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Reviews 2509 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The areas around campus provide many housing options, many of which may even cost less than living on campus. While the most popular off-campus housing locations are further off campus, they are easily accessible by public transportation and mostly lived in by students of the university. Off-campus housing can also be found much closer and often times on campus though potentially for a higher price. All in all, it is very easy to find off-campus housing.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Public transportation is great around BU. The t runs right through the length of campus with multiple stops, the only drawback being that it stops running around 1 am. There is also an excess of taxis that are not outrageously expensive and easy to get. The campus shuttle also runs almost constantly, it's free and convenient.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe on campus as the school does everything in its power to make the students feel safe. With that said, as BU is located in a large city, incidents are to be expected and therefore it is always important to be aware of surroundings and situations in which you have been places.

3 College Freshman

Weather: It is typical New England weather here. From sunny and warm to windy and snowy. Classes will be cancelled if the snow is bad enough but it typically depends on whether or not public transportation will be running. Overall, the weather is exactly what to be expected when attending school in the northeast

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Hockey is a big thing, a lot of people go to the games and for big games (like against BC) it's nearly impossible to get a ticket. People are not terribly aware of other sports on campus, but the school does try to get us all there by offering free shirts or something, which admittedly works.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Although we've been in the media a lot lately for robberies, when you're actually on campus you have no fear of that. Even really late at night I've never felt unsafe, and if you do there's a service you can call and someone will come and walk you home so you don't have to walk alone.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Depending on who you hang out with you may or may not even encounter drugs, and the ones people do are usually not very dangerous in the grand scheme of drug abuse.

3 College Freshman

Technology: I had a lot of problems connecting to the Boston University network during my first semester of college, and I'm even continuing to experience them now, though they are not as frequent or particularly stressful. The IT Help Center is pretty great about figuring out computer-related issues, so I've found. Although since the employees are undergraduate students and are therefore not super knowledgeable, it does take effort from both sides to usually fix the problem.

2 College Freshman

Athletics: I am definitely not the most knowledgeable person when it comes to sports at Boston University, but from what little I have experienced, I've come to the conclusion that hockey and crew are the only sports that are taken seriously. Even so, most of the attention is paid to the attractiveness of the male team members as opposed to the sport itself.

3 College Junior

Administration: I know the campus takes underage drinking and over intoxication very seriously.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: I really like dining at BU. Everything is good and there are many choices available. The food tastes great! There is always many desert and fruit choices.

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: The Boston University Shuttle is awesome but doesn't always run during the hours its needed

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The health and safety is very good. I get emails almost weekly about different events, clinics, and warnings on campus.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: They have great programs in everything you can come up with. The only reason why I gave them a B is that they do not have a football team.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The theater students are really busy and it is difficult to interact with the rest of the university students. The friends I have made are great.

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3 College Freshman

Academics: I am a Health Science major but I'm in the College of General Studies so it is hard to get the classes I want and need for my major since I only get one elective as a freshman and sophomore.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of apartments available for college students. The cost can be expensive at times and the landlords are strict with parties and drinking.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The workload is tough but the professors are great and are always there to help you in office hours or scheduled meetings. The grading is hard though.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I always feel safe while on campus. If something does happen, the campus police are always there.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I am extremely happy with the School of Music in the College of Fine Arts. Although you will have to deal with some craziness and disorganization in the administration, you will receive great instruction and leave with a degree that holds weight because of the reputation of the school.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: Police are far too concerned with breaking up off campus parties rather than protecting the students from the assaults, attacks, and robberies that have been occurring in Brookline. On a different note, watch out for making too much noise in a large dorm such as Warren or West. You will only get busted for drinking in the dorms if you make it obvious that you are doing it.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The quality of the facilities at BU really depends on what department you are in. School of Management, School of Hospitality Administration, and School of Engineering have fantastic, newly renovated buildings with new facilities, whereas College of Arts and Sciences and parts of College of Fine Arts could really use an update. I believe BU is working on updating these facilities over the next few years, however.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Dining halls have really great food with tons of options at every meal, and there is always something to eat for people with any type of dietary restriction. You can also use your dining points (included with your meal plan) at many different types of retail places around campus. In some dining halls, the calorie count of the meal is posted and healthier meals are marked with a "Sargent Choice" icon, so it is fairly easy to eat healthily if that is what you want. Also, there are sometimes visiting chefs who make gourmet meals for the price of a dining hall meal, and lobster night once a year where each student gets a whole, cooked lobster!

3 College Freshman

Academics: BU is just the right amount of challenging. The professors are engaging and the academics are rigorous.

5 College Freshman

Local Area: BU is located in a great area of Boston. With easy access to the T it's easy to get almost anywhere. The House of Blues and Fenway Park are right around the corner from campus (literally). Boston is a great city for shopping, eating, sight-seeing, and nightlife.


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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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