Health & Wellness

Physical Examination and Immunization Requirements

Boston University is very concerned about the health and wellness of our entire student community. To this end, the University requires that every incoming student (freshman, transfer, or graduate) have a physical examination by a licensed practitioner and be immunized against the following common communicable diseases: measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), tetanus, hepatitis-B, and (bacterial) meningitis. 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires that all full-time undergraduate and graduate students, all full-time and part-time health science students, and any full-time or part-time international students submit proof of immunization. You can find the state requirements summarized here.

The Student Information, Medical History, and Physical Report form outlines these requirements and is available on the Student Health Services website. When completing the form, please be sure to include immunization dates as well as the signature of your health care provider. This information should then be returned to:

Student Health Services
Boston University
881 Commonwealth Avenue West
Boston, MA 02215
Fax: 617-353-7224 or 617-353-3557

Mental Health Resources

Mental health and substance abuse counseling and referrals are available through Behavioral Medicine at Student Health Services. There is no charge at Behavioral Medicine for all eligible students. The Danielsen Institute also provides service to students and will bill your insurance for the cost of care.

In the case of a mental health emergency, go directly to the Boston Medical Center Emergency Room, Menino Pavilion, 840 Harrison Avenue, or the nearest hospital emergency room.

BU Behavioral Medicine

Student Health Services is available to all BU students, regardless of their type of health insurance. The Behavioral Medicine staff offers students confidential consultations, crisis intervention, and treatment, including short-term therapy, groups, and medication. Staff members have expertise in special issues such as stress, isolation, academic pressure, issues of diversity, harassment, eating problems, substance abuse or dependence, and general problems of daily living. The clinicians work closely with professionals in the outside community and will facilitate referrals for specialized services or longer-term treatment.

Services are available by appointment, with preference given to those in urgent need of care. Regular clinic hours during the academic year are Monday–Thursday, 8 a.m.–7 p.m. and Friday, 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Directions: Take the Green Line (B train) to the St. Paul Street stop or take the BU shuttle to the last stop.

881 Commonwealth Avenue, West
Boston, MA 02215

The Danielsen Institute

The Danielsen Institute is a licensed mental health clinic and pastoral counseling center based at BU. The institute provides counseling services for individuals, partners/couples, families, and groups, as well as consultation and psychological testing services. These services are available to the BU community as well as the greater Boston area. Most types of insurance are accepted, including those offered to BU students, faculty, and staff through the University. The institute also offers a sliding fee scale for clients without health insurance. Services are available by appointment, Monday–Thursday, 8 a.m.–8 p.m. and Friday, 8 a.m.–4 p.m. The clinic is handicap-accessible.

185 Bay State Road
Boston, MA 02215

Support Groups and Workshops

Free support groups and workshops are available through Student Health Services, including services, groups, and counseling for alcohol and substance abuseStudent Health Services also offers wellness education programs on a range of topics relevant to many students. Among these: stress management, alcohol use and abuse, learning disabilities, and sex and relationships.

For additional questions and information regarding mental health resources available to SPH students, contact Mary Murphy-Phillips at or 617-638-5059.

Fitness and Intramural Sports

The South End Fitness Center

The South End Fitness Center has a gym, universal weight room, a 25-yard swimming pool (swim caps are required and can be purchased at the facility), basketball courts, and a cardiovascular/aerobic room with boxing equipment, and locker rooms with showers. SPH students are eligible for a discounted membership. Contact Student Services for membership information.

South Block Building
35 Northampton Street

Boston University’s Fitness & Recreation Center (FitRec)

FitRec’s facilities include two swimming pools, 18,000 square feet of cardio and weight equipment, seven courts of gymnasia, an indoor track, climbing wall, racquetball and squash courts, dance studio, and locker rooms. FitRec also offers hundreds of noncredit recreational courses including group fitness, spinning, aquatics, CPR, dance, court sports, climbing, and yoga. FitRec membership is free for full-time students (discounts available for family memberships) and discounted for part-time students and their families. A Boston University identification card is required for admission to the Fitness & Recreation Center.

915 Commonwealth Avenue

Intramural Sports

You do not need to be an athlete to join a flag football, soccer, or other intramural team at BU. Just be ready to have some fun. If you’re interested in getting active with your colleagues at SPH, contact Brendan Hoey.