Student Services

Boston University offers a variety of convenient services designed to make the duration of your study as comfortable as possible. We provide amenities such as wireless internet access, hundreds of work stations, a well-stocked library, an email account, mail service, Student Health Services, laundry facilities, Disability Services, and tutoring.

In Case of Emergency

Please use the applicable phone numbers in the event of an emergency.

  • Summer Term High School Program office: 617-353-1378 (weekdays 9 am - 5 pm)
  • Program assistant on-call cell phone: Available 24 hours a day during the program. The number will be emailed to you one week before your program begins.
  • Warren Towers Residence Life: 617-353-3932 (available daily 9 am - 5 pm and 7 pm - midnight)
  • Boston University Police Department: 617-353-2121 (available 24 hours a day)

The George Sherman Student 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/BUStudentActivities.

Mail

You can receive mail at the dorm and will receive your mail box number (this will be different than your room number) upon arrival. Only after check-in will the mailroom be able to collect your mail; please wait until your arrival to give out your mailing address. Mailboxes are located on the fourth floor of Warren Towers across from the Residence Life office. Personal mail for students should NOT be sent to the Summer Term office.

Mailing Address:

Name
Box #: S-xxxx (on room key envelope received at check-in)
Warren Towers
700 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

Laundry

The fourth floor common area of Warren Towers offers washers and dryers for your convenience. Washers cost $1.50 per load and the dryers cost about $1.50 per load, depending on the length of time needed. Bring an ample supply of quarters if you intend to do laundry. You can either bring detergent with you or buy it at nearby stores.

Wiring Money

In case of emergency, money wiring services are available. We recommend using MoneyGram or Western Union.

The nearest MoneyGram service location is on-campus:

CVS #1876
900 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
617-232-2100

The nearest Western Union service location is off-campus:

Travelex Currency
745 Boylston Street
#7293
Boston, MA 02116
617-266-7560

Program assistants are available to accompany students to CVS and Travelex Currency.

Boston University’s Emergency Alert System

Boston University uses an on-demand alert and response system called BU Alert. In the event of a campus emergency, BU Alert’s technology allows us to contact the entire campus community immediately through a variety of electronic means, including text messaging, email, and voice mail.

To ensure the effectiveness of the BU Alert system, all students are required to provide their emergency alert phone number (typically their personal cell phone), so they can be reached on campus.

How to Comply:

When completing the Registration Form provided in the acceptance packet, please remember to fill out the BU Emergency Alert Contact Phone Number on the right side of the form. This is the phone number that the BU Alert system will use to reach you in case of a University-wide emergency. Please provide your own cell phone number (not your parent's number). This information is required for registration.

Please contact us if you have any questions.