Now that I’ve had a number of classes in the various classroom buildings around BU’s campus, it’s obvious that not all buildings are created equal. There’s always that one building that you see on your schedule at the beginning of the semester and think, “Ugh, I have to go there?!” Seeing as I have opinions about the different classroom buildings on campus, the only logical step forward was to make a definitive list ranking them from worst to best. These are the opinions of one student based off of one set of experiences, so as you read through this list, feel free to either enthusiastically agree or think that I’ve got it completely wrong.
7. Psychology (PSY)
In defense of PSY, it’s not the most awful classroom building ever, but it did manage to make it to the last spot on the list. The fact that all the classrooms are in the basement is what earned it this low ranking. Sunlight is important! Besides that, it’s a bit inconvenient to get to because the skinny sidewalks get super crowded between classes. Unfortunately, for these reasons, PSY drops to the bottom of the classroom building rankings.
6. College of General Studies (CGS)
The CGS building itself is not that awful. There are some good study spots to chill in if you have extra time, and it’s near some good food spots in West. However, the fact that it is in West earns it a low spot in the rankings — unless you’re in a college that is in West Campus like CFA, chances are you might have to cross campus to get there from your other classes in Central. Worse yet is when you have 15 minutes to get from somewhere like CAS (or even further east) to CGS.
5. Engineering Product Innovation Center (EPIC)
Credit: Wilson Arch
EPC (or as I call it, EPIC) is a pretty OK building to have classes in. It’s in a central location, and Pavement and Nud Pob are right there. However, I warned you that this list was going to be subjective based on my experiences, and here’s where that comes into play: EPIC has such bad vibes. I don’t know why, but my friends and I all agree that despite its good location, we all dislike having classes there, which is why it ended up solidly in the middle of this list.
4. College of Communication (COM)
As a COM kid myself, perhaps I’m a little partial to this building. However, its central location is a great perk, and COM Lawn and the indoor study lounge are also convenient when you want to finish up work before heading to class. Lastly, the food trucks parked out front have to be my favorite thing about COM. If a class goes well, sometimes I can reward myself with a waffle, and if it goes poorly then it’s just a comfort waffle instead. Either way, waffles probably had way too much influence on how I ranked COM, but isn’t that just the way it should be?
3. Kenmore Classroom Building (KCB)
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KCB can also be kind of far if you’re in Central Campus, especially from the GSU or Mugar. However, it gets major props for being near Bay State, which many students consider to be the best dining hall on campus. The building itself has a nice view of Kenmore Square, and there’s plenty of desirable study spots around it, like the areas in Yawkey, as well as the Kenmore Starbucks, and the Hojo and Kilachand study lounges.
2. College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)
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The BU student body seems to have very mixed opinions on CAS as a building. While yes, it does have high school vibes, and yes, some of the ceilings leak sometimes, overall I think it deserves a pretty high rank. The Einstein Bros. Bagels in the basement is definitely worth a lot of points in my book, and how could we forget the love of my life, the CAS Think Tank? CAS also has a great central location, and it’s easy to get to the GSU and other central buildings.
1. Questrom School of Business (HAR)
It’s no secret that Questrom is one of the nicer buildings on campus. If you happen to have classes in this building, lucky you! It’s pretty central on campus, and there’s a Starbucks right inside, which is super convenient. Not to mention that the building itself is gorgeous — when I stepped into the lobby for the first time I was amazed at how nice it was. So, congrats to Questrom, you’ve made the top of the list!
Some students are in love with Questrom, while others may prefer EPIC or CAS. No matter what your favorite is, I hope you enjoyed my take on the merits of the many classroom buildings of BU!