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Reviews 2917 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I have grown up in the city of Irvine so I have only lived at home with my parents and will continue to do so, though from what my friends told me it's fairly reasonable.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Irvine and the rest of Orange County has a large variety of different places to eat. The only downside is that you need a car to get to these places.

College Freshman

Administration: I have attended this school for less than two quarters so I don't have any experience when it comes to the school's administration.

College Freshman

Scholarships: My parents handled all of the financial aid and scholarship process for me so far.

College Freshman

Party Scene: I don't enjoy parties so I never attend parties. I prefer spending quality time with good friends.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Variety wise the food is okay, but I was not used to all the sodium and oil used in the cooking. Everything tends to be on the saltier side and I feel like it has affected my health because I am used to eating lighter food.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Since UC Irvine has a lot of commuters, living on campus is the easiest way to make friends. The staff of the housing communities try hard to make the quality of living here good and often ask for our feedback and plan events for us.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Refer to on campus review.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Many popular chain restaurants are walking distance from campus. Irvine itself does not have a lot of diversity to offer in terms of dining, but there are plenty of places near school to eat.

4 College Junior

Administration: Typical strictness: Cheating/Plagiarism is taken very seriously. Attendance for most classes is optional unless it uses iClickers. Otherwise, I have not had any problems with school policies affecting my academic or social life.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: There are many options, they just require a significant time commitment

3 College Junior

Party Scene: Joining greek life is the best way to go.

4 College Junior

Campus Food: There are alot of option and it is of good quality. Just be aware because eating three meals on campus every day adds up quickly if you don't have a meal plan

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: There are different campus housing communities. As a transfer student, the best housing community to live in is Camino Del Sol. It consists of mostly single rooms so you have a lot of privacy, and you can share a flat or townhouse with up to four people. Shared or private bathrooms are available, all amenities such as water, power, and internet are included in the cost, and it is close proximity to campus. There is also a main office/lodge where there are several communal and private study rooms, a gym, pool, jacuzzi, and BBQ/ outdoor cabana seating. Walking distance to a several bus stops. The downside is the level of cleanliness and quality of the units is poor for the price of rent. Prices are raised every year and are borderline unreasonable for college student budgets, and there are many additional fees that accumulate throughout the year. To live in this housing unit you will be paying $940+

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: depends on where you live

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: you need to go a bit far

3 College Junior

Scholarships: the office is helpful sometimes

3 College Junior

Party Scene: only good if youre in the greek system

3 College Junior

Campus Food: the pub or fast food are the only decent eating places.

5 College Junior

Campus Housing: its really good for those who use it

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: As an international student, scoring an internship is hard and getting an on-campus job is almost impossible. I'm an Econ major and I honestly don't know if I'll be able to get a job after graduation.

3 College Junior

Local Area: Irvine is a beautiful city. It's an area with many rich people, too. You feel quite laid-back and refined here.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: It's on the low end of great but it is available for the most part. The price though is daunting.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Again something else that is okay. Mostly if you want something good make it at home. Or save up coupons to go to your favorite place, if that's applicable.

3 College Junior

Administration: Overall the administration is okay at hearing the student's but are sometimes unreliable.


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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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