Seventh, there is an IKEA within 2 miles. Phenomenal cheap food, fun as hell to take dates too, easy way to buy new furniture for your sick Knox-Box apartment. The IKEA proximity is honestly in my mind one of the top 10 reasons to attend the school. Eighth, UMCP is a 0% mexican cinco de mayo sombrero mexican skull vintage T shirt ground between the real world and college. Its not too isolated, there’s plenty of exposure to working students and older students and people of difference races. Not knowing even a quarter of the student body is good for making sure you don’t live in an echo chamber. I have found the people at Maryland are generally good-natured and down to earth. There are a lot of snobs, a lot of shit heads, but UMCP is primarily populated by good people who are a lot of fun to get to know.