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Reviews 2912 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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College Sophomore

Drug Safety: No Hard Drugs – If you aren't into it, you won't really notice any drug usage going on; except for maybe some pot smoke in the stairways. Most people smoke but there isn't really any peer pressure to do it.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: 60-40 Girl Boy Ratio – There are so many more girls to guys at Boston University. Lucky for you if you're a guy. However, there are plenty of MIT, Harvard, and Northeastern boys at frat parties to meet.

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2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: No Need to Go Off-Campus – BU has plenty of on-campus housing, there is no need to go off-campus. However, if you do want to go off-campus there is plenty of housing nearby in Allston.

4 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: The T and the BUS (Boston University Shuttle) are the best to get around campus.

4 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: A Lot of School Spirit – When the hockey team won nationals, the school went crazy! It was a lot of fun watching the school come together to celebrate such an amazing event. The other sports teams are similarly supported as well.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: Varied Options – The dining hall food can get tiresome after a month, but there are a lot of other places around campus to get food.

1 College Junior

Parking: Bad Bad Bad News If Youve Got a Car – I actually have no idea, but I know parking in Boston is literally the world's worst.

2 College Junior

Party Scene: Ok Partying – I am not a party person but from what i hear, BU is not the party school. Parties are always being busted, never any alcohol, way too many people, mostly greek related. Bars and clubs close very early in boston, not a big crazy town like new york city, i don't mind it though. transportation is pretty good though, i love the T and there's always buses. I mean assuming you're not out too late. it depends...

2 College Junior

Campus Housing: Frustrating to Say the Least – COming in as a freshman, a 13-story dorm building in the heart of Boston was not bad. I lived on West Campus for two years, it was especially a nice place to live because my college was only a ten minute walk. However, I would not want to live right on commonwealth ave like many freshman do. The west campus atmosphere was really nice, lots of people, quiet, nice field, stuvi2 is nearby so there is a lot of access to studying areas, etc. the problem with housing is how you get it, come springtime, its a lottery but its not actually fair because of pullins. I had an average number for a junior and when i went to choose, there was not a single bed in an apartment in the entire campus. THE ENTIRE CAMPUS!?!?!? its outrageous. im living in a double on baystate and i am trying for summer swap but i have a feeling this won't be the best living arrangement which is really frustrating.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: During the last 4 years, Greek life at BU has drastically got better. Although BU isn't a stereotypically "Greek School," the Greek community has become bigger and stronger.

Sororities at BU are great to get involved in, and have became more competitive. Rush for sororities have been so over-capacity that they are even bringing on a new sorority this year. Each sorority has it's own characteristics, and everyone I know that joined loves their sorority. Although being in a sorority can be pretty costly, it's a great way to make friends and get involved on campus. There is no sorority housing, but a lot of girls often end up living together. The better known sororities are DG, ADPi, GPHIB and APHI, but the ranks are always changing among the 9 of them. Sororities rush in the spring, and GPA does count somewhat.

Fraternities at BU are decent. They have off-campus housing, and often host parties that freshman, sophomores, and greeks attend. Some fraternity guys come off as tools, but most of them are decent guys who get together to hang out and party together. The most popular ones are Pike, Kappa Sigma, Sigma Chi and Chi Phi, however the other ones are great too! Fraternities rush Fall and Spring.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Staggering in Both Number and Quality – Boston University has an amazing number of services to offer: the Fitness and Recreation Center-dubbed the Fitrec by students-has an olympic-sized pool, 5 indoor Squash courts, a 0.25 mile track for running, numerous gyms, classrooms for activities ranging from Taekwondo to Salsa Dancing and many courts for Basketball, Football and Soccer. Nearby is Nickerson Field, a 5000-person stadium, with a huge field for soccer, lacrosse, football or any other field sport the students play. There is another track in the Walter Brown Stadium nearby, which also has 4 indoor tennis courts. Across the Walter Brown Stadium is a full-sized baseball field and just a minute walk away are 4 outdoor tennis courts for those who prefer the natural breeze as they play.
There are many places to eat, both University-owned and not. The variety is also pleasing; Noodle Street offers Chinese, whereas Olecito goes for Mexican. Both are located directly on campus, where most students are.
There are more libraries than tennis courts at Boston University, each with printing, scanning, photocopying and places to study or read.
BU Central is a very popular spot with its pool tables, mini stage, party lighting, table tennis tables, Plasma TV with a Wii hookup and the honor of the being the location of the hottest events of Boston University.
Needless, being bored here is very rare.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Escort Service – Boston University is very careful with its students. It even offers a free Escort Service in which any student can call in the service-the number is located on the back of every Student ID-and be walked with 2 or more people to where they need to go.
In addition, the Boston University Police Department is constantly on the move, whether it be on motorbikes, bicycles or police cruisers. They are fully prepared and alert at all times and also conveniently located on campus itself.
Having common sense never fails when it comes to personal safety; walking alone at night in a poorly lit places spells disaster. Keep your doors and windows locked to prevent theft and any damage of property.
With these security measures, Boston University is no doubt a very well-lit and safe place to be, at any time of the day or night.

5 College Sophomore

Local Area: Boston: it brings thoughts of brick buildings with crawling ivy, the grandeur of Fenway Park and rowdy Irish pubs.
In the heart of Boston lies Copley Square, a melting pot of tourists, students and locals. The pies and cheeses of the local farmer's market here can be smelt by the tired commuters rushing to catch a train at Back Bay Station, just down the road.
Fenway Park is another ballgame; it is filled with loud, but passionate scarlet-clad Red Sox supporters.
Across from Fenway is the sprawl that is Boston University. Integrated very neatly into the city, it can be easily recognized by its crowds of laughing students and tall, unique buildings.
Near the inbound end of the Green Line is Science Park, my favorite stop. The amazing Science Museum is a 3-minute stroll. But, Boston offers much more: The Museum of Fine Arts is the most famous one in all of Boston because of its size and stunning pieces.
Boston is not simply a place to photograph and sight-see, but also to get involved and enjoy.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Get Out and Go the the City – Boston U sucks if you stay inside all day or if you only hang around your dorm. Even when it's cold, venturing 10 minutes to the Boston Commons or onto Newbury Street can be just what one needs to refresh themselves. Everyone has advice on where to go as there are hundreds of beautiful places to see in Boston. Get a bike, or do what of the bus tours. Oh and don't apply to College of General Studies (CGS) if you are undecided with your major. CGS is BU's way of compromising intelligence for diversity, sluts, and jocks. It's a dumbed-down version of College of Arts and Sciences and is less competitive. So far, from other people's words, I have taken that CGS sucks (there's a two year commitment with specific courses) and you should avoid it at all costs.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Alcohol and Drugs: No Problem – Most partying is done out of a vodka bottle, but it is easy to get any kind of liquor as well as weed. There is usually someone who lives on your floor who will have a fake idea or be of age to get you some alcohol. Drinking is more in people like to talk about it more. They usually have crazier stories they can impress their friends with when they are drunk than when they are high. But smoking down by the Charles River is safe and easy to get away with. It's a big university so wherever you live, there are going to be alcohol and weed. No doubt. I know people who have taken acid and cocaine, but those aren't very popular at all. Mainly the slutty party girls do coke, and the laidback stoners try acid once in a while.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek Takes Hold of Much Partying – Most parties are in frat houses just West of campus...which can be a little far for some people because BU is a mile long strip along the Charles River. Massachusetts doesn't allow sorority houses which kinda sucks. I think Mass. claims that more than 8 women living together is considered a brothel. Greek guys are usually a little on the stuck-up side. They are cocky, and think they are better than the other guys that aren't into greek stuff. That doesn't mean they aren't friendly. I'd never join a frat, and I've met and had great conversations with frat guys. But a lot of them are just out to party. Sorority girls are most usually just trashy, disgusting sluts, even if they tell you they aren't like that. They are incredibly stuck-up and want nothing to do with anyone other than their male counterparts.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: Very Safe, Nothing to Worry About – As a girl, I've always felt safe on campus, even walking around late at night. BU has their own police force and you'll see them around, driving or on bikes. They're very strict about dorm security. You need to swipe in to enter, all the big dorms have 24/7 guards at the front desk, and they have a fairly strict guest/visitor policy. Sometimes it can be a pain but I guess it's better to be safe than sorry.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Boston Is the Place to Be! I really love BU. I have met so many amazing people and been involved with so many amazing activities and it's only my first year. I enjoy all of my classes, especially my Core classes. There are so many different majors and colleges within the university, there is something for everyone. The only reason I wouldn't choose BU again is the price, while it's an amazing university, it comes with an outrageous price tag.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: College Town – You definitely won't get bored in Boston. I always feel relatively safe on campus by myself and off campus with friends. Paradise club is just a block away from a major dorm on campus, Fenway Park is a block away at the other end of campus. There is always something to do on campus or on the campus of other schools, since there are so many universities in Boston itself. Boston is easy to get around to, on foot or on the T. The only bad thing is that many places close early and the T shuts down at midnight, making it more expensive to get home.

3 College Sophomore

Technology: The only place to sit and use a computer is in Mugar, the main library. It is always crowded there although there are usually some computers open. Printing on campus is only available in certain buildings but they are not entirely inconvenient. Many of the dorms are switching to WiFi this year although there are still some that are without WiFi. The rest of campus, including the BU Beach, has WiFi access although it can sometimes be a pain to connect on a Mac. Since the library is a hike from most dorms, having your own computer is a must. Printers are less of a necessity but it is nice to just be able to print and go and not worry about your print quota.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Use the T – I hear that parking permits are expensive, but most students at bu don't have cars since there are so many national and international students. So parking spaces shouldn't be a problem. People usually walk or take the T (train) to get around. But after 12 the T shuts down so people are left with walking or taking a cab. If u plan to go far and don't want to pay for a cab or just hate walking from parties then a car might b helpful

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Step Out of the Box – There are many people who find someone they're attracted to during the year, but it's still not as easy as people would like. I think it would be easier for guys to meet girls or girls to meet guys if they went out of their comfort zone and said hi to someone they don't know. It's a nice way to meet people here because bu is so big that even if u feel embarrassed about saying hi to a complete stranger, you probably won't see them anytime soon. And it helps to visit other college campuses as well and do the same because bu is close to other colleges such as bc, wheelock, emmanuel, berkelee, mit, etc.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Use the Libraries – The libraaries help students focus on their work. I use the smg library or the mugar library. Both are really useful. The mugar library (main library) has 4 floors. The first 2 have computers and the rest have little desk areas that help students read or do any quiet work. It also has the pal's lounge where friends can sit on couches and relax as they do work. The smg library (school of managemnt)is similar to mugar only without the pal's lounge, but it is very convenient for those in that school or people dorming on east campus.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: West Campus = Best for Freshman – West campus is the perfect option for freshman dorms! Freshman get to meet new friends easily and the dining hall is just a step outside!

2 College Junior

Weather: Wind & Rain – Boston is gorgeous in the warm months. However, November-April has a lot of wind, rain, and snow. The city is good in terms of clearing sidewalks, classes are rarely cancelled. Commonwealth avenue is a wind tunnel. By mid april it usually gets hot and everyone hangs outside.


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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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