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3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: BU's parties are all in crappy houses (not bad but still) but there's MIT frats on campus and other colleges nearby

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: There's definitely some die-hard fans, but no one really goes to games unless it's hockey

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Theres many different options to choose from, but the hosing selection process is biased and unfair at times

2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life pretty much sucks. There's no housing and the process is terrible

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Boston is a lively city but night life is exclusively 21 and up

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: We have a lot of food options

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It's really expensive and the ones that aren't, are crappy

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Can be too strict at times

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: some of the dorms are definitely better than others but the campus has an amazing feel to it wherever you are on it

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3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: too many girls, not enough straight men

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5 College Junior

Facilities: there's something for everyone and you can never get bored

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I managed to find a decent apartment in Allston which was incredibly cheap and in good condition compared to other apartments I looked at. It was close to campus and a T stop. One huge con: My landlord was terrible. He never took our requests seriously and did not keep track of checks. These landlords only care about squeezing as much profit as possible from university students by charging unnecessary fees.

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3 College Junior

Greek Life: I know it's there and some of the fraternity houses are sketchy, but it doesn't make a huge difference in your social life if you don't as far as I can tell.

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Having lived all over the US, I think Boston has some of the worst housing. Many apartments are dirty, cramped, and old. I saw that were disgusting with molde and paint peeling off the walls and the landlord was saying how these were not even the worst units he had seen. You can find a nice place you just have to hunt for it and have a strong stomach while doing it. I don't think the rents are terrible. I've lived in places with higher rents overall, you might have to commute a little ays but the T is very easy to use.

4 College Junior

Diversity: There is no typical student. We all come from very different backgrounds and are interested in different subjects. I've met many interesting people in my time here.

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5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Finding parking sucks. If you don't have local tags/stickers your car is most likely going to be towed. However the public transportation is awesome, it runs all over the city and is generally reliable. There are loads of parks, museums, shopping, restaurants, and sporting events. It's also a young and educated city, so you can have interesting conversations with the majority of people you meet. It also means you can attend art/theatre shows at many of the universities in the area.

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5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: You're in a city so if you can dream it and follow your phones GPS to the address it exists. There are tons of options to pick from. Some are right in campus others you have to commute to get to, but there are endless options. Many places have really great local brews too which is fun to try.

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4 College Junior

Athletics: Students love hockey, and we love when we play BC. However there is a decent portion of the student body involved in intramural sports. The games there can be just as good to watch as the varsity ones if you're on a budget. Also, the city has a lot of sports to offer as well.

College Junior

Campus Dining: I don't eat on campus, I cook for myself and bring it too classes with me thanks to a food allergy. Every now and then I get a snack and that has been fine, nothing exciting but no issues.

5 College Junior

Academics: I choose to come to this school for the professors and because the program was one of the best in the country in my mind. The staff/ professors are involved in a wide range of activities and learning from them is amazing. You get a wide variety of ideas and inputs from professors and your peers who come from many different backgrounds.

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5 College Junior

Academics: Registration is easy here! One of my undergrads had the most complicated system that never worked. Here, I log in and get what I want without any stress on my part. The workload is appropriate and my professors are knowledgeable about what they are teaching.

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Stephanie Santana
Queens, NY
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While BU certainly has its downfalls, most of which are due to the sheer size of the University, there are plenty of opportunities to take full advantage of all that it has to offer. For the resourceful and motivated, a little effort will go a long way. The most important thing is to utilize your professors to your advantage. It is their job to be available to their students, and while some are certainly more attentive than others, students are not turned away by a professor when they have gone looking for opportunities or support.

Keeping busy, being well-organized, and choosing a course of study that truly stimulates your intellectual interests will all be really helpful in having a successful experience at BU. Many students dread graduation day, and therefore, leaving Boston is not something they look forward to. On the flip-side, countless others would argue the opposite perspective. Accept your environment and work with it, as well as against it. Do not stay inside for too long, and do not drink away your college years. Make school a priority, and hang out with your professors (they are the best resource you have). Boston is a huge city with a really large population of young people. If you are looking for a taste of city life, and think that you would be able to establish yourself at a big university in a high-paced atmosphere, it is definitely possible to find your niche here.

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