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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Better than on-campus! Have your own room, put thumb tacks in the walls, and never look at the terrible plastic-wood dorm furniture again. It's so easy to stay on-campus, but if you are willing to do some work, it's totally worth it going off campus. You will probably save $100-$300 per month. And if you can afford it, get/bring a car. With a car, you won't just live in Boston, but in New England.

4 College Junior

Party Scene: I am not into frat parties, maybe because my former university in the south overkilled the frat scene. They are so much fun for the first month of freshman year, but the following 3 years and 8 months will be much different. From my understanding--which probably does not encompass ALL BU frats, so don't get angry at me--the BU parties revolve around drinking, hooking up, some drama and "bodycon" dresses (see I know some fashion words).

I enjoy live music and meeting new people from all over the world, which is a scene you can absolutely find off campus. Yes, it's very 21-year-old oriented, but I think that's an exaggeration. Bars are too expensive and close too early (2AM) to worry about. The only things that will really change are the X's on your hands at House of Blues concerts and that you will become the one that buys the wine.

So, BU party scene: eh. I keep far away from it; but who knows, we are all different.

Boston: Pretty great. You'll find your place! And freshman, you're totally allowed to venture off campus (ladies, you can still wear the bodycons! Just bundle up in the snow for health concerns.)

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Boston is a city filled with food of all sorts, so I'm taking "off-campus" as the surrounding city. From BU, you could walk to Brookline, to Newbury St and Boylston, to Fenway Park, and even over the bridge to Cambridge. If you can imagine the food you are looking for, you will find it. The only problem is that Boston gets so much snow that you wouldn't want to travel very far and are limited to Panera, coffee shops, convenience stores, and a couple Asian restaurants. I'm probably missing a few but it's not tooo much.

4 College Junior

Administration: I've never had a problem with campus strictness. From my understanding, BU only gets involved if someone is needs medical attention when regarding alcohol or drug use. You should be on time for your classes, mostly because the professors respect you and you should (and usually will) respect them in return. BU seems to have a problem with sexual harassment on campus, but they are making a very visible effort to fix this. Tending to that problem unfortunately takes a while because the student body needs to work together with the administration. Regardless, they take those issues pretty seriously.

2 College Junior

Scholarships: First off, the Financial Aid Office's customer service is great. Always remember they mean well and want to help, even when the numbers are higher than you expected. They will almost always waive the late fee, as long as you're communicating. They understand our pain as students because they all were there. My 2 star rating is not intended for them!

But really, it's just stingy BU. They don't award much money, especially if your parents filed a tax return extension and BU has to wait around until August for your tax information. However, that part is out of their control because money runs out. Can't argue that one, only can complain. Graduating with debt (usually more than a few thousand dollars) is just a part of the culture here. I should add that I know one or two people here on full scholarship, but this is usually merit-based rather than need-based. Unless you have the money stashed away or you won a full scholarship, you will probably run around looking for money. My real question is: why can we afford smart phones and pretty laptops but not an education?

MY ADVICE, and please take this advice: Start early!! Don't wait until you're packing for college to look for scholarships--more importantly, don't wait until you're in college. Apply to everything that comes your way. Take surveys like this one, write essays, and enter no-essay scholarship contests daily! Even, or especially, the $100-$600 contests. Just because you run into $10,000 scholarships doesn't rule out the little guys. Those may mean tens of thousands of dollars. To all high schoolers planning on attending college, those tuition bills are coming way sooner than you think, and there is SO much money out there, all you have to do is write a few short essays.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: Just too pricey, another thing that I wish I just hadn't done so I could save money. HOWEVER, if you are in an apartment, get the $500 (or $1000) apartment plan! You receive that money in points, which you can use on B&N textbooks, printing, food, whatever. AND you get 80 (or 160) meals for free. So worth it. And quite honestly, the one great deal I found at BU.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: I wish I had gone off-campus. The selection process is harsh given that there are so many students and not enough nice housing to fit them all. Two of my semesters as a new transfer student were pretty far from classes and any social scenes (p.s. to all transfer students, you will be placed far from campus--I think this has something to do with helping you assimilate to the community and not feel like a freshman but.. didn't work for me that way). The dorms are small and the apartments are not much bigger, but living anywhere in a city will be like that. And unless you are in one of the freshman buildings or the super elite StuVi, the rest of the buildings are pretty quiet. Who knows, maybe I just had bad luck.. but I found great friends and a place to call home outside of BU campus. Overall: The BU academics are WAY worth the crappy housing, so just go off-campus.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Boston is our campus so anything off campus would mean venturing further into the city to get food which is just amazing. Boston is a cultural hub so any of the food you get is probably going to be worth your while (just maybe a tad bit more expensive).

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5 College Freshman

Administration: The administration at BU are there to help and I have had nothing but a positive experience with them.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I don't live off campus but most of my friends seem happy with it. Can be pricey though.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: I don't go to a lot of frat or house parties, mostly just stuff with people from my club. But I always have a great time with those.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Dude. It's Boston. There's a ridiculous amount of options. If you can think of a kind of food, you can get it somewhere in the city. Prices not the best.

3 College Freshman

Administration: Pretty lenient as long as you party off campus and don't tick off anyone else.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: The process is easy, just submit FAFSA, PROFILE, and IDOC. Problem is the cutoff for merit scholarships is very high for a school with such rampant grade deflation.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Plenty of options but i wish dining halls had more variety

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Dorms provide easy access to classes/ other things

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I like the option of off campus housing here simply because it often ends up being cheaper than on campus housing. I haven't tried it yet but I probably will live off campus some point in my college career.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: If you want to party you will most likely end up doing the Allston crawl at some point during your freshman year which isn't bad but I liked the MIT parties I went to more than the BU ones. They're often hard to get into unless you're all girls or you have cash on you and often get shut down by cops.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: The financial aid office at BU is extremely helpful so I recommend calling with any questions you have because the documents can sometimes be a hassle to fill out! Just make sure to get everything in by the deadlines!

5 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food on campus may seem to get a bit repetitive after a while but generally it is very good. I went to visit a friend at another college and I was extremely disappointed with their food. We actually have it really good when it comes to food! I recommend using your meal plan before paying for your own stuff! You have the plan for a reason! Try something new!!

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The on campus housing system at BU makes some people crazy but overall it is just like living in a city. The buildings are tall and will probably require you to take an elevator sometimes but there are a variety of options. I recommend living in Warren Towers your freshman year. Despite the buildings old facade and small rooms, it has a truly social atmosphere and allows you to get to know the people on your floor really well which is great for making friends in the formative months of your college career. There are several other options such as brownstones, apartments, singles, doubles, etc... You will definitely find something you like there!

2 College Sophomore

Party Scene: As a freshman, I found the parties more annoying than anything.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: You're in Boston. If you can't find someplace to eat, you have a more serious issue.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I received a $20,000 per year scholarship without applying.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Bay State is excellent. It was recently rated the best dining hall in America.

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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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