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4 College Senior

Campus Housing: The Student Village Is the Place to Be – Boston University offers housing to students for all four-years. Although many upperclassmen decide to move off campus to nearby apartments, BU does offer a variety of different housing options from typical dorm style with community bathrooms, to suite style with private baths, as well as apartment style with private bedrooms and baths. The Student Village is a brand new 26 story apartment building for upperclassmen. All the apartments have four private bedrooms and beautiful views of the city.

3 College Senior

Technology: At Boston University there are numerous computer study centers. They are located throughout BU's large campus and are accesible to any part-time or full-time student as well as faculty and staff. Wireless access is also available throughout campus in all of the main buildings. BU also offers an IT Tech lab where students can go and ask a specialist questions, comments, and concerns when they are having problems with their personal computers.

3 College Junior

Weather: Boston Is Schizo – Boston weather is about as unpredictable as anything. one day its 90 derees, the next its 60, one day it sunny, the next is snowing. Its hard to get to and from class, and rainy days do not motivation make.

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: There isn;'t much to say, i love so much about my school. my building, the College of Fine Arts is a beautiful inside and out (its the only ivy covered building, which makes sense because the CFA acceptance rate is that of Harvard's acceptance rate!) and it is used and rustic on the inside with little bits of the past students everywhere. i think the Student Union is beautiful and really convenient, the fitrec is really nice and has almost everything you could ever need; and the entire set up of the campus is unique and timeless.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Frustrating Yet Flexible Classes – For such a big school, BU is kind of bad at having enough sections of classes so you can fit everything in your schedule. Also, they restrict many classes to only fall or spring semester. However, there are a lot of options - independent studies, etc. - that compensate that. Furthermore, often if you just ask, they might be able to squeeze you into a full class.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: There aren't actually a lot of sororities and fraternities - they don't even have their own houses - but those that do exist are comprised of by the very, very rich students. Since they don't have their own houses, they don't throw parties. However, MIT frats are right next to campus and you can always count on them being packed on the weekends.

2 College Sophomore

Technology: Printing Quota Is Frustrating for Many Students – In an effort to go green, BU has limited the number of pages you can print for free per year to 100 pages. While a valid effort to reduce paper usage, it's a little unrealistic when you're constantly writing papers, etc.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Find Yourself Here – BU is great school to discover yourself. There is no shortage of interests and opportunities on campus. The university will not hold your hand though, its up to you to make the most of it: find internships, join clubs, make good friends, pursue your academic passion. If you do this you'll have it made. Not many schools can offer what BU has to offer.

2 College Sophomore

Weather: Spring/Fall Barely Exist – It's pretty much cold from November to March. A lot of rain/snow in the winter too.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Diverse and Variable – The great thing about BU is the amount of opportunity and flexibility the school offers. There are tons of opportunities to study abroad or just take classes at other colleges. It's such a large school, there's many different course areas to study. You can really find/do anything you want.

2 College Freshman

Administration: Boston University is known to be strict on its students regarding drinking and fake ID's. Punishments can be severe to students caught with fake ID's. The school is also strict about alcohol on campus. Parties are not common on campus, so students often go to frats at other schools for partying, and as long as the student can compose himself when returning to the residence and not appear to be falling all over the place, then the security guards will leave the student alone. Generally though, the best bet is to keep a low profile and be smart about partying so that security does not catch the student and punish him, causing him to lose either scholarship money or his residence assignment.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Boston University is known for, and prides itself on, its diversity. Students come not only from all over the country, but all over the world to study at the school, and as a result, the student body consists of a wide range of students from various cultures, backgrounds, and races. The school does a very good job at integrating the students with its activities at the George Sherman Union. Students respect one another regardless of their beliefs or diversity.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Quincy Market – Quincy Market is a superb off-campus spot for Boston University students interested in dining. A wide range of foods are offered from Indian Cuisine to the traditional Massachusetts favorite of "clam chowdah". The only negative factor about Quincy Market is the limited seating offered. However, there are other sit-in restaurants, such as Dick's Last Resort, proclaiming itself "The joint your mama warned you about!", which happens to be a huge attraction due to its customary hats that waiters make for customers. Prices run pretty fairly with restaurants in Quincy Market as well.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: 60-40 Girl Boy Ratio – There are so many more girls to guys at Boston University. Lucky for you if you're a guy. However, there are plenty of MIT, Harvard, and Northeastern boys at frat parties to meet.

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2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: No Need to Go Off-Campus – BU has plenty of on-campus housing, there is no need to go off-campus. However, if you do want to go off-campus there is plenty of housing nearby in Allston.

4 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: The T and the BUS (Boston University Shuttle) are the best to get around campus.

4 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: A Lot of School Spirit – When the hockey team won nationals, the school went crazy! It was a lot of fun watching the school come together to celebrate such an amazing event. The other sports teams are similarly supported as well.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Food: Varied Options – The dining hall food can get tiresome after a month, but there are a lot of other places around campus to get food.

1 College Junior

Parking: Bad Bad Bad News If Youve Got a Car – I actually have no idea, but I know parking in Boston is literally the world's worst.

2 College Junior

Party Scene: Ok Partying – I am not a party person but from what i hear, BU is not the party school. Parties are always being busted, never any alcohol, way too many people, mostly greek related. Bars and clubs close very early in boston, not a big crazy town like new york city, i don't mind it though. transportation is pretty good though, i love the T and there's always buses. I mean assuming you're not out too late. it depends...

2 College Junior

Campus Housing: Frustrating to Say the Least – COming in as a freshman, a 13-story dorm building in the heart of Boston was not bad. I lived on West Campus for two years, it was especially a nice place to live because my college was only a ten minute walk. However, I would not want to live right on commonwealth ave like many freshman do. The west campus atmosphere was really nice, lots of people, quiet, nice field, stuvi2 is nearby so there is a lot of access to studying areas, etc. the problem with housing is how you get it, come springtime, its a lottery but its not actually fair because of pullins. I had an average number for a junior and when i went to choose, there was not a single bed in an apartment in the entire campus. THE ENTIRE CAMPUS!?!?!? its outrageous. im living in a double on baystate and i am trying for summer swap but i have a feeling this won't be the best living arrangement which is really frustrating.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: During the last 4 years, Greek life at BU has drastically got better. Although BU isn't a stereotypically "Greek School," the Greek community has become bigger and stronger.

Sororities at BU are great to get involved in, and have became more competitive. Rush for sororities have been so over-capacity that they are even bringing on a new sorority this year. Each sorority has it's own characteristics, and everyone I know that joined loves their sorority. Although being in a sorority can be pretty costly, it's a great way to make friends and get involved on campus. There is no sorority housing, but a lot of girls often end up living together. The better known sororities are DG, ADPi, GPHIB and APHI, but the ranks are always changing among the 9 of them. Sororities rush in the spring, and GPA does count somewhat.

Fraternities at BU are decent. They have off-campus housing, and often host parties that freshman, sophomores, and greeks attend. Some fraternity guys come off as tools, but most of them are decent guys who get together to hang out and party together. The most popular ones are Pike, Kappa Sigma, Sigma Chi and Chi Phi, however the other ones are great too! Fraternities rush Fall and Spring.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Staggering in Both Number and Quality – Boston University has an amazing number of services to offer: the Fitness and Recreation Center-dubbed the Fitrec by students-has an olympic-sized pool, 5 indoor Squash courts, a 0.25 mile track for running, numerous gyms, classrooms for activities ranging from Taekwondo to Salsa Dancing and many courts for Basketball, Football and Soccer. Nearby is Nickerson Field, a 5000-person stadium, with a huge field for soccer, lacrosse, football or any other field sport the students play. There is another track in the Walter Brown Stadium nearby, which also has 4 indoor tennis courts. Across the Walter Brown Stadium is a full-sized baseball field and just a minute walk away are 4 outdoor tennis courts for those who prefer the natural breeze as they play.
There are many places to eat, both University-owned and not. The variety is also pleasing; Noodle Street offers Chinese, whereas Olecito goes for Mexican. Both are located directly on campus, where most students are.
There are more libraries than tennis courts at Boston University, each with printing, scanning, photocopying and places to study or read.
BU Central is a very popular spot with its pool tables, mini stage, party lighting, table tennis tables, Plasma TV with a Wii hookup and the honor of the being the location of the hottest events of Boston University.
Needless, being bored here is very rare.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Escort Service – Boston University is very careful with its students. It even offers a free Escort Service in which any student can call in the service-the number is located on the back of every Student ID-and be walked with 2 or more people to where they need to go.
In addition, the Boston University Police Department is constantly on the move, whether it be on motorbikes, bicycles or police cruisers. They are fully prepared and alert at all times and also conveniently located on campus itself.
Having common sense never fails when it comes to personal safety; walking alone at night in a poorly lit places spells disaster. Keep your doors and windows locked to prevent theft and any damage of property.
With these security measures, Boston University is no doubt a very well-lit and safe place to be, at any time of the day or night.

5 College Sophomore

Local Area: Boston: it brings thoughts of brick buildings with crawling ivy, the grandeur of Fenway Park and rowdy Irish pubs.
In the heart of Boston lies Copley Square, a melting pot of tourists, students and locals. The pies and cheeses of the local farmer's market here can be smelt by the tired commuters rushing to catch a train at Back Bay Station, just down the road.
Fenway Park is another ballgame; it is filled with loud, but passionate scarlet-clad Red Sox supporters.
Across from Fenway is the sprawl that is Boston University. Integrated very neatly into the city, it can be easily recognized by its crowds of laughing students and tall, unique buildings.
Near the inbound end of the Green Line is Science Park, my favorite stop. The amazing Science Museum is a 3-minute stroll. But, Boston offers much more: The Museum of Fine Arts is the most famous one in all of Boston because of its size and stunning pieces.
Boston is not simply a place to photograph and sight-see, but also to get involved and enjoy.


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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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