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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I definitely wish I would have gotten more financial aid, but I filed pretty late in the process. The staff was incredibly helpful, and they really helped me out.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: We have pretty great food options. Very rarely do I feel like there is nothing to eat. You can go to the dining hall or to the GSU or order pizza.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I currently live in freshman housing. It's not amazing, but it's pretty good. We don't have problems with bugs or rodents, and the cleaning staff is really great about keeping everything in order (and they're really nice. They always stop and talk). The best thing is the environment. I live in Towers on Bay State so it's not as crowded or "freshman" as Warren Towers. The people are pretty great and I feel like it's an open environment.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Boston housing is expensive, but property owners took advantage of having property around colleges and have pretty reasonably-prices places that aren't too shabby. Also depends who you know/who is your realtor to see what kind of place you find. If you aren't satisfied, keep looking through people and websites like Trulia and you will definitely find a place you like in your budget. And it's all worth it for the freedom, and how it's still cheaper than on campus housing.

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: LOTS of great places to eat all around Boston. Right by campus there is Noodle St., Scoozi's, Chipotle, Crispy Crepes Cafe, Jimmy John's, etc. and around Boston there are so many options and types of foods in every neighborhood it's fun to explore it all! Costs depend on where you are going. The greasy pizza joint in Allston will cost you a couple bucks while that nice Italian place at the North End will put a dent in the wallet.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: It does alright for such a big institution and with all the liabilities it has, but it is pretty strict (at least in the big dorms) about alcohol, drugs and noise. There have been a lot of negative stories about being harassed when drunk and taken involuntarily to the hospital on an ambulance. Academically, it's a balance between having so many options and wanting to do so much to actually being able to do what in so much time.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: For the academic school year, it was very smooth. You just turn in the FAFSA and Profile and other information they need and as long as you have a real need for it you will get aid. Keep in mind however that they're stingy in a lot of other things like there are a lot of random fees and such as you go through your college experience, but it's like that at most colleges. Also, if you want to study abroad over the summer for example, you're essentially on your own in terms of financial aid. There is some, but not lots. Studying abroad during the year on the other hand your aid transfers and sometimes means is cheaper to go abroad than to live on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Parties are great if you like them and what kind you like. If you're really into the greek scene, this may not be the best place. But MIT and Harvard frats are right in the area though and pretty popular options. Apartment and house parties, especially in Allston, are always raging and pretty fun. If you're over 21, there are many many great bars and clubs to go to.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Best dining plan to get is the 250 plan because you get a lot of dining points you can spend at the GSU (best food) and places like Starbucks and Einsteins. You won't want to eat at the dining hall often enough to have the dining hall plans. Bay State is the newer dining hall that is probably the nicest, but small portions. Warren food isn't the best, but it's homey. Definitely take advantage of being able to use dining points to order Dominoes.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: For freshmen year I would definitely recommend living on-campus in either Warren or West because even though it may not be spacious and very "nice," it is exactly what you need in terms of social atmosphere, cost and convenience. Housing lottery is based completely on luck, on the uphand you can appeal over the summer for the housing you actually want and often times it works out. South is actually an underrated, very nice area to live with pretty brownstones it's a nice place to get a way from campus while still being within minutes of walking distance. But, you can't ignore the fact that even the cheapest dorm option (standard double room and board) will still cost you about $1,000 a month. Eventually, it might be economically best to move off campus. Otherwise if you can afford it apartments and also StuVi are great options you should take advantage of if you can while they're available to you in college.

College Junior

Greek Life: Honestly I don't know much about it so it wouldn't be fair for me to rate it.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Good sports times to follow if that's your jam but it's not forced on you or anything.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: You get what you pay for- if you want cheap you can find it but it's probably an overcrowded building that's against code. Nice places in Brookline but very expensive.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of take out options (sandwiches, Thai, Mexican, etc.) but not much sit down.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: There aren't many scholarships but there are a lot of need based grants. Even though I received academic scholarships from most colleges I applied to but not BU, the grants made BU much more affordable in the end.

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College Junior

Party Scene: Honestly I've never been to a frat party and from what I hear I'm not really missing anything. I have been to some big parties (50+) hosted by friends and I've enjoyed those a lot, esp. with the comfort of knowing that they know everyone there.

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3 College Junior

Campus Food: I'd rather eat my own food, but to be fair it's much better than any other campus' food that I've tried. Sometimes the vegan/vegetarian options are disappointing at the dining halls, but there's always the option of salad, pasta, sandwich, soup or pizza. The biggest downside is how expansive a meal plan is. Every semester I have extra meals or dining points that don't get fully refunded so I wish the minimum meals you have to purchase was lower because it's a pretty big waste financially. I actually save money cooking my own food now that I'm in apartment style.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Pretty split between who lives on and off campus. They have reps for people interested in leaving.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: So many different food options it's amazing.

3 College Freshman

Administration: RAs are pretty relaxed with their rules but don't mess around if you break them, which is completely fair.

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4 College Freshman

Scholarships: There's a deadline you can apply by to be considered for a scholarship so that's awesome. Other than that it's all need based and BU is pretty fair with what your capable of.

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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: It gets old on campus so going into the city is your best option.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Dinning hall food isn't terrible, for a dinning hall it's actually prepared very well. And if you're not in the mood for it there are many other options. Options included using dinning points or spending outside cash.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living on campus makes it easy to get to all of your classes. There are all the resources you need available to you and dorm life isn't terrible. For the most part the rooms are very spacious and there are multiple locations you can go to when you need to study if the dorms get too social.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Food: So much better than my friends' schools

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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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