My daughter is starting her second semester. She loves it! the classwork is very demanding, but we feel we are getting what we are paying for. Great faculty communication, real student services, activities, etc. Home football games, etc are free for students, etc. Go 'Canes!
When visitng the school and moving in, we have stayed at the Hampton Inn at 27th. The rates are very reasonable. However, it is down Dixie Hiway so you will need a car, unless you stay at the U of M holiday inn. The coral gables and cocnut grove areas are great. We have also stayed at the Mutiny hotel. It was fine and close to a local student favorite hangout, Monty's. Good luck.