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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The cost isn't too bad. It's pretty close to campus even though it's off-campus. There are amenities like pools and jacuzzis. Some apartments have grills and gyms.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of variety like Chipotle, Blaze pizza, Inn-n-out, Taco Bell, Jack-in-the-Box, Eureka, etc. Most of it is pretty cheap but not cheap enough where you can eat out everyday.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: They're pretty strict about parking policies. Cops don't usually show up at the dorms. They usually patrol the on-campus/off-campus places.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: A lot of my financial aid came from the Cal Grant and the UCI grant. That covered the tuition but I still was not able to pay for housing so I had to take out loans. The amount of money offered for subsidized loans was very minimal.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: There aren't a lot of parties except for when the frats host them. Most of the time it's just kickbacks at someone else's place.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: There are a lot of places on campus that have food so you never have to stick to just one place. There's also a lot of food places that's right across the street from campus. Most of the food is pretty tasty. There's a lot of variety so you'll always have options.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms that I lived in (Mesa Court) had pretty spacious rooms. It was a 10-15 minute walk to get to classes depending on where they were on campus. It was pretty expensive but it's expensive for every university to live on campus.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I don't live in off-campus housing but have friends that have. The process seems fine, though sometimes the hassle is not worth the small price difference compared to living somewhere like ACC.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of reasonable off campus dining options near the school. I have a car, so we drive around Irvine itself for food options, and they're all in a reasonable distance.

3 College Junior

Administration: I don't really have anything to say about the administration - many of the problems that they might face are reasonable in my eyes.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: I simply file a FAFSA every year, and have been selected for verification for each year for some reason. It's not difficult to apply for aid, though it was a slight hassle the first year just because I wasn't on campus yet.

3 College Junior

Party Scene: I am not a large part of the party scene on campus - I enjoy my time with my friends just with hanging out at their place. The party scene does seem pretty big around Arroyo Vista, with the frat houses.

5 College Junior

Campus Food: The dining options on campus are good and plentiful. I do eat on campus a lot, and food may get repetitive sometimes. I am also often in the computer science/engineering area of the school, and the only real food available around that area is Phoenix Grill, compared to the student center area that has more options.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: The housing on campus is great. The shuttles that are provided for students to go from housing to campus are also very convenient.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Most courses are pretty big and the quarter system is a little hard to get used to. However the workload is usually pretty manageable at least in the social sciences.

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5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of Restaurants at University Town center. Some fast food and some casual dining.

4 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Administration: I live in ACC and no one has ever bothered me about having people sleep over or drinking alcohol in my apartment. In fact, my apartment has not been checked on for such a thing since I lived there. I share a bathroom with a community assistant as well but I've never had any problems.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Scholarships: Pretty much everything went smoothly as long as I turned everything in on time. Tuition is basically covered if your a California resident whose family makes less than 80,000 a year.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Campus Food: I don't have a meal plan so I don't know much about the dining halls. I tried Brandywine once and it was pretty good, lots of veg options if you're into that. Pretty good food court near student center with wahoos, wendys, panda express subway, jamba juice and I believe a salad place and a pizza place. There is also a pub on campus, 2 starbucks and a convenience store. So theres a pretty good variety of options for those of us who don't have meal plans. Across the street at University Town Center theres a bunch of restaurants and fast food as well.

5 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Campus Housing: I live in Camino Del Sol in the ACC apartments. It's far from campus so you have to take the shuttle to get to glass. I have my own room but it's 920$ a month. Internet is spotty. Barely see my roommates so it's good for privacy. Free gym and pool if you're into that. Apartment came furnished. Housing is limited so expect to probably be paying around 900$

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Administration: Some classes have strict attendance some don't. It depends on the professor. Same with cheating. You may get expelled if caught, or fail that class.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Many choices. Personally I don't like the Chinese food in Irvine. They are just not as good as those in SGV or Rowland Heights.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Irvine is a city with rather high cost of living. Off-campus housing is not hard to find if you are not on a tight budget. Plenty of unfurnished apartment homes around. If you share room with others, rent is ok (range from $500-$800 per person). If you want the room all to yourself you are looking at >$1000 a month.

College Freshman

Majors: I'm a Psych major taking Bio and Chem classes right now...

2 College Freshman

Majors: DON'T BE PREMED UNLESS YOURE BIO.

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Many students here will admit that UCI wasn’t their first choice or even their second. While UCI still doesn’t live up to the prestige of UCLA or UC Berkeley—leading to some serious inferiority complexes among some students—it’s increasingly gaining respect. It may not have a football team, an infinite number of majors, a true college town atmosphere, an abundance of parking spots, or even a reputable mascot, but the administration is still growing and expanding the campus with the public funds and donations that it gains.

Despite being strong in academics and fair in athletics, there are still some heavy skeptics in a group of would-be happy, shiny people. No university, no matter how good, can please everyone. Whether you enjoy UCI will be based on what you make of it through your own perceptions. With enough imagination, you should never be bored, and there is no pressure to do anything you don’t want to. The minimum courseload is light, and most people take at least one class beyond the minimum required for full-time status. This leaves plenty of time to socialize, hang out in the beautifully maintained park at the center of the campus, or do whatever else suits you best. UCI and the community of Irvine eventually become like a second home to many students here. While it’s not perfect, it’s hard for anyone to resist falling in love with the beach on a Southern California day. The University of California at Irvine is the perfect school to mix work and play.

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