The UW is, without a doubt, the most respectable public school in the northwest. But the cost of this prestige is the lackluster undergraduate experience. To be blunt, the dormitories are downright dismal--I've seen closets bigger than some of the rooms in Mercer. The student-cafeterias are more like mall food-courts in that they are expensive and rarely offer anything that isn't deep-fried or the same thing they had the day before. I've never seen a college-cafeteria that charges by the slice of bacon. Some of these kids can't even afford to be in school, why should they be burdened with RIDICULOUS living costs? I recommend getting your education here--IF you can find somewhere else to live.