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3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There are a good mix of people of campus. Of course, at an expensive and reputable school there are a good amount of wealthy sheltered kids. Still, there's a place for everyone and you can find people that you fit with. Everyone just wants to have a good time whether it be talking about physics or vodka-chugging competitions that float your boat. There are wayyyy more girls at BU. Oh, and people on West Campus are noticeably better looking than the rest of BU (more athletes and partyers)

4 College Sophomore

Technology: A lot of our big academic buildings have computers available for public use. In my dorm (West Campus) we had computers in our basement lounge and a print system. The whole campus has wi-fi which is pretty cool (indoor and outdoor). The Mugar library has hundreds of computers for you to use until 2am and a pretty good printing service. I wouldn't rely on those printers during finals, though. Me and my roomie shared a printer.. it saved space and $

3 College Senior

Transportation: there is a shuttle bus that runs every half-hour until late at night, but sometimes it's inconvenient for partying at night.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: The types of food varies a lot off-campus, but they're also very eclectic. There are all different types of ethnic foods, such as Indian, West Indian, Asian, and Mediterranean cuisines.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Super Diverse – There is a niche for everyone here! An explosion of culture, ethnicity, and race! Excellent exposure to the outside world since some of us live in a bubble.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Great Food! A plethora of places to eat and explore since it IS the city, dining halls are very great too! So many options and variety just on campus!

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: It is very safe, however it is the city so you do have to be street smart. But, it is generally safe.

2 College Senior

Parking: No Need – There is very little need for a car on campus. There are a few parking lots around, and you might be able to find a metered spot on the street here and there, but the trouble and cost is usually not worth it. The entire campus is walking distance, and for things just outside of campus, the T can usually get you there one way or another.

3 College Senior

Party Scene: Much of the nightlife in Boston is 21+ (clubs, bars, etc.); for those under 21, it's mainly house parties in Allston. These are very hit and miss: some are really fun, others not so much, others broken up by the police. However, with some persistence, you can find your place and make it as fun as you want.

4 College Senior

Academics: Rigorous and Challenging – The academics, depending on your major, can be challenging, and it can be difficult to get an "A". However, for the most part, professors are always willing to help, whether it's during class to explain something further or during office hours, which almost every professor has. Registration is easy (done online), although for more in-demand classes you might not always get your first choice. It all depends on your ID number, but the good thing is that if one semester you don't get what you want, the next semester you probably will.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Bring Snow Boots and an Umbrella – It snows and rains a lot in Boston. Classes are never cancelled, so it's always a hike. Most New Englanders are used to the cold, but the non-locals have a tough time adjusting.

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Hockey is by far the biggest sport here, but I don't really care for it. There's no football team, and the basketball team is garbage.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Loving Apartment-Style Options – I managed to get an apartment-style room at Boston University, which has made my time here just that much better. It's like living on my own in the city, except I'm right in the center of campus. Best of all, I'm not restricted to dining hall food because I have my own kitchen.

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: 57 Grand – financial aid helps a little but depends more on scholarships

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drinking Is a Bigger Activity – The drug scene is not really big, although it depends on who you hang out with. If people are doing drugs, they're usually just smoking. Drinking is a much more popular activity.
a lot of smoking during finals including weed

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: no greek housing for sororities and no official greek houses for frats
friendly and overall nice people
fun events

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I think living on-campus is so much better, its more convenient and cheaper!

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Student Centers Are Excellent – The Student Union and other student centers are great places to get together with the classmates I love!

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Great Programs – I'm in the dual-degree program getting a degree in both journalism & cultural anthropology. The workload is a intense, as expected, but the program is great and I love every minute of it!

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: Great Resources – The school's location in the city offers unique opportunities and a wealth of resources.

4 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: Great diversity and a large international student population.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Boston University offers an incredibly wide-ranging selection of majors. The breadth and depth of each field's curriculum is impressive. The school offers great resources such as its renowned study abroad program.

1 College Sophomore

Weather: Snow and Rain Make Life Hell! Most, if not almost all, the school is year is cold. There is a lot of snow and rain, and sometimes the two mixed together!

This weather makes it difficult for students who have to travel far to get to classes because there a lot of puddles that form and it's very windy, which also makes the rain fall sideways.

Some recommendations:
- If it rains, wear boots and try to find an umbrella that has a rounder, more engulfing top, because flat topped umbrellas will turn inside out.
- Buy a winter jacket that can also serve as one for the rain.
- Don't ever leave your dorm/ apartment late when it is raining; the agitation will cause you to fall in the bad weather.
- When it snows, try to have a snowball fight once in a while!

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Heavy Load on the Wallet – The off-campus housing at BU is very expensive, but it also depends on where you look. There are apartments that are more luxurious than others, but overall they are expensive. I think that this is the main point that students are worried about. However, if you can get a nice apartment and manage your utilities right, it can end up being way cheaper than living on campus.

Also, most of the apartments are very far from the central campus itself, which makes accessibility a problem during winter and rain. That being said, depending on where you are, you can be close to the train line, the main supermarket and lots of restaurants.

Off-campus housing at BU is a large task because you have to factor in so many things when looking for an apartment. It's best to find one with a roommate as it will be lighter on the wallet.

3 College Freshman

Administration: Underage drinking isnt too strict but in MA it is illegal to own a "fake id", so if you are caught it will be on your record for 6 years.

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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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