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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: I wish I had gone off-campus. The selection process is harsh given that there are so many students and not enough nice housing to fit them all. Two of my semesters as a new transfer student were pretty far from classes and any social scenes (p.s. to all transfer students, you will be placed far from campus--I think this has something to do with helping you assimilate to the community and not feel like a freshman but.. didn't work for me that way). The dorms are small and the apartments are not much bigger, but living anywhere in a city will be like that. And unless you are in one of the freshman buildings or the super elite StuVi, the rest of the buildings are pretty quiet. Who knows, maybe I just had bad luck.. but I found great friends and a place to call home outside of BU campus. Overall: The BU academics are WAY worth the crappy housing, so just go off-campus.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Boston is our campus so anything off campus would mean venturing further into the city to get food which is just amazing. Boston is a cultural hub so any of the food you get is probably going to be worth your while (just maybe a tad bit more expensive).

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5 College Freshman

Administration: The administration at BU are there to help and I have had nothing but a positive experience with them.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I don't live off campus but most of my friends seem happy with it. Can be pricey though.

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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: I don't go to a lot of frat or house parties, mostly just stuff with people from my club. But I always have a great time with those.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Dude. It's Boston. There's a ridiculous amount of options. If you can think of a kind of food, you can get it somewhere in the city. Prices not the best.

3 College Freshman

Administration: Pretty lenient as long as you party off campus and don't tick off anyone else.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: The process is easy, just submit FAFSA, PROFILE, and IDOC. Problem is the cutoff for merit scholarships is very high for a school with such rampant grade deflation.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Plenty of options but i wish dining halls had more variety

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Dorms provide easy access to classes/ other things

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I like the option of off campus housing here simply because it often ends up being cheaper than on campus housing. I haven't tried it yet but I probably will live off campus some point in my college career.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: If you want to party you will most likely end up doing the Allston crawl at some point during your freshman year which isn't bad but I liked the MIT parties I went to more than the BU ones. They're often hard to get into unless you're all girls or you have cash on you and often get shut down by cops.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: The financial aid office at BU is extremely helpful so I recommend calling with any questions you have because the documents can sometimes be a hassle to fill out! Just make sure to get everything in by the deadlines!

5 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food on campus may seem to get a bit repetitive after a while but generally it is very good. I went to visit a friend at another college and I was extremely disappointed with their food. We actually have it really good when it comes to food! I recommend using your meal plan before paying for your own stuff! You have the plan for a reason! Try something new!!

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The on campus housing system at BU makes some people crazy but overall it is just like living in a city. The buildings are tall and will probably require you to take an elevator sometimes but there are a variety of options. I recommend living in Warren Towers your freshman year. Despite the buildings old facade and small rooms, it has a truly social atmosphere and allows you to get to know the people on your floor really well which is great for making friends in the formative months of your college career. There are several other options such as brownstones, apartments, singles, doubles, etc... You will definitely find something you like there!

2 College Sophomore

Party Scene: As a freshman, I found the parties more annoying than anything.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: You're in Boston. If you can't find someplace to eat, you have a more serious issue.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I received a $20,000 per year scholarship without applying.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Bay State is excellent. It was recently rated the best dining hall in America.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I have only lived in freshman housing. It is livable.

3 College Freshman

Administration: I was not too strict.

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I would appreciate more financial aid.

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Public Health financial aid is a little different, and the staff aren't always friendly to communicate with!

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Eh, not much of the affordable housing in the area is kept up incredibly well, but it works!

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Not a bad area at all!

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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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