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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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3 College Freshman

Athletics: No football team weakens overall student spirit, but hockey games are well-attended. Intramurals are fairly popular. FitRec is a fantastic and beautiful facility for working out and people-watching.

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4 College Freshman

Majors: As with any school, all majors are not created equal. Some programs here are top ones in the world, others are pretty standard or even mediocre fare. Intro level courses are crowded and generally of poor quality, but the upper level ones tend to be received by the students.

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3 College Freshman

Majors: I'm in a program of relatively small size so I appreciate seeing familiar faces. Not the friendliest group, but not competitive. Very competent professors across the major. Male dominated major for both students and professors.

2 College Freshman

Health & Safety: BU Police pretty much exist to stalk frat houses and arrest or transport students for being tipsy. That, coupled with Boston Police's bizarre "arrest first" policy (Really? In a college city??) can make partying safely an occasional nightmare. I appreciate the efforts of the Sexual Assault and Rape Prevention Center, but I don't know to what extent BUPD contributes positively, if at all, to their service.

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4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Pretty average experience getting aid. For such an expensive school it's a necessity for most people and a headache, but they were helpful enough.

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3 College Freshman

Technology: I have a personal computer and therefore haven't had to use the computer labs often. There appear to be ample computers in study lounges and libraries, and I've never had problems getting a machine when I wanted it or having to find another machine because mine was broken or not well maintained. That being said, I would highly recommend procuring an Ethernet cord if you plan on spending time in your dorm room using the internet (especially for streaming) because the wireless network drops an absurd amount and it can be very frustrating. There's access (however mediocre) almost everywhere on campus, including the BU Beach and other areas outside, so that's a definite plus. I've heard great things about Tech Support here.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: Boston is one of the best cities in the world to be a college student. There's ample attractions during the day and a BU ID can get you free admittance to most of them (Parks, museums, etc). The professional athletics in Boston certainly draw in a spirited crowd — the Red Sox won the word series just blocks away from campus, and thousands of people flooded the street in front of my dorm. Memorable! At night there are certainly ample options, but the ID checkers are draconian and punishments can be severe so beware if you are attempting to use a fake ID in the city. My only major gripes are that the nightlife tends to shut down abruptly at 2am and the locals ("townies") can be abrasive.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I LOVE my major, but it is small and I do not even know everyone in it. I wish it were more organized. I am very pleased with everything BU has to offer.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Very easy and many options

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Vegetarian option is ALWAYS tofu. The tofu ALWAYS tastes bad.

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3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Very loud. Not a fan of the city campus.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sports are definitely big at BU, but the most popular (and definitely the most fun to watch) sport is Men's Ice hockey. A tremendous amount of school spirit is always shown at the games, which makes it fun to attend games even if you're not a huge sports fan. The athletic facilities, especially Fitrec, are amazing; whether you go work out occasionally or are taking one of their offered courses. I just started taking a PDP class and I wish I had done so earlier. Offering these programs definitely makes it easier (and more fun) to stay in shape.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I've never heard of any off-campus dining that offered student discounts, but I still love the occasional off-campus dinner or lunch break. Nothing seems too chain at all, you can find all kinds of restaurants if you take the time to explore the city.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather is mostly harsh due to the long winter, but spring and fall are definitely the best seasons. The campus always looks flawless during these times.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: For me, location is an important factor in determining where I want to live, which thus limits my options. Although most people believe the farthest dorms from campus, such as Danielsen or Myles Standish, are the worst but it's really about what you make of it. I know lots of people who don't mind living in these residences and actually love it. The social atmosphere at certain dorms really depends on the kinds of people you end up living close to. Many students describe dorms such as Warren Towers to be the best option for freshman because of the amount of close friends you'll make who live on your floor, but I happened to be placed on a floor with other people who were not as sociable.

5 College Sophomore

Technology: Wi-Fi network is almost always speedy and readily available anywhere on campus, except for local coffee shops that have their own Wi-Fi you have to pay for, which makes you appreciate what BU offers even more. There are tons of computers everywhere and, because most students have their own laptops, finding an empty computer at the library is pretty easy.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: I feel that there is great diversity here as long as you look in the right places and are open to all kinds of environments. This may include participating in student groups and clubs that are not necessarily in your comfort zone, and enrolling for unfamiliar courses that appeal to different kinds of students. Nonetheless, I think there is just about a little bit of everything at BU.

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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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