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Reviews 2707 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Can Be Cheaper Then a Dorm – Off campus housing is expensive, especially if you want to get anything near campus. But on campus housing is pretty expensive too, so off campus could be your better of two evils. If you want cheaper housing, consider living farther away from campus and taking the T in.

2 College Junior

Parking: Pretty Expensive – Most students don't drive because our urban location makes it so hard to park, both on campus and off. But, those that do drive can get a parking permit (for a hefty fee) or rely on the metered spots on campus.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Hockey Rules! BU doesn't have a football team, so athletic life revolves around Hockey. The annual Beanpot competition between BU and other Boston schools always draws crowd. But if you want a school that worships its athletic members, look for another school.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Everything Is Close – The actual BU campus has BU owned food, which can be good, and a chiptoles. But, luckily, BU is right in downtown Boston and there is lots to visit. You can walk down to Kenmore (at the very edge of east campus) for fast food and sit down restaurants (my favorite is UNOs) or go around the corner to Fenway and check out the sports bar. Even more, you can head to Brookline, which is near south campus, for an eclectic mix of smaller restaurants. For more upscale dining you can take the T or walk to the famous Newburry Street (but be prepared to spend more).

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drug Scene Is Hardly Present – The drug scene at BU is not big at all, and when it does happen it isn't heard of. Drinking is obviously present, but also very discreet. Dormitories have very strict policies about getting caught with alcohol.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Good and Discreet – Greek life on campus seems almost nonexistent during the week day, but definitely makes a presence over the weekend for parties. Only Greek housing for males is available.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Despite living on a urban campus, the security here is surprisingly great.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Shuttle Bus and T are a hassle but just about everywhere is walkable

4 College Freshman

Academics: Excellent Professors – Tons of Resources and Professors to go to if you need help

5 College Freshman

Local Area: Lots of schools, stores to shop, places to see, parks, museums, etc...

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Great Need Based – I received a decent amount of financial aid, but it was all need based. A couple of my forms got lost in the shuffle, so I had to stay on top of things. I suggest making regular in-person appointments with your financial aid officer to make sure things are going smoothly. I tried for scholarships but i was informed it wouldnt change my overall package. My friend couldnt get any financial aid at all (the only option he was left with was outside scholarships).

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Skip the Clubs – There are a few clubs and bars on or very near campus but student parties are typically the way to go. They are much more affordable, and typically more fun as you will hang out with people you know and meet people you will see again. There are always parties in Warren but they are low-key and small between friends as there is an RA on every floor.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Even the on campus apartments are cheaper than the dorms, especially with the exorbitant, required, 13 dollar per meal meal plans.This being said you should still subscribe to this exorbitant plan your semmester if not your first year and you should live in Warren Towers, not south campus, not stu v (Hojo and West Campus are ok options as well).

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: A Place to Grow – One of the best things about Boston University is that you can meet a ton of different types of people, but also meet people that are just like you. Everyone has a different story and comes from a different background. I love Boston because there is always something to do; you will never get bored. It is a great place to find your niche and have fun while doing so. I wouldn't want to be anywhere else.

1 College Freshman

Parking: There is not a good amount of parking around campus. However, it is in a city, so that should be expected. In Warren Towers, there is a parking garage underneath which is very convenient. There are also side streets around the building that you can find meter parking at. Otherwise, it is difficult to find spots.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Dining in Boston – Off-campus dining is fantastic. You have Fanueil Hall and Quincy Market, which is full of amazing places to eat - foods of all types. There is also the North End, which is mostly Italian food, but also has Mike's Pastry Shop, which is famous for its amazing desserts. The best part about Boston is that there is upscale dining and also affordable places to eat.

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: BU has one of the most prestigious swim teams in the country and our facilities prove it. We have a great gym and the pools are impressive. Free swim, a lazy river, a hot tub, and watching meets from the elliptical make going to the gym so much better.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: BU basically has very few sports who are supported by the students of BU. My first week here, upperclassmen said BU has almost no school spirit, unless it's hockey. Hockey is the king of sports here, but we have so many great teams that do really well. We also have a bunch of fun intramural sports that aren't mainstream. Personal favorites are Ultimate Frisbee and Quidditch.

3 College Freshman

Academics: Intro COM Classes – The introductory classes in the College of Communication are pretty easy, but a lot of what you'll do in CO 101 is common sense. This makes for an easy, but generally boring, class.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Green Line – Green line will allow you to get just about anywhere in Boston and the surrounding areas, not to mention it probably stops right outside your dorm room door. Downside: so unreliable and slow especially during wet, cold, snowy etc. weather that you'll often get to class more quickly by walking (even if over a mile away).

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food can get old, especially in the dining hall. Generally, if you're a vegetarian, they rotate what grain to put tofu over. The GSU has more options for when you're on the go and in desperate need of a change. Meal plans are ridiculously expensive though.

3 College Freshman

Weather: The weather in Boston is really hard to figure out. Some days it's 90 degrees, others its -10. Just because the calendar says "January" doesn't mean it won't rain. There is also an inevitable bone-chilling wind in the middle of the winter.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Not for Everyone. If you're under 21, your ability to get your hands on alcohol is extremely limited since everywhere cards. However, if you like gross, sweaty basements and frat parties, you can get "thirsty" every night if you so please. I don't often see drugs harder than weed on campus, but I'm sure they're around if you really want them.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Warren Towers (Probably Freshman Year) – They look like three tall prison towers, and while the amenities are reminiscent of jail cells (brick wall, old furnishings, etc.), it's really thriving because of the mass amount of people living here. Very social.

3 College Junior

Administration: The campus is not that strict. The only thing that I personally don't like is the limit of guests that I am allowed to bring into my dorm.


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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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