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Chestnut Hill, MA
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$43,878
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Off-Campus Housing: Living off-campus can be the greatest time, if you get a good group of people. Try to find a place that has a dishwasher, because it can help with the cleaning arguments a lot. Places in Cleveland Circle are good, but also the 1700s of Commonwealth Avenue, Gerald, and Chiswick.

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Off-Campus Housing: People generally live off campus or go abroad during their junior year, then come back to campus for their senior year. It's a hassle to find an apartment and live off campus, but everyone does it. You just live in one of the nearby neighborhoods if you don't go abroad.

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Off-Campus Housing: Usually freshmen, sophomores, and seniors live on campus. Most people, unless they are in the top five percent of the incoming class, a nursing student or a varsity athlete, are only given three years of on-campus housing. So, juniors usually live off campus up and down Commonwealth Avenue and on the little side streets. Apartments are very expensive.

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Off-Campus Housing: If you only get three years of housing, then in your junior year you have to look for off-campus housing. It can be a pain, but usually everything works out and you find housing with or without help from BC. I heard that sometimes living off campus can be cheaper than living on campus if you know how to do it right and find good deals.

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Off-Campus Housing: Juniors typically live off campus, which is where most of the really cool parties are besides the Mods. I'll be living off campus next year and I am really looking forward to it.

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Off-Campus Housing: Really, only juniors live off campus. Most people only get three years of housing because there just isn't enough room on campus. But it's really convenient. All of the juniors live right down Commonwealth Avenue and there's a bus that comes by about every 10 minutes. Personally, I can't wait to live off campus and get to throw all the parties.

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Off-Campus Housing: Pretty much all of the areas surrounding campus are occupied by students. The only downside though is that it's pretty expensive.

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Off-Campus Housing: I live off campus now and I like it so much better than living on campus, but it is really expensive. When you break it down though, it can be cheaper than paying BC for housing depending on how much the rent is per month.

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Athletics: Club sports and intramural sports have a pretty good following. I played rugby all four years and I was captain my senior year. It was one of the most fun things I did at BC.

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Athletics: Varsity sports are massive at BC. There are over 800 varsity athletes at Boston College! The only varsity sports that are considered big are football, basketball, hockey, and lately soccer and field hockey. Intramural sports are considerable as well. On the day of intramural sign ups, people get to the office to get in line at 9 a.m. and sign-ups don't start until 4 p.m.

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Athletics: Everyone supports the sports teams, especially the hockey, football and basketball teams. If you get the chance, definitely buy season tickets to at least hockey and football games. You won't regret it! Even if you're not a big sports person, sporting events are crazy social events from which you'll have some of the best memories ever.

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Athletics: Varsity sports are a huge part of BC life because we are a Division I school. Football games are a big deal, with tailgating all across campus. Hockey is also huge, as we have graced the Frozen Four with our presence often. All other sports also do very well. We have a range of sports, from the above-stated to crew, fencing, and wrestling. IM sports are also major, as many students participate in them, but they do not draw fans like the varsity sports do.

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Athletics: Boston College is a very sports-oriented school. Football games in the fall are a big event. Get tickets! You'll want them because that's how most of your Saturdays will be spent. I don't even really like football that much, but I like going to the games. We're a Division I Big East school, so sports are a part of life here. Our hockey team won the national championship and the men's and women's basketball teams won the Big East tournaments. To sum it up, sports are a big deal. That's not to say that you can't avoid them, because you can. But if you're interested in sports, you picked the right place.

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Athletics: The sports at BC are enormous. The BC sports scene could rival any other school in the nation.

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Athletics: A lot of the social life centers around the sports teams. Our big rivalry weekend, when we play against Notre Dame in football and hockey, is our biggest party weekend of the year.

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Athletics: Make sure you get season tickets for football, hockey and basketball games. Even if you can't go to a game, someone will buy the ticket from you. Everyone goes to games. My freshman year, I didn't have tickets and felt very left out when everyone I knew was at the football game. IM sports are big, too. There are lots of sports to choose from and lots of people join them.

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Athletics: Everyone goes to the football games and they are usually all-day events. The other games are really fun as well. There are a bunch of IM sports including Frisbee, rugby, basketball, and softball which seem to be pretty popular.

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Athletics: Varsity sports are huge. Football games are huge in the fall. You tailgate first, go to the game, go home and nap for a while, and then go to a party. Everyone has a party after a football game. The rest of the sports are pretty big too, especially basketball and hockey, although I didn't really get into them. I'm not a big sports fan.

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Transportation: People take the T and cabs everywhere they go, and you walk whenever you're on campus. Boston is pretty much a walking city, but you'll get used to it after a while.

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Transportation: The T is really convenient. The green line starts right at the BC campus, but depending on where you're going, it could take forever to get there. Cabs are everywhere, too, but they're really pricey.

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Transportation: The T is great. You'll get anywhere you need to get as long as it's before the T shuts down, which is at like 1 or 2 a.m., depending on your location. Then it's about a $15 or $25 cab ride. Always go with friends, it's cheaper. Just be careful not to get kicked off. I know people who have been arrested for acting like total jerks!

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Transportation: BC buses are semi-reliable and run to the Newton campus and to Cleveland circle. Public buses are also easy to use. For example, the 86 will take you to Harvard Square in about 20 minutes, instead of taking the hour-long T ride.

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Transportation: Public transportation is a breeze. It's easy and convenient, but awfully slow.

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Transportation: The last stop on the T is at BC, so it's extremely easy to go in and out of the city.

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Overall Experience: I had an incredible four years. I took some wonderful classes, made several amazing friends, worked hard, and had plenty of fun. I wish, though, that I had been more promiscuous.

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Samantha Durant
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Cheshire, CT
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Communications with Women's Studies minor
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The general feeling seems to be that Boston College is a wonderful school and an incredible experience. However, the first few years can be tough, as you may not be prepared for the enormity of the college experience. If you’re from a very diverse high school, you will certainly be shocked at the very different atmosphere that will surround you at BC. Furthermore, so many of your peers can appear like they’re having the time of their lives, and you might feel like you’re faking it, especially at first. Yet, staying the course is absolutely worth it, as Boston College is a wonderful institution with many dynamic people who will truly challenge and amaze you. If you give the school a little time to grow on you, it certainly will and you’ll be really glad you gave it
a chance.

Also keep in mind that while parties and tailgates are enjoyable, they are not the only things college life is about. Yes, you want to have fun, and you will once you get to know people a little better, but there are other reasons you came here. Remember that you are going to college to receive an exceptional college education, and Boston College will certainly deliver that and then some. Friendships flourish, enriching academics abound, and you’ll walk away a changed person.

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