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Reviews 2509 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Freshman

Technology: Average Service – The library itself becomes very crowded at times, and it's hard to grab a computer. Within the schools, though, there are many computer labs that are often less crowded. WiFi in your dorm, though? You should probably forget it. BU really needs to improve the servers, especially since we pay 300 dollars for internet service a semester.

4 College Freshman

Academics: A World of Opportunity – The curriculum at BU is very diversified, and you can probably find any type of class or program desired. I highly recommend the study abroad programs BU offers. A lot of times it's the same cost as being on campus, and you get a lot more.

1 College Freshman

Scholarships: They Could Be a Little Less Bias – I did not receive any aid because my parents make so much yet i do so well in school. It is really unfair. I suggest that students do not stop hassling the financial aid office for every penny

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1 College Freshman

Administration: The Police – They are out to get you and do not ever give you a break about anything. They do not look out for your future at all

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4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Gym and Bathroom – These facilities are always clean and prepared for student use

3 College Freshman

Campus Quality: In the City – The thing that sets BU apart is obviously its location in the middle of Boston. While you miss out on the classic tree lined campus with rolling hills, you have the advantage of feeling more like a grown up living in the city. You take The T rather than some designated college bus and also have the advantage of NOT hiking up ice covered hills in the middle of January...the ones on the typical campus.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Sushi and City Convenience – Although you might expect BU to receive high grades in this category, there really isn't a whole lot going on at night. In a way, the city (with the exception on bars) shuts down relatively early. You're best bet as a freshman is to get some sushi off campus (open until 3am I believe, along with the convenience store underneath Warren) or order a pizza from Dominos or Papa Johns (not that thrilling, and you'll have to pick it up downstairs due to security in the freshman dorms).

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: What You'd Expect from a Big School. There's a pretty decent variety since the BU is so big. You should be able to find anyone you're looking for eventually. Whether it's the sensitive artistic type, future astro-physicist, or die-hard sports fan (although I recommend spending time in West Campus if the latter is your preference).

3 College Freshman

Weather: December through March is the worst time of the year with snowstorms and freezing temperatures but the spring and summer make up for it. Weather is nice the majority of the time!

3 College Freshman

Transportation: The BU Bus is very good about coming on time in the morning for class, however in the afternoon/ evening it tends to be late. It is very good though. The Bus is usually always clean and the bus drivers are overall pretty cool.

1 College Freshman

Parking: Parking is a disaster because we are in the middle of the city so mist spots are usually taken by employees of local businesses or by locals who live nearby. There is no need for a car at BU. There are plenty of public transportation options to get around. (i.e the bus, the T, BU Bus, taxi)

2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Not a Fan – Never was a big greek person, but most are far away from campus. Not really worth it.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Ok, Could Use More Variety – I go to Warren dining hall a lot, but there doesn't seem to be much variety. Burgers are almost always there, pizza is almost always there, very little actually seems to change. Also there is never really anything new. West Dining hall is far better. Have not been to Towers.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I haven't been through the process because I choose to live on campus. But I always see ads for off campus housing. The prices are a lot lower, but they are in less convenient areas relative to campus

3 College Freshman

Academics: Tons of opportunies, staff always willing to help. Grading is tough, but it makes the students work harder.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: my overall experience at BU so far has been great! it definitely holds one of the most precious memories in my heart. I came into college nervous of what it would be like, but BU has offered me much comfort.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Diversify the Campus! Boston University is widely accredited to its diverse population. Many students come from foreign countries to study at BU.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: Be You – A large university in an urban setting. Many events and activities are provided so that students will never be bored.Student health services are great!The city of Boston itself is very rewarding to be around. There are local festivals in the city such as Marathon Monday and Hemp Fest. The BUPD is always around to ensure safety. A great university for the perfect freshman experience!

5 College Senior

Campus Housing: As far as the living situation goes at BU, living on campus is the best option! The best apartment to live on campus is the Student Village I on Buick St. The apartments are fully furnished with a clean kitchen, living room area, decent sized fridge, beds, desks, and drawers. It is a very secure place to live in because there are security guards at the front 24 hours every day of the week. There is recycling room and laundry room that can be paid with BU convenience point so you never need to worry about not having enough quarters! This is best apartment I have lived in through the 4 years I have been at Boston University.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Dining Options – Dining options can be very costly in Boston. Although Boston University offers a handbook of discounts, it almost ends out being about the same. They are coupons entailing you to purchase $100 and get one free. You are better off dining on campus because food is tax exempt with your BU ID.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The boys range from unattractive to smoking hot. The girls are attractive.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Dorm Life – The freshman dorms are great. But the housing lottery is no fun for rising sophomores because most end up in Freshman housing instead of upper classman dorms. But the housing is in a nice area of campus and our dorms are next to dining halls and classes.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe. The campus is in the city but its surpisingly has a closed campus feel. Campus Safety is always available. Keeping your doors locked is definitely a must, although it is rare that theft will happen.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Driving in the City – There are plenty of parking lots on campus, but with the public train running down the middle of campus a car is unnecessary. It is expensive to buy a parking spot and dangerous to drive down the street with people crossing whenever and wherever they want.

3 College Sophomore

Technology: Where Did My Quota Go? At Boston University there are numerous computer labs in every building and library on campus. However, we are only given 100 pages in our print quota and there are some classes that require us to print more than that. We are given the option to print double sided, but being in the sciences, there are a lot of articles and powerpoints that have many pages to print.


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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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