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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It is a decent place to live, however, it isn't at the same value as students pay. Towers A, B and C are probably the least great places to live. Upper campus dorms are very nice, but it would be nice if the buses would run more often.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: You have to look and find what fits you

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: there are a lot of options

4 College Sophomore

Administration: I think they do a pretty good job

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: i wish i had a little more than i received

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: You gotta find a good group of people to be with and thats what makes it

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: There is a lot of variety and if you go somewhere other than market or the punch its really not that bad.. sometimes there are even good things at the market and purch

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I live in bouquet and it is really nice!

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Most of the off-campus housing is mediocre at best. It is expensive enough to be nice, but it's not. Some of the landlords are really bad, some are ok. South Oakland isn't really the safest place to be, but we get over it.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: We often find ourselves hungry and not feeling anything on or near campus. Also, the food places close very early.

4 College Freshman

Administration: I've been to a lot of parties here, only two have been broken up by police. RA's can be strict, but some are very lenient. It's luck of the draw on that front. The guest sign-in policy is really annoying because the technology is dated and it's very slow.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: It's ok, but it's not what I expected from college. The parties are overly crowded and often cost money, and we often find ourselves going to them because there is just nothing better to do.

1 College Freshman

Campus Food: It's honestly pretty disgusting. There are very few options and no variety in the dining hall, Market Central. The thought of going to Market actually makes me feel sick sometimes. Also, everything closes really early.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I live in the nicest dorm, Nordenberg Hall. It is really nice, and deserves 5 stars. All the other options, however, are pretty weak and I really would not want to live in them.

3 College Junior

Administration: There's obviously bureaucracy at every school, but Pitt tries to keep their administration open and accessible to students. The dean is very present on campus, and our chancellor can be seen walking on campus all the time. Students get in trouble for the usual stuff, but if you use common sense the administration isn't really a problem.

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5 College Junior

Scholarships: I have a very unique situation because I received a full ride scholarship to Pitt. That being said, most people I know have received some sort of merit-based funding from Pitt. Additionally, if you keep your grades up there are opportunities for scholarships in your junior or senior year.

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3 College Junior

Party Scene: When I was a freshman at Pitt I think I experienced the best party scene Pitt had to offer...and that's saying a lot, because Pitt doesn't offer much for under 21 year olds. Frat parties are rarely open, and if they are they are fun but you have to know which ones to go to. Frat parties get old really fast though, and you'll be looking for somewhere else. South Oakland is more promising, and if you have friends that live off-campus and throw parties that will be your social life for a while. My biggest recommendation is to get involved on student organizations on campus- virtually EVERY club on campus throws parties. You'll soon find your weekends packed with party options that most newbies at Pitt won't know about. Of course, when you turn 21 parties don't become as big of a deal, as the bar scene is really where its at- and let me tell you the bars are so much better!!! Especially at Pitt---G-door anyone?

3 College Junior

Campus Food: I will say that food on campus is very accessible and easy to obtain, and some options really are pretty cheap (e.g student union meals are $5). However, the food quality is meh, especially at establishments where students have to eat (e.g. dining halls). Market Central really needs to step up its game, and get rid of the same old malarkey Sodexo serves all the time. Of course you're not getting anything close to cafeteria food, but you can get tired of it really quickly and it's really not healthy food. I recommend getting the lowest meal plan possible and relying on restaurants on Forbes Ave to sustain your appetite.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Compared to other dorms I've visited from colleges that my friends attend, I really believe Pitt has some of the best undergraduate dorms! I lived in Towers A, and yes the room is pie-wedge shaped but it's carpeted and decently spaced. What is excellent is that Pitt now offers a lot of nicer freshman living options, including Nordenberg Hall which I believe is the best place to live! I now live off-campus, and while there are plenty of off-campus options, the places are not as nice and it's no fun having to pay rent and utilities. However, the off-campus community is vibrant and very comfortable to live in. Recommendation is to live your first 2 years on campus, and then last two years off campus. Overall no complaints for me in terms of housing!

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: I love eating off campus. It is so much better than eating on campus because those places have better food.

3 College Freshman

Administration: When it comes to the dorm, they can be very strict. You have to sign in and out anybody that you take in with you.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I did get a bit of financial aid, but I really wish that I had more especially for next year.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: There are some places on campus that are really nice to eat at, but I wish Market Central had a lot more to eat since the swipes are a major part of out dinning plan.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I really love living on the campus because of the location. I will admit that on the weekends they can get a bit dirty since they are not cleaned on the weekends, but it is not a bad place to live.

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2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: South Oakland, where most of the off campus housing is, is not a good or safe place to live. The houses themselves always smell and look dirty. They're not nice at all, yet the landlords charge outrageous rents because they know that all of the 40000 college students want off campus housing. It is very close to the school and public transportation, so in that regard it is good.

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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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