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Reviews 2494 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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1 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Just Like High School – I thought I came to BU to attend college. Not redo the last four years of my life.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Boston University has a police department that specifically patrols and maintains safety on the BU campus. The neat thing about this is that they have an escort service, so whenever a BU student feels uncomfortable, they may call the BUPD number and be personally escorted back to their destination. Also, the school is in the middle of a large city, so there are no sketchy woods or places for crime to occur.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: There is absolutely no reason to have a car at BU. The parking price would be horrendous and if ever you drive anywhere you'll have to pay for parking there! everything is fairly close so I really don't see the reason for bringing a car. It would be such a hassle.

2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Alpha What? Greek life is very minimal at Boston University. If you want to go to parties, yes you'll most likely be going to a frat, but you don't notice greek life too much on a regular basis. It also isn't officially recognized by the school. There are also no sorority houses, so it's not the same feel

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: We Have It All – At Boston University, there are definitely all ranges of people. I will definitely pass guys on the street and want to look twice. However, there are plenty of overlookables. I would say the same for the girls. There are a ton of girls who have perfect bodies etc. but there are also plain janes. There are also a ton of people here so you can find different kinds of people and different kinds of beauty. For example, there are definitely the jocks if that's what you're looking for, but we also have the philosophers and the hippies.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Make Sure You Have Cab Money – There's always something going on, but public transportation ends between 12-1 so bring cab money!

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Still More Food! There's so many places outside of BU if you want to splurge a little and step away from the dining plan.

4 College Senior

Campus Quality: great gym, library, student center and food choices

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: due to all the colleges in the area it is competitive to get in the door and expensive to stay

3 Recent Alumnus

Majors: They Try – the opening scene of the social network ultimately defines their academics

3 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: Ad Com – much like kafka's the castle but ultimately with more of a soul

3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: This and That – It's dark a lot in the winter and I like the night.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I have a very busy schedule with my major and pre-med. I work hard during the week and get to relax during the weekend. Most of my professors are great and the kids are the best. FYSOP was the best experience I have had!

3 College Freshman

Transportation: The t is good, but the bus isn't on time, so you can't count on it

5 College Freshman

Local Area: The restaurants, museums, athletic facility, shopping and the way the city responds to students is great!

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Can be good also not so good, expensive but plentiful

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Campus Life – I don't really like the fact that our campus is a strip. It would've been better if we had an enclosed campus. But more or less, it has its own unique touch and it isn't so bad.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I Would Say Safe – Boston University is so close to the city, there's no need to feel unsafe. There's always a bunch of people around campus so you're never alone.

1 College Freshman

Parking: Not to Good – Parking is very expensive in the city and there are limited spaces. I would not advise bringing your car to campus because it is much easier to simply walk.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: So Many to Choose from – There are so many restaurants that have great food. The food can be inexpensive depending on where you go but some places also can be very expensive. Generally, on campus there are a lot of student discounts. What is great about Boston is that there are restaurants of all different nationalities: Italian, Tia, Chinese, Indian, etc. I have yet to go to a restaurant in Boston where the food isn't good.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: Always Something to Do – Boston is a great historical city and there is always something to do. There are plenty of places for shopping, many restaurants, museums,and more. Also you are always able to meet new people since there are so many schools in the Boston area. Boston is a great city and the environment is very positive.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food is so good! Both Warren and West are extremely good. West has more options, but it has more students that it feeds, so expect longer lines. Warren has, in my opinion, the best bakery section. The cookies are addicting even if they sometimes are oatmeal raisin! Other dining halls like Towers and Shelton are good, but they are much smaller with less options. It's great having the GSU to grab something and go! The Rhetty-to-Go Meals are perfect, you can just place an order for one online and then pick it up the next day using your meal plan or your dining/convenience points to pay for it. Super convenient. And of course food trucks practically line Comm Ave. so you always have an option.

4 College Senior

Majors: I came to my school as an undecided student and it wasn't until halfway through my sophomore year that I figured out what I wanted to major in. There are a million intro classes you can take to help pique your interest and inch you toward the direction you would want to go. Declaring my major and minor took about 1 minute or less. I just met with the head of the linguistics department (which was also my linguistics professor at the time) and told her I wanted to decide my major and minor. I filled out a form and that's it.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: I'd Stay Here Forever – I'd say college has been the best experience ever, simply because you get exposed to so much diversity in everything. The classes and what you can learn, the people and connections you make, and opportunities to interact with the city makes me not want to leave college. If the cost of coming here wasn't a problem, I'd get all my degrees here.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: Being able to live in Campus Housing gives me independence from m parents and allows me to make my own decisions (whether they be good or bad). You can make friends with everyone around you without parent's curfew or restrictions on who visits your room and how late you stay up.

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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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