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Reviews 2495 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Freshman

Local Area: Boston Is Your Playground – I like BU's easy access to the city, but sometimes it doesn't really have that campus feel. Sure, Fenway Park is a five minute walk away, as well as Newbury Street but it's often hard to find a real sense of community at BU unless you're involved in Greek Life or the Community Service Center. You really have to LOOK for it, and if you put in the effort BU will be the right place for you.

5 College Freshman

Local Area: There is always something happening at BU for students to attend, but if nothing appeals, then there are a million other things to do in the city of Boston

3 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: Boston is gorgeous. It is the perfect college town, though it's difficult to live in due to its high costs and the traffic can be a bit dangerous for a bike rider.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: There are multiple computer labs on campus, more so in the engineering and science buildings. There are many places to print, as well, which is nice considering that students are given a print quota and can print a certain number of pages for free each year. The dorms usually have printers in the mail rooms, so you can print stuff right from your room, or you can go to a lab or study lounge that has a printer and print there. You can definitely get through school here without your own printer, unless you're an English major and need an excessive amount of assignments printed out or something. I also love that most of the campus has wireless internet; it's nice not having to use an ethernet cord when you're just in your room. However, students should be aware when classes have projects or midterms because in some of the science buildings, the computer labs will be packed the night before a project is due.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Being in the College of Engineering in the first place makes your workload greater than most other colleges/majors on campus, but it will be worth it in the end. You can tell that BU has put a lot into the facilities on campus, especially the science buildings, which is nice. Although the general education classes you are required to take in your freshman and beginning of sophomore year can seem boring at times, the major-related classes are very interesting. Overall, I love being a Biomedical Engineering major at BU and wouldn't change at all, even if it is known as one of the most difficult majors. That just makes it much more rewarding.

3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: If you have the ability to rely on it, BU's shuttle system is actually great. It's very reliable, convenient, and track-able online (including mobile device apps). BU unfortunately lies right on the most incompetent T line in all of Boston - the green line. Since it's an above-ground trolley, it frequently is delayed due to weather problems. The trolley system also has outdated equipment and poor signalling - expect delays and never rely on the T to get you anywhere on time.

3 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: Good Bars, Meh Clubs, Bad Transportation – There are a good number of fun bars in the Boston and Allston/Brighton area, depending on your taste. The clubs in downtown Boston are, in my opinion, below average for the cover charge you pay. Boston nightlife's biggest downsides are its hours and its public transportation - bars can only stay open until 2am, and the MBTA only runs until about 12:30am. So, you can't party all night, and you'll be stuck walking or taking a cab if you want to stay out past midnight. There are always parties going on hosted by students just off of campus, but they're frequently broken up by the cops, or filled with nasty cheep bear.

4 Recent Alumnus

Local Area: Unless you are really aiming for a typical college campus with a quad and lots of grass, BU has a great atmosphere. It's located in Kenmore Square, which is far enough outside of downtown Boston to have a slower pace, but also close enough to access all of the city's resources. Boston is a small, very walk-able city and BU is located near Fenway Park and plenty of bars and interesting restaurants. Boston is a college town - people know that students make up a significant part of the population and I don't feel that I was treated any differently (or poorly) as a student.

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2 Recent Alumnus

Weather: It's New England – Ridiculously cold in the winter, often with a ton of snow, and quite hot and humid in the summer - New England is a region with severe seasons and you should be prepared for it! Everyone up here is used to it - a snow day is practically unheard of. You will need far more cold-weather clothing than warm weather. It usually doesn't reasonably warm up until late April, and cools down again in September. If you like to wear skanky Halloween costumes, you better bank on not spending a lot of time outside or you'll freeze your butt off!!

3 Recent Alumnus

Administration: Strict - Be Smart! BU is quite strict about underage drinking and drug use - if you are charged with underage drinking by the Boston Police, they will notify BU and there's a good chance you will be charged with disciplinary action even if you were not on campus at the time of the violation. In terms of academics - don't be an idiot. I have personally witnessed a few cases of plagiarism being caught, and they will at least suspend you for a semester, if not expel you. Do your own work!

3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Safe With Common Sense – Despite the recent outburst of news revolving around sexual assault and campus safety at BU, I never felt unsafe as a student. Like any campus in a city environment, it is important to make careful decisions about where and when you walk alone outside, and how you spend your nights out. BU has a pretty strict visitor and drinking policy, and I think for the most part the campus is well-controlled.

5 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: The public transportation in Boston is wonderful! It is so easy to hop on the T and go anywhere in the city. The trains come very often. Additionally, the system is very clean and organized.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: Drinking is definitely more popular at BU, but it's not everything. Boston offers so many choices for people that do not wish to drink.

3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: Greek life is very popular at BU, but it's not a school where you "have to" be Greek. Students can be involved in campus life without joining a fraternity or sorority.

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1 College Freshman

Administration: Very Strict – The police force is SO strict. There is security to get inside of every dorm. You always have to swipe in, and you always have to sign in a guest. The BU Police is located right next to West Campus, which holds the most partiers, so that's quite annoying. Drinking in dorms is not big because you will get caught, and it's pretty serious if you do.

3 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Pretty Good – The athletic center (Fit Rec) is absolutely amazing. I have never seen a better gym. They have pretty much anything you want. That said, it gets a bit hectic. The GSU (student union) is very nice, connected to Mugar Library. It has very good restaurants. As far as the actual campus, it's very urban so make sure a traditional college campus isn't what you're looking for, or you'll be disappointed.

3 College Freshman

Academics: Pretty Good – I've had a pretty good experience so far with the academics. All of my professors have been extremely knowledgable on subject matter, and all have had the biggest, unique personalities. The registration process can be quite frustrating because they do it in order of the last number on your ID. If you're a 9, you are the last to pick, depending on the semester. You can be stuck getting none of the classes you intended. The workload is pretty heavy, but it mostly depends on what major you have. There are a bunch of places to study: Mugar, SMG library, plus varies study lounges in the dorms.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: I drive into night school...there are usually plenty of meter parking spaces. The meters are free after six, and my class is at six-so i only have to put a couple of quarters in. The T runs right in front of school, and runs constantly- very accessible. I also see buses, taxi's, and Zipcars constantly running. Prices for everything in Boston are probably above average, but so worth it.

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Guys and Girls – Again, I can only speak for the city itself. I do not live on campus and am thirty-three, but have spent so much time in Boston. I work in Boston, also. The people in Boston are great, just like everything else. I would say we are hot, interesting, and very social.

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I do not live on campus, and I am thirty-three years old. I have lived right outside of Boston my whole life, and have spent a lot of time in Boston-prior to my enrollment. Everything is great in Boston; food, sports, scenery, schools, hospitals, museums, and attitude.

2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek Is Weak – While Sorority life is growing quickly, the frat bros seem to be a pretty unnoticed group. Being Greek at BU doesn't matter like it does at a lot of other school. In fact most of the time the frat bros are looked down upon.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: People around here get really into the hockey games, which I'm not particularly a fan of being from the south. There's no football, and Basketball has very few diehard fans.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Could Be Safer – The police do as much harm as good, stopping petty student crimes over the muggings, and rapes, and thefts that occur around campus.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Hit or Miss – Freshman housing, particularly on East Campus, can be a crapshoot. It is expensive and in some cases the rooms are not new and are very small. Upperclassmen apartments are like a 5 star hotel despite the high price.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: West Campus dining open 7 am to 9 pm. Can always have a meal available for you. Although there is no late night, there are always off-campus options.


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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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