New to Campus? Some Tips for Settling In

10 things you need to know

From BU Today

Students new to campus: today marks the official start of your BU career. You’ve unpacked, your family has returned home, and classes begin today. We reached out to some upperclassmen for a few tips to help make your transition as smooth as possible.

Best of luck as you begin your first year at BU.

1. Learn the acronyms for BU landmarks

Every school and college, along with every building, at BU has its own acronym. The sooner you learn them, the easier you’ll be able to find your way around. Find for a list of abbreviations here.

Doors at an entrance to the College of Arts and Sciences building

Photo by Steve Prue

2. Look before you cross

Ask anyone and they’ll tell you that crossing Comm Ave is a lot harder—and a lot more dangerous—than it looks. Each day an estimated 20,000 pedestrians, 3,000 cyclists, and 36,000 cars traverse the BU section of the multilane thoroughfare. Add the MBTA Green Line B trolley and you get a sense of how crazy the traffic is. So cross at the green, not in between, and remember to look both ways.

students crossing street

Photo by Cydney Scott

3. Download the MBTA and BU mobile apps

Want to know if there are major delays on the MBTA’s T service? Or what is the best transit line to take to get to your destination? Need to find out if the BU Shuttle (BUS) is running during a blizzard? There are free apps you can download for each. Find MBTA apps here and the BU Mobile app here.

Newly wrapped BU Shuttle

Photo by Cydney Scott

4). Take advantage of your free membership at FitRec

Full-time students are automatically entitled to access to BU’s Fitness & Recreation Center, which offers state-of-the art facilities. What’s not to love?

Jesse Batson (ENG '17) climbing up wall

Photo by Alexandra Wimley

5. Keep your key and ID with you at all times

Don’t forget your key and ID, even when you head to the shower, otherwise you could find yourself locked out and needing help. But don’t worry, it happens to everyone at least once.

Keys and BU ID holder

Photo by Cydney Scott

6. Use your student discounts

Here’s another reason to carry your BU ID all the time. It gets you free admission to most of Boston’s museums and discounts at numerous websites and brick-and mortar-stores, like J.Crew, Vineyard Vines, and Banana Republic.

Photo by Flickr Contributor Sven Laqua

Photo by Flickr Contributor Sven Laqua

7. Don’t walk alone late at night

You’re in a city. Be smart. If you’re out late, find a friend to walk home with or call Scarlet Safewalk, the student-run escort security service, at 617-353-4877. The number is also listed on the back of your student ID. Someone will walk you to your on-campus destination.

students walking at night

Photo by Cydney Scott

8. Help for anyone with food allergies and dietary restrictions

Have a food allergy or a dietary restriction? Dining Services collaborates with Student Health Services and the Sargent Choice Nutrition Center to provide nutrition services and counseling to BU students.

Food pyramid

Photo by Cydney Scott

9. Get to know your RA

Living away from home for the first time can be hard—suddenly you have to master a slew of new things, from laundry to living with strangers. Your resident assistant is a wealth of information. RAs have been in your shoes, and they are a great resource if you’re feeling homesick, having roommate troubles, or need some suggestions for getting acclimated to life at BU. Give their door a knock and introduce yourself.

Pam Larson (SHA'15), left, and Julia case (CAS, CFA'14) outside of the elevators at Claftin Hall

Photo by Cydney Scott

10. Take advantage of office hours

It may seem like a cliché, but many freshman classes are large lectures with hundreds of students. Getting to know your professors can deepen your academic experience and help answer any questions you have about course materials and assignments. Stop by during your professors’ office hours and ask questions—they are here to help you succeed at BU and beyond.

Professor teaching room full of students

Photo by Kalman Zabarsky

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