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5 College Freshman

Party Scene: If you want to go to a party, you'll find one. If you're not into it, that's fine too.

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3 College Freshman

Administration: The school is a large institution, and the administration naturally runs as a business. They are for-profit and are not always acting in the interest of students.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: BU is expensive and there is no way getting around it.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Overall, the food on campus is a lot better than most schools. It's all about personal preference.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms are okay, freshman year isn't superb but the options get better as you go.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It's expensive, but so it room and board here. It really depends on the job one has and if they have enough reliable friends to sustain it.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: It's nice to have such a variety of options within walking distance. Could have better student deals or cheaper prices.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: If you find it, it's great.

3 College Freshman

Administration: If you don't make waves, there will never be a problem.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I got grants. Scholarships are hard to come by unless you're really smart and need it. Plus theres a lot of wealth at BU so not everyone needs it.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: I would say it is much better than other places around. Even compared to schools around the country.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Some locations are better than others.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: It's a city. There is always a good variety of food in the city. And it's Boston so it's small and things are easy to get to. There are a lot of nice places to eat around Coolidge Corner and I like to go to Chinatown a lot for cheap food. Prices range from cheap to extremely expensive. I'm not very rich so I generally stick to the dining hall.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: I don't party much outside of my group of friends. Greek life is not as huge at BU but there is definitely a nice party scene. I hear that frat parties can be difficult to get into if you're male though.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: Most people go off campus to party but drinking in your room with a small group of friends is pretty safe. The campus security cares more about your safety than getting you in trouble so as long as you're not harming anyone or yourself you should be fine. Visiting in dorms is pretty lenient. There's a clear system that may seem a bit tedious but its better than some other places. Basically, every student with a meal plan can enter the dorms and if not, they need to be signed in. The sign in process takes a couple minutes at most. It's really straight forward and the security guys are pretty nice about letting people in.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I was awarded certain financial aid and I have received it. Much of my worries come from the general financial mishaps of the American education system. I need more financial aid than I have received but that's because getting a higher education in the US is extremely expensive. This is an issue that goes much further than just this one university.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Honestly, since its campus food, the food is really not that bad. There's 3 dining halls: West, Warren, and Bay State. Warren has the best pizza and bread pudding. Bay State has the most options. I don't know much about West but I hear it has good burgers. Make a Difference Mondays are the worst but there's the GSU that accepts dining points and is just a food court so you know what you're gonna get. I love loose leafs, especially when there's avocado. mmm salad.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms are nice to meet friends but apartment-style is preferable after Freshman year. However, it is not that easy to get. Most people, once they are in a Whitestone or apartment-style room, choose to stay there, which means its harder for the unlucky ones to find a nice place. Warren Towers is a great freshman dorm and its nice having a dining hall inside, especially during really bad winter days. Towers is more of a sophomore dorm so people are less willing to interact and the rooms are a bit larger than in Warren Towers. It's close to Bay State dining hall which is nice. Both dorms are close to central campus so its good if you're in ENG or CAS. SMG, SHA, SARG, and CGS majors may prefer west campus housing but in general, location is good. StuVi is dream housing but it's super expensive and way out in West campus which is far from most of my classes. So for me, the view is not worth it. To be honest, I just want a kitchen. Maybe Senior year...

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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The student health center has not really helped me in any way during the two times I had been there.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: I love playing intramural. It's fun, cheap, but sometimes hard to join if you don't sign up early enough.

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: I don't like the greek population. Even though they are a small percentage, they definitely make themselves known and it sometimes feels overwhelming.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I love living off-campus. It is super expensive and prices continue to rise, but it is totally worth it.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Boston has a ton of ethnic dining options and especially asian restaurants very close to campus.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: I think once the nightlife in Boston becomes available to me it will be a lot better since frat parties are not very fun for me and my friends.

3 College Freshman

Administration: They are very strict about underage drinking and if they catch someone in the dorm even a little bit under the influence, they send them to the hospital, which is not only expensive, but sometimes totally unnecessary for the situation.

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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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