Types of Housing
Program Residences can be buildings owned or rented by BU Study Abroad and are typically situated in close proximity to the university campus or facilities where classes are held, and students can usually expect to live with other program participants.
Dorms are provided by a local university partner and located on or close to campus. Students can expect to experience communal living with other students, domestic or international, enrolled in the university or the study abroad program.
Some programs arrange accommodations with host families. Homestays help students further develop language skills and adjust to life in a new country. Households chosen to participate in the program represent a wide range of incomes and situations. Students typically eat a number of meals with host families and in some cases receive meal stipends for additional meals.
Students can generally expect to live in a community with fellow study abroad students and are encouraged to embrace the housing standards of their host country. Each program page provides additional information on student housing, including information on physical accommodations, how meals are offered, and single-room availability.
Boston University Study Abroad is committed to working with students with disabilities who may need special accommodation to particulate successfully in our programs. However, we cannot guarantee that facilities, technology, or support services will be available at each program location to the same extent as on the BU campus. If you are considering studying abroad and have a disability, please email Boston University Study Abroad at email@example.com as soon as possible to discuss site-specific accommodation possibilities.
Boston University Study Abroad participants are required to live in program-sponsored housing when the program fee includes the cost of housing.
Boston University Study Abroad participants may request an exception to this requirement if they reside with a family member whose primary residence meets the following requirements:
- The family member has resided at the location for at least 12 consecutive months immediately preceding the program start date
- The residence is within a 45-minute commute of the host university/BU academic center or site office.
- First-year students may request an exception to the housing requirement if they can meet the following requirements:
- They must reside locally with a parent, child, or spouse. A “parent” is defined as a person’s father or mother. In the case of legally separated or divorced parents, “parent” means either a parent with legal custody or a parent providing more than one-half of a student’s total financial support.
- The residence must be within a 45-minute commute of the host university/BU academic center or site office
- The parent has resided at the location for at least 12 consecutive months immediately preceding registration as an entering first-year student
To request to live with a family member as explained above, students must complete the Housing Exception Form, and submit the form via email to the Study Abroad Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) by the following deadlines:
- Fall semester/Academic Year participants: May 15
- Spring semester participants: October 15
- Summer term participants: March 15
Students whose housing exception requests are approved will receive a partial credit of the Study Abroad Program Fee.
Students whose housing exception requests are not approved are required to live in program housing in order to participate in the program.
For BU Students Only: Charles River Campus Housing Considerations
Leaving for Study Abroad
BU Study Abroad will notify BU Housing of your confirmation of program participation. Once BU Housing receives this information, they will cancel on-campus housing for students who have submitted a Residence License Agreement, and the Housing Guarantee Payment will be transferred to a tuition deposit for fall semester.
This process must be completed prior to the fall semester housing cancellation deadline as published in BU Housing’s Terms and Conditions of the Residence License Agreement.
The Housing Guarantee Payment can be used for the Study Abroad deposit.
BU Study Abroad will notify BU Housing of your program participation and you will be released from your Residence License Agreement.
In its written response, the Housing Committee will provide students with detailed checkout procedures and information about reserving on-campus housing for the semester they return to the Charles River Campus.
Students leaving for spring semester Boston University study abroad programs must move out of their on-campus residences and complete the checkout procedures prior to the end of the fall semester.
Your Boston University student account will continue to reflect spring semester on-campus residence and/or dining plan charges until you complete the residence checkout procedures. However, you may deduct these charges from the amount you remit to settle your student account by the spring semester settlement deadline.
Returning from Study Abroad
Qualifying for on-campus housing
Students qualify for on-campus housing if they had a valid Residence License Agreement for the academic year or semester immediately preceding their participation in Boston University Study Abroad. This also applies to students who have participated in a BU Study Abroad Program for consecutive semesters.
Ensuring on-campus housing on your return
Students use the online housing applications to reserve on-campus housing. Instructions for accessing the Spring Only Housing Application will be e-mailed in November to students returning for the following spring semester. In February, students returning for the following academic year will receive information about the Continuing Student Housing Application.
Students returning for the fall semester participate in room selection.
Students returning for the spring semester will be assigned based on space availability. Residence assignments are made over the Winter Break and will be available on the Student Link in January, just prior to the opening of residences for the spring semester.