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5 College Sophomore

Local Area: In the Heart of Boston – near downtown its walking distance, the t runs right through BU campus, theres literally millions of things to do

1 College Sophomore

Weather: Rain, Snow, Sun, Sun, Snow, Rain, Hail – Weather affects everyone's moods. People just don't go to class. On top of that, Boston's weather is ridiculous and goes by no schedule or logic. It can rain, snow, hail, throw 100 mph winds at you, and be 75 degrees sunny, all in one day.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: You'll Probably Get Screwed Over – BU has limited number of nice apartments and good housing options. It is, indeed, in the city of Boston so real estate is just so expensive. The housing system at BU has a lot of wrong data in terms of floor plans and apartment listings. For example, my friend selected a 1 bedroom-split but it turned out to be a studio. Off campus housing is very expensive if you want a nice place. If you want cheap and nice, you're looking at a 15 minute subway ride to classes. For freshman dorms, it's pretty good. The rooms aren't that bad and the large dorms definitely help in making friends.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: You Have to Find Your Niche – I have been fortunate enough to find a plethora of friends around the Asian American Christian community, even though I am not Christian. People are really friendly and fun and there's always something to do. MIT frat parties are on east campus, and BU Greek parties are on west campus so you can choose. If you can't find anything to do on campus, Boston is your oyster!

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: BU recently created a state-of-the-art exercise facility. It boasts a rock climbing wall, indoor swimming pool, lazy river, weight training and cardiovascular conditioning area, indoor running track, exercise equipment, from free weights to selectorized weight systems, to treadmills and ellipticals. They also built a new Student Union Center that offers dining services, student academic advising, multiple study lounges and common rooms.

3 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: Way More Girls – The straight male population at BU is very small. If you're a girl, your choices are pretty limited. Generally the girls are attractive and outgoing. If you are a gay male, you're set.

2 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: Mostly Drinking and Smoking – Drinking is common at parties and social gatherings. Some marijuana use. Harder drugs are very uncommon.

3 College Freshman

Majors: College of General Studies – The college of general studies at BU is a frustratingly good program. In one way, it is a great program that gives you one-on-one time with professors in small classrooms, but in another sense, some people find it to be an easy program and ridicule it for being "general". I have had great experiences with the program, but I do wish that the program was not so rigid and that I could explore what I know I want to do with my college career.

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: Despite the fact that some people say that the clubs are usually for the 21+ crowd, I have had no trouble getting into the clubs. For someone into the music scene, its perfect. If you live on West Campus, one of the greatest, grittiest rock clubs in Boston is around the corner. It is so close that I literally walk there in my club clothes with no jacket in the winter. House parties and frats are a good option if you don't want to spend money, but I much prefer a real party and not something out of American Pie!

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1 College Freshman

Technology: Printing is terrible. You get 100 pages of free printing per semester and it is never enough as the professors like you to print things out that they post online.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drinking/Pot Rules – West Campus has a huge drug/drinking culture. But other parts of campus (East) are better for those who do not drink. If you are a freshman who does not want to drink, it would be best to live in Warren Towers - a lot of people to meet with more chances to meet people who don't partake.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Depends on Who You're With. Really truly depends on who you hang out with. You can easily find people who are completely not into drugs and alcohol, those who are complete stoners and those in between. A lot of drinking and cannabis goes on but that's to be expected with colleges. That being said, this campus is relatively safe. There's very little violence that comes from drug/alcohol use.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Many Options, Very Convenient – One of the perks of being in a city - many many many places for off campus dining that generally are a better value than meals on the meal plan. This is why the mandatory (except apartment style housing) meal plan sucks because many places do not take convenience points and you end up paying out of pocket. But for those who are not on a meal plan, this is quite possibly the best place for off-campus options that are close and convenient from all residences.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: You can take the T to get anywhere in Boston, especially the B and C lines for most of BU campus. There's also the BU shuttle which runs every 10 minutes at peak time, and every 20 minutes at non peak times. The city bus system is also there, 57 will go from Kenmore all the way down Comm Ave.
Just don't count on these to get you across campus when you're running late.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Really Depends on Which Social Circle. As BU is notorious for, 60% of the student body is female, and half of the other 40% of males is gay so if you're a straight female then you're kind of screwed, though straight males fair generally better. However you meet a lot of people due to the 16,000 enrolled and you can usually find someone you can be friends with or perhaps be romantically involved with. A lot of the girls are stereotypically North Face jacket, Uggs boots, leggings wearers, though the hipster look is quickly catching on with both genders. Unlike, say, UMass Amherst, most guys and girls typically place importance on studies over partying and don't usually drink to excess or be consistently slutty, so it's not quite as annoying. There are always outliers. The different colleges do have their own stereotypes though.

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3 College Junior

Academics: You're on Your Own – Professors aren't going to go out of their way to help you -- you have to be motivated to find the resources you need to succeed.

4 College Junior

Transportation: Cars Are Uneccessary – The BU Bus, 57 bus line, and the Greenline can all get you pretty much wherever you need to go, and are a lot easier than searching for parking. The BU Bus is free and also drops off at Symphony and at the medical campus in the South End, which can save time getting to certain parts of the city.

2 College Freshman

Technology: Need to Be Faster – The computers can be very slow and around midterms and finals printing takes a while. I personally think that new computers should be installed with faster processors.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: At BU there is a great number of international students from countries as distant as Mongolia to Chile. A greater number of these students come from Asian or European backgrounds. The smallest number of minorities are within the Black community.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drug Use – Drug use is common at Boston University, but it is not a major problem. The security at BU takes drug use very seriously and enacts serious punishments for drugs such as weed etc. But in the state of Massachusetts smoking weed is de-criminalized thus causing much of the Boston area student population as a whole to participate in some drug use. Most drug use is found off campus where students can avoid visibility from the BUPD.

3 College Freshman

Administration: The security on campus at times is strict...especially when it hits thursday night but that is to be expected with most colleges. The guest policy is very strict and I do not recommend that students try signing in guests drunk. The guest policy is confusing as to how many overnight guest passes or 3-day guess passes one can have. The RAs on campus seem to be relaxed for the most part...as long as you do not give them strong reason to not to. West Campus tends to have a more relaxed atmosphere then the rest of the campus.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Boston University has one of the best dining options of any school I have heard of. We have five dining halls that serve better than average food, where you can use meal swipes. The dining halls serve between 5 and 10 different options on an average night and even have local chefs visit and create menus. We also have an assortment of restaurants like Panda Express, Jamba Juice, sandwich, and sushi places located in our student union, which is where dining dollars can be used. Did I mention we also have 5 Starbucks on campus?

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Safety First – I have found that Boston University maintains a very safe campus. Although it is a fairly large campus I have never felt unsafe, even when walking home at midnight. They have a well staffed police force that has a station right across from my building. However, we are also covered by the Boston Police Department, Brookline Police Department and Cambridge Police Department. We also have a student security escort service that will walk students home at night if they are worried about walking home alone.

4 College Student

Technology: Good Computer Labs – No complaints about any of the computer labs and /or great computers all over the school. The wi-fi is a great asset campus wide.

2 College Student

Scholarships: The school doesn't offer scholarships or grants as easily as other major universities did. They make you file appeals along with all the W-2, tax returns, and explanations all over again once you file it on FAFSA and CSS Profile, which is redundant.

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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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