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2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Boston University is an extremely urban campus and for this reason definitely not for me. It's spread out campus breaks up the college feel, making it difficult for students to form a strong sense of community.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: North end is just a short T ride away!!!

3 College Freshman

Administration: For the most part, the campus strictness is at a fine level for me. I would have rated this very highly except... they have a rule where you won't get in trouble if you call in help for a friend sick from alcohol. However, they get in trouble. A lot of trouble. So nobody wants to call in help, because they don't want their friend in trouble on top of being sick. This is very dangerous for the people who are sick!!

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Once you get them, the scholarships and loans can be extremely helpful. Getting them is an entirely different matter. It's usually a hassle, with BU telling you repeatedly that some part of the submission of documents was not absolutely perfect. Huge headaches!!

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Again, this depends on where you go. Warren isn't very good: if you always eat at Warren, your view will be kind of pessimistic. Bay State is always delicious, and the dining point system works extremely well.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It really depends on where you live. The Freshmen generally end up in poor housing spaces; however even older students are not always likely to get the housing arrangements they want.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Frat parties tend to get broken up by cops in the city, sorority girls tend to be annoying.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Such a big city, many restaurants and places to go nearby

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3 College Freshman

Administration: Security in Warren is extremely strict, it's a hassle having guests, but for good reason.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Every frat party I have been to has been busted by the cops. Better off going to an apartment party or to a club.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I did not receive as much aid as I needed, with two current college students in the family, but I did receive aid.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Too many specialty/random international food stations

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Warren is a great place to live for freshmen.

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I didnt get a lot of money.

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I definitely wish I would have gotten more financial aid, but I filed pretty late in the process. The staff was incredibly helpful, and they really helped me out.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: We have pretty great food options. Very rarely do I feel like there is nothing to eat. You can go to the dining hall or to the GSU or order pizza.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I currently live in freshman housing. It's not amazing, but it's pretty good. We don't have problems with bugs or rodents, and the cleaning staff is really great about keeping everything in order (and they're really nice. They always stop and talk). The best thing is the environment. I live in Towers on Bay State so it's not as crowded or "freshman" as Warren Towers. The people are pretty great and I feel like it's an open environment.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Boston housing is expensive, but property owners took advantage of having property around colleges and have pretty reasonably-prices places that aren't too shabby. Also depends who you know/who is your realtor to see what kind of place you find. If you aren't satisfied, keep looking through people and websites like Trulia and you will definitely find a place you like in your budget. And it's all worth it for the freedom, and how it's still cheaper than on campus housing.

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: LOTS of great places to eat all around Boston. Right by campus there is Noodle St., Scoozi's, Chipotle, Crispy Crepes Cafe, Jimmy John's, etc. and around Boston there are so many options and types of foods in every neighborhood it's fun to explore it all! Costs depend on where you are going. The greasy pizza joint in Allston will cost you a couple bucks while that nice Italian place at the North End will put a dent in the wallet.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: It does alright for such a big institution and with all the liabilities it has, but it is pretty strict (at least in the big dorms) about alcohol, drugs and noise. There have been a lot of negative stories about being harassed when drunk and taken involuntarily to the hospital on an ambulance. Academically, it's a balance between having so many options and wanting to do so much to actually being able to do what in so much time.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: For the academic school year, it was very smooth. You just turn in the FAFSA and Profile and other information they need and as long as you have a real need for it you will get aid. Keep in mind however that they're stingy in a lot of other things like there are a lot of random fees and such as you go through your college experience, but it's like that at most colleges. Also, if you want to study abroad over the summer for example, you're essentially on your own in terms of financial aid. There is some, but not lots. Studying abroad during the year on the other hand your aid transfers and sometimes means is cheaper to go abroad than to live on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Parties are great if you like them and what kind you like. If you're really into the greek scene, this may not be the best place. But MIT and Harvard frats are right in the area though and pretty popular options. Apartment and house parties, especially in Allston, are always raging and pretty fun. If you're over 21, there are many many great bars and clubs to go to.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Best dining plan to get is the 250 plan because you get a lot of dining points you can spend at the GSU (best food) and places like Starbucks and Einsteins. You won't want to eat at the dining hall often enough to have the dining hall plans. Bay State is the newer dining hall that is probably the nicest, but small portions. Warren food isn't the best, but it's homey. Definitely take advantage of being able to use dining points to order Dominoes.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: For freshmen year I would definitely recommend living on-campus in either Warren or West because even though it may not be spacious and very "nice," it is exactly what you need in terms of social atmosphere, cost and convenience. Housing lottery is based completely on luck, on the uphand you can appeal over the summer for the housing you actually want and often times it works out. South is actually an underrated, very nice area to live with pretty brownstones it's a nice place to get a way from campus while still being within minutes of walking distance. But, you can't ignore the fact that even the cheapest dorm option (standard double room and board) will still cost you about $1,000 a month. Eventually, it might be economically best to move off campus. Otherwise if you can afford it apartments and also StuVi are great options you should take advantage of if you can while they're available to you in college.

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3 College Junior

Athletics: Good sports times to follow if that's your jam but it's not forced on you or anything.

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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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