That “dream” school may have really turned out to be a dream school. It fit everything you were looking for and you see yourself there forever. You’d marry that school had it been a person, or maybe you consider flunking some classes on purpose so you can go back an extra year. On the contrary, maybe it didn’t and you hated it. But there is no hiding from the fact that from even a perfect school for someone is going to have some shortcomings or things that aren’t exactly perfect. Suffolk University is no different.

1. Lack of housing

Suffolk University lacks housing compared to other schools, so most students are forced to go off campus at some point within their four years there. Suffolk’s campus is right in the city, making it a good place for a school, but the school does not own a lot of property for student residency. Unlike other schools, most students are forced to off campus after two, sometimes one year living on campus due to lack of space.

2. There is no “campus”

Suffolk really does not have much of a campus and is basically just a formation of a cluster of buildings somewhat close to each other in downtown Boston. The school mostly consists of three buildings for student housing, a small performing arts theater, the athletics building where the gym is and five classroom buildings, including the Law School. For students who want to have that college feel and campus vibe, this is not the place. If you want to throw a party in the quad or prance around from residence hall to residence hall late night carefree, you’re better off elsewhere.

3. Commuting isn’t easy

Boston and its surrounding area has some of the highest and most stressful traffic in the country. The T-system can be sporadic at times and is generally unpleasant during rush as it can be very crowded. Being a commuter student can be time consuming and stressful, which can make getting to and from class difficult. And let’s face it – sitting on a hot, crowded train every day sucks anywhere.

4. Expensive living

It is very hard living in Boston since it is so expensive, and since Suffolk is in Boston and there is not a lot of student housing, most students end up having to rent apartments off campus in or near the city. This can be very expensive. The majority of students end up having to work to pay rent and many students do not have a lot of extra spending money because of how expensive it is. It can be stressful having to deal with work and school as well as trying to have a social life, love life and a family life.

5. Lots of the faculty is foreign

This is not always a bad thing, and while it’s important for students to be exposed to different people and learn from professors with different backgrounds, sitting in a math class with a professor you can barely understand isn’t exactly easy. Try taking that required math class when you always hated math in high school, or if you’re an international student and English is not your first language, taking that same class trying to understand English when even the native English speakers can barely understand. So be aware – those accents don’t thin out.

Suffolk University is unique in its good and bad traits. Students who want a campus feel, four year housing, no commute, American teachers and cheap activities will not find it at Suffolk. So, be considerate when choosing schools.


Ryan Arel

Suffolk University Journalism Major, Print/Web concentration. I love everything Boston.

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