.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Great school, really hard, my friends suck though so I've had a hard semester. Hoping to make better friends next year

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Great useful courses with great professors but extremely difficult

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Great for getting a job. Employers definitely interested in Berkeley students

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Plenty of attractive people for whatever your taste is

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I've needed to go to the doctor but the system is kind of complicated so I never did

3 College Freshman

Athletics: We aren't very good but we have a lot of spirit and a lot of people go to games

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I have no encounters with greek life. Many join many don't. A lot of people think it's dumb and just go to the parties. They have huge parties all the time

3 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Everyoen goes to football games. Ive never been, but they get loud

2 people found this useful Report
2 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: There is a high variety of greek life, and therefore very variable

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Very expensive overall, but a lot of cute little places that serve good food

1 person found this useful Report
3 Recent Alumnus

Administration: I actually rarely see campus safely officers around

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Generally, students have positive things to say about going to school here. Students who want to focus solely on academics or Cal’s prestigious name leave here satisfied with their educations. Those who come to "Berzerkeley" for its radicalism (or drug scene) are excited to see that the school is still carrying on its Free Speech Movement reputation. The students who chose Berkeley because it was the best college they got into are happy to know that Cal doesn’t have to be too weird. And anyone looking for good conversation will want to stay here forever.

Cal definitely has the ups and downs of being a public school. The large class sizes and lack of personal attention are the two major gripes. Being “just a number” makes it easy to become lonely, and many people see Berkeley as a place that’s difficult to make friends. While there is minimal hand-holding, the University teaches students to be independent and proactive. Most students at Cal are proud to be at a school that doesn’t spoil its students. The low tuition make it a tempting alternative to private schools, and football and big parties give Berkeley smarties the best of both academic and social worlds. Many students had a difficult time explaining the Berkeley personality, which most students here love. This is a place where you can really learn something new every day. Many students love being surrounded by other people who are down-to-earth, self-aware, and appreciate a good conversation. While some students feel the need to constantly assert their intelligence, most of the time it is accepted and looked past.

 

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