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3 College Sophomore

Weather: It's Boston! You get the whacky, unpredictable weather that comes with this city. One day it will be sunny in the 70s and the next its in the 50s. For people that don't mind the winter cold the weather isn't too bad.

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Administration: Campus can be overly strict in terms of students social lives. Police work hard to shut down parties and prevent alcohol/ drug use. Academically, there is obviously no tolerance for cheating and any other academic misconduct.

11 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Oh the wonders of a meal plan! There are so many options for food on-campus that it might just take you a semester to find them all. Make sure you pick a plan that offers dining points (the 250 plan worked very well for me). Here's a quick explanation: Dining points are like money, except you have to spend it on on-campus retail locations like Buick Street Market (a great mini grocery), Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks, Late Night Kitchen (restaurant under 100 Bay State) and even to order pizza from Dominoes or Pizza Hut. Check out bu.edu/dining to find out what other options you have - it will blow your mind! The dining hall food isn't that bad either. Except for a lack of seasoning on their meats (probably a health standard) the dining halls do quite well for themselves and have different dishes every day. Convenience points are what the title implies - convenient, but what they really are is just another way BU tries to grab for money from you. If you're paying 4.5K for a meal plan why should you spend extra money for food? Exactly, you shouldn't. So keep your hard earned money in your pocket and when the time comes to actually buy something from the "Convenience Store" aka on-campus mini corner store, just use your own money.

7 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Dorms are great if you have a high lottery number in the selection process and/or you are an upperclassman. Typical freshmen dorms include Warren, West and Towers, all of which resemble a packed apartment building. If you are in one of those dorms expect to share a bathroom with 10> people and live in a double that really is only suitable for one person. Even though the rooms are small the main dining halls are either in the same building or very close by - which can be very convenient when you're running late for classes! My advice is look up the housing options and apply for what you think best suites you. As a freshman I lived in one of the Bay State brownstones (mostly upperclassmen) and even though I probably didn't meet as many freshmen as if I would in Warren or West I loved the quiet atmosphere and maturity of an older dorm. Do your research!

8 people found this useful Report
1 College Sophomore

Parking: For many reasons, having a car on-campus will be inconvenient. Unless you're from the Boston area and/or somewhere close by you'll realize that the parking pass is expensive, parking takes too much time and that opting for the shuttle (campus bus) or taking public transportation saves you time and money.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Finding an off-campus apartment is relatively easy, but there's not guarantee that it'll be close to your classes. They are also pretty expensive - you're looking at possibly paying $800 - $1,000 a month and it may not come equipped with appliances (forget about furniture). As far as safety goes - don't forget Boston is a city. Crime is bound to happen here, so practice your street smarts when living off and on campus.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: I love that as a pre-dental student, like pre-med students, I'm not limited to majoring in a science. In fact, I'm majoring in International Relations, another interest of mine.

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Hockey is huge at BU. Even if you don't know anything about the sport, it's fun to go with friends and cheer for the team. Agganis Arena is beautiful, like the rest of BU's athletic facilities. Everybody loves our mascot Rhett, the Boston terrier.

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2 College Sophomore

Parking: Most students don't have a car because you can take the T almost anywhere that you can't walk to. However, there are a lot of parking lots on campus and a lot of meter street parking along Comm Ave.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The T runs right through campus, so getting on is a breeze (although waiting for the T is another story). If you need to go to the airport or the bus/train station, you can take the T there. There is a free BU Shuttle that goes around campus, and on weekend nights it takes a different route that aims to drop students off as close to their dorms/apartments as possible (although waiting for the BUS is also sometimes long).

5 College Junior

Academics: I just began business school at BU. The academic course seems rigorous but beneficial to what we are learning, as it is applicable for our careers after school.

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4 College Junior

Campus Food: There is a large variety of food, reasonably priced. Each restaurant seems to have plenty of seating, allowing for group products to be done outside of the library.

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4 College Junior

Party Scene: There has been something to do every night. Boston has a variety of bars, clubs and other things to do. There is really something for everyone.

5 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Everyone is smart, friendly and positive. It is a collaborative environment, where your peers are invested in each other as well.

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4 College Junior

Transportation: Boston University is right in the city, so there's public transportation readily available. Although the bus and subway stops are conveniently located, it sometimes takes a while to get on a vehicle and you have to be lucky that it is not already completely filled with people. In addition to public transportation, there is also the BU shuttle, which is free. There are plenty of bike spots and there are rental bikes on campus as well.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Most of the dorms at BU are pretty old, but renovations are being made as of recently. The selection for freshman dorms is kind of lacking, but more choices become available as students progress.

4 College Senior

Campus Food: There are three main dining halls on campus and one food court, each offering many varieties of food options. Dining points also help pay for ordering pizza and late night kitchens which the students love.

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3 College Senior

Academics: Considering how large the school is it is understandable why not every student can get individualized attention. While a lot of advisers do try their best, the pre-medical advising is very distant from their student on a personal level unless the student actively pursues them. Appointments fill up quickly and months in advance and nothing is sugar coated but told very dry and as is.

3 College Senior

Weather: In New England it gets really cold in the winter, so if you aren't used to it it may feel more extreme then it really is. However, aside from the occasional rainy days and the extremely frigid nights during the winter the weather allows for many beautiful days.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: In the city of Boston there are tons of options for dining and you easily be able to find anything you might be craving.

3 College Senior

Academics: Academics at Boston University is extremely rigorous no matter what major you decide on. BU does its best so that every one of the classes offered is found as challenging and forces the students to rise up and perform above expectation. It ensures this through grade deflation.

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3 College Senior

Parking: Since the campus is located within a city there is parking everywhere. Most places you have to pay the meter, which can be expensive for a poor college student since it adds up. However, spaces usually fill up rather quickly especially on game and event days.

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4 College Junior

Majors: Great diversity and huge number of majors in different schools, its so big that you can study whatever you want, wether or not you will be able to make a living out of it.

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Super safe campus gives out flu shots and takes good care of the students.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Overal most people you meet are really cool and a lot of them are attractive. People really like working out at BU and good fitness is important to most.

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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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