College Senior 2011-10-25T03:16:55Z
Pretty much has everything you could want- very fast foody. Not a lot of actually GOOD food for a decent price.
College Senior 2011-10-25T03:14:18Z
you realize there isn't too much besides downtown Athens, which doesn't even have that much too offer. Eh, not bad but not fabulous either.
College Senior 2011-10-24T14:41:05Z
Buses Everywhere – Two bus systems: Athens Transit and UGA transportation. The UGA buses cover everywhere on campus, though not always reliable, while Athens Transit goes off campus. Athens Transit buses also are few and far between and I personally spend a lot of time waiting for the buses just to get home, and they're very crowded. Transit is free for students, on both bus systems.
College Senior 2011-10-24T14:32:47Z
Cram Them in – Although it really depends whether you are an athlete, most freshmen live in the west side of campus in the huge, high rise dorms. There is some variety among the living here, and I had a pretty good experience living in a smaller dorm, but for the most part, most freshmen live in very cramped quarters. The buildings are old and sometimes have problems with bugs. However, it was very convenient living on campus, right near the center.
College Senior 2011-10-24T14:29:09Z
A Little Overpriced – UGA's dining halls provide a very large variety of food that is pretty good quality. It has great accessibility and you can enter the dining halls an unlimited number of times throughout their operating hours, and it is a buffet style dining hall. However, the price for the meal plan (6 days a week and Sunday mornings) is almost $4000 a year! It's not very budget friendly and you basically have to be on it while you're a freshman. Also, the meal plan does offer some healthy options, but they are hard to find. Otherwise, you're dealing with a lot of high calorie food that's deep fried and not really the healthiest.
College Senior 2011-10-18T19:14:50Z
Pain in the Butt – Parking permits are very expensive. The permits are for one parking lot/deck. Each person can pick three possible parking spots, and may or may not get one of those. The lot or deck that they are assigned may or may not be close to their classes either. Sharing passes is a pain to get approved. There is no free parking during the day, and most do not allow for all parking until 5 or 6 pm and close to the public at 7 am. Tickets are $40, which for a college kid is not cheap. On game days the lot that students have paid for may be assigned for tail-gaters or even authority staff members are allowed to park in them, which limit parking. Most students need a car on campus because their apartment or house may not be close enough to walk or the buses do not run by their way. Parking is typically a pain.
College Senior 2011-10-18T19:08:37Z
Athens Is a Name Associated With 'Partying' – If you are bored in Athens at night, then you are locked in a closet. Athens offers so many things to do including for people under 21. There are shows every weekend downtown at several locations such as the Classic Center or New Earth or the Georgia Theatre. There are 72 bars/clubs some 18 and older and some 21 and older. Fraternities also have bands or parties, but usually only girls are welcome unless the guy is in the fraternity. There are restaurants that are open late night and some are very cheap and very delicious. Some free transportation is available on weekends such as apartment buses, the school bus, and a club called 'Designated Dawgs.' Taxis are always roaming the streets and very convenient.
College Junior 2011-10-17T03:31:58Z
Health & Safety:
Solid Saftey – UGA is defintely safe. There are always cops going around keeping an eye out on things, and there's almost always people around. I'm not a huge fan of walking around campus at night, especially if I'm alone, so I try to avoid that, but that really goes for any place you could be at night, not just UGA.
College Junior 2011-10-17T03:30:39Z
Overall the local atmosphere is really positive! There's always lots to do (on and off campus) and there is definitely something for everybody. Downtown has an especially vibrant night life (seven days a week), so if you want to party, there's definitely the opportunity (downtown and on Greek Row). If you aren't, there's lots of other things to do. Dawgs After Dark is always really fun!!
Recent Alumnus 2011-10-07T05:03:49Z
There are buses everywhere... I hate the UGA buses. They carry lazy people short distances and waste a ton of gas. However, the Athens buses will usually get you where you need, and it's free for students.
Recent Alumnus 2011-10-07T05:00:17Z
I'm a senior and I've always stayed on campus. It's so much easier and convenient, and you're more likely to get involved when you don't have to commute. I've also lived in the oldest/cheapest dorms and I think they're fine, but the expensive ones are crazy-nice.
Recent Alumnus 2011-10-07T04:58:23Z
Tons of computers at the libraries, SLC, and many class buildings. Updated software, printers, copiers, everything you need!
College Junior 2011-10-06T20:45:31Z
UGA is located in Athens, GA. Ga has very mild weather and most of the school year that weather is awesome. I mean like clear skys 72 degrees-awesome. Extreme snow and rain are a rarity (but will shut down campus if to extreme). Enjoy the sunshine!
College Junior 2011-10-06T20:40:41Z
UGA is known for being a party school and, being a student here, I would uphold that statement. Academics at UGA are extremely rigorous and important. However, Thusday- Saturday nights are considered free game. Drinking (and some mild drugs) can be found anywhere(and on some nights, everywhere. Be careful on who your hanging out with after hours.
College Junior 2011-10-06T20:35:20Z
UGA is a very diverse campus in many and most aspects. Ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation,religion, whatever. Everyone has a group or club they can feel comfortable being involved with. UGA's acceptance rates are higher for those in more diverse situations.
Recent Alumnus 2011-10-03T15:46:29Z
I've lived in Georgia all my life, but the weather really is unpredictable at times. Today, it could be sunny and nice out, and tomorrow, a tornado warning can be up and going. Therefore, having an umbrella handy at all times is not too bad of an idea. Also, many female students seems to have rain boots ready to go as well. The rainstorms do not have a huge effect, but when we get hit by snowstorms, it means no class until buses can run on the roads safely. Planning outside events a month or two earlier may need a few back up plans due to this unpredictable weather. It could be a bit challenging.
Recent Alumnus 2011-10-03T15:34:39Z
The Greek life at UGA seems to play a pretty big part. I am speaking at an objective point of view, for I have never been apart of the Greek life. The social atmosphere is greatly effected because the Greek life at UGA is not small. Thursday and Friday nights at restaurants are packed with sorority girls all sitting together at a 20-top table. As a non-Greek, seeing crowds of sororities and fraternities could become a little irritating when being a server at a restaurant. Other than that, the Greeks seem to be involved in a variety of programs to aid others. Greek housing is mostly lined up on Milledge Road. It's one of the streets that I drove on to show my family around campus.
Recent Alumnus 2011-10-03T15:26:11Z
One-Sided Quality – The majority of freshman dorms at the University of Georgia are not worth what the students actually pay. Some are lucky to have a sink in the room. The social aspect and convenient location may be the only two things that are worth the price. East campus, however, is much more luxurious, and many of the amenities are located on this side of campus. East campus dorms can range up to more than $3000 per semester, which the other freshman dorms range around $2000 per semester. East campus comprises of a variety of students including some freshman, international students, upperclassmen, and athletes. Despite the high costs, due to location and convenience, on campus living is not completely bad.
Recent Alumnus 2011-09-30T16:56:42Z
We have been snowed out three days last year. It is usally really humid and sticky from August-October and then it gets extremely cold in the winter. Classes are really far from the dorms so it is hard to walk to classes when there is bad weather
Recent Alumnus 2011-09-30T16:54:22Z
Parking is extremely strict on campus. Seniors are able to get parking spots on campus first but the availability is very low so you as an undergraduate, it very unlikely that you will get a parking spot. Tickets on campus cost $40
Recent Alumnus 2011-09-30T16:47:09Z
Healthy Choice Options – There are four different campus dining halls. Each of the dining halls offers vegetarian and healthy choice options. "The freshman 15" at the University of Georgia is unlikely due to the variety of healthy options every meal provides.
College Senior 2011-09-30T04:56:44Z
For the most part, the weather in Athens is fair and clear. A normal day on campus is very enjoyable, and walking from class to class is preferred. There are a few rainy days here and there, but they don't take away from the beauty of campus and a little rain never hurt anyone anyways. Basically, beautiful weather is more common than a bad day of weather.
College Senior 2011-09-30T04:50:00Z
There are transportation options for every student and every need. There is a campus bus system that can transport you to every end of campus, because the campus is very large. Not only are there campus buses, though but there is a transit system specifically for the city of Athens, and many of the buses travel to off campus housing, major shopping centers, and basically everywhere around Athens you could possibly need to go. Many students also choose to bike or ride their own personal motor scooters around campus, which are also good cost-efficient options.
College Senior 2011-09-30T04:39:22Z
Athens Is the Place to Be – There are tons of fields to play sports on and there are trails behind the intramural fields that are great for running or walking. You can always head to down town athens and eat at one of the many yummy restaurants or shop in the cute boutiques. You can get involved in a wide range of activities such as volunteering, freshley, intramural sports, clubs, etc. The night life is pretty exciting too.
College Sophomore 2011-09-30T03:48:48Z
Permits are pretty expensive, averaging about $350 a year. In certain areas, it can be difficult to get a good parking spot so be on campus early to allow time for parking and walking.
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