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Reviews 2511 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: I love Boston, one of the best cities that I have ever been to.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Some of the dorms are better than others.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: MIT frat parties and Allston parties are popular here.

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing is hard to find, and the school doesn't really help with it.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: There have been several incidents involving sexual assault, and the hockey team is notorious for date rape.

3 College Junior

Athletics: BU is known for its hockey team and so that is a really big thing for the students. Soccer is also somewhat popular and the Nickerson field is pretty large.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: I'm not a part of the greek life so I would not know much about it, yet it does not seem to be very big here at BU. Although, there are of course, several sororities and fraternities.

1 College Junior

Scholarships: No chance of international students getting any kinds of awards at all.

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

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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.

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Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

Stephanie Santana
Hometown
Queens, NY
Major
Anthropology/Journalism
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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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