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3 College Senior

Party Scene: Toss up – You can often find gaggles of freshmen wandering around Allston on weekend nights looking for frat parties that always charge guys for entry and usually won't let you in. If they do let you in, there's probably no alcohol left. Frat guys can be extremely hostile, especially if you're a guy so your best bet is to look for something else in the city. If you friend Zack Bostonpartyguide on facebook he'll keep you updated on lots of fun things to do, particularly for the under 21 crowd. If you have a fake, you can probably get in to a bar or a club, but do not try buying alcohol from liquor stores, because they know freshmen very well.

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3 College Senior

Drug Safety: Weed is pretty easy to come by, easier even than alcohol, which if you're under 21 can be extremely hard to get.

3 College Senior

Athletics: Hockey Is the Only Big Sport – There isn't much school spirit at BU. There's no football team, so if you're looking for a big rah-rah school, don't come to BU. Hockey gets people pretty excited, though, but that's about it.

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4 College Senior

Campus Quality: Gotta LOVE Fitrec! FitRec is a free gym to all students. It was recently built and is very state of the art. It's huge, too, so there are always free machines. They also have a smoothie bar that is supposed to be incredible for post-work out snacking. It's really close to West Campus so if you live in any of the West freshman dorms or StuVi 1 or 2, you're in really close proximity!

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: The Truth – Clearly the lovely lady who wrote this article is not involved in Greek life, nor did she complete her research. The following is true:

Greek Life is the biggest organization on the Boston University Campus, and it is expanding every year in both the number of students involved and the number of fraternities and sororities. Currently, more than 10% of the student population is Greek (And this is before recruitment for the year). Greeks are involved in many other areas on campus, and nearly everyone has a friend who is Greek.

Sororities are much more popular than fraternities. They have recruitment in the spring, immediately before classes start. This year, recruitment is being held at the Mariott Copley the weekend before classes begin. It is expected to have around 900 women at recruitment. In addition, some sororities do recruitment in the fall semester for upperclassmen. The current sororities are: AKDPhi, ADPi, AEPhi, DG, SK, DDD, GPhiB, APhi, SDT and KD (the new sorority).

Fraternities are less popular, but more known for their trashy parties. Frat parties are a freshman staple. Within Greek life, few people attend open parties. There are some quality fraternites though, and many respectable and awesome guys in them. Recruitment occurs in the fall and in the spring and follows a much less rigid structure than the sorority recruitment.

With an increasingly powerful impact on campus, Greek Life cannot be ignored. By no means does anyone have to be Greek to have a social life at BU, but it definitely has a following and requires more acknowledgement than given by this posting.

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1 College Sophomore

Administration: So Strict – Even though the policies have lightened up in recent years, it is still a very strict campus. RA's are required to bust parties for noise, and if you are drinking DO NOT expect to get off the hook. Police frequently bust area house parties, although they usually let you leave if you can walk out the door. I once had a friend arrested in a dorm for banging on a trash can--these people are rough. And don't even think about having someone spend the night in your room in the first few weeks of the year.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Weed and Love – Being a city, there are always drugs. Marijuana is pretty much the drug of choice, with adderall coming in at a close second. Hard drugs are few and far between, at least with most of the student body.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Turn 21 – Most of the nightlife in Boston is for 21+. Either get a good fake ID, or get used to hanging out in a dingy basement. Creativity is required, but it is possible to find alternatives to bars and clubs. There is a great music scene as well.

4 College Student

Guys & Girls: More Girls Than Guys – There are many more girls than guys, about 3 for every 1 guy, but many of the people around here are attractive.

3 College Student

Administration: The only problems are with signing guests in - the security officers can be pretty rude if you don't do it exactly as they want. Also, be careful about drinking and drugs; if you get three strikes, you're kicked out of housing.

4 College Student

Greek Life: Many New Opportunities! We may not have the most or best Greek opportunities yet, but there are many sororities and fraternities here, with new ones being added every year!

4 College Student

Athletics: Lots of Things to Do and See! There are a lot of team sports you can be involved in, but there is also a multitude of club sports you can be a part of. Here we even have a Quidditch team, which is actually really highly ranked! We are also known for our hockey, women's soccer, and we have a great wrestling team, as well. You can always go to any game if you want!

4 College Student

Weather: For about a week after I moved in, the weather was awful - 90+ and really humid. With no air conditioning in the dorms, it was pretty awful being in your room. However, there are some spots that are air conditioned, and if you can find them definitely hang out there when it's humid! There has been some weird weather recently where it has been pretty cold, but if you have a sweater you'll be fine. Winter is coming up and it snows in Boston, so bring warm clothes, but I've heard that they clean up the roads and sidewalks really well. Just don't take summer classes - you'd die from the humidity!

3 College Student

Parking: Somewhat Expensive – The parking permits are somewhat expensive per semester, however there are many parking garages right near many of the dorms; I know that Warren has a parking garage inside of it.

4 College Student

Health & Safety: I feel very safe at BU; there are BU police roaming the streets everywhere, and even though the campus is entwined with the city of Boston itself, it feels very safe. Mostly college students and professors are on the sidewalks, and crossing the roads has become very comfortable. Even being outside at night feels safe - there are always other students around. There are security stations at many of the residences, also, so only the right people are getting in to where you live.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Danielsen Hall – This dorm is one of the farthest dorms from the academic buildings. But the good thing about this dorm is that it is more spacious, there are single bathrooms so they're cleaner, elevators are faster than warren and west, and it's closer to the city. It is legit 2 blocks away from Newbury St. and to get to my classes, I always take the BU shuttle which is usually reliable. Another bad thing about the dorm is that there is no dining hall but Myles is just a couple minutes away.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Dining Halls – The dining halls in general are pretty good and sanitary. The big dorms like Warren and West have big dining halls and have a lot of choices but the smaller ones like Myles don't have that many even though they're supposed to have the same menu. There is always enough space and the dining halls have a nice atmosphere.

3 College Freshman

Technology: Printing on Campus – There are only a few places that have printers. The convenient thing is that you can print from anywhere that has internet connection but the inconvenient thing is that you have to walk to those certain places. Each student has 100 free sheets a semester.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of Stuff to Chose from – Come on its Boston there are 10 restaurants every block. There is a nice french place near by along with some hotel restaurants along with an Uno's Chicago Grill and Pizza place that is good if your looking for the less expensive alternative. While there are great places to eat you probably won't go to them throughout the week since the dining halls are so convenient and perfectly fine.

3 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Small School – I decided on the School of Education at BU because it is a small program and I have access to my professors.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Quality: BU is an excellent school which has high academic standards for its students. It offers many majors and concentrations, some online. As a student you have access to 23 libraries and 24/7 computer access to those libraries with 24/7 support.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Use Train and Subway – BU is available via public transportation. I can take the train from my home and catch a BU subway train from the same station.

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3 College Junior

Overall Experience: I'm an Engineer, I Have No Life – I never would have chosen BU if it hadn't been for money, I never would have stayed if it hadn't been for the people I've met and the opportunities that BU has provided for me since I've been there. I've done research and studied abroad. The actual academics are extremely challenging which I like but I have had a lot of trouble adjusting to the weather coming from Georgia where it barely snows even to the point of being a little depressed. If I had the chance again, I would reconsider staying home but I would pick BU for its opportunities.

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3 College Junior

Diversity: BU is actually embarrassed by their lack of racial diversity. But there are places and people on campus like the Howard Thurman Center that are great for making you feel like you're not the only one.

3 College Junior

Local Area: Fake Big City – Boston is a gorgeous place but don't be fooled into thinking that it has the lights and life of a real big city. Everything closes at 10:00pm. This is a college town which is that why fact is slightly ridiculous. I'm not a drinker myself but there is little to do for people under the age of 21, especially on the weekends....No wonder everyone spends there nights getting drunk and smoking. You can't try to be so strict on those things and then give people between the ages of 18-21 (probably more than half of Boston) nothing to do.

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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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