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Student Memberships & Discounts

The BU Arts Initiative provides all graduate and undergraduate BU students free membership to: the Boston Museum of Fine Arts,  the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Harvard Art Museums, and The Institute of Contemporary Art. Just show your BU ID at the ticket desk!

The BU Arts Initiative’s Arts Insiders program grants a group of students access to exclusive events in and around the city. Find out more!

Students can also get a Boston Symphony Orchestra College Card at no cost ($25 value), granting free admission to more than 20 concerts and open rehearsals. Once you receive your card, you must register it on the BSO College Card website to receive more information on ticket availability.

To receive a BSO College Card, you only need to show your BU student ID at one of three locations:


A passion for live arts and music can really stretch a student budget. Check out ArtsBoston’s BosTix, a great source for half-price ticket listings.

We are adding more student discounts all the time, be sure to check out that page.

Faculty and Staff Memberships & Discounts

Faculty and staff can receive a 50% off discount on Boston Symphony Orchestra tickets with the BSO College Card.  See above for pick-up locations.

Faculty and staff can borrow a Museum of Fine Arts membership card from BU Human Resources or the BU Arts Initiative. Additionally, passes to the Harvard Art Museum and the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) are available, as well as discount admission coupons for the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

A full list of these memberships and more are available on our Faculty & Staff discounts page.


A passion for live arts and music can really stretch a student budget. Check out ArtsBoston’s BosTix, a great source for half-price ticket listings.

Art Around Town

Boston’s thriving art scene offers something to explore every day of the week. Peruse area arts calendars and reviews to find what piques your interest:

The Arts Insiders program, run by the BU Arts Initiative, offers a handful of events for current BU students. All events are free of charge for the students. Here is how it works – students from our Arts Council select a few exciting arts events in or around Boston each semester and students can sign up to attend free of charge. Arts Insiders is a great way for students to meet new people and explore the Boston area.

Sign-up now to be an exclusive Arts Insider.