I can now tell you, applying for on-campus housing was the best decision I could have ever taken. You meet a lot of people and everyone becomes like a huge family. The hardest part for sure is living with someone in the same room, but thankfully my roommate is the nicest girl and we get along pretty well; in fact, I feel like I am at a slumber part every night because we talk and laugh and it doesn’t feel like an uncomfortable relationship at all.
I will tell you the pros and cons about living on-campus so that you can make your own choice about where you would rather live.
- Making new friends
- Becoming more tolerant and learning to share
- Incredibly close to school
- Constant motivation from fellow students
- Invited to on-campus events
- Dining hall (I will recap this topic later on)
- No kitchen
- No private bathroom
As you can see from the list, the cons are pretty small. And actually, both of them have a pretty good fix at on-campus housing. Since we do not have our own kitchen in our room we have a dining meal plan (whichever one we choose) and we can rent a microwave and mini fridge to have in our room. If you ask me, the dining meal plan is one of the greatest things that I have come across. I know what you’re thinking: there’s probably only greasy, unhealthy food there. Not at all! The dining hall is amazing because it has a variety of options of food: from vegan to Kosher to vegetarian. They have a lot of flexibility when it comes to diversity in food. Everything is of extreme quality and amazingly delicious. Also, you get dining meal points; this means that you can use your dining points at any place near BU where they admit them (such as Dunkin’ Donuts, Starbucks, the GSU, City Convenience, etc.).
So after having all these amazing benefits, I thought to myself… would I really have preferred living off-campus? Not at all. I finish most of my classes at 9 pm, and I am very tired and don’t think I would have time to cook for myself. So I would probably just end up at a Wendy’s and gained a lot of weight had I lived off-campus. Being on-campus helps you stay healthy, motivated, and fit.
If I could go back in time and change something about my living in experience, I would change absolutely nothing! I am extremely happy with my roommate and the people that live in our residence and I am sure when I am gone I will intensely miss the dining hall food, because it was part of my journey here in Boston. So, relax, think about everything… read my pros and cons list and decide what you think is best for you. I hope I could help even a little bit.