College Sophomore 2012-11-22T20:47:55Z
Guys & Girls:
Northwestern's orientation programs force you to meet new people, and it's just as easy to meet people of interest through activities and stuff as it is through parties. We're a sports school, so naturally there are some jocks, and a party school with plenty of frat-bro types, but they don't count for everything. There are equally as many "real" girls as there are flowery, pretentious, and petty girls; in general you can find any kind of person at NU. The culture is really more about how interesting everyone is. While hookups are more common than actual relationships, the latter is very, very possible.
College Junior 2012-11-06T19:25:11Z
All the facilities are great and there are many ways to get involved in anything you are interested in
Recent Alumnus 2012-10-25T14:22:56Z
Computers are in the library. Can't think of another place where there are a lot of computers for student use. It's annoying that you have to pay nominal fees for printing (via cash-loaded WildCard) when you're paying so much already in tuition, but c'est la vie. Can be hard to get a station at peak times, but generally not that bad.
Recent Alumnus 2012-10-25T14:19:45Z
There's plenty of off-campus housing to be had, especially if you have reliable friends who are going in with you. Studios and one-bedrooms are significantly more expensive than shared housing. Landlords for affordable apartments do not keep their units up very well--just the bare minimum to make them passable. They know students do not treat the units well and move out after 1-3 years anyway. There are standard apartment buildings to whole houses for rent to luxury condo-style apartments all within walking distance from campus.
Recent Alumnus 2012-10-25T14:11:57Z
Nightlife is plentiful for NU students of all ages. This is a work hard/play hard school. Frat parties and off-campus house parties abound. There's likely at least one good party you can attend each weekend. Theater groups have to raise a lot of money so frequently throw $5 cover house parties. For the 21+ set, there are multiple bars in Evanston and even more in Chicago that are easy to get to.
College Senior 2012-10-02T04:05:40Z
The dorms are somewhat older but well kept. Freshmen are required to live on campus and housing numbers are given out based on class rank after that. Living on campus is great during the winters and all dorms have community lounges to study, hang out or watch TV.
College Senior 2012-10-02T04:03:34Z
The spots along the streets are far and few between. The city permits are expensive and you have to move your car for street cleaners and snow plows. Students can't park on campus until senior year and that's still costly.
College Senior 2012-10-02T03:54:26Z
The bars are few and card pretty harshly. The frats are fun and off campus parties can usually be found pretty easily just don't get too loud because the Evanston police don't have much else to do.
College Freshman 2012-10-01T15:26:25Z
I really like Evanston. It's a small city and has everything you would expect from a city - bars, shops, all kinds of restaurants, even some museums. It's a fantastic biking town, the streets are flat and everyone keeps an eye out for bikers. The trail by the lakeside is nice and well maintained. There are a ton of thrift stores and used book stores, which I love. Everyone I've talked to is incredibly nice. The farmer's market is fantastic. It's definitely busy enough for me. If you like someplace a little more hopping, just get on the El and head down to Chicago.
College Freshman 2012-10-01T15:22:21Z
I live off-campus, so I don't really eat at the dining halls, sorry! But there are a lot of good restaurants near the campus, and I do get coffee on campus fairly often. The free food that has been provided at graduate school events has been great compared to other schools I've attended - breakfast with coffee and muffins, lunch with a choice of sandwiches including vegetarian, chips, fruit, and a cookie.
Recent Alumnus 2012-09-27T19:53:52Z
Living on-campus at NU is great. All of the dorms make a huge effort to create a community within the dorm. Most dorms will have fieldtrips, fire-side chats with professors, and really fun activities. The furthest you'll have to walk on campus from a dorm to a class is probably about 10-15 minutes. You're only required to live in a dorm your freshman year, and a lot of people find that it's cheaper to live in an apartment, sometimes as soon as sophomore year, and usually by junior or senior year.
Recent Alumnus 2012-09-27T19:47:29Z
There are usually off-campus parties happening most weeknights, and certainly weekends. There will usually be a $3 or $5 charge to get in and drink. The bars and clubs are pretty easy to get into with a fake, and everything is within walking distance. When it's really cold out, you can call a Saferide to take you to and from your dorm/apartment.
Recent Alumnus 2012-09-27T19:33:15Z
Guys & Girls:
While there are many attractive guys at Northwestern, a lot of them are too focused on their studies and their futures to develop a meaningful, serious relationship. I do think that there are a few here that would prove me wrong, though.
College Junior 2012-09-18T17:58:45Z
The only "financial aid" I was offered was all my expenses covered in federal loans. PhD students have it made, they get all the TA positions and scholarships. There is little to nothing for masters students.
College Junior 2012-09-18T17:49:15Z
In the CSD program, we all do at least two clinical practices off campus, which are chosen for us. They are required and usually are not paid, but the university has partnerships with certain places, so you're guaranteed a placement.
College Junior 2012-09-18T17:47:15Z
Guys & Girls:
Students (at least at the graduate level) spend a lot of time on their studies, but still like to have fun and relax when time permits.
College Junior 2012-09-18T17:37:02Z
I love that all my classes for my program are in one facility. We even have our own CSD lounge and clinic.
College Junior 2012-09-17T02:13:59Z
Evanston has a lot of nice parks, restaurants, coffee shops, and shopping. There is access to Chicago public transportation (and the city of Chicago). People are friendly. Cycling is common and easy. A nice college town feel with easy access to the city.
College Junior 2012-09-17T02:10:16Z
Campus is in a beautiful location right on Lake Michigan with easy access to Evanston and Chicago. The buildings are a nice mix of modern and older buildings with a very "academic" feel. My only complaint is that it's a little confusing to remember where everything is.
College Junior 2012-09-16T18:18:45Z
Northwestern gives outstanding financial aid to its students. Despite the initial cost of attendance, the ultimate "net cost" was comparable to the public universities to which I applied.
College Junior 2012-09-16T18:15:25Z
Northwestern students want their teams to succeed! We are not a top-25 school (yet!) in basketball and football, but there's always a decent student following. And of course, women's lacrosse is so successful.
College Junior 2012-09-12T01:39:28Z
So So Food – Living on north campus is rough in terms of off-campus dining, but south campus is near downtown which offers plenty of options. I would stick to the chains as experimenting with the local dives have been very hit-and-miss.
College Junior 2012-09-12T01:34:49Z
Guys & Girls:
Northwestern Curve – Us guys have a thing called the Northwestern Curve; girls get a bonus rating point (or two) out of 10. At first, the girls are pretty disappointing, but after a while you get used to it (until you visit a state school again). Most good-looking girls are in a sorority but a few decide to be independent. On a personality standpoint, most are nice and easy to talk to, and the strict admissions help since you know every girl there is smart and interesting. In conclusion, finding girl friends is easy but finding girlfriends is slim-pickings.
College Junior 2012-09-12T01:20:51Z
This is not the school for the avid sports fan if you expect to be surrounded by similar fans. The football games fill up for big games, but most students only go because of school spirit, not for passion of sports. You'll commonly hear questions about "how many points is a touchdown?" and other obvious questions. Mens Basketball is the only other team anyone pays attention to, and even that is easy to forget about. However, free tickets are really nice.
Recent Alumnus 2012-09-11T04:03:04Z
Check Out Downtown Evanston – Wide variety of food options, from sushi to Thai to burgers. Student discounts are available and you can find cost effective options. However, the food is not very healthy.
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