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Drug Safety: I have not encountered much of a drug scene at Simmons. For the most part, the students here are very oriented toward school and their grades. Alcohol is definitely the number-one drug of choice. I think after that would have to be pot.

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Drug Safety: I don't feel that it is to a point where it is a problem. You know that it is around, but you aren't bothered by it. Girls drink and smoke, and if it gets to the point where you know about it, someone needs to be notified, like an RA or an RD.

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Drug Safety: I am not aware of any underground drug trafficking, but just like any other school, I'm sure it happens, but it is definitely not seen.

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Drug Safety: It's really not big. There are quite a few straight-edge students, but an equal number that smoke weed. I don't know why we're supposedly one of the most sober campuses on the planet, that's a lie if you ask me. We just don't necessarily drink on campus.

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Drug Safety: I think it's similar to any other campus. People drink and smoke, but it is not overwhelming.

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Drug Safety: I have heard of two or three incidents, but nothing extremely serious.

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Transportation: Public transportation is pretty close, just a five minute walk to the T. The trains are slow at times in Boston.

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Transportation: The T is the greatest part of Boston. There are three or four stops around Simmons that you can catch on various lines. You can go to Park Street, which is about a 10-minute ride, and switch there to access almost anywhere in Boston.

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Transportation: Public transportation is excellent and easy to learn. You can get just about anywhere on the T. The T also takes you to other bus and train stations, and to the airport. You are directly in the center of the T.

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Transportation: Transportation is pretty good, but half the time, I choose to walk because it's faster-especially when there's a baseball game.

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Transportation: The Fenway T stop is located right behind Simmons, and it's easy to access the whole city.

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Transportation: Public transportation is right next door to us. It's usually reliable and easy to maneuver around Boston.

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Transportation: Transportation is very convenient. There are two T stops, one near Res Campus and one near the Main Campus Building. It scared me at first, having never lived in a city, but it's really easy to pick up and learn quickly.

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Transportation: I don't like the public transportation because it seems to take me forever to get somewhere by train. But, I am also biased because I am from the suburbs of DC, so we have the Metro, which I think is better than the T.

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Transportation: Within a two-minute walk from both the Res Campus and the Academic Campus are two stops on the Green Line of the T. Both will take you to relatively any place in the city. The T is pretty easy to get the hang of, even to those who have never used it before. Boston is also known as a walking city, so as long as you're willing to walk for a bit, mostly everything you need is within walking distance as well.

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Transportation: The MBTA (Mass Bay Transit Authority) does a decent job of getting us around town. Most students (especially commuters) use the T system (subway) and the commuter rail. Some students also use the buses. The funny thing is that Boston is the most walkable city in the country, so it often takes you less time to walk somewhere than to wait for a T to take you there. Also, cabs are always available, even in the middle of the night.

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Transportation: There is a T stop on every corner, and there are tons of buses!

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Transportation: The T stop is really close; it's just a pain in the winter. Sometimes it takes forever for the inbound train to get there, so if you're in a rush, it's worth walking the few blocks to Kenmore.

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Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is worth it if you feel it is, but personally, I like the community feeling of living on campus.

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Off-Campus Housing: There are tons of apartments in the Boston area, but the do tend to be pricey. If you break it all down, though, it is cheaper to live off campus for a year than to live on campus from September through May. Look in the Mission Hill area, apartments are cheapest there, and it is a huge college student neighborhood. Many students walk to school, and there is a T stop right there.

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Off-Campus Housing: I feel that if you can afford it, why not. But not a lot of people can afford it, unless you have many people wanting to live in a small Boston apartment. It is crazy what you find in Boston, tiny amounts of space for a lot of money.

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Off-Campus Housing: I prefer living on campus, but off-campus housing works, too. I think you even save a little money living off campus.

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Off-Campus Housing: There is plenty of off-campus housing. There are plenty of apartments in the area, but expect to pay a lot for a little.

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Off-Campus Housing: Do not live off campus your freshman year. It is way too difficult a transition to live in an apartment in Boston with mice and obnoxious neighbors and cooking for yourself. Plus, living at Simmons is incredibly convenient. You don't have to wake up two hours before class to make sure you get there on time. Wait until senior year, that is the best time to live off campus.

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Off-Campus Housing: Housing off campus is convenient but expensive. The Fenway area is so densely populated that the price of rent just keeps rising.

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It is the mix of extracurriculars, academics, environment, and nurturing that leads Simmons women to enjoy their experience. The surprising amount of transfers into the College supports the claims of students. Students who have survived their first year, with all its ups and downs and acclimations, seem to be happy with their decision. Dix Scholars, the older undergraduates on campus, are welcomed just as much as students coming into school at the traditional age. Community is valued, and the support benefits all undergraduates. Close-knit relationships with faculty and instructors catapult students into their professions and evoke tears when it comes time to graduate and say good-bye.

Being in Boston provides professional opportunities for its students when it comes to picking internships and finding jobs after graduation. The urban environment fills a social gap that the absence of Greek life or men on campus could create. The winters pose a challenge to out-of-state students not used to the area’s rough and extremely cold Nor’easters. The weather is not the only environmental challenge. Though the all-women’s environment often takes getting used to, students are generally happy about their decision and excited by the chances of involvement and leadership that not being in a coeducational situation provides. Students at neighboring institutions often share horror stories about being just a number in their school’s eyes—this can’t be said about Simmons. This is not your typical college experience. Students come here to study and experiment with their identity, growing socially and academically. Simmons students don’t just come to school to party, but to become women.

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