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College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I live on campus, so I have not experienced looking for and living in off-campus housing.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The T runs right through campus, so it is easy to get on and to get across campus (although you have to pay $2/ride, so walking is often more practical for shorter distances). The T also gets you to the airport or the bus/train station, so leaving the city is not too hard. A bus line runs through campus and provides another option for students to get across campus and into surrounding areas (but it costs $1.50/ride). The BU Shuttle is usually good, but you often have a long wait for a shuttle to come by and the shuttle is often full of students.

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: It is very cold for most of the school year. I like the snow, but it gets a little miserable when it is windy (especially because students mostly walk everywhere).

3 College Sophomore

Academics: My program is difficult and requires a lot of studying and stressing. However, it definitely is preparing me for my career. There are a lot of internship opportunities within BU and around Boston.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Since the entire city of Boston is "off-campus", the dining options are endless. Students often eat out in Allston, Brookline, Cambridge, and downtown areas like the North End (Italian) and Chinatown.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: A lot of students go to frat parties or clubs on Friday and Saturday nights. The T runs until 12:30, the BU Shuttle runs until 4, and there are a lot of cab companies, so transportation is usually easy to find.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There have been a few armed robberies in the past couple years, but the police always responded as quickly as they could.

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I did not get any financial aid. A lot of my friends did, however, and many of them have work-study jobs at BU.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: It is a nationally-ranked program, so I am learning a lot. However, it is often difficult and a lot of studying is involved.

College Sophomore

Majors: I applied to my program when I applied to BU, so I did not have any problems getting in.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are many ways to learn more about off-campus housing. BU holds off-campus housing information sessions while many realtors come to campus educating students on the pros, cons, and options of living off campus.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The girls are often thought of as more attractive than the boys, which I would agree with. It's a big enough school that there is no "typical" student, which is a blessing.

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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Everything closes at 2am. Do not use a fake. Expect your frat party to get busted. Still, Boston is an amazing city to be a student in and there's a ton of places to check out. Consider other area schools like Harvard and MIT, who throw generally high quality parties.

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1 College Freshman

Parking: You will not find a parking spot. If by some miracle you do, you will get a ticket. Do not bring your car unless you have a place to part in an indoor lot and you are willing to pay hundreds monthly for a permit.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Overall the variety and quality of BU dining options are good. Warren is pretty standard and west is barely above average, but Bay State is exceptional and has interesting theme nights like "Chocolate Night" and visiting chef series that improve the quality of the food. The GSU has some great options and using convenience points to order Dominoes is a late night blessing. Other late night options include Warren late night (pretty junk food-y, but open until 2am) and Bay State late night, which closes at 11 usually but is a sit-down restaurant with sweet and savory crepes, pizzas, wings, salads, etc. Lobster night is overrated and Make a Difference Monday is the bane of everyone's existence.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drinking is about as prevalent as you'd expect on any large college campus, especially in the Allston area, but the wealth of options diminishes the peer pressure to imbibe somewhat. Besides marijuana and perhaps study aids like Adderall and Ritalin, few other drugs are visible on campus unless you're actively seeking them. Warren Security, BU and Boston Police (and sometimes your RA) are absolutely out to bust you in a random (and therefore unfair) manner. Don't be stupid, don't be loud, don't come home visibly intoxicated as a freshman and expect to swipe in. Probably don't try and use a fake ID, Boston is exceptionally strict about them. When you're old enough, go drink some beer with Dean Elmore and get knighted at the BU Pub.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Housing will differ greatly depending on where you live. Warren is a prison, but has tight-knit floors and is 30 seconds away from CAS and COM with a Starbucks, Subway, and Jamba Juice on the ground floor. Very strict security guards. West has more of a campus feel and is where most of the athletes/Greeks live but can be very far from your classes if you aren't in CGS, CFA, or SHA. The West dining hall is better and it's close to FitRec. East campus is the most beautiful area to live but also the quietest. Shelton/Kilachand (houses the Honors College and Writer's Corridor) has big rooms with bathrooms in suite and the best study rooms of any dorm but the least social life. It's across from 100 BSR, which is the best dining hall on campus by far. Towers is slightly quieter than Warren but the rooms are nicer and it's still close to class. HoJo is decent and the private bathrooms are nice but many people living there are in triples and I've heard reports of bedbugs. Danielsen is very very far from everything but the rooms are nice. Stuvi I and II are gorgeous but you will not live there unless you are willing to pay lots of money and you're an athlete/Greek/know someone who can pull you in. I wouldn't worry too much because you probably won't get your first choice anyway.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a ton of options, but the best ones are more expensive than average (Newbury Street). For slightly cheaper, many of the Thai places lining Comm ave are surprisingly good. There's always the fast food/chain options as well, which are plentiful.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Expensive and often noisy, but very convenient and of generally high quality. It's not difficult to get an apartment. Look on South, behind St. Paul Street & in Dexter, or in Allston. There will be rats in most buildings.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: Lots of international students, which definitely makes the community less homogenous. Liberal/progressive leaning students and Christians dominate. BU just introduced Gender Neutral housing, which is very cool. Slightly more women on campus than men. Greek life seems less diverse than the campus as a whole. It's hard for me to speak to experiencing BU as a minority because I am not one, but I've definitely seen some issues (primarily with sexism) from both the professors and the students. Nothing I wouldn't expect (unfortunately) from most other colleges and college students, though.

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1 College Freshman

Administration: Don't try to drink in Warren. Don't try to come home drunk to Warren. Don't try to sneak in guests to any dorm. Don't bring your car and expect to get street parking.

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: The BU Shuttle is difficult to catch because the Live View App (pinpointing the bus' locations with GPS) lies and the drivers don't always (read: rarely) keep to the exact schedule. BU is attempting to provide service during weekend days, which will be helpful. The T now charges students regular fair, which is annoying, but it can be helpful and reliable for crossing campus quickly. Taxis are everywhere on east and central campus.

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3 College Freshman

Weather: The winters aren't too brutal (and this is from a California native) but are they LONG. Bring a few warm coats and some snow boots and you'll be just fine.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Consistently ranked top 50 nationwide. Some programs and professors are better than others and intro-level classes are deeply mediocre, but the education is generally of fair or good quality. Registration can be a nightmare if you aren't a varsity athlete or student in the Honors college (the two groups with preference). The workload isn't horrible, but the grade deflation is.

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: I've had only positive experiences with Greek life, but I am in a sorority so this certainly skews my opinion. It's not a great scene in the traditional sense but there are upsides to the more low-key Greek scene that BU provides. It's not very cliquey per se, though it does a fantastic job of making BU smaller if that's what you're looking for. There are no sorority houses so many girls opt to either not live with sisters or be pulled into apartments or Stuvi I and II (you'll have little chance of living here without being in Greek Life or an athlete and it's gorgeous but expensive) and the frat houses in Allston are a bit run down and... sticky? — but what do you expect, I guess. There are plenty of different frats and sororities and all of them have very different vibes so it's a more diverse scene than usual. Nobody in Greek life looks down on individuals who are not participants and to those not involved I'm sure it's irrelevant, given the size of Boston and the bountiful opportunities. From what I have heard there seems to be indifference towards Greeks by non-Greeks.

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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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