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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are some great apartments and brownstones around campus-but be prepared to pay! Houses in Allston are also a popular option, but it's not exactly the safest area at night and it's quite a walk to the center of campus, even if it's only a few minutes beyond west.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: It is Boston, after all. Allston has a ton of bars and Asian restaurants, and Kenmore/Newbury/Copley have really awesome options-both high end and more chain-y places. Go farther into the city and you can get anything you want, guaranteed to be delicious!

3 College Freshman

Administration: RAs in freshman dorms are crazy. Quiet hours start extremely early, even on weekends. I know people that have gotten written up for watching TV alone in their room too loud. Visiting policies are pretty fair I would say. You do have to constantly sign your guests in, but that's only to keep us safe. As far as attendance is concerned, most professors leave it up to you whether you want to come to the class you paid to take.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: You have to basically be a genius to get a merit scholarship. I was top 5% of my 320 person class and didn't get a dime. Financial aid isn't great either. One thing you learn very quickly is that BU loves to take your money.

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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: If you want a party, there's usually something. Allston is where the majority of people will go because that's where you'll find the frat and athlete houses. They can be really fun if you find the right one but sometimes it's a bust if you don't have a good source. If there's nothing at BU, people go to Harvard/MIT/Northeastern or just dorm drink.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Food is pretty great for a college. Dining plans are not cheap but it's hard to complain with the amount of options we have and the overall quality. Dining halls have a lot of foreign foods but you always have your basic pizza/sandwich/salad stuff in case you're not into any of the meals they have one day. And anywhere you can use dining points is always a winner, although there aren't a ton of places that accept them

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Housing selection process is stressful, but once you finally get it settled it's great! Best option for freshmen is by far west-a reallllyy long walk to class for anyone not in SHA or CGS but nicer, newer, cleaner, and much more fun! Good upperclassmen housing (Stuvis, 1019) may be hard to get but if you can manage to get in it's great.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: Very upbeat and crowded on most weekends near college.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: Dining foods and options on campus is above average and convenient.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Campus housing is majority is clean and in walking distance to most of my classes.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The off-campus housing selection has been adequate. The process has been quite smooth so far. Housing staff were very helpful and informative. They made a process that had the potential of becoming very stressful, smoother.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: The options of healthy/organic/ethnic foods, are endless. The convenience of ordering food from local supermarkets, and having it deliver to your doorstep, for a minimal cost, is an added plus!

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3 College Junior

Administration: School does a good job enforcing rules and policies, which enables students to live in a safer and harmonious community.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: I don't own a car. When my parents drive to visit, finding a parking space on campus can be a bit of a challenge. they usually opt. for street parking and/or private parking.

4 College Junior

Party Scene: My first 2 years I had excellent wireless high speed internet service.

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3 College Junior

Campus Food: The few times I ate on campus, food was okay. Cannot give many details on the campus food because i mainly cook my own meals, in my apt,

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Housing is pretty adequate. I was able to find housing in close proximity (walking distance) to classes and easy access to restaurants and various activities in the area.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: I enjoy watching the hockey games, but I do wish we had a football team. The games are far from where I live and are sometimes difficult to get to.

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4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: It depends on where you want to go and what your preference is, but there is definitely always something to do on the weekends.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The best on campus housing includes the brownstones, Kilachand Hall, the Student Villages and the White Stones. All other campus housing options are average or below average as far as cleanliness and spaciousness goes. The social atmosphere depends on which dorm you choose to live in, but living in a certain dorm doesn't necessarily hinder your ability to make friends. The housing process is complicated, but you get used to it over time.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I'm thinking about moving off campus and there's not a whole lot of options, especially super cheap ones... the best way is to get a place with at least one other person so you can get a nicer place. They are mostly within a 15 minute walking radius to the campus, some closer and some further.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: It's definitely not bad food, just have to be careful to not indulge in too much junk food (cookies, pizza, ice cream, fries, etc) as it's very readily available at almost any time of day and in any dining hall. With as much junk food though, there's plenty of fresher options like salad bars and sandwich stations.

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: Hockey dominates the athletics at BU, and then the rowing teams... our athletic center is probably the best in the country, and club sports (which I participate in) are very involved in competing and practice which is good.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I love living on campus. Most classes are centrally located so if you live in West you have to be okay with walking

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Honestly Greek Life is not a big deal. It makes up about 10% of the population at BU and non-greeks and greeks hang out all the time so it honestly doesn't really matter. There re pros and cons of being part of Greek Life.

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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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