All Boston University freshmen have to live on campus. Your experience can differ based on where you end up living, from West Campus all the way to East. If you choose to move off campus into an apartment next year, you miss out on an opportunity to upgrade to some higher quality dorms. So here’s the low-down on some of the biggest dorms on campus you may find yourself living in.
West Campus Dorms
Claflin Hall, Sleeper Hall and Rich Hall
Commonly referred to as just West, these dorms all surround Nickerson Field and you feel more of a campus vibe here. All three buildings are essentially the same — a standard dormitory-style living space. It’s nothing fancy, but some love to argue that “West is best.” All freshman varsity athletes will live here, but so will the non-athletic, so don’t believe it if you hear that these dorms are exclusive to the athletes.
10 Buick St. and 33 Harry Agganis Way
If you’ve made it to either residence in the Student Village — Stuvi1 or Stuvi2 — well, you’ve made it. As good as BU dorms get, living in StuVi is akin to living in a hotel. There are amazing views of the city, beautiful lobbies and seemingly brand new living spaces. Athletes, sororities and fraternities have passed down their own suites in StuVi for years, continuously pulling in new members over the years. If someone invites you to be pulled into StuVi, latch on and don’t look back.
1019 Commonwealth Ave.
For those who want an alternative living space in West Campus that’s suite-style like Stuvi, 1019 offers six floors full of suites that have three doubles, a common room and a bathroom connected to the common room. It’s a nicer solution to just living in a double with nothing else, but it still sits in the shadow of StuVi.
East Campus Dorms
Ah, Warren Towers. Composed of three separate towers, the entire dorm houses mostly freshmen. In fact, it’s a freshman’s paradise and the most stereotypical college living space on campus. Everyone seems to be best friends with everyone on their floor, with special floors designated for those in the College of Communication, College of Engineering and Women in Science. If it’s one in the morning and you’ve been up all night hanging with friends, go spend your dining points downstairs at Late Night Café and gorge on mozzarella sticks.
Kilachand is made up of four-person and five-person suite-style rooms, along with double rooms with private bathrooms. All freshmen who are part of the Kilachand Honors College live here, along with upperclassmen who chose to stay on campus. The amenities are nice and nothing beats the walk along Bay State Road. Plus, that quick walk over to eat at Baestate? Priceless.
Myles Standish Hall
Myles used to be like an ugly little sister to Kilachand Hall and the Bay State brownstones: it was even further east, very old and kind of spooky inside. For the past few years, however, Myles has undergone some much-needed renovation, making it the hotspot for students who want to save money — BU reduced Myles’ prices for the 2017-2018 school year.
Ah, brownstones. In my opinion, they’re the most underrated dorms on BU’s campus. They’re beautiful on the outside, in an old-school charming way, and roomy on the inside. Up to four people usually live in a room on Bay State Road, in South Campus or on Commonwealth Avenue at a time and many of the brownstones are themed to specific majors or nationalities.