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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.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: BU is awesome. The location is great. It's really close to the city, which also makes it really easy to get to all of the other colleges in the area--as near as BC or as far as Tufts. The public transportation is really cheap compared to that of other big cities. There is always something going on at BU, and if there is something that doesn't interest you, it's easy to get to other colleges, as I said previously. The food is decent. You can find any kind of person there. The classes are interesting if you nerd out like me. :)

3 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather is pretty crappy. It rains a lot, so you must invest in rain boots. Don't underestimate the New England winters. You will need boots and a heavy winter coat. When it's really nice, then people are outside and it's awesome. When it's the slightest bit nicer than people expected, people are a hundred times happier.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: Dining Halls Are Solid – There's a pretty decent variety, and the dining halls are fairly accommodating. As with all dining food everywhere, people can get pretty tired of it. The dining plans are pretty expensive and excessive, but people tend to steal food and dishware, so it evens out.

3 College Freshman

Campus Quality: I enjoy most facilities at Boston University. Even though the school is old, they are in the process of renovating many f the buildings.

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5 College Junior

Campus Quality: BU excels with certain facilities, and seems like a low funded university in others. It has one of the best gyms in the country, a one stop with two Olympic sized pools, a lazy river, an indoor track, a fruit and smoothie station, two floors filled with old school weights and new machines, numerous ergs, four racquetball courts, one squash courts, two large multi-purpose courts, four basketball courts and various physical trainers to assist any in the gym. On the flip side, some of BU's dorms were old hostels from the '70s that continue to deteriorate.

5 College Junior

Technology: There is an abundance of computers and computer labs at BU. Every college building has computers in the main hallways, and usually on more than one floor. There are computer labs across campus and if that does not suffice, one can also whip out his/her laptop and log into the WiFi which BU provides to most of the campus. Also, BU is constantly upgrading their facilities, providing WiFi to locations at BU that were without internet access. In addition, it also allows one to hook up an Ethernet cord into the wall in most places on campus.

3 College Freshman

Weather: It will snow in the winter since it is so far up North and the the summers are humid, but the key to the cold is to dress for it. For the humidity I don't have an answer for you.

4 College Freshman

Administration: My RA puts in the best, "if I see it I will write you up." Although this may sound strict he and the other university officials do not go into your rooms or personal area wanting to get you in trouble. At BU they treat you like an adult and the actions you take have consequences with them.

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3 College Freshman

Technology: Boston University has lots of computers and computer labs for whatever you need. The wi-fi is decently fast even when there are a lot of people on the network. The printing system can be difficult to use so I would recommend buying your own printer.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Coming from California, the weather is completely different then what I am used to. So far, it hasn't been too bad. If there is bad weather and you time it right, there are BU shuttles that take you to different classroom buildings.

2 College Freshman

Administration: With 3 police stations on campus, it is very strict. With on call gaurds at the entrace and titching fingers to call 911 on you if you stumble in, it is easy to be caught drinking. There are also RA's doing rounds on the floor which is always unsettling. Most weekends there are abulances coming to pick up students who were busted.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It's Alright – The dorms are regular style doubles, the price is kind of steep but expected for living in a city. The one problem I've seen is that they dont ask any questions regarding preferences for a roommate. By asking just a few qestions a lot of problems could be solved, and I probably wouldnt have been paired up with my current roommate. It's a large dorm with about 1800 kids. The dinning hall is tiring after about two months. Socially it is nice.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Takes Long Time – T is transportation for BU. It sucks because it is full all the time. You have to wait alot for the T.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Girls Are Beautiful – There are alot of girls. If you are at West side of campus, girls are ususally beautiful. There a lot of gays. Guys are okay. Most people go workout during the weekdays.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: If you have alot of money, there are lots of places to eat off-campus. Subway, starbucks, T Anthony Pizza, Scoozi, Fins...

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I've got the most scholarship and financial aid from Boston University when I applied to schools. However, I still pay alot of money because the tuition is very high (BU is a private institution).

1 College Sophomore

Weather: it is cold all the time except july, august and september. The weather sucks and it's really cold. It snows alot and rains almost everyday. It's annoying. If you go out to a party or something, the weather just ruins everything.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drinking Is a Little Bit More Popular – The drug scene at BU is not as big as drinking scene, but it is somewhat large.

4 College Freshman

Majors: Sciences Are Tough – im a bio major, in Bio and Chem, the sciences here are very rigorus, but rewarding, go talk to your professors they want to help you

3 College Freshman

Administration: Just Don't Be Loud – its pretty easy to find places to drink and fairly easy to drink in the dorms, the key is to not be loud late at night cause the RA's can't smell alcohol but they do get complaints for noise and have to investigate. usually the RA's hate having to process you for anything, but as long as your not obviously drunk off your ass, you should be fine just by hiding the bottle. parties usually are very frequent off campus which is nice.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: the facilities are really great, the freshman dorms are better than average id say, the upperclassman housing is amazing, Student village 1 and 2 are some of the nicest dorms in the nation. fit rec, our gym is literally the nicest gym that i have even been in. they take care of them place very well, like i said above tho, our campus is extremely urban and while the architecture is great, there isn't very much in the way of typical campus green lawns and such.

2 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Not Too Good – It really depends on what dorm you're placed in as a freshman. If you're in west, you're most likely set to have a good time. Warren is a little more unreliable. Avoid Towers at all costs unless you don't like to party. I wouldn't choose this school again precisely because I was placed in Towers, and the social life is really lacking- also, make sure you want to be in a totally urban setting. There's only a couple of "green" spots on campus, and no one really goes to them anyways. It's also a very large school, so you are just a number and it actually makes it extremely difficult to find your niche that way. However, the convenience of Boston is amazing and the city itself is awesome, just make sure you have others to share it with or else all that doesn't matter.

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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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