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4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Being in the city of Boston is amazing. There is so much to do. There is shopping, museums, exhibits, historical places to visit, etc. I would definitely live here if I found a good job. It is the city so it is very expensive.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: It is great and not too hard to find a party, but nightlife can be difficult when you are under 21 and don't enjoy fraternity parties. It's not your typical college campus because it in the middle of the city. There is something fro everyone, even if you don't enjoy parties.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It depends where on campus you live. The best thing to do as a freshman is to live in West campus. It's the easiest to make friends and it's a very close knit environment. There are other areas of housing that are more distant, which may be nice once you're older, but at the beginning of your college experience I would recommend West or Warren Towers. Housing is very expensive and in my opinion not worth what you are given. Other universities have much nicer housing and probably for a more affordable price.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I do not know much about the Greek life at Boston University. I am not involved. But I would say it's half and half. Some people are involved and some are not, but your involvement doesn't make much of a difference here.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: I have attended a few events with Greek life. It was enjoyable. I have no interest in joining at this time.

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4 College Junior

Administration: I have never had any issues at B.U.

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5 College Junior

Local Area: Boston has everything from Fenway Park to the Boston Commons. The shopping is amazing, the food is the best you will find. I have lived in Boston for three years now, and I am still finding new places and new things to do.

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5 College Junior

Majors: I was excepted to work on a satellite project. It has definitely been the best experience of my life. I have grown from this challenge. I believe I would never have had this chance to do something so rewarding and challenging if I had attended any other University.

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4 College Junior

Campus Housing: I have had great experiences in all housing thus far.

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5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: I have experienced the best dining options since I have lived in Boston. Boston has something for everyone!

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3 College Junior

Party Scene: I am not a big party student. I like to chill with friends. I do attend big events, such as Marathon Monday and the Back bay Ball. Halloween parties are always a great time at B.U.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: I'm not sure how many scholarships are given. I did not receive any. I think it is pretty hard to get a scholarship.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I have never experienced any situations that have been stressful as far as safety. I experienced the lock down during the bombings. I felt that Boston University kept us up to date and I didn't feel afraid. The Boston University police work very well with the Boston police.

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3 College Junior

Athletics: The athletics are a very important part of Boston University. Unfortunately, I am so busy working, studying, attending meetings for the organizations I'm in, I don't get to enough sporting events.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: People don't care if you belong to a fraternity/sorority, they have great housing.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of diverse, great dining options...most reasonably priced

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: It's pretty easy to deal with the financial aid office, but I did not receive all the financial aid I needed

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4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Lots of parties occurring at my school, great to meet new people

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: We don't have greek houses. So you don't really notice greek life. Very few people are a part of it

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: the best "party scene" at BU is outsourced. Many students trek to Harvard or Boston College for social gatherings

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Decent sized rooms and walls arent as thin as my friend's schools.

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2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: BU is pretty stingy on financial aid in my experience. Even when I appealed my award package, they didn't give me more. Overall a pretty expensive school that I don't think is worth the price tag.

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2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: If you want cheap, Allston is one of your only options. If you live in Allston, it's often disgusting. On-campus is usually the safest option

2 College Sophomore

Athletics: We have some stellar athletes at BU, but most of the student body doesnt care unless it's hockey. The attendance and enthusiasm at most games (non-hockey) is so poor it's embarrassing.

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2 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Although Boston is a great place to live, I found the campus vibe at BU to be sub-par. There is no school spirit or community feel at all. I don't feel like I attend a college, it's more like a degree-machine. The academics are great, but I didnt feel like I'm getting the entire "college experience" other schools offer

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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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