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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: For the size of Lawrence there is a large variety of restaurants but quantity doesn't always equal quality

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: If you're a Greek it's great, everything you would expect. If your not it doesn't really matter.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of apartments and old houses for students to rent at all price levels

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: The downtown scene is great if you're 21+

3 College Sophomore

Administration: The campus police don't have a noticeable presence

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: There aren't many options for out of state or transfer students.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Typical of a state school

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I wish the process was simpler, but I got the aid I needed.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: You get more freedom, but without a car your dining, shopping, and entertainment choices are limited.

5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Nothing says 'party' quite like watching Netflix alone and eating ice cream.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There actually is a lot of choices off campus, but keep in mind that some of them are rather far.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: They're pretty whatever about what goes on unless it may get out of hand.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Eating at E's is a crapshoot. Sometimes the food is amazing, and other times it is retch-worthy. It is food however, and it is better than the ramen you might consider eating.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Housing is okay. Having freshmen throwing up in the bathroom @ 3 am is not the best wake-up call, but it's better than the fire alarm going off @ 5 am. The dorm halls and meeting areas are cleaned weekly, but you probably wouldn't believe that because they always look like a tiny tornado went through them.

1 College Junior

Scholarships: The financial aid officer at Edwards campus is terrible. Find someone else to help you.

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Takes some patience to get through.

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There are so many great people here.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Watkins Health center is a blessing. Make sure to bring a copy of your insurance cards just incase you need it. Sexual assault is not a big issue on campus but I also think it not talked about enough. In my experience alcohol is not usually a factor. Report anything you feel uncomfortable about and KU will be more than happy to help you.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: It varies person to person. The only way for you to know is if you go check it out for yourself.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: KU is known for it's basketball program so you know we have our sport facilities decked out. The Ambler Rec Center is really nice and if you are able to get off campus go to Rock Chalk park for even more workout awesomeness. You can life at the Rec but if you want to do olympic/competition style lifting you have to join the lifting club, go to Rock Chalk Park or join a gym. Rock Chalk park is my favorite.

If you live at Naismith hall they have a small gym that you can use and so does one of the new residence halls.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Lawrence has lots of apartments like Legends Place or The Connection that offer lots of amenities. There are also town homes that offer lots of perks as well. If you want to you there are always houses to rent with friends. I recommend living in a house or town homes because of more space and less noise and in my case lower cost. Lawrence isn't very big so commuting to class shouldn't take more than 15 minutes by car and less than 30 minutes by bus if you're at The Connection. The buses are very nice and really the rides to off campus housing by bus is usually less than 20 minutes. You'll have to look for housing on your own because the union holds an open house type thing but really you're on your own but it isn't hard at all and everyone in the community is used to all the students and are very helpful.

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: Once you make some friends (trust me you will find people) there are parties all over. Also yik yak sometimes helps. LFK.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Lawrence has the best variety of foods outside of Kansas City. There are vegetarian/vegan options in most places and the pizza or asian or whatever your late night fancy is, its open and its cheap and its delicious. You will quickly figure out your top three pizza places and you will love how fast delivery is for anything you have delivered. If you just want to have some actual food for dinner instead of that dorm diet, your tongue will be overwhelmed by the delicious quality of food. There are restaurants for everyone and the best part is that they always are updating their menus and there are new places opening. You will not get bored of the food in Lawrence.

4 College Freshman

Administration: It's a college campus so of course there is going to be underage everything happening at some point, they can't catch them all. However, if you are caught your punishment can range from community service and no record to serving time but it depends on what you get caught for. Watch out for KU parking, they will ticket you and especially during basketball games. The campus, and Lawrence itself, is a very safe place and the officers really are there to help you. The SafeBus program they have is a big help, too.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Keep in mind I lived at Naismith Hall which is a dorm but it's private so not affiliated with KU Housing. It's great because the majority of the food is cooked by actual humans and not just heated up. There are different things to choose from and it is never overcrowded like at Mrs. E's where you have one dining hall for all of Daisy Hill. If you are a vegan you will have an easier time at E's and if you're a vegetarian you will be just fine at Naismith. Living at Naismith is also anywhere from $800 to $1200 cheaper than living on Daisy Hill and I think it is a better value because of the quality of the building, the amenities and the food. If I had to eat anywhere else on campus I would pick the Burge Union, the Union or The Underground. Mrs. E's is a last, last resort for me.

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The majority of students at the University of Kansas only have positive things to say about the college. Students have the opportunity to get a quality education at a fairly cheap price, which is something that not a lot of schools can boast. The community around Lawrence offers all of the important features of a great college town. There is entertainment, nightlife, and fine dining seemingly around every corner. You’ll have no problem finding everything you’ll need for four years of good living. Aside from some minor complaints, it’s safe to say that many students would be in favor of spending four more years at KU.

The combination of receiving a quality education and experiencing the freedom and exhiliration of college life makes students feel happy, and more importantly, at home at KU. The University also has a long-standing tradition that dates back to the 1860s, which makes you feel like you’re a part of something bigger than just your own educational advancement. Lawrence is a tight-knit community, and you’ll experience many Midwestern personalities on a daily basis, which can have its good and bad sides. Outside of Kansas, most people do not realize that KU is a great univeristy in a great college town. You will leave here a better person than when you came in—and you’ll have so many people to thank for it.

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