Living in Boston
The City of Boston is alive with culture, history, and intellectual sites to explore. Consistently ranked among the most livable cities in the world, Boston is an international center of higher education with a thriving economy, bountiful cultural and recreational offerings, and opportunities for innovation and entrepreneurship.
Explore what Boston has to offer:
Get Involved- Student Organizations
Student Association of Graduate Engineers (SAGE)
- SAGE addresses the issues and concerns of graduate students in the College of Engineering. We host biweekly socials and activities throughout the year. To contact SAGE directly, email sage at bu.edu.
- Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) trains scientists and engineers in addressing the global questions of the future through innovative curricula, internships and focusing on problem-centered training.
- National GEM Consortium Partnering with BU since 1976, the National GEM Consortium seeks to increase the participation of underrepresented groups (African Americans, American Indians, and Hispanic Americans) at the master’s and doctoral levels in engineering and science. With university partners in Boston, BU founded the GEM GRAD LAB, designed to inform and motivate students from STEM fields to understand the importance of obtaining a graduate degree, which is now replicated nationwide.
- Graduate Women in Science and Engineering (GWISE) GWISE strives to create a social and professional network which fosters interactions among graduate women across the science and engineering disciplines at BU.
- Out in STEM (oSTEM) is a student organization committed to fostering a supportive community for and promoting the professional development of BU’s LGBTQIA+ graduate students in the science, technology, engineering, and math fields. We offer connections to LGBT peers, a space for queer voices in STEM, and resources and opportunities for career building. oSTEM is open to all who share our mission, whether they identify as LGBTQIA+ or not. Email buostem at gmail.com.
Diversity & Inclusion
The Office of Diversity & Inclusion leads the University’s efforts to advance a culture that values and supports diversity, equity, access, and inclusion across our campuses.
- The Associate Provost works collaboratively with academic and administrative leaders to establish programs and initiatives that support BU’s diversity goals; implement and maintain best practices across the University that ensure shared accountability and progress; and nurture an inclusive and welcoming campus climate for students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds.
The Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground
The Thurman Center is Boston University’s cultural hub. The Thurman Center is:
- intentionally inclusive and emphasizes the importance of stepping outside your comfort zone to build relationships and share experiences with others.
- a place where cultural expression in all of its forms is embraced and encouraged.
Support for Graduate Students with Children
BU Arts Initiative
The Boston University Arts Initiative works to deepen the presence and impact of the arts in the academic life of the university, ensuring that the arts are fundamental to the BU student experience.
Contact: 775 Commonwealth Avenue; 617-358-0489
The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum have reopened with access for BU. Visit the BU Arts Initiative website for more information on BU Museum & BSO Memberships .
Boston University’s Sustainability Program comprises a broad range of stakeholder groups on campus to provide the greatest diversity of representation and opinion. The program is made up of BU Sustainability and Dining Services Sustainability.
- BU SustainabilityThe mission of BU Sustainability is to lead the University to a more sustainable future and integrate sustainability into the culture and structure of Boston University. Implementing the Climate Action Plan will allow the University to reduce its use of natural resources, operating costs, and improve environmental and social impacts.
- Boston University Dining Services Sustainability
BU Dining Services serves 6.2 million meals a year designed to have a positive impact on both the environment and the wellness of the BU community. We do this by serving fresh, wholesome foods, and by promoting ecologically sound, socially responsible agriculture.
Easy and fun ways to be a part of the sustainability community at BU:
- Earn points and compete with your friends on the sustainability@BU app! Join the community here.
- Participate in one of our events.
- Join one of many sustainability-related graduate student organizations.