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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Mostly Frats for Under 21 – If you're 21+, you have all of Boston to choose from. If you're under 21 there are some good 18+ clubs but most people go to frat houses. Generally, you have to know someone to get into the better parties

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: There's a Mix – Because BU is so old, there's a mix of facilities. Some buildings (CAS) are old and resemble a high school while others such as StuVI and the FitRec are absolutely incredible.

3 College Freshman

Administration: Don't Get Caught Drinking – BU is pretty serious about underage drinking. If caught in the dorms, you can get fined, and a second time will get you kicked out of housing. If you can't swipe into the dorm, a $1000 ambulance ride is in your future...

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: It's there but not a huge part of campus life. Most of the people in a frat or sorority tend to stay within that social circle. Sororities don't get houses...Unfortunately, greek life has had a bad rep this year with hazing and busted parties. If you're not up for rushing, definitely check out frat parties at MIT or Harvard.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: So So – BU housing is generally safe with security at the entrance of almost all dorms. Petty theft happens but only if you're not locking up or watching your things. Be careful if you like partying because BU prides itself on the fact that its police force cracks down on underage drinking. While the BUPD has its grip on underage drinking, they can sometimes lack in their response to other situations. That said, it's a generally safe campus for being in a city.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I was an apprentice for Ironworkers Local 7 when I was twenty-one. I am still an Ironworker, and the Unions are very strong in Boston.

5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: So many different bars and clubs all over. Transportation everywhere.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The Gym Is Probably Pulling up This Grade. I'm not huge on athletics but I have to say I was vastly impressed at how great the athletic center on campus was. Free to students and offers a very large variety of athletic things to do in a very innovative building. As for the rest of the school, it looks like a very dated building holding some kind of historical prestige. The Mugar Library is pretty well organized as well.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: Boston's a nice place with tons of things to do around campus. There's an event in front of the Marsh Chapel every now and again and people handing out fliers. It could be better, if every other step didn't have the smell of smoke around it. The people range from awful to nice as well.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Lots of Great Sports, Lots of Spirited Fans – Terrier hockey team is ranked very highly. Other sports are competitive as well. If you aren't super athletic but would like to join a sport, there are many intramural sports anyone can join. School spirit is high, and many students go to games to cheer on the Terriers!

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Not Bad – Not many relationships freshman year but many people go to parties. Many of the guys are frat guys or taken or pretentious. Other guys aren't very good looking. Also lots of gay guys. Girls are beautiful and dress nice, very thin, however they see, fake, especially if they are in sororities. Social life at parties because everyone talks and everyone gets along, even if you've never seen that person in your life. But cops have become mroe strict with the record number of students getting hospitalized for intoxication last year.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Bad Idea for the Most Part – The apartments are expensive, but not if you split the cost between 4 people or so. However, living on campus is much more convenient and provides students with more safety and a social atmosphere. Someone broke into one of my friend's apartments off campus last semester -- that would never happen on campus. Also, landlords do not like students and royalty fees will most likely be high.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: Public transportation is very accessible from campus. In fact, the metro and city bus pass through the center of the school. The school also offers a bus that takes students everywhere on campus.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Boston University has students from all over the world. Students are able to learn from these other students and fully learn about other's cultures and customs.

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Pretty Girls, Not a Lot of Guy – Pretty much all the girls are hot and pretty, say 80% of them are beautiful in their own way. However, there aren't much hot guys... plus, according to our school newspaper, half of them are gay. Not a big help to the girls.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Great Restaurants Near West Campus – There's a fair amount of restaurant surround BU. Also, since we are located in koreatown, there's also a lot of great asian food. There's also subway, dominos and Starbucks all around campus. I will get a smaller dinning plan and eat outside more.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Most Vegan/ Vegetarian Friendly – There are few different dinning hall to choose from and the menus are different dinning hall from dinning hall. However, there's only a limit amount of meat for a meat lover like me. The dinning hall mostly serve vegetarian food and chicken... And I usually get tired of eating chicken everyday. Also, when there's beef, they cook it so long that it is hard to chew.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Parties for Whoever – It can be hard for guys to get into parties without girls, but once your in its usually a really good time.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Fit REC Is the Best Gym Out There – The Fit an Recreation Center is just amazing it is like no other gym, super high quality machines and lots of them, it is definitely the nicest gym I have been to. Hockey is a big part of campus life because we don't have football, I wasn't a hockey fan before coming here but now I'm hooked... GO BU!

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Super Friendly People – Ever since I arrived in the fall, its been a great time, the people here are super welcoming and its pretty easy to make friends. Professors are accessible and kind for the most part and I am so glad that I choose BU!

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Boston Is Incredible – I love being in the city, but also having a campus and a well-rounded college experience. BU is awesome academically, and because it's such a big school, there's a lot of clubs and groups to join.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing in Boston is really expensive, but if you share it with a few roommates, you'll probably end up saving money compared to living on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Campus Location – The T (Boston's subway systerm) runs right through the campus, so it is easy to get around Boston. Being in the city is also beneficial for getting jobs, internships, etc.

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: Last year it snowed alot, but they are very good about clearing the walkways. This year we got very little bad weather, but it is usually very windy. The wind makes it feel colder than it really is! If it's raining and windy, your umbrella turns inside out and breaks!

3 College Sophomore

Administration: Somewhat Strict – The on campus bar has been cooperating with the campus police in identifying fake I.D's...they are confiscating them, but not reporting you to B.U. Some RA's are strict, some are not. You just have to feel them out to see what you can get away with, and you always get a warning first! If the police bust a party, they just ask everyone to leave and don't take names!!

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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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