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Reviews 2507 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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1 College Junior

Parking: Don't Bring a Car – I didn't have one, but from what I hear it's expensive and difficult to find.

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Pretty Expensive – The cost of living in Boston is generally high, but if you are flexible and willing to spend some time looking, you can find a pretty decent place. Also, I really love the older home apartments, they're different from any other region in the country.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: There are pros and cons about a place like BU. Open campus makes for independent kids and less unity/school pride. No football team also makes for poor school pride. Good thing about the school is that you're always meeting new people. I wouldn't choose my school again because it is ridiculously expensive

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3 College Junior

Academics: Variety of Options – Good thing about a school as big and spread out as BU is that it has a lot of opportunities. Instead of being known for being strong in just one department, there are a lot of departments that are pretty decent. Huge Psych. department. Relatively easy to change majors.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Rich Kids – A lot of rich students make for materialistic, good looking, not so academically focused girls and guys. Figures, for a school as expensive as BU. Still its diverse. You can find people who don't suit the majority, of course.

5 College Student

Transportation: For an urban campus, BU has the best transportation possible. The "T", which is Boston's main source of public transportation, runs right through BU, stopping first at the School of Management and also at the end of campus near the West Campus dorms. Taxis are easy to wave down on Commonwealth Ave., and a lot of nightlife is just a walk away. BU truly mastered the art of transportation in the city, and Boston as a city can be credited with much of that.

4 College Student

Technology: The computer get the job done. Simply put. Dorms, and all other on-campus buildings have high speed internet access, wireless printers can be set up, and the university offers discounts on laptops.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Hockey games are vital for all students to attend at least once. Although we don't have a football team, our hockey team is great and you can get the same level of spirit at hockey games-if not, more. We also have a great intramural hockey team.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Apartment-Style Dorms – The newest dorms at Boston University are beautiful! They have kitchens, private bathrooms, and an amazing study lounge. The view on the top floor is spectacular.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Educational Resource Center – Boston University's Educational Resource Center (ERC) is extremely helpful. The ERC provides students with free tutoring for a broad variety of subjects. Their language tutors are especially useful in helping students practice their foreign language skills. Chemistry tutors are valuable as well, seeing that Boston University's General Chemistry class is brutally tough.

2 College Sophomore

Weather: New England weather is very unpredictable. One day it's in the 40s and the next it is in the 70s. You have to make sure you check the weather before you go to class because you can never base your outfit on yesterday's weather. Also, it's extremely windy in Boston. Count on a broken umbrella.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of Choices – If you don't have time to go to the dining hall or you are just sick of the options, the GSU is a great place to go. It has Chinese, pizza, sandwiches, salads, Starbucks, Jamba Juice and more. You can pay with dining points, convenience points, or cash.The only complaint is that it can get a little expensive.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The dining plan is fairly expensive, but the food is pretty good. West Campus dining hall is known as the best as there is great variety and the food is always cooked in front of you. My friends from other colleges always rave about the dining hall when they come and visit.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Boston itself is a nightlife hub; there are bars all over the place, fancy restaurants, shows and clubs everywhere. There are several under-21 clubs and most restaurants and shows are for 18+. Some of the bars are pretty good, the rest are pretty average. There are off-campus parties all the time in Allston/Brookline, or in South Campus, but they're not that good because off-campus students live in crappy apartments that they can barely afford, as opposed to houses or something with a traditional campus. Unless it's themed/raging, skip the parties, they're dumb. There's a lot else to do in Boston though.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Nothing Extraordinary – Like with most colleges, drinking is big. Marijuana is popular, as well, but I don't see that as being particularly different from the drug culture of other schools, either. Those are the big ones, and any other drugs are more particular to more specific circles of friends.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Good Mix of Backgrounds – Certainly BU attracts people from a variety of backgrounds, especially having a relatively large enrollment of international students. There are still many of the stereotypical "privileged white student," but there's still a lot more diversity than you'll find at many other schools, not only with ethnicity, but with everything else CollegeProwler asks about - economic background, political beliefs, religion, and sexual orientation.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Great Place to Live – BU is great if you love the city - in the middle of attractions like Fenway, the House of Blues, and the Esplanade, and anything that isn't within walking distance of campus is accessible by public transportation, with public buses and trains running right through campus to take you to other schools, museums, restaurants, arenas, etc.

1 College Freshman

Administration: Way Too Strict – The Boston University housing people are way too strict. We can only have 7 overnight guests per semester, and signing in guests is a huge inconvenience.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: No Help – There are many apartments in Boston, but Boston University does not offer any help in finding one. Most of the apartments in the area are very far away from campus.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Very Safe – I feel very safe in Boston University's campus, but it is scary that the buildings are all open to the public. Anyone from the street could just walk in.

3 College Freshman

Academics: It all comes down to what college you're in, really. CAS has the most options, a nice (if musty) building, and some really amazing professors. There are a ton of students there, too, and it's really the most diverse college on campus. I've heard great things about COM, SED, SHA, SMG, and ENG as well--all of BU's studies-specific colleges are great. But if you're in CGS...DON'T DO IT. CGS is a dead-end cash cow, a glorified community college. The professors there are wonderful people, but the program is awful on work ethic, self-esteem, and your wallet. The other students, the building, the stigma--everything about CGS is bad (save for the professors and the hotel-like lobby).

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1 College Sophomore

Party Scene: If partying is your scene, then you won't find what you're looking for at BU.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: South Campus Is Ideal – South campus is great for students who are looking to avoid the awkward, over populated mass that is the freshmen dorms. Look into specialty housing there for a community feel.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: There's really no need to get a car unless you live off campus. Overall you just walk to class. Parking permits are overpriced and not worth the headache.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: The drug scene at Boston University is not really big, although it depends on who you hang out with. If people are doing drugs, they're usually just smoking. Drinking is a much more popular activity.


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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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