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3 College Senior

Greek Life: Greek life is almost nonexistent unless you are in a sorority or fraternity. Then your circle of friends are very limited and you spend all your time with only other "Greeks". Non-greeks do not feel the need to join a fraternity or sorority and view Greeks as cliquey and trying too hard to belong. They have decent parties, but other than that we don't know anything else they do because we dont see their community work. There is no housing available for Greeks. Instead, a group of brothers or sisters rent out a house in Allston, which is next to our West campus. That's about it. Massachusetts law does not allow more than four women in a house anyways. That's probably why there are no sorority houses.

5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Surprisingly Awesome – Without scholarships I definitely wouldn't have been able to afford BU. BU met almost all of my need, offered me financial help with housing, work-study, and has s system to help you find long-term or quickie jobs. It was by far my best financial aid package.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Good Stuff – There's a lot of off-campus housing right next to campus (or virtually on campus). It's easy to find an affordable place. If you live a ways away though, it sucks to wake up earlier to get to class.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: If your RA is a dick, your life could suck. I had a really cool RA and we could get away with literally ANYTHING on our floor. But still, if you get caught drinking or something in your room for the first time, you wont get kicked out of housing. Smoking is a different story

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Calling BUPD will have the police where are you faster than if you call 911. If there's any crime on campus or the surrounding area you get a text or e-mail about it. Even at night, I've never felt unsafe ON campus. If you're walking around Allston at night, make sure youre with friends and just be smart

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Ups and Downs – I think BU does a good job of making whatever you want to do (esp. academically) possible. My friends really made the experience.. When you're with people you like, you're bound to have a good time. My lease favorite part of BU is how the campus is laid out. You see the same soot and cement everyday walking up and down Commonwealth ave. But the beautiful gym, nice buildings, and diversity make up for it. The food is bomb which REALLY makes a difference. Overall, BU has been a great place to go to school.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There are a good mix of people of campus. Of course, at an expensive and reputable school there are a good amount of wealthy sheltered kids. Still, there's a place for everyone and you can find people that you fit with. Everyone just wants to have a good time whether it be talking about physics or vodka-chugging competitions that float your boat. There are wayyyy more girls at BU. Oh, and people on West Campus are noticeably better looking than the rest of BU (more athletes and partyers)

4 College Sophomore

Technology: A lot of our big academic buildings have computers available for public use. In my dorm (West Campus) we had computers in our basement lounge and a print system. The whole campus has wi-fi which is pretty cool (indoor and outdoor). The Mugar library has hundreds of computers for you to use until 2am and a pretty good printing service. I wouldn't rely on those printers during finals, though. Me and my roomie shared a printer.. it saved space and $

3 College Senior

Transportation: there is a shuttle bus that runs every half-hour until late at night, but sometimes it's inconvenient for partying at night.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: The types of food varies a lot off-campus, but they're also very eclectic. There are all different types of ethnic foods, such as Indian, West Indian, Asian, and Mediterranean cuisines.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Super Diverse – There is a niche for everyone here! An explosion of culture, ethnicity, and race! Excellent exposure to the outside world since some of us live in a bubble.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Great Food! A plethora of places to eat and explore since it IS the city, dining halls are very great too! So many options and variety just on campus!

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: It is very safe, however it is the city so you do have to be street smart. But, it is generally safe.

2 College Senior

Parking: No Need – There is very little need for a car on campus. There are a few parking lots around, and you might be able to find a metered spot on the street here and there, but the trouble and cost is usually not worth it. The entire campus is walking distance, and for things just outside of campus, the T can usually get you there one way or another.

3 College Senior

Party Scene: Much of the nightlife in Boston is 21+ (clubs, bars, etc.); for those under 21, it's mainly house parties in Allston. These are very hit and miss: some are really fun, others not so much, others broken up by the police. However, with some persistence, you can find your place and make it as fun as you want.

4 College Senior

Academics: Rigorous and Challenging – The academics, depending on your major, can be challenging, and it can be difficult to get an "A". However, for the most part, professors are always willing to help, whether it's during class to explain something further or during office hours, which almost every professor has. Registration is easy (done online), although for more in-demand classes you might not always get your first choice. It all depends on your ID number, but the good thing is that if one semester you don't get what you want, the next semester you probably will.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Bring Snow Boots and an Umbrella – It snows and rains a lot in Boston. Classes are never cancelled, so it's always a hike. Most New Englanders are used to the cold, but the non-locals have a tough time adjusting.

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Hockey is by far the biggest sport here, but I don't really care for it. There's no football team, and the basketball team is garbage.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Loving Apartment-Style Options – I managed to get an apartment-style room at Boston University, which has made my time here just that much better. It's like living on my own in the city, except I'm right in the center of campus. Best of all, I'm not restricted to dining hall food because I have my own kitchen.

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: 57 Grand – financial aid helps a little but depends more on scholarships

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drinking Is a Bigger Activity – The drug scene is not really big, although it depends on who you hang out with. If people are doing drugs, they're usually just smoking. Drinking is a much more popular activity.
a lot of smoking during finals including weed

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: no greek housing for sororities and no official greek houses for frats
friendly and overall nice people
fun events

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I think living on-campus is so much better, its more convenient and cheaper!

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Student Centers Are Excellent – The Student Union and other student centers are great places to get together with the classmates I love!

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Great Programs – I'm in the dual-degree program getting a degree in both journalism & cultural anthropology. The workload is a intense, as expected, but the program is great and I love every minute of it!


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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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