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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: You get what you pay for- if you want cheap you can find it but it's probably an overcrowded building that's against code. Nice places in Brookline but very expensive.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of take out options (sandwiches, Thai, Mexican, etc.) but not much sit down.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: There aren't many scholarships but there are a lot of need based grants. Even though I received academic scholarships from most colleges I applied to but not BU, the grants made BU much more affordable in the end.

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3 College Junior

Campus Food: I'd rather eat my own food, but to be fair it's much better than any other campus' food that I've tried. Sometimes the vegan/vegetarian options are disappointing at the dining halls, but there's always the option of salad, pasta, sandwich, soup or pizza. The biggest downside is how expansive a meal plan is. Every semester I have extra meals or dining points that don't get fully refunded so I wish the minimum meals you have to purchase was lower because it's a pretty big waste financially. I actually save money cooking my own food now that I'm in apartment style.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Pretty split between who lives on and off campus. They have reps for people interested in leaving.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: So many different food options it's amazing.

3 College Freshman

Administration: RAs are pretty relaxed with their rules but don't mess around if you break them, which is completely fair.

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4 College Freshman

Scholarships: There's a deadline you can apply by to be considered for a scholarship so that's awesome. Other than that it's all need based and BU is pretty fair with what your capable of.

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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: It gets old on campus so going into the city is your best option.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Dinning hall food isn't terrible, for a dinning hall it's actually prepared very well. And if you're not in the mood for it there are many other options. Options included using dinning points or spending outside cash.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living on campus makes it easy to get to all of your classes. There are all the resources you need available to you and dorm life isn't terrible. For the most part the rooms are very spacious and there are multiple locations you can go to when you need to study if the dorms get too social.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Food: So much better than my friends' schools

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are some great apartments and brownstones around campus-but be prepared to pay! Houses in Allston are also a popular option, but it's not exactly the safest area at night and it's quite a walk to the center of campus, even if it's only a few minutes beyond west.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: It is Boston, after all. Allston has a ton of bars and Asian restaurants, and Kenmore/Newbury/Copley have really awesome options-both high end and more chain-y places. Go farther into the city and you can get anything you want, guaranteed to be delicious!

3 College Freshman

Administration: RAs in freshman dorms are crazy. Quiet hours start extremely early, even on weekends. I know people that have gotten written up for watching TV alone in their room too loud. Visiting policies are pretty fair I would say. You do have to constantly sign your guests in, but that's only to keep us safe. As far as attendance is concerned, most professors leave it up to you whether you want to come to the class you paid to take.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: You have to basically be a genius to get a merit scholarship. I was top 5% of my 320 person class and didn't get a dime. Financial aid isn't great either. One thing you learn very quickly is that BU loves to take your money.

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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: If you want a party, there's usually something. Allston is where the majority of people will go because that's where you'll find the frat and athlete houses. They can be really fun if you find the right one but sometimes it's a bust if you don't have a good source. If there's nothing at BU, people go to Harvard/MIT/Northeastern or just dorm drink.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Food is pretty great for a college. Dining plans are not cheap but it's hard to complain with the amount of options we have and the overall quality. Dining halls have a lot of foreign foods but you always have your basic pizza/sandwich/salad stuff in case you're not into any of the meals they have one day. And anywhere you can use dining points is always a winner, although there aren't a ton of places that accept them

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Housing selection process is stressful, but once you finally get it settled it's great! Best option for freshmen is by far west-a reallllyy long walk to class for anyone not in SHA or CGS but nicer, newer, cleaner, and much more fun! Good upperclassmen housing (Stuvis, 1019) may be hard to get but if you can manage to get in it's great.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Party Scene: Very upbeat and crowded on most weekends near college.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: Dining foods and options on campus is above average and convenient.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: Campus housing is majority is clean and in walking distance to most of my classes.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The off-campus housing selection has been adequate. The process has been quite smooth so far. Housing staff were very helpful and informative. They made a process that had the potential of becoming very stressful, smoother.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: The options of healthy/organic/ethnic foods, are endless. The convenience of ordering food from local supermarkets, and having it deliver to your doorstep, for a minimal cost, is an added plus!

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3 College Junior

Administration: School does a good job enforcing rules and policies, which enables students to live in a safer and harmonious community.

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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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