The TRUTH About Newton Campus: Let's Clear the Air

<p>Let me begin by first stating that I have only been on cc for a few months, but I amazed at how many people are frightened by the prospect of living on Newton. I will tell my story and attempt to answer some common inquiries about Newton.</p>

<p>Back last year when I was an overly anxious college frosh, I pretty much did everything I could to avoid Newton. I had heard the horror stories of the bus ride and the segregated nature of the campus. People had remarked about getting up extra early for class. Former Upper students stated that they never really met or visited Newton kids. I was like 9 out of every 10 BC freshmen; I did NOT want to live on Newton. </p>

<p>I moved in, and my preconceptions of Newton, however slowly, disappeared... well, besides the bus situation.</p>

<p>Feel free to ask me more in-depth about my specific experiences, but I just wanted to state quickly that Newton is NOT what people purport it to be. 80% of Newton dissenters are either Upper students or Newtonites that had bad experiences that are in no way a result of living on Newton.</p>

<p>Here are a couple myths that I will bust (or maybe confirm)...</p>

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<li><p>Newton Campus is a hassle. I will confirm this one strictly because of the bus. Every time you want to go to main, you have to account for at least 10 min of travel time each way. The trade off, however, is that you have your own freshman community on Newton. It truly is the Utopic setting to meet people. Upper has a similar situation, but does not come nearly as close.</p></li>
<li><p>There is nothing to do on Newton unless you take the bus to main. Bust. Newton Centre has some of the best eats in the Chestnut Hill region, and a 20 min walk to the T gets you easy access to downtown. Besides using the bus for class and sporting events, you never actually have to go to main. Newton Campus is very self-fulfilling and self-efficient. </p></li>
<li><p>The dorms are inferior to Upper. The two campuses essentially equal out. Upper has more quads and triples, but Newton has no forced triples. </p></li>
<li><p>This point leads to another question: forced triple on Upper vs. normal double on Newton? Unless you have an ideal living situations with your roommates in a forced triple, I cannot fathom why anyone would opt for a forced triple on Upper in order to avoid Newton. Such people are largely the folks who get suckered into anti-Newton sentiment, and many I hear either tolerate it or absolute hate forced triples.</p></li>
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<p>Feel free to ask any questions about Newton. I feel like this or a like-thread should be pinned since 70% of questions involved Newton.</p>

<p>Yeah people really scared me during orientation telling me about the newton, my question is do the buses run if there is a lot of snow! Or are classses canceled? And what kind of buses are they? Do they have seats or do you stand?</p>

<p>Thank you very much for making this thread. You cleared up some of my concerns for Newton. However, I heard there is essentially no partying whatsoever on Newton because everyone there is a freshman, which makes everyone there well under 21 and easy pickings for the BCPD. How accurate is this?</p>

<p>Buses run in the snow albeit a bit delayed. The bus system basically never closes unless the school itself is shut down for a few hours.</p>

<p>Police enforcement is equally strong in both Upper and Newton; both have drive strips that allow BCPD easy access to patrol. The Mods is the universal location for partying, so both Newton and Upper students leave those areas to "party." Newtonites have to be more creative than Upper kids at times, but both are equally lively on the weekends.</p>

<p>Is there anything to do on the weekends on Newton besides drinking/partying? Or do you have to take the bus to Main Campus for different options? Also, what are the workout facilities like on Newton?</p>

<p>The Hut is plenty competent as a work out place, but I tended to opt for the Plex. It has a work out area and a half basketball court. </p>

<p>Newton has Newton Centre, which a great place to eat and hang out</p>

<p>Do triples on newton have bathrooms? I'm in a triple in Hardey</p>

<p>To look at individual rooms, you can go to Residence</a> Hall Floorplans - Office of Residential Life - Boston College and then go to Residence Hall Floorplans. If a triple has a bathroom, it should show up as a tiny room in the dorm itself. (For instance, look at Fitzpatrick or Kostka triples.)</p>

<p>Unfortunately, it looks like Hardey doesn't have bathrooms. Not 100% positive on this, but the floorplans are usually easy to read and accurate.</p>

<p>hardey doesn't have bathrooms, nor do any other triples/quads on newton</p>

<p>As a guy who lived on Upper during Freshman year, I must say that the one aspect of Newton that I was always envious of was the FOOD.</p>

<p>If you're the type of person who pays attention to food preparation and whatnot, you'll enjoy Newton.</p>

<p>hi trizz, first of all thanks a lot for initiating this!</p>

<p>secondly i was wondering which dorm you yourself lived in, in case you might be able to tell me how i might be able to fit things in my room (in keyes hall). for example, i bought a fridge thats 3.7 cubic feet, with a 33inch vertical, and i heard that the fridges were supposed to be 32 inches or less. do such small details matter?</p>

<p>Your fridge will fit fine. I lived in Keyes last year and had a double that was smaller than most and my roommate and I were able to fit two fridges in our room. One under my bed and the other along a wall.</p>

<p>My D loved Newton! The food is a cut above because they are feeding the law school grad students there. The friendships you make on Newton will have longer-lasting consequences. The party scene was more than adequate, particularly in the boy's basement floors.</p>

<p>Are there really size restrictions on fridges? I haven't seen them anywhere. The fridge I'm getting is a bit taller than a "normal" mini fridge, ~4 ft tall, so I hope I can use it.</p>

<p>There's no restriction on fridges (except maybe a full size fridge). You'll be fine.</p>

<p>Ok, that's what I thought. Thanks.</p>

<p>I just got an email from bc housing that gives me and my roommates the option to de-triple our room on upper, but in return one of us has to move to duchesne on Newton. do you think the move would be worth it?</p>