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Reviews 2429 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Though I have never lived off campus, I know that, from what others have told me, it is difficult to rent an off-campus apartment. The lifestyle of an off-campus apartment is very different since you have to consider expenses that one would not consider such as electricity, water, food, cable, etc. With on-campus apartments, everything is in a single a payment but with off-campus apartments, one would have to prioritize everything just as in a household. The hassle also comes from looking for a place that is not too far away since most of them are or are in dangerous areas.

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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: The off-campus dining options are very great, especially since it gives us cheaper options and a change of scenery when getting tired of eating in the same area often. On top of that, there are options where students are given particular discounts that make the expense better. Most of these options are even within walking distance while the others are still reachable through bus transportation, which make them convenient.

4 College Senior

Administration: When it comes to the rules, the staff is fairly strict on the most important ones, usually those that come up often and those that put students at risk, such as alcohol use and smoking. There are also those minor policies that do come up very rarely and sometimes the staff overlook if it was not done out of bad intentions. Overall, the campus does very well to enforce the policies that ensure safety and the well-being of every student.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: Getting financial aid every year is a hard process. The process of applying for financial aid is simple enough: fill out the FAFSA and make sure all other documents requested by the office are turned in at their specific deadline. Issues come after you have applied and are waiting for it. One never knows how much one will get and the fact there are issues every time regarding the budget of the university, it makes one anxious and hope everything goes well. After a person is awarded their financial aid, he or she is given very little time to consider what to accept, especially on the issue of loans since one doe not desire to take one if he or she has an alternative. Not to mention, it is a constant watch to see if there is an important update that came or an issue that may not be possible to resolve.

4 College Senior

Party Scene: The parties I have attended were all on campus and in the dorms. The ones on campus are fairly huge since any student is invited however, the ones in the dorms are limited to the residents, usually. All of them are great, but the ones dorms host seem to be organized better since the organizers make sure to have everything one would like to see in the parties and there is more to see. Dorm parties have a certain flare that make each one unique and special. The ones on campus are not as good, with the exception of those hosted during big events like the concerts held every quarter, where people are hyped but only those who are lucky to get a ticket get to enjoy.

4 College Senior

Campus Food: One thing I like of UCR is the number options of where to eat. Among many places, the dining hall is a split opinion since there are two dining halls on campus, Lothian and AI. At AI, I could say their food options are great since I have eaten there plenty of times and I rarely get sick of eating there. For Lothian, I cannot say since I never eaten there but have heard plenty of opinions to say they are limited in options and at times the food is very bad. Apart form the dining halls, the restaurants on campus all offer great food such as classic options like cheeseburgers and pizza, and options none would expect like sushi, chinese food, and mexican delicacies.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: Living on campus has been a great experience. While for most people, it is a chance to live out on your own as an individual, it is also an opportunity to interact with others outside the classroom. One can make connections with others and through that process one can make friends and learn how the school operates and get accustomed to it. Living on campus also comes with its shares of perks such as on-campus restaurants and other such facilities where one can eat without needing to go outside the campus to get a bite to eat between classes. If someone wants to live on campus, filling out the form should be easy but the deadlines are something to watch out for, however.

5 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food is good. There are a variety of foods which gives students more options. The think that sucks is that there are big lines.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms are awesome. They are nice, big, and spacious. People are nice on campus and very easy to talk to.

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3 College Junior

Overall Experience: ok, there was not much choice

College Junior

Party Scene: I do not attend parties.

2 College Junior

Campus Food: NOT open for student school hours. Closed for when students need to eat.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Room mate selection; NONE. Roommate issues hard to impossible to resolve.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Not a part of but do great things.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Charges for the recreation center are overpriced!

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Not many options but are good.

3 College Freshman

Administration: Enforce rules like they should

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: No issues with receiving but need more scholarships

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Gets old quickly and sometimes need lots of salt and pepper.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It's great, a little small but clean and close to campus.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: We are part of Division 1 and we have good sport teams.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I do not and have no lived off campus yet, so I would not have a viable rating.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are a bunch of restaurants nearby in University Village. They are all mostly closed at night though.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: I do not really come in contact with the school's administration, but they're doing a fine job as I see it.

5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I got enough aid to cover my tuition, meaning I did not have to pay.


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Contrary to popular opinion, UCR can be, and is, a place where students are extremely happy. Both the scenery and community give the University an excellent welcoming feel, especially within the smaller campus atmosphere. The administration is hands-on and treats students less like a set of numbers and more like a human being. Those who are not excited and attached to the school from the beginning usually are pleasantly surprised by how much UCR grows on them. The sheer quantity and quality of academic programs, social clubs, and organizations offer a personal touch and endless opportunities. The level of diversity and tolerance allow for a general feeling of acceptance, along with the peacefully beautiful landscape and the classes that invite innovative thinking.

Like any school, UCR does have a downside, namely its lack of a social scene. Riverside is not exactly "Party Central," and there is not a significant amount of clubs or bars in the immediate surrounding area. The fraternities and sororities do feature parties for those interested, though they are few and far between. Most students take the time and expense to drive into parts of Moreno Valley, Orange Country, Los Angeles, and San Diego in order to have weekend fun, despite the 20-minute to two-hour travel time. However, with the lack of entertainment in the neighborhood, students quickly learn how to make their own fun (and also find more time to focus on their studies). When given the chance, UCR becomes a great place for students to enjoy and gain a meaningful college experience.

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