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Reviews 2513 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Not Too Familiar – Im not too familiar with off-campus housing. I do know however it can be expensive, especially if you want something closer to campus. But what do you expect, your in a city.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: The City That Never Stops Surprising You – Boston University is convinently located a little outside of downtown. Its crazy how residential and small it feels. Overall the campus is really easy to navigate. The appreciation for culture at BU is great. The Howard Thurman Center hosts weekly talks with the Dean of Students: Dean Elmore and has many other culture-embracing activities. In the winter you can go watch BU hockey! Which is so exciting, especially when they play Boston College. Boston is a college city. MIT and Harvard are across the Charles River, and Boston College is farther downt he B line on the MBTA. The campus and city is convinent, easy to navigate, fun, exciting and you never stop seeing something new.

3 College Junior

Parking: Don't Drive in Boston – Students don't really use or need cars unless they need to frequently leave the city. City traffic is a nightmare but it is quicker normally than the T, but it is also less predictable. The school has parking garages though and the rules are fair for those, but not many students keep their cars at school. Parking in the rest of the city is costly and even finding a spot to pull over and pick up someone is hard.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: City Schools Rock! You can take the T anywhere and use the internet to find anything nearby or in your price range, or you can just wander and discover places on your own. There is the best variety of kinds of food from Chinese, Italian, Buffet, Hamburger, or Tai food. And most of these places are easy to get into with little to no wait.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Quantity and Quality – The school is so large and there is no majority. There is a guy for every girl and there is a large variety of both as well as a good way to find people to your taste via clubs.

3 College Senior

Party Scene: Students who are 21 are older will definitely find the benefits of going to school in the city very quickly. Boston is an awesome city for college students to meet and interact at nearby bars, clubs, and events. There is always something going on in Boston whether it be a sporting event, concert, or great time at a bar. It's so easy to travel around the city on the T also. The only downside is that bars and clubs close at 2 and public transportation is only available until 12:30am.

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.


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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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