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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Campus Dining quality is good overall because there's something for everyone. All dining halls have vegan as well as healthy options for students, so there's always some variety. The newest dining hall, Marciano Commons, is definitely the best place to grab a bite. Food quality is always great, and the facilities are amazing!

3 College Sophomore

Administration: The police force as well as the Residence Hall Association can be fairly strict about alcohol and drug abuse, but I still believe it can be a lot worse. In the case of alcohol possession in campus dorms, first-time offenders are to pay a fine (about $250) and attend an AA session, however, the offenders' parents are not contacted unless another or more severe infraction is made. Of course, punishment may vary depending on the severity of the infraction made.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The T is usually reliable, and as a frequent visitor to Boston before my time at BU it has only broken down on me once. The BU shuttle is not very useful if you live in central campus and all your classes are in east campus. However, the shuttle makes going to west campus a lot easier because it takes you over the 4 way intersection at the BU bridge.

3 College Sophomore

Technology: Mugar Library is always full, and there aren't many other computers available that I know of. A laptop here is vital. One of my friends had her laptop break and we did not see her for a couple of weeks because she had to spend all her time in Mugar. Additionally she was unable to get it fixed at BU because the IT center does not fix Samsung brand laptops.The wifi is pretty reliable and printing usually goes smoothly.

4 College Senior

Transportation: Everything is pretty accessible by the multiple ways of transportation.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: You can eat anything you can think of, that is if you can afford it. Being a tourist city, the options are practically endless; some are directly on Commonwealth Ave. (the street that BU is on), and some are slightly farther away but all are completely accessible by public transportation. I would recommend Noodle Street for Thai food if you don't want to walk far. There is a greater variety on Newbury Street for higher end food, the North End is famous for Italian food, or visit the Prudential Center for some more mainstream chains like Cheesecake Factory. If completely broke, McDonalds is a short walk from East Campus in Kenmore Square.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The shuttle runs pretty late including on weekends, and if you're not in the shuttle bus parameters there are always plenty of taxis passing by that you can call, or ride the T (Boston's public transportation trains/buses). If you're not pressed for time, everything is in reasonable walking distance. That being said, it's a linear campus so it can be a pain at times to get from point A to B, but it's not a deal breaker.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: BU has a plethora of majors. There are also very specific programs available such as broadcast journalism, PR, and advertising that most other schools dont offer to undergrads.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: It's Boston. Meaning, the weather is extremely sporadic and unpredictable. It'll be 30 and snowing one day and then 65 and sunny the next. Layer and get some good coats and boots and you'll easily survive. Also bring a bubble umbrella. Any other umbrella will invert in the crazy boston wind.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Within a few minutes walk of my dorm, there is a McDonald's, Qdoba, Dunkin Donuts, Uburger, and several other restaurants that vary in food options and pricing. The pricing is pretty fair, but I'm not sure if any of these places have student discounts.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Between the dining halls, the GSU, and the many other retail options, there is never any shortage of variety when it comes to food on campus. The local pizza companies accept dining points and deliver until 3am most days of the week, and just this year a new state of the art dining hall opened along with a Jamba Juice. There are also a ridiculous amount of Starbucks' on and right off campus, along with a Dunkin Donuts that takes dining points. In case the dining hall food gets boring, there are several restaurants a few minutes off campus, such as Uburger, Chipotle, and Panera Bread.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: BU really makes an effort when trying to get freshman settled in by filling the first month of school with events to go. There are also concerts throughout the year at Agganis that students get presale privileges to with their Sports Pass. Off campus, since the school is in such an urban area, there are several clubs and concert venues to go to, and there are several other colleges in the area that seem to have a good greek life. There are several methods of public transportation in the area. However, the subway only runs til around midnight, which is pretty inconvenient.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: Despite not even having a car, I have still run into issues with parking when relatives have come to visit. Parking in East Campus during baseball season is a nightmare, and we have only narrowly avoided having to pay to use the school's own parking lot as visitors. I feel bad for the people who have cars on campus, as there seems to be limited parking throughout the rest of the year as well. Boston is not a car-friendly city.

5 College Junior

Campus Quality: Facilities are all top notch in regards to labs, the library, etc. However, the administrators are horribly conservative and negatively affect my view of this school. That's how bad they are.

1 College Junior

Weather: 90% of the school year it is about 30 degrees and perhaps snowing. The spring is beautiful though. Just invest in some snow boots.

1 College Junior

Parking: You have to pay out of your behind for a set parking spot. Street parking is hard to come by.

3 College Junior

Local Area: Location is fantastic. However, the area has recently become a bit more dangerous due to robberies, etc.

3 College Junior

Campus Quality: Depending on where you go on campus, it can either be terrible or amazing. CAS desperately needs to be redone (there are holes in the ceiling) while SMG has a marble staircase and is being redone this summer (again)

2 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: The problem with Boston apartments is that they are very expensive. It is not difficult to find an apartment, but it all depends if you are willing to pay more money for convenience.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: Because the campus is located in Boston, safety is always a concern. However, if people take necessary precautions such as locking doors, staying out of unsafe areas, and making sure someone knows where you are at all times you should be fine.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: It all depends on the people you are friendly with and the area you live in.

4 College Senior

Majors: Once I knew I wanted to switch schools it was really simple. I just had to get a B or higher in the intro course. I think the older you get the harder it is to transition from one school to the next, but if you realize early, there are people there to guide you in the right direction.

4 College Senior

Majors: The majors are well rounded and give you hands on experience in whatever field you choose to study. The majors also offer some flexibility for those who wish to double major or major and minor.

3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: There are people from not only different backgrounds, but all walks of life, too.

3 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: There aren't too many options if you are under 21.

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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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