Animals on Campus

Animals are permitted on Boston University outdoor property, only if they are on a leash or otherwise under physical restraint so that the rights and safety of pedestrians are safeguarded.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, service dogs are permitted in University facilities for persons with documented disabilities. In University residences, we adhere to a strict no pet policy.  Emotional Support Animals (ESA), if formally approved through the Office of Disability Services, are permitted in specified student dorm rooms, but not allowed in common spaces.     

Students who bring pets or animals into the residences are subject to disciplinary action.

23 Comments on Animals on Campus

  • There are two dogs that are consistently inside the science building, unleashed and barking.

  • Thank you for letting us know. We will work with the Science Building on the report.

  • Dear Boston University,
    Please consider updating your service animal policy at because there are many disabilities other than deafness and blindness which benefit from the assistance of a service or support animal. Moreover the ADA’s protection for service animals is expansive and but your current policy suggests that psychiatric service animals do not have the right to accompany their owners as a public accomodation.
    Happy invisible disability week!

  • I have a documented long standing diagnosis of severe social anxiety disorder. Would I be allowed to have my service dog with me in class? Not a pet. A trained service dog for my condition

  • Hi Teresa –
    Service animal cases go through our Disability Services office. You can contact them at 617-353-3658 or

  • Hi Ariel –

    This part of the policy is one currently being examined very closely. Thank you for your note. We have sent it along to those working on the matter.


  • Incredible insensitivity that the school thinks only deafness and blindness are legitimate disabilities! There are service dogs for all kinds of disabilities and impairments. Limiting the type of tasking the dog is blatant discrimination. Shame on you.

  • Laura – Thank you for your input. The University recognizes a wide range of disabilities, and has allowed service animals in cases of disabilities outside of deafness and blindness. The wording of this particular policy is currently being examined, but we encourage anyone who needs a service animal to contact our Disability Services office and make the request. If you have any further concerns regarding this, I encourage you to email our office or Disability Services.

  • Thanks for this information

  • Thanks bro, your information is very good

  • Hello! I have these fish that I plan on using for research for biology and medical sciences. They are endangered as well. Are these not allowed in the dorms?

  • Thank you so much for your information

  • Although the GSU is not an academic building. Are dogs allowed to go in there with a leash.

  • Sorry for the delay in responding! Animals are not permitted in the GSU unless they are service animals.

  • What is the verdict on Emotional Support Animals? By the fair housing act, any animal that provides emotional comfort prescribed by a doctor/has a recommendation from a professional qualifies as an ESA. Are they allowed in residence halls? anywhere else on campus?

  • Hi Nicole: Emotional Support Animal requests for both residence halls and academic buildings are handled by our Office of Disability Services. If a student wishes to bring one to campus, they are to put in a request to Disability Services in advance. Their contact information can be found at

  • Hi. How does the emotional support animal policy relate to living in an apartment on campus? Would I be required to get my own apartment or could I just have my own room in the apartment shared with friends?

  • Each support animal request is handled individually through the Office of Disability Services. You may contact that office via the following means:

    Phone: 617-353-3658 (V/TTY)
    Fax: 617-353-9646

  • Am I allowed to bring my ESA dog or not? This is not very helpful for what I am looking for… Thanks for your time!

  • You need to put a formal request in via our Office of Disability Services (

  • Hi there, Are service dogs allowed in the New Balance field stadium?

  • Yes, service animals would not be turned away from any Boston University Athletics events.

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