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Reviews 2513 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Too Typical – Many of the guys and girls here are very typical, top-40 listeners. People are average looking, and it's hard to find members of the opposite gender of substance. Stay away if you're looking for someone that has personality.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Good Food, Bad Prices – While there are many options for near by off campus dining, many people opt out of it because of meal plans. There is some guilt in spending actual money for food.

1 College Freshman

Parking: There is almost no parking but if youre willing to pay hundreds a semester to park miles away from your dorm/apt. then go ahead....

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: BU Health services offers a variety of services for common colds, to STDs, to referring students to doctors for more serious illnesses. Although the making appointments and waits required can be HELL during "plague" times.
BUPD does a good job as well they have tip lines and one can frequently see them driving through the streets (sometimes undercover so watch out!). I have never felt unsafe.

4 College Student

Campus Quality: Big University Means Big Campus Life – The school is very well known, it has a high sports academic, there is a large diversity and parties almost everynight. The school offers a godd academic programs such as medicine and overseas programs.

3 College Student

Diversity: People all around the world come to study at Boston University. It has a great basketball team and many diversed groups. One can never feel isolated because, every ethnicity is representated, men and women attend the university from different religion background.

4 College Student

Local Area: Boston, MA Is a Great City for College Students – Boston areas offer many attractions, activities and recreation to students and people and general. The nightlife is never dull, and activities can range from kayaking on the Charles River to bike in CAmbridge in Boston. Shopping is available for the moderate shopper to the expensive from the Wrentham outlet Mall to the sophisticated Prudential Mall. With different museums to visit, Boston is indeed a great city and offers an exciting atmosphere.

1 Niche User

Campus Housing: Housing is very poor for how much you pay – For paying how much we do, the housing is disgusting. Every dorm complains that there is a layer of dust on all of their stuff because the buildings are so old. Also, the rooms are very small and the elevators are very slow.

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1 Niche User

Guys & Girls: Ugly Guys – After being here for two months I have yet to see more than 2 guys that are actually attractive and I am not usually very picky.

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2 College Senior

Academics: Too Conservative – Art history only covers visual arts (painting, sculpture, architecture, photography). It doesn't include music, film, etc. The classes are good for a general background versus specific knowledge. Also, major is general rather than specific track. I wish it would include taking art courses so that I could get a better perspective on what artists were thinking and how they were creating art. Teaching styles of professors are the same--invokes only internal stimulation rather than a seminar/discussion style. Not very many non-western art courses or photography courses (a few of my areas of interest).

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4 College Senior

Greek Life: BU has really stepped up Greek Life over the last few years. Recruitment has got a lot more competitive, meaning more girls are "rushing" for spots in each sorority. There are now 10 sororities on campus, 1 of which is cultural (asian-interest).

In alphabetical order:

Each sorority has great things to offer, but often each sorority is categorized into a certain rankings. The more "competitive" sororities are ADPi, DG, GPhiB and APhi. While their ranks are constantly changing, they often get the best feedback after recruitment period and throughout the school year. Each sorority at BU is amazing in it's own way, and you should go through recruitment with an open mind.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: Pretty Noticeable – Just about everywhere you go you'll see a girl carrying a bag with her Sorority's letters on it. Greek Life is a really good way to meet people and grants access to a lot more nightlife because frats and sororities often rent out clubs to throw huge parties. Frat parties are really lame though and are often pretty exclusive, especially to freshmen. Don't waste your time on them. Try going to team houses instead.

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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!


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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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