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Reviews 2495 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Little to Worry About – On campus, and even off campus I have never felt uncomfortable or worried that I would be harmed or have something stolen. BUPD is always patrolling (particularly at night) to keep you safe, even though they can be a hassle about parties sometimes.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: All Kinds – This city has so many races passing through the campus streets, but I grew up this way...I don't really notice.

5 College Sophomore

Local Area: This is my proud city. Transportation, friendliness, parking, etc., may not be average to someone who isn't from a city... However, the scenery, parks, sports, history and food are excellent no matter where you are from!!

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: International Students Make Campus Culture – The percentage of international students at BU is huge. Being able to learn about foreign lifestyles is a really exciting feature of BU. For me, most of my close friends are from different countries and I love it because I get to see a new perspective on the world.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Hockey Is the Only Fan Sport – Besides Mens Ice Hockey, our student body doesn't really support many other sport teams. Our school has a large division I atheltics program but it does not play a crucial role in students' experience at BU.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Non- Freshman Housing Is GREAT – Freshman dorms are old and crowded but apartments for sophomores, juniors, and seniors are excellent.

4 College Junior

Local Area: It's a 21 Year Old's World. Boston is a fun town. Lots to do: museums, shows/concerts, fairs, etc, but the nightlife is limited to the 21+ crowd.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Watch Your Back – You will be fine you just need to watch your back.

2 College Sophomore

Weather: Very Cold Winter – I hate the cold weather so I am not a fan. One winter was death because it was nonstop snow in the North East. This really affected BU's campus. Mountains of snow would form along Comm Ave, and when they melt they would create huge puddles of slush! Basically any times it rains really hard or snows, you better have rainboots because huge lake like puddles form on the streets. And classes are never canceled. But when the weather is nice, it's really beautiful on campus. All the students are out lounging and playing.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: College Town = Lots of Parties – Boston is a college town. We live amongst Harvard, MIT, Emerson, Northeastern, Berklee, Boston College, and whole bunch of community colleges. There is always a party whether Fraternity/Sorority or something more formally organized, it's going on. The bar/club scene is strictly 21+ and the streets of Boston tend to be asleep very early, however that doesn't mean there are no clubs lurking on the corner. Most clubs are 21+ but there are open mics, salsa dancing, and other clubs that are 18+, just takes som research. Tranportation around Boston is the T, our subway system. But it shuts down after 12:30am so you're stuck taking an overpriced cab (hope you're with other people to divide the price).

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Boston University Off-Campus Services provide updated lists of apartments and sublets in and around Boston free of charge. You can also post your own apartment for rent. Along with the postings are details about tenant rights and responsibilities, neighborhood descriptions, explanations of rental terms, advice before signing a lease, and other helpful resources. Boston is an expensive city so unless you have a lot of savings and/or help from the parents expect to pay a lot in rent. That being said, it can be cheaper than dorming, up to thousands cheaper if you find the right place. There are lots of cool, hip neighborhoods to find an apartment around BU, so even though you're not on campus, you may be immersed into another fun culture.

5 College Senior

Majors: Price of Cake – Getting into my philosophy major was extremely easy. I dint have to apply specially and nice I decided, the advisors and professors were extremely helpful and made sure I was on track to graduate on time.

3 College Senior

Party Scene: 21 or Frats – If you're not 21, you better be/ know someone in a frat or have a friend off campus that enjoys throwing house parties. Though Boston is an incredible city, you have to be of age to enjoy it. After 21, there is a plethora of bars and clubs with every type of music and atmosphere you can imagine. It isn't the city that never sleeps though, and you'll gave a really hard time finding anywhere open past 2.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: They WILL Lose Something – I got a pretty nice reward package but still it was not enough to cover everything. If you are not happy with the money you are getting from the school just try appealing for a better reward and you may have some luck. During the financial aid process I ran into my share of bumps. A couple of forms were really late or had to be sent again. Always keep an extra copy of all forms since they are not responsible. If you do not have copies then you are in trouble.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Watch Where You Tread – Unless you wanna take a risk with a fake ID you should avoid clubbing in the Boston area as it isn't friendly to those under 21. You can attempt to find a party somewhere on Ashford street but most of the parties will get a bit more exclusive after the first few weeks of the semester. Cops tend to swarm the area around 1 AM so I would tread carefully. You can always ask around and you may be able to find out about an MIT or even a Harvard party. After hours the BU shuttle does not run on a schedule and you may be able to catch it if you get close to campus but always keep a charlie card with you so you can hop on the T if you don't think you can make it. I would also advise you to keep the number of a cab company handy just in case.

4 College Student

Technology: BU is a wifi campus so wherever i am i'm connected on my laptop. at the library there are hundreds of computers students can access and it's not that hard to find a working computer.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: It's What You Want It to Be – It's easy to get whatever you're looking for if you know the right people. That being said, it's very easy to avoid drugs altogether. They're definitely not in your face!

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Pretty Good – The Dining Halls have a wide distribution some days, but other days it seems like there isn't really anything to eat. There are days where every single item has a long line waiting for it, but then some days where only one item has a long line and all the rest are pretty much abandoned.

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Boston is a good city for college students because there's a right balance between fun and school work. You can have a casual night of simply hanging out at your school or any of the colleges around such as Northeastern, MIT and Harvard. Or you can go party it up in a nearby club downtown. There's not to much so that you always feel distracted with school but there definitely is a lot to do.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Warren is good for freshman but never do it again. Off campus is supposedly a lot of fun and much cheaper, but there are some really great on campus options for more money which are just a safer bet. By junior/senior year, though, you'll probably want to get off campus.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Look. It could be better but at least you're not at home so deal with it.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Campus Centers Are Great – For the most part, all of our campus center's are great, especially the state-of-the-art fitness center, our sports arena, and the student union (GSU). Some places are a bit smaller, but they're in the process of building a new student services building scheduled to open some time in 2012.

5 College Freshman

Local Area: Never Boring – There's so much always going on on campus, but if you want something different, you have all of Boston at your feet.

1 College Freshman

Parking: Don't Bring Cars – Being in Boston, having a car really isn't a necessity. There are lots of parking lots on campus, but even if you pay for a parking permit, you're not guaranteed a spot. You're much better off using the MBTA to get around - buses and the T run right down the middle of BUs campus!

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Frat Parties – There are tons of frat parties on and off campus - which is both a good and a bad thing. Some BU frats have the occasional party at a friends house, but for the most part, people go to MIT or Harvard for frat parties. The parties are great, however, getting back to campus late at night is difficult and potentially dangerous.


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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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