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College Junior

Local Area: Most people are really nice and help you with a door or luggage. Just being in Boston is great-you can walk around and experience nature and people in a busy-ish town. There are a ton of other universities here, and we do occasionally interact at different functions.

College Junior

Overall Experience: I love it! I've found so many more people from all walks of life and with different points of view and outlooks on life. I would definitely come here again because I have found so many people that I can get along with and enjoy spending my time with. I live in a cooperative house and absolutely love it!

College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life is not a very big deal here although it is becoming pretty common. There are no sorority or frat houses on BU campus, although there is an MIT one close by. It's not a very important part of BU life.

College Junior

Technology: The computer network is good. As usual, they are usually crowded at midterms and finals periods, but apart from that, it is usually okay. The different dorms also have computer labs, so if the main labs are crowded, you can always go to those. Most people bring their own computers though.

College Junior

Athletics: Most people are very into BU hockey, but other than that, attendance for sports is relatively low. If you want to play intramurals, you have to look into it. Nobody is going to advertise or recruit you.

College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: If you want an apartment, you won't have a problem finding it. People love living off campus, and there are plenty of close options.

College Junior

Academics: Some of the teachers are wonderful, but there is nothing worse than being in a class with a bad teacher. If you want to get good grades, you must put in a lot of effort. It seems like I'm always working. It depends on your major and your intentions, though.

College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: You can eat any type of food you want, all within walking distance of campus. Most things are pricey, though.

College Junior

Drug Safety: If you want to do drugs, you can, and there are plenty of people who do. If not, that's normal, too.

College Student

Administration: BU is really strict about drugs and drinking, on and off campus. I'd advise any incoming freshman not to get caught drinking in their dorms because first-time offenders have to pay a very significant fine, get put on probation, and are further punished by getting a bad housing number. There's also a possibility of getting kicked out of housing.

College Student

Parking: Parking on campus is horrible. You can only park in certain lots at certain times during the day, and unless you're lucky, you will rarely find on-street parking. It's best to either take the T or walk.

College Student

Party Scene: Parties on campus are lame. I went to one my freshman year and never went back. Everyone just goes to the same two streets, Ashford and Gardener, looking for a party. It's much better to go to a bar or a club since BU is so close to downtown Boston and Allston. In Allston, some of my favorite bars are White Horse and Our House.

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College Student

Greek Life: Greek life is around, but I wouldn't say it has any effect on the social scene at BU. The school is so large that I think it's impossible for one organization to have any meaningful impact on social life. I have a lot of friends who are in frats and sororities, and they enjoy them, but you can have a great time at BU without being in one.

College Student

Off-Campus Dining: There are so many good restaurants near Boston University. The diversity of cuisine is awesome, and most of the places close to campus are really well-priced. Many of them are within walking distance, or it's always easy to hop on the T. Some of my favorite places are Brown Sugar, Noodle Street, and UBurger.

College Student

Diversity: Compared to other schools in the area, I would say that Boston University is diverse ethnically, but I still feel that minorities are under-represented and the admissions office should really try to boost minority admissions. I wouldn't say BU is as diverse economically because the university doesn't offer as much financial aid as it should, so I'd say the majority of the students are well off. Ideologically and politically, BU is very liberal, and I'd say that while expression of thought and opinion is diverse, overall, the University has a very liberal image.

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College Student

Technology: The computer labs at Boston University are usually pretty crowded, but it's never a problem finding a computer. There are several areas on campus that are wireless, but I personally have problems connecting to the network on my own computer, so I don't take advantage of it. Sometimes I wish I could.

College Student

Campus Food: The food on campus is pretty good, but it gets boring. There are lots of good restaurants and sub shops on campus. I don't have a meal plan anymore, but when I did, I chose one that offered me more points to use at places outside of the dining hall.

College Sophomore

Health & Safety: BU is not just in Boston, it's a part of it. There's no real boundary between where the University ends and the city begins, which terrified both me and my mother coming from a small farm town. Crime happens, but BUPD and BU security is extremely vigilant, and emergency alerts get texted to everyone's phone within minutes of anything happening. I never worry, though, because most crime is just a bike or laptop getting stolen, and getting into the dorms without a BU ID or someone signing you in is virtually impossible. Just be smart on campus: Don't sign in anyone you don't know, and don't walk down any city alleyways by yourself at 3 in the morning. And don't put your cup down EVER if you go to any MIT frat parties, which are practically on BU's campus-they're renowned for spiking unsuspecting freshman girls' drinks.

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College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are apartments everywhere, and if you want to fork over $1,000 per person per month, you can get one that's basically on campus. Nicer, more reasonably priced places are farther out, but you have to pay for the T. So, it's a balance. A lot of people think off campus is the way to go, but with BU's upperclassman apartment-style living, I'd just rather stay on campus.

College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Everything is new or being renovated, including the Photonics Center, Life Sciences & Engineering Building, FitRec, and Agganis Arena. BU's facilities are second to none.

College Sophomore

Weather: Bring flip-flops for the early fall and late spring, and a scarf for the winter-the wind kills being right on the river. Also, always have an umbrella and boots no matter what the season. Precipitation is Boston's best friend.

College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Dorms, like everything else at BU, are too expensive. The school makes up for it, though, by guaranteeing housing all four years. Freshman dorms are monstrous with tons of people in small rooms, but they're the best places to meet people your first year. They also have the best food. As an upperclassman, however, you have your pick of tons of newly renovated, dorm-style brownstones or apartments or the newly built Student Village, which-if you can foot the bill-offers high-rise apartments and suite-style living for juniors and seniors.

College Sophomore

Athletics: At BU, be prepared to love hockey and hate BC-the rivalry is like no other, and the games are always an experience. Other than that, sports aren't huge. FitRec is amazing, and intramurals are fun and a lot of people get involved. Really, though, when it's not hockey season, it's baseball season. Fenway Park is about two blocks from campus, and if you're not from New York, you cheer for the Red Sox.

College Sophomore

Transportation: The MBTA is not efficient, it's never on time, and they're jacking up prices and cutting down on service due to the economy. With that being said, whether it's the bus, the T, or the commuter rail, you can always get where you need to go, even if it takes a while. The BU shuttle is amazing, too, and always reliable for getting around the main campus and going between the Charles River Campus and the Medical Campus in South Boston.

College Student

Campus Housing: Most of the dorms are social. Warren Towers and West Campus are the most popular for freshmen but can be very noisy. But if you want that kind of social life, go for one of those. Dorms like 575 Commonwealth Ave. are quieter and less social. Try to get a double or single in 575. It is cheaper than some other dorms, and you get a private bathroom.

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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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