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4 College Sophomore

Academics: I have loved all of my professors thus far, I feel like I am working very hard to do well academically but it is worth it.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Lots of dorm options but its far from guaranteed you will get the dorm you want, housing can be a pain to work with as well.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Always something to do at night in Boston, just depends what you are interested in doing. Walk, take a taxi, or T there is always transportation available.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of off campus housing options, but they can be pricey so you have to really search for a reasonably prices apartment.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Boston may not be as fast paced as New York, but nonetheless there is always something to do!

4 College Sophomore

Majors: There's a ton of programs and majors at BU, all of which are some of the best in their field. No matter what you're studying, you're guaranteed valuable knowledge.

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4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: It's never hard to find a party, but being under 21 makes it hard to find legitimate places to hang out with friends after hours.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: On campus living is definitely the easiest option, and are generally well taken care of. The older you are, the better dorms you get, and the more freedom you have.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: BU's campus is spread out, depending on your classes. Walking never hurts, but a bike could help. T passes are convenient too but a little expensive.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The new dining hall (100 bay state road) is excellent. BU is spread out somewhat (compared to Northeastern), so there may be more of a walk to a dining hall depending on where you're living. Very flexible dining options and food choices. Vegans rejoice.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: You're treated like an adult. I think there's a fair amount of understanding that the college experience may involve drinking. Not to say that a freshman can walk down the street with an open bottle of booze, though. If you're caught, you get in trouble. If you hide it, people won't go looking for it unless you're being suspicious.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: On campus housing is guaranteed for all four years at boston university.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are students from all over the world at BU. I have friends from different countries and different religions which is very interesting.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: The T runs right through campus and it is very convenient. Costs only $2.00 if you get your hands on a Charlie Card (the Boston version of a metro card). They even have deals for students where you can buy an unlimited ride card per week/month/semester. Other transportation options include taxis (rather pricey), the BUS-Boston University Shuttle (FREE!), and my personal favorite-- walking.
It is very easy to get around the city so you'll be happy with whatever method you choose.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The off campus options are definitely nice but pretty expensive. Compared to on campus options they are cheaper but it is still a lot considering you are in Boston. It is easy to find off campus apartments near campus though because BU is an open campus right in the city.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Food is great.
Dorms are convenient and have great views but definitely not the cleanest in the world. Bring some febreeze and lysol and you'll be fine though!
The upperclassman dorms are glorious so just wait until you get to those!

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drugs are not a big scene on campus and they take it pretty serious

4 College Sophomore

Academics: There are a lot of options when it comes to majors at Boston University. Since Boston University has 11 schools and Colleges there are specific colleges depending on your major. In addition to that because BU is very diverse it is easy to find many people majoring in all fields. I am currently majoring in Behavior and Health. I have switched my major many times and that is another thing i like about BU. It is not difficult to switch your major.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Boston University is great when it comes to academics. Although the subjects can be challenging professors are very helpful and are willing to meet during office hours to offer clarification, advice and help.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: So far the Communication program has been excellent! COM 101 wasn't so great actually, but the other teachers I've had have been passionate and interested.

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3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Nightlife is pretty strictly for 21+. Parties vary, BU is so big that you kind of pick a group of friends and run around with them.

1 College Sophomore

Greek Life: The Greek life seems more focused on parties than actually being involved with local events, charity, building a bond with your sisters/brothers etc...

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Not great financial aid, they have some scholarships but they are mainly targeted towards freshman. BU is just very expensive so make sure its 100% where you want to be to get your moneys worth.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: There is a lot of parking at BU considering it is a city but it is costly.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: LOTS of dining options considering it is right in Boston and great food.

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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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