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3 Niche User

Off-Campus Housing: There are definitely a wide-variety of off-campus options, but the prices are overinflated-- landlords and housing quality is generally poor.

4 Niche User

Off-Campus Dining: I really appreciated the breadth of restaurant choices in the area.

4 Niche User

Administration: I didn't feel like there were any significant limitations affecting my everyday life

4 Niche User

Scholarships: For an in-state student, Pitt's financial aid is really good. I got a decent chunk of money and know several people who basically had full-scholarships.

4 Niche User

Party Scene: The great thing about Pitt is that the party scene isn't the end-all-be-all-- yeah, it'll fit the bill if you want to party, but I wouldn't consider the party scene the greatest ever. That being said, it is still really good-- for the most part, people are friendly and welcoming and just want to have a good time.

4 Niche User

Campus Food: I really appreciate the large amount of coffee carts

4 Niche User

Campus Housing: Some of the older dorms show their age, but I think in recent years the housing options have become really good-- dorms are spacious and accessible, near all campus buildings, and the social atmosphere is nice.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I live and own my own home.

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Scholarships: I havent talked with this department yet.

College Freshman

Campus Food: I don't eat often or at all really on campus. But i work in the area and therefore eat on forbes ave.

College Freshman

Campus Housing: I do not live on campus.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I've heard a lot of horror stories.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I try not to eat out much, but there's a lot to eat.

3 College Freshman

Administration: The administration are good and helpful, long way to go, though.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I need to go to the office and beg or I will cry.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Market can be gross sometimes; it's all up to chance.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms in the quad are unique and spacious.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: There are a lot of great restaurants on Forbes Ave: Primanti's, Pamela's, Noodles & Co. The food served in Market really isn't all that bad, either -there are just few options at times and that can be frustrating. We're usually limited to pizza, a wrap bar, salad bar, stir fry, omelettes, and hamburgers. The Cathedral Cafe does come equipped with a Chik Fil'A, however, which is a nice touch. The workers cross-campus are all very friendly, and make the experiences of eating in the dining halls enjoyable enough.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It's a rather old building and there's no AC. Our rooms are heated by radiators that are either extremely hot or off. The RAs really do try to get us all involved, though, so I believe there is a good social atmosphere even if not many people attend events. Everyone is generally friendly enough and maintenance workers reply to requests relatively quickly.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Living on campus is not as bad as it could be. If you are used to delicious home cooked meals then you will be disappointed, but if you have low standards you will think it is great. Living on campus as a freshman is not awful, but it is not like home.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I have not looked for off campus housing, so I cannot place a review.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The cost is decent, its easy to get to and there are tons of variety. The only thing is that there are very little to no student discounts.

4 College Freshman

Administration: The administration doesn't seem, to me, very unfair. Academically, they are a lot of help and are willing to work hard to help a student. Socially, I do not know, for I am not involved in the party/drinking scene. Overall I think the administration is good.

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2 College Freshman

Scholarships: I am a Pittsburgh student, and I almost got no scholarships. After multiple talks with the financial aid office, I finally was able to get slightly less than what I need. It was horrible to go through, and I still don't have enough. I heard more out of state students receive more coverage, and when I asked financial aid, they claimed they didn't give me more because I was in Pittsburgh and could have the Pittsburgh Promise, which is financial for Pittsburgh students who attend public school. I didn't receive it since I went to a Pennsylvania state school, and it still took convincing to receive financial aid.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: The party scene isn't too huge to me; I don't party, but my friends do. There seems to be parties all over campus, but I wouldn't know where they are. It seems to be fun for my friends, so I don't think the parties are too over the top.

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Overall, students agree that they wouldn't trade their Pitt experience for anything. As with most decisions, there are a lot of things to consider. If you don't like living in a city environment, Pittsburgh may not be the place for you. While it doesn't have the feel of New York of Philadelphia, the area is definitely urban. Also, Pitt is a large school—you're in for some big lecture classes and a somewhat overwhelming campus during the first year or so. Everything will seem to get smaller after you've been around awhile, though. Weather can be a concern if you're used to a warmer climate—snow, rain, and wind rule Pittsburgh winters. This is something that you can easily get used to though, unless you're a diehard warm weather fan.

What Pitt does offer is high-caliber academics, plenty of student organizations, and countless opportunities, such as study abroad, cultural activities, and sports. If you're willing to become active on campus, there's a lot more to Pitt than meets the eye. The University's location can also be a great advantage—Pittsburgh itself is a great city that is a positive environment for students to live and learn in, thanks in part to the city being home to a number of colleges and universities. The social scene is always jumping, locals are friendly, and there's always something to do if you explore a little. The best idea is to visit and try to get a feel for the area. You can get the same quality education at Pitt that can be found in many smaller, expensive schools, but here you'll pay less to have a vibrant city right at your doorstep.

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