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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Boston University housing for freshmen is a bit outdated (ethernet cords are the way students can access the internet from their room) and appears that way from the inside; however, most major dorms contain access to a dining hall and a convenience store. The best dorms are reserved for sophomores, juniors and seniors who choose to live in the Student Village. Also the brownstones in East and South Campus are nice too, but there can be a bit of a walk to the dining halls.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: There's Something for Everyone – Boston is a great city to spend your collegiate years in and Boston University does an excellent job in getting the students to utilize resources in the city. If you are into sports, there is Fenway Park near the east side of campus, but also the Bruins and Celtics play a short train ride away. If you are more into the arts, students receive free admission to the Museum of Fine Arts all the time and reduced admission to other museums in the area. Boston does an excellent job at providing something everyone can enjoy.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Its New England. No s*** its cold and snowy during the winter. Stop bitching about it, you didn't have to go here

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4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Appeal Appeal Appeal – Boston University allows you to appeal almost any decision, including the amount of financial aid you receive. In most cases, BU does what is can to help those who need aid.

1 College Freshman

Administration: Judicial Affairs Has a Mighty Gavel – Boston University is pretty strict with underage drinking and drugs. First-time offenders get a letter sent home, and second- and third-time offenders are in danger of losing their housing. But, as long as you go off campus, all is well. In the dorms you have to be discreet, but I'd advise against it.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: Surprisingly Diverse – Boston University is not a school full of students with different ethnic backgrounds, but it is an extremely diverse school. They're are loads of international students, who bring they're culture and experience. More importantly, BU's students are culturally diverse, to judge someones potential personality by they're looks and where they are from would be a grave mistake. Students that come to Boston University, are students who are worldly and curious. BU also does a good job of giving people of culture an outlet to be who they are.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The gym (FitRec) at BU is truly a great facility. There is a huge pool and a jacuzzi that students can utilize. There are three levels one level has up to date fitness machines and a small weight room and the second level has an extensive weight room where most of the athletes spend their work out time. The third floor is an indoor track. The library however is not as great as it should be for the price you pay to attend BU. It is dark and very out of date. The chairs are uncomfortable and the whole atmosphere is uninviting. Once they renovate the Library BU might be perfect.

3 College Sophomore

Technology: Computer Lab Only in Library – BU has consolidated all of the on-campus computers to the main library. This can be a pain when you're on the other side of campus and need to use a computer and you don't have yours on hand. Most students however have laptops and the school provides WiFi in most buildings and areas on campus.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Not Bad – BU is a good school and you will have a good time, but it has one of the highest tuitions in the country and continually tries to suck money out of you. So, if you are looking for value chose another college. But, if you can afford it, it will provide you with a good education, a lot of friends, and some pretty interesting activities.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Can Be Cheaper Then a Dorm – Off campus housing is expensive, especially if you want to get anything near campus. But on campus housing is pretty expensive too, so off campus could be your better of two evils. If you want cheaper housing, consider living farther away from campus and taking the T in.

2 College Junior

Parking: Pretty Expensive – Most students don't drive because our urban location makes it so hard to park, both on campus and off. But, those that do drive can get a parking permit (for a hefty fee) or rely on the metered spots on campus.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Hockey Rules! BU doesn't have a football team, so athletic life revolves around Hockey. The annual Beanpot competition between BU and other Boston schools always draws crowd. But if you want a school that worships its athletic members, look for another school.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Everything Is Close – The actual BU campus has BU owned food, which can be good, and a chiptoles. But, luckily, BU is right in downtown Boston and there is lots to visit. You can walk down to Kenmore (at the very edge of east campus) for fast food and sit down restaurants (my favorite is UNOs) or go around the corner to Fenway and check out the sports bar. Even more, you can head to Brookline, which is near south campus, for an eclectic mix of smaller restaurants. For more upscale dining you can take the T or walk to the famous Newburry Street (but be prepared to spend more).

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drug Scene Is Hardly Present – The drug scene at BU is not big at all, and when it does happen it isn't heard of. Drinking is obviously present, but also very discreet. Dormitories have very strict policies about getting caught with alcohol.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Good and Discreet – Greek life on campus seems almost nonexistent during the week day, but definitely makes a presence over the weekend for parties. Only Greek housing for males is available.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Despite living on a urban campus, the security here is surprisingly great.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Shuttle Bus and T are a hassle but just about everywhere is walkable

4 College Freshman

Academics: Excellent Professors – Tons of Resources and Professors to go to if you need help

5 College Freshman

Local Area: Lots of schools, stores to shop, places to see, parks, museums, etc...

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Great Need Based – I received a decent amount of financial aid, but it was all need based. A couple of my forms got lost in the shuffle, so I had to stay on top of things. I suggest making regular in-person appointments with your financial aid officer to make sure things are going smoothly. I tried for scholarships but i was informed it wouldnt change my overall package. My friend couldnt get any financial aid at all (the only option he was left with was outside scholarships).

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Skip the Clubs – There are a few clubs and bars on or very near campus but student parties are typically the way to go. They are much more affordable, and typically more fun as you will hang out with people you know and meet people you will see again. There are always parties in Warren but they are low-key and small between friends as there is an RA on every floor.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Even the on campus apartments are cheaper than the dorms, especially with the exorbitant, required, 13 dollar per meal meal plans.This being said you should still subscribe to this exorbitant plan your semmester if not your first year and you should live in Warren Towers, not south campus, not stu v (Hojo and West Campus are ok options as well).

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: A Place to Grow – One of the best things about Boston University is that you can meet a ton of different types of people, but also meet people that are just like you. Everyone has a different story and comes from a different background. I love Boston because there is always something to do; you will never get bored. It is a great place to find your niche and have fun while doing so. I wouldn't want to be anywhere else.

1 College Freshman

Parking: There is not a good amount of parking around campus. However, it is in a city, so that should be expected. In Warren Towers, there is a parking garage underneath which is very convenient. There are also side streets around the building that you can find meter parking at. Otherwise, it is difficult to find spots.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Dining in Boston – Off-campus dining is fantastic. You have Fanueil Hall and Quincy Market, which is full of amazing places to eat - foods of all types. There is also the North End, which is mostly Italian food, but also has Mike's Pastry Shop, which is famous for its amazing desserts. The best part about Boston is that there is upscale dining and also affordable places to eat.


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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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