College Sophomore 2013-12-03T19:41:48Z
Guys & Girls:
There's a huge greek life, so lots of sorority girls. Most of them are really nice though and friendly.
College Sophomore 2013-12-03T19:40:06Z
Georgia weather changes very often. Sometimes it will be in the 30's and the next day its in the 70's and it will start raining randomly. Just always bring an umbrella and wear layers and its fine
College Sophomore 2013-12-03T19:39:03Z
Alcohol everywhere. I don't know about other stuff, but I'm sure it wouldn't be hard to get if you wanted it. But its also not hard to stay away from it if you don't want it.
College Sophomore 2013-12-03T19:37:36Z
Its more of a state thing, but I got my loans no hassle and they went directly into my student account
College Sophomore 2013-12-03T19:37:02Z
Health & Safety:
I always feel safe. There have been a few reports of attempted robberies and things like that, but I think its very safe if you stay in the right parts of town
College Sophomore 2013-12-03T19:35:38Z
If you into that kind of thing, Athens is the place to be.
College Sophomore 2013-12-03T19:34:50Z
I am going into a great school for the career I want. The campus is beautiful, even better if you have a car and can go cool places on the weekends. The partying gets a little annoying, but that just means that there are restaurants downtown that serve nothing but cookies and stay open until 3 am, and that's fine with me
College Sophomore 2013-12-03T19:33:30Z
Not bad for a college dining hall, but it could be cheaper for how much you will actually end up eating (not $15 a day)
College Sophomore 2013-12-03T19:32:24Z
The visitation policy is great. I never have to worry if I'm accidentally violating it. I can have friends from out of town stay the night
College Sophomore 2013-12-03T19:30:14Z
There's wifi almost everywhere but sometimes its a little slow. There are tons of computers you can use in the student center but it is usually crowded and a little distracting.
College Sophomore 2013-12-03T19:28:42Z
There are a few classes I wish I could have gotten at different times, but I'm sure you encounter that anywhere. Most of the professors are great and love what they do!
College Sophomore 2013-12-03T19:28:42Z
I'm only a freshman and haven't even been accepted to the Journalism school yet, but I already feel like I'm a part of it. They have meetings and parties that I am allowed to go to just for being a pre-journalism major
College Freshman 2013-12-03T07:05:44Z
Downtown scene is the best for partying.
College Freshman 2013-12-03T07:05:03Z
Athens has tons of restaurants. Most of them are small and not chain fast food places.
College Sophomore 2013-11-30T19:42:30Z
In the dorms: If you're loud at night, you'll most likely have an RA tell you to quiet down. If you're loud and have alcohol (even in your room), you'll most likely have an RA call campus police. If you're loud and intoxicated, the RA will most likely tell you to get in your room and be quiet or else they'll call the cops. If you smoke marijuana in your room, the RA almost definitely will call the cops.
If you walk back intoxicated from downtown to your dorm, just don't be stumbling drunk or making too much noise (you can still be a little loud and police won't make a big deal) and you can make it past the stationed campus police who are looking for the super intoxicated coming back from downtown. Overall, if you're not a disturbance to the police you won't run into trouble. If you start throwing up too much or pass out in a public place, you can expect to get in trouble.
Some dorms are very strict on registering your guests (Brumby, Creswell, Russel, Sometimes Oglethorpe), but most are very lax and the visitation hours and guest limits (if listed) are not enforced.
College Sophomore 2013-11-30T19:40:05Z
It's a state school, so must students have cars and are fine. If you don't, downtown has a convenience store. The Athens Transit, payed for through transportation fees, can get you to a Wal-Mart, but it is a public bus, and new buses come to a stop about every 40 minutes, so it's not very convenient and trips can be longer than necessary, but overall it's very workable.
College Sophomore 2013-11-30T19:30:29Z
There are computers available in all the libraries and in some of the classroom buildings. Mac desktops are available at some places, and slow PC's are available at other and the same places. Wireless is pretty reliable and very fast for so many people with the exception of a few dorms. EITS is very helpful for network or computer issues.
College Sophomore 2013-11-30T19:27:28Z
Dorms are old. Most don't look nice (except for East Campus and Myers Quad). If you're very lucky, you can get a good room (corner or just randomly unique) in an otherwise mediocre dorm, but the only above average dorms (newer and guaranteed non public bath) are in East Campus Village, which is both very expensive and very inconvenient in terms of location, or the new Rutherford dorm. Most dorms are community baths, but they get cleaned somewhat regularly. Overall dorms are very expensive considering the size of the rooms and amenities, and I find the price hard to justify with "location" when there are nearby apartments and houses that aren't nearly as expensive. Nevertheless, every dorm can be a vibrant source of social life. Because of the price, small size, and strictness of the dorms, most students move off campus after their required freshman year on campus.
College Sophomore 2013-11-30T19:21:07Z
You have to pay before the start of your Fall semester for parking, and you also have to choose your lot in advance. It's either $20, $30, or $40 a month (for 9 months). So reasonable costs for large university parking. The $40 a month is for parking deck passes that are not actually any more convenient to non-deck lots. $40 also includes the very convenient lots, and usually first reserved for university staff. $30 lots tend to be somewhat convenient to dorms (and classes if you live on campus). $20 a month lots tend to be not that convenient. All this info is available if you search for UGA parking map and rates. If you don't have a pass but try to park in an on campus lot, expect to get a ticket. People complain when they do, but I don't know what else they were expecting.
College Sophomore 2013-11-30T19:15:45Z
Alcohol is the most prevalent drug. People tend to do it in excess and 2-4 times a week, whether they go to Greek parties, downtown, or both. People who live on campus regularly come back to their dorms needing friends' assistance or running into legal trouble if they're really drunk and seen by police or an RA. People throw up in the bathrooms a lot, and even for people who drink, the inability of people to take care of themselves is annoying. If marijuana is smelled on campus, a Resident Advisor or another authority figure will call the campus police, so its presence is very subtle on campus (I and many others who have used weed just do it at our hometowns but don't want to risk it on campus). Off campus, however, it is readily available and some use it as or more often than they drink alcohol. Overall marijuana isn't an issue like alcohol. Those with money to burn like to use Adderall and Ritalin under the impression that it will help them to skate through finals or pass a test that they haven't prepped for. If you're really into partying, you'll see that many people (especially those with money) use cocaine and molly, and sometimes you may even feel left out if you're not doing it. If you're determined not to do the "hard" drugs, it's best to stay away.
Overall: Alcohol is available at Greek parties and downtown to people with "good enough" fake IDs, and it is abused. People say that drugs aren't an issue, but if you get out a lot and are friends with many people, you'll see drugs being used a lot.
College Sophomore 2013-11-30T19:02:47Z
There are SO many club and intramural sports options. If you played a sport in high school and want to continue just for fun in college, you can be sure that you will find a niche with the options at UGA. Staff at the athletic center are very willing to help you find what you need and sign up. The facilities available to students include the fantastic Ramsey athletic center, a whole park of intramural sports fields that are a campus transit ride or long walk away, and tennis courts on campus and at the sports fields.
College Sophomore 2013-11-30T18:59:06Z
There are several fantastic restaurants in Athens, including Cali 'n Tito's, The Last Resort, and others. There is a variety of food. Some are even walking distance (<35 min), but most are probably inconvenient without a car. There are also a couple late night options, including a cheap Asian, delivery available (although very slow after midnight when people are getting the drunk munchies) place called Choo Choo's and a Waffle House that's always open and a litle of of campus, in downtown. The best thing to do when it comes to eating out is just ask fellow students what they enjoy and try it for yourself.
College Sophomore 2013-11-30T18:53:39Z
It rains somewhat frequently. Entirely too hot and humid until late October and after mid March. There are exceptions, but it tends to not get cooler than the high twenties. Overall better than much of the south, but if you hate heat and sweating as much as me, you'll only find relief for a couple months throughout schooling.
College Sophomore 2013-11-30T18:51:19Z
Health & Safety:
They tend to give out prescriptions that students don't need (antibiotics for viruses? seriously?), and there is a fee to almost everything, whether it's through insurance through the university or minor out of pocket costs for the externally insured. They have mainly PA's but a few MD's. The visit took longer than expected and I didn't feel like I gained closure on my concern, just vague guidance. I only have experience with the general exam, but women's health or the dental or optical services might be more efficient. Mental health services might be very useful, but even here there are fees involved and so I avoided it, as overwhelmed as I was feeling.
College Sophomore 2013-11-30T18:45:24Z
Guys & Girls:
Very attractive girls and guys at UGA. Fitness and good presentation (makeup, hair, overall styling) are valued here, and so close to 90% of the girls are pretty easy on the eye. It's hard to give a number for a guys since I'm interested in them. Most girls are very friendly, and almost all these girls are not stuck up. Diversity is an issue though. Greek kids look and act very similarly and tend to associate themselves somewhat exclusively with each other. People often talk about the "hipster" culture, but that's a very small groupThere aren't many artsy girls or "indie" girls or girls representing different backgrounds or cultures. Mainly just typical southern belles in spirit, regardless of race. Girls like to wear yoga pants and oversized shirts during the colder days, and Nike shorts, Chacos, and tshirts (or sorority tank tops with the sports bra showing) during the warmer days. Similar story goes for guys. They tend to dress in button downs, boat or canvas shoes, North Face/Columbia jacket and khakis or shorts during the winter and shorts, Chacos or flip flops, and button downs or boring tshirts during the warmer days. Especially if you go downtown the girls all look very similar to each other and same for guys. They all still generally look good though, even if not unique. For these reasons the guys and girls here aren't AMAZING, but still pretty good.
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