Boston University offers many services and resources for Summer Term students. Following are a few things you'll want to explore while you're here.
Summer classes are held throughout the Boston University campus. The three letter code on your class schedule will tell you the building in which your class is located.
There are 17 libraries on campus, holding 2.2 million volumes and more than 30,698 periodicals. Mugar Memorial Library is the primary library for study, teaching, and research in the humanities and social sciences for Boston University.
Mugar Memorial Library
771 Commonwealth Avenue
Summer Term Hours
- Sunday, 10 am - 11 pm
- Monday-Thursday, 8 am - 11 pm
- Friday and Saturday, 8 am - 5 pm
For details on other branch libraries and holdings, visit bu.edu/library.
George Sherman Union
The George Sherman Union (GSU), located at 775 Commonwealth Avenue, is a central hub for student life. Along with hosting frequent lectures and events, the GSU is home to 11 different types of dining options, a City Convenience store, a student organization exhibition area known as ‘the link,’ as well as study lounges and work spaces. The GSU also houses the Dean of Students office, Howard Thurman Center, Center for Gender, Sexuality and Activism, Catering, Dining Services, and the Community Service Center. University sponsored groups and organizations are able to reserve conference rooms for meetings and seminars. For more information, visit Activities Information (2nd floor, GSU) or call 617-353-5498. Keep up with GSU and Student Activities Office updates on Twitter @theGSU and on Facebook.com/BostonUnviversitySAO.
Fitness & Recreation Center
Boston University's Fitness & Recreation Center contains approximately 270,000 square feet of space, supporting physical education, non-credit courses, intramurals, club sports, student organizations, and much more. For information on summer membership, go to Member Services, located at the front entrance of the Fitness & Recreation Center at 915 Commonwealth Avenue. The Member Services office is open from 9 am - 5 pm, Monday through Friday. Visit bu.edu/fitrec, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 617-353-2748 for more information.
Information Services & Technology Resources
Students at Boston University have access to a variety of computing and network resources for communication, coursework, instruction, and research. Information Services & Technology supports the entire University community through its website (bu.edu/tech) and two IT Help Center locations: at Mugar Library and at 533 Commonwealth Avenue (Kenmore Square).
The BU Login Name and Kerberos Password
A BU login name and Kerberos password are provided to all students. The BU login name and Kerberos password are required to access most online resources at BU, including the wireless network, course sites hosted in Blackboard, and the Student Link. The BU login name and Kerberos password can also be used in conjunction with the general purpose personal computing lab located at the Mugar Memorial Library, 771 Commonwealth Avenue, which provides access to personal computing software and high-speed printing.
If you registered for courses using our online registration system, you already have a BU login name and Kerberos password and are all set to use these BU resources. If you did not register online and, thus, do not have a BU login name and Kerberos password, please visit one of the IT Help Center locations; at 771 Commonwealth Avenue or at 533 Commonwealth Avenue (in Kenmore Square). When opening an account at the IT Help Center, you will need to present your Terrier ID Card in order to prove your affiliation as a BU faculty, staff, or student.
Please remember that your Kerberos password provides access to important information, such as your student record. Giving your password to anyone, or using anyone else's password, is prohibited by Boston University's Conditions of Use and Policy on Computing Ethics.
The Student Link
The Student Link provides online access to your student records at Boston University. You can use the Student Link to view and change personal information such as your address, view your student account, register for classes, see your grades, check your compliance status, confirm classroom locations, and more. To use the Student Link, you must have a BU login name and Kerberos password.
Computing and Network Resources
The University provides secure wireless network access, which you will see as BU (802.1x). Information about the wireless network is provided at bu.edu/tech/wireless. You must have a BU login name and Kerberos password to access the wireless network.
All Summer Term students have access to Information Services & Technology's personal computing lab, located on the first floor of Mugar Memorial Library in the BU Common @ Mugar. Many schools and colleges at the University also have computer labs available to students enrolled in their courses.
The IT Help Center offers assistance in all areas of computing through the website at bu.edu/tech and its two locations; at Mugar Library and at 533 Commonwealth Avenue (Kenmore Square). Discounted software and sales of recommended systems are also available through the IT Help Center.
Course Sites (Blackboard)
A course site is a web-based system for managing course materials. Your instructor can make announcements, share course materials, and enhance discussion, all in one easily accessible location. Blackboard is the most common course site used at Boston University. You will need an active BU login name and Kerberos password to access Blackboard.
Blackboard 8 is available to anyone with a BU login name and Kerberos password at blackboard.bu.edu. In addition, you can access Blackboard 8 through your course listings on Student Link, which also links to course sites on WebCT and people.bu.edu.
Not every course at BU will have a site, so be sure to check with your instructor if you do not see your course site listed in the My Courses section. All students on the official roster will be automatically given access to their course site the day after they have registered.
If you are unable to access your course site, please contact your instructor for access or information on availability.
Barnes & Noble @ Boston University Bookstore
Course Materials, General Reading Books, and BU Merchandise are all available at the Barnes and Noble Bookstore located at 660 Beacon Street in Kenmore Square. If you have an active BU login name and Kerberos password, course materials—including textbook and ebook purchases and rentals—can be reserved ahead of time by accessing your course schedule on the Student Link. Click "Buy Books" for your customized list. You can also find your list of required and recommended course materials directly from the Textbook Section of the Barnes and Noble website by entering your courses manually.
Monday-Friday, 9 am - 9 pm
Saturday, 10 am - 6 pm
Sunday, 12 pm - 6 pm
Center for Student Services
We are proud to introduce our newest building, the Center for Student Services, which opened September 2012. The six-story building includes dining and a central lounge, nicknamed The Ellipse, where students can congregate. It's also the new home to the Center for Career Development, the Educational Resource Center, and several College of Arts & Sciences advising and academic support programs. These offices, previously scattered across campus, are taking advantage of their new location to revamp their student outreach and make 100 Bay State Road a destination for students across the University. Learn more about the specific departments within the Center of Student Services below.
CAS Center for Writing
The CAS Center for Writing, at 100 Bay State Road on the third floor, offers one-on-one tutorials free of charge to all students enrolled in BU Writing Program courses (CAS WR 098, WR 100, WR 150, and their equivalencies). Tutorials may be available on a walk-in basis, but appointments are strongly recommended. Students may sign up for tutorial sessions online at bu.edu/writingprogram/the-writing-center, by calling 617-358-1500, or in person at the CAS Center for Writing.
Educational Resource Center (ERC)
The ERC helps BU students develop the range and depth of academic skills required by the University's rigorous programs. The free services and programs are designed to help students discover successful strategies not only for what to learn, but how to learn. Services are run by a team of seasoned professionals, graduate students, and student peers.
The ERC is located on the 5th and 6th floors of the Center for Student Services at 100 Bay State Road. For more information about the ERC's programs and services and to search for peer tutoring and writing assistance appointments, please visit the ERC website. The ERC can also be reached at 617-353-7077 or email@example.com.
Center for Career Development (CCD)
The Center for Career Development (CCD) seeks to educate and empower BU students and alumni to make informed decisions regarding their academic and career development in preparation for a life of meaningful career transitions. The CCD's services include: workshops and programs on career-related topics, resume and cover letter reviews, mock interviews, individual career counseling sessions, internship and job search strategies, and more. In addition to these services, the CCD has numerous online resources as well as seasoned staff to help you navigate all aspects of career development—from exploring majors and careers to networking, internships, graduate study, and more.
The CCD is located in the Center for Student Services, 100 Bay State Road, Sixth Floor. For more information about the CCD's services, please visit bu.edu/careers. The CCD can also be reached at 617-353-3590 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that the CCD serves current full-time and part-time BU students that have matriculated into an on-campus degree program, as well as BU alumni. If you have any questions, please contact us.