Safety, Health & Wellness
Student well-being is essential to providing a positive study abroad experience. BU offers numerous resources to support the health and safety of all students on campus.
Three different police departments—the BU Police, Boston Police, and Brookline Police—patrol the BU campus. Throughout campus there are emergency call boxes that automatically connect the caller to the BU Police Department. Additionally, when any emergency or unusual event occurs that will affect the campus community, BU’s Crisis Management Team meets to make assessments and respond to the community’s needs. The BU Alert system sends automatic notifications to the BU community when significant emergencies or dangerous situations have been identified.
Boston University Police Department
32 Harry Agganis Way
617-353-2121 (emergencies only)
The Boston University Police Department is a full-time, professional law enforcement agency that provides a wide variety of public services, including alarms, emergency medical assistance, investigation of suspicious circumstances, and response to and investigation of criminal matters. Patrols are conducted throughout the Boston University area 24 hours a day, spanning an area that includes over 135 acres of University-owned property and surrounding streets. Emergency response time is generally under three minutes to any location on campus.
Student Support Services
Designated program administrators are on-hand to assist students with any academic and non-academic issues that may arise during their time on campus. In addition to facilitating orientation programs, the student service team provides academic advising, conducts mid-term semester reviews to ensure student success, and assists students with housing and adaptation issues. Additionally, the team coordinates a variety of social activities—during both the semester and summer programs—to help students can get to know one another and the city of Boston.
Student Health Services
881 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston University’s Student Health Services (SHS) center is open to all students. SHS offers primary care, sports medicine, crisis intervention, and behavioral medicine by appointment or on an emergency basis. Additionally, SHS provides access to health education and evaluation through the Wellness & Prevention Services. Student Health Services’ hours of operation vary throughout the year, but the 24-hour call-in line is always available for those seeking medical advice when the office is closed.
Fitness & Recreation Center
Known around campus as “FitRec,” Boston University’s Fitness & Recreation Center offers hundreds of courses and a wide range of recreational activities. The facility contains approximately 270,000 square feet of space, supporting everything from sailing and rowing, to squash and rock climbing, to yoga and cardio-kickboxing—as well as facilities that include two pools, a “lazy river,” a climbing wall, a two-story cardio and strength training Fitness Center, an indoor jogging track, seven courts of gymnasium space, a café, and much more. For information on membership, go to Member Services, located at the front entrance of the Fitness & Recreation Center. The Member Services office is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Boston University is committed to maximizing academic, social, and cultural integration of individuals with disabilities. Students with physical, learning, and psychological disabilities can expect to use the same campus facilities and University programs (in some cases with enabling accommodations) as students who are not disabled. Auxiliary aids such as sign-language interpreters or readers are available for all of the University’s educational programs. Consultations with Disability Services staff are available to individuals or groups requesting assistance or having questions or concerns about programmatic, architectural, or communication accessibility. Disability Services, through its Learning Disability Services (LDS), also provides services to students with documented learning disabilities.
Premier U.S. Hospitals
Boston is home to several of the world’s leading hospitals, all located minutes from the BU campus. In the event of a medical issue that can’t be treated at the BU Student Health Services center, qualified medical practitioners will make arrangements for referrals to local hospitals for BU students. Additionally, emergency rooms at these hospitals are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to assist students in need.