As part of your access to Office 365/SharePoint Online, you also receive

  • Your BU OneDrive – 1 Terabyte of space where you can store files and share them with others (also known as your “OneDrive @ Boston University”)
  • Access to Office Online – Web-based versions of all the applications in the Microsoft Office suite

BU OneDrive

Your BU OneDrive is an implementation of Microsoft’s OneDrive for Business. It is part of your SharePoint Personal Site, located in BU’s tenant in Microsoft’s cloud-based Office 365. You can synchronize files you store in the cloud to multiple Windows-based personal computers (a synch tool for Macs is due in late 2014) and access them from mobile devices. You can also share files and folders with people both inside and outside Boston University. Learn more about OneDrive for Business, of which your BU OneDrive is an implementation, in The OneDrive Blog.

Once you are licensed for Office 365/SharePoint Online, you can access your BU OneDrive using the login instructions for SharePoint Online. The first time you log in, Office 365 will begin to provision your Personal Site. For subsequent logins, you can also log in directly using the address

FAQs and How-to’s

Office Online

You can edit the files in your BU OneDrive or anywhere else in Office 365/SharePoint Online (but not on your desktop) using web-based versions of Microsoft Office applications, collectively known as Office Online. When you view the list of your online files in a web browser, simply click on a file to view it in the Office Online app; then, to edit it, choose “Edit in Online” from the “Edit Document” dropdown menu.

Office Online apps offer simultaneous editing, so you can collaborate in real time on files you share with others.

Note that Office Online is web-based, so you can only use Office Online apps within your web browser, to view and edit files in the cloud.

BU OneDrive and Office Online are available to faculty and staff by request.