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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.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Economic Background – In regards to most of the students on campus, you can tell the vast majority of students are very well off. It's occasionally hard to "fit in" if you're not super rich.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Linear Campus in the City – Literally most of BU is on one street (Comm Ave). All of the school buildings and dining halls are also on this street. BU is also in the city. You can hardly tell if the person walking next to you is a BU faculty, student or staff or some normal person on their way to somewhere not relating to BU. Personally, these are also some of the I dislike about the campus.

3 College Freshman

Technology: Wi-Fi in Some Dorms Are Terrible – The WiFi connection reads that it has an excellent signal but I have to wait for my browser to speed up and it loads very slowly. Frequently I also have to adjust WiFi settings on my laptop on the count of absolutely no school WiFi connections being available. An upside is their is supposed to be WiFi service anywhere on campus.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: From the Gym to Activities – The gym is the best facility on campus. It has everything, literally everything. The student center (the GSU) is a cool place to hang out. It has the best food using dining points and flat screen TVs. Their are multiple libraries, pretty clean and quiet spots. The downside is their is basically nothing fun to do on campus after the first month or two.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Guys and Girls – There are not many guys, and about half are gay. The girls are generally more attractive than the guys.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are a lot of Asian international students, other international students aren't too prevalent. Many of them are in the School of Management. Most of the people who are not international are white. There are WAY more girls than guys, probably 65% girls, 35% guys. Out of those few guys about half are gay.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Food Off Campus – Pretty good restaurants around the area. The north end has some great italian places that range from being too expensive for the average student to very affordable. Up and down Comm Ave. there are great food trucks and a few pretty good places to grab something to eat.

3 College Senior

Transportation: The T is a great way to get around but is often slow for BU campus. The green line takes ages and gets pretty packed early morning and after work. Buses are often okay but the same business applies with them. There is a BU bus that runs for free but get jam packed just before the start of two hour classes. Ride a bike or walk!

4 College Senior

Technology: Often Available Until Finals – The computer labs are always pretty open and only become packed when finals are around the corner. The computers specific to colleges are often busier during finals than the computers at the library.

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Apply for Need-Based – If there's even a slight chance that you might get need-based aid, apply for it. BU is huge, and has many, many qualified applicants. Merit-based scholarships are not easy to come by here, though they do happen occasionally, so don't let that keep you from applying. Apply for outside scholarships, definitely.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: City Life – BU is the ultimate city school. On one hand, that means endless nightlife opportunities, great dining, and a very independent experience. On the other hand, since it's such a huge school (31,000+ kids... really.) and there is no traditional campus, you do sacrifice any sort of community feel whatsoever (that can't be stressed enough), and it's definitely not the typical college experience. This setup can be amazing at times, but it definitely makes it more difficult to make friends, coordinate plans, and get involved on campus. (The buildings run for 2 miles in a straight line... it takes a while to get from place to place.) If you're just starting, do everything you can to live in Warren or West. They aren't swanky, but they're the most social places by far. In such an independent setting, you need to be actively working on cutting out a life for yourself, or it can be easy to feel like you're lost in the shuffle. If you're not an outgoing person, it might be very difficult to meet people. Get passionate about something and get involved in clubs.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Most BU students have a love-hate relationship with the T (Boston's subway system). The Green Line goes right through the middle of campus, all the way down Comm Ave, and I've never had to wait terribly long for it. It does take some getting used to the system, but if you just do a bit of research and throw yourself in (ask questions if you need to) you'll figure it out. For the most part,the green line and the red line will get you to most places worth going. BU also has the "BUS", running across campus and to the medical campus, but to my knowledge it's not very reliable and students don't utilize it much.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking? At BU?

Don't bring your car. You won't need it or find a place for it.
The T (Boston's subway) can get you everywhere. Get familiar with the green line and the red line.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Most off-campus BU kids that I know don't live in Boston. They have apartments in Allston. Certain parts of Allston are havens for college kids, but in general it's not a place you want to get lost in at night, because it can get pretty shady when the sun goes down. Brookline is closer to campus for the most part, and is surprisingly suburban, but very, very expensive. (There are some really, really nice houses and actual grass and trees in Brookline, just blocks away from BU... it's very strange.) Both Allston and Brookline are easily reached by the T. Apartments don't come cheap.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Anything, If You Can Afford It. Dining options are unlimited, but expensive. On and around campus, there are a bunch of greasy-college-kid-food places (think burgers, noodles, pizza, chinese food, etc) if you're looking for a change... but anything fancier, you can expect to pay quite a bit. Bertucci's and Uno's are right off East Campus, and there are plenty of other chains in the area and towards the Prudential Center, which isn't far. Independently operated sit-down restaurants are glorious things. They are also very, very expensive.

2 College Sophomore

Technology: Bring Your Own – There are computer labs that anyone can use, and the library has its own. Still, given the size of the school (and the library's limited hours) it's really best to bring your own. As far as printing goes, it costs money and the printers aren't always conveniently located. If you're debating about bringing your own printer, I'd recommend it.

5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Everything Imaginable... It's Boston. Partying in the dorms can be very easy or very difficult to get away with depending on where you live. BU has a very, very strict policy regarding alcohol and underage drinking, and they infamously send folks away in ambulances if they're caught being just a little bit drunk "to be on the safe side". It gets a bit carried away. BU Central is the "on campus nightlife destination", meaning that they hold free concerts, events, and parties for all students every weekend night (sans alcohol). The greek scene contributes; BU frats have parties, but the campus police crack down on them early and often. (BU frats are far off campus.) Aside from that, kids party at nearby Northeastern and MIT frats, and some BU girls like to go to Harvard final clubs. Allston is full of BU kids living off campus, and there's always something going on down there. The music scene is also pretty big-- lots of interesting basement shows in Allston, again, and of course there's plenty of great venues around the city: The Paradise, The Orpheum, House of Blues, BU's own arena, and in Cambridge (easy to get to) there's The Middle East and All Asia, where BU kids sometimes have their own bands play. I'm leaving lots of places out. There are also plenty of nightclubs in the area for different tastes. The bar scene is a big thing and lots of kids do have fake IDs, but there's also plenty to do on campus if you don't drink, really. The options are unlimited. You might get exhausted, but you'll never be bored.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: BU's campus is interesting in that it's grown over time, and the school has bought more and more buildings, so they don't really match. There's a mix from old, funky gothic buildings (which are pretty cool from the outside) to ugly brutalist architecture and some really incredible buildings that were only built recently. FitRec (the gym) is awesome, along with the Student Village buildings and the arena. Warren Towers and West are... functional. They're not so bad, but they're not that nice. Some of the old dorms were converted hotels, which means they're actually pretty luxurious (read: chandeliers in the lobbies, no cinderblock-prison feeling) Many core classes (freshman and sophomore year) are located in the CAS building, which looks a bit like Hogwarts from the outside... and a lot like an outdated high school on the inside. The library gets progressively creepier with each floor that you go up (there are actual cages on the higher floors?), and it's a bit of a stressful environment for studying. The School of Management is nicer than any hotel I've ever seen, and full of crazy marble floors and statues. COM is nice without being over-the-top. Regarding lab accessibility on campus, I'd recommend bringing your own laptop, definitely, because there don't seem to be that many available computers. Also, bringing a printer makes life much, much easier.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Academics at BU can't be summed up easily. Some professors are great at what they do, love teaching, and explain things really well. Others are far more interested in their own research, and don't really know how to teach and/or can be condescending. Office hours range from great to incredibly frustrating, but that's probably to be expected at any large university. Unfortunately, grade deflation is a proven thing at BU, and though it doesn't happen in every class, when it does happen, it hits hard. BU has been proven to have the highest grade deflation in the country-- not a reason to not go here, but something to be aware of. Kids here are smart, and they work very hard, but even so, the average GPA at BU is considerably lower than that of kids at comparable schools. Reading this, there's not much to definitively take from it. Just know that if you do come here, you'll definitely experience some great classes with passionate professors (especially in your major) but that it will also be extremely challenging (perhaps more than necessary) to achieve a high grade in some classes.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: One of the perks of being on the coast is that we're maybe ten or twenty degrees warmer than inland through most of the fall. Still, when it's raining out, there are no indoor shortcuts to classes, and if there's even a little bit of wind, the entire campus (aka Comm Ave) becomes a terrible wind tunnel. It's doable. Bring a warm jacket. (And if you aren't from New England, brace yourself.)

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Hockey at BU is serious, especially the Beanpot and games against Boston College. Our team tends to be pretty good, and the school spirit is great. Basketball might be a thing too, but people don't really go to any other games. In general I think I've heard that our teams do well. A sample of our school spirit: At all the hockey games, even when we aren't playing BC, BU kids always chant "BC SUCKS!". The rivalry is that deep. (I suppose it might not look that intelligent if you don't get where it's coming from, though.)

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: It's Boston! I'm from a small town, and I couldn't wait to move into the city, because I've always loved Boston. That said, it was a crazy adjustment, and more difficult than I thought it would be. (People told me it would be a hard adjustment, and I'll admit I dismissed that.) There is never, ever a quiet moment, even in the dorms, and it can be exhausting. But once you get past it, if you're a city person, it's great. There's always, always something to do on the weekends, and the music scene is great. (Basement shows in Allston are one-of-a-kind.) There are countless other venues for live music, BU hockey games are great, the school's so international that there's always some sort of cultural activity going on... There's also quite the party scene if you're into that, since there are plenty of other schools in the area, and a lot of kids have fake IDs, though it's frowned upon. On top of that, we're in the nice part of the city, so for the most part I've always felt safe here. (There are certain places just off campus where you don't want to be when it's dark out, but it's completely doable.) Local attitude toward students is sort of indifferent, since BU is so big and so diverse. In general, I'd say that the school has a good reputation, and there is no "stereotypical" student due to the diversity.

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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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