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Technology: There are ample computer labs, places to go, and places to print things. I rarely use my own printer.

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Off-Campus Dining: We have awesome restaurants in this area of Boston. Go to Noodle Street! It's right in Kenmore Square, and has amazing Asian food. There are definitely many types of restaurants around.

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Greek Life: Eh, most of the sorority/fraternity parties are at MIT. But BU has a few good ones. I would say sororities don't play that big of a role.

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Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of options for living off campus that are quite close to campus. The downside is that the apartments are expensive! Other than that, they are roughly the same cost as the dorms and a whole lot nicer.

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Overall Experience: BU is just fine. Sometimes I feel like I don't fit in, but in a school of 16,000 you're bound to find some people like you. I wish I had more friends, not just acquaintances.

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Drug Safety: If people do any drugs, they mostly smoke weed. Almost everyone drinks, though.

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Parking: Don't bring a car! You're in Boston-just use public transportation.

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Academics: The teachers are fine. Most of them are more interested in research than teaching, and the ones who actually care about their students are well known. However, within the School of Education, almost all of the professors are looking out for the well being and success of their students.

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Weather: Its cold. We are right by the river. Spring and summer is nice.
Sometimes unpredictable

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Campus Housing: The dorms are okay. I've lived in the brownstones, and these are really nice. Some have spiraling staircases and pianos, and the friendships and community within them are nice. Student Village is great for on-campus apartments.

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Local Area: Boston is a city but I find it to be like a large town. It closes pretty early, and transportation can be an issue at late hours. There is a ton to learn here. You can take in the museums such as the MFA, go to Salem during Halloween, walk the Freedom Trail, and lots more. There are tons of other colleges nearby including our rival, Boston College.

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Diversity: The campus is making strides in ethnic diversity. We still have a long way to go in terms of acquiring large numbers of under-represented minorities. I find that BU is more diverse internationally than ethnically. Politically, there are numerous views, as well as sexually and ideologically.

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Party Scene: Parties on campus are great-well, not so much on BU's campus, but the neighboring schools throw great parties. Since clubs in Boston are 21+, parties are really our main source for entertainment at night until we reach the age of 21.

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Academics: Some teachers are really good-they want to get through to their students and teach them something, and they try to learn everyone's names. Other teachers are just there for research or their own work and take teaching less seriously, which can be really frustrating when you're trying to learn the material. Overall, the workload is manageable.

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Health & Safety: Security and safety on campus is pretty efficient. The BU police e-mails students about any suspicious activity to keep students aware. If anything major happens, the BU police can notify every student through texts telling them to keep clear of certain dangerous places at the time. They test the texting system every so often.

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Greek Life: Greek life is not pervasive at BU, although initiations and such are obvious at the GSU sometimes. You definitely don't have to be part of a fraternity or sorority to be part of the social scene at BU.

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Campus Food: The food on campus is alright. Sometimes they don't have many vegetarian options, but, other times, they get creative with the food. There are various options, but in some dining halls, there might not be any at all. The meal plans are way too expensive per meal considering the types of foods offered, especially to vegetarians, where half the choices offered in the dining hall are not an option.

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Overall Experience: I really like Boston University, but I could do without the cold weather. It's nice to live near the city of Boston, although I wish I had more time to explore it. Although I am enjoying my experience here in Boston, I think if I could do it over again, I'd try a different campus setting, perhaps somewhere warmer and with a more well-defined campus area, just to try something different. But, there's nothing like the city of Boston!

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Technology: Students should definitely bring their own computers, since the computer labs are usually crowded and not 24 hours. You can find wireless on some parts of the campus, and in dorms there are Ethernet connections that are mandatory to buy if you live on campus.

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Campus Quality: The facilities are very good. We have a new gym, the GSU for students to hang out and eat in, very decent dining halls that look like nice restaurants, and a couple of good libraries.

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Weather: It's typical New England weather. Crappy winters, short springs, nice and lively summers, and very pretty autumns. It snows a lot in the winter, and windchill is usually very bad here.

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Drug Safety: As far as I know, the drug scene is not very big. Smoking and drinking are more common.

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Guys & Girls: BU has a large and diverse student body, so you can find all kinds of guys and girls here.

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Transportation: Public transportation is pretty good around BU. Since BU is a city campus, we rely on the city transportation, such as the train and buses, a lot. The only inconvenience is that they usually stop running after 12:30 am or so. Also, there is the free BU shuttle that goes around campus, although it doesn't run all the time, either.

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Athletics: Hockey is huge, and the Beanpot is crazy. It all depends on whether or not you're into sports to begin with. Basketball was big this year. Anyone can start a team for IM sports; you just need to get enough people together.

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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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