Living on campus allows students to be fully engaged in the BU experience. All freshmen are required to live on campus, as are all students who received University-funded scholarships equal to or greater than tuition.

Freshmen may request an exception to the freshman-year residency requirement if they reside locally with a parent (whose principal place of domicile is within a 20-mile radius of Boston University’s Charles River Campus and has been for at least 12 consecutive months immediately preceding registration as an entering freshman), child, or spouse; or if they are 21 years of age or older by October 1 of their entering year. To request an exception, send a letter accompanied by a written statement of parental consent, to:

Boston University Housing
25 Buick Street
Boston, MA 02215

The University Housing Committee must give written approval for a freshman or full-tuition merit scholar to be released from the requirement to live on campus and occupy a residence other than one in University housing.

Students (including full-tuition merit scholarship recipients) who are under 16 years of age as of October 1 of their entering year are not eligible to live on campus, and thus not required to meet freshman-year residency requirements.

Note: “Principal place of domicile” means a person’s true, fixed, and permanent home and place of habitation, to the exclusion of all others. It is the place where the person intends to remain permanently. “Parent” means 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.