The IT Help Center offers support, sales and repair services to assist the University with its personal computing needs.

Student Purchases

The IT Help Center is an Authorized Apple on Campus program and demo center showcasing a selection of Mac and Lenovo systems recommended by Boston University. These vendors offer educational prices through their BU affiliate sites. You may visit our demo center during IT Help Center business hours to view models or Shop Online at any time.

What kind of computer should I buy? Most people use a laptop computer, but the BU community is evenly split across platforms. The IT Help Center fully supports both Microsoft Windows and the Mac OS.  Unless your academic program has specified otherwise, we recommend that you simply purchase the computer you are most comfortable using.

Departmental Purchases

BU Sourcing & Procurement offers web-based catalogs for buying computers, software, and peripherals.  This service gives departments a wide range of products and excellent pricing. To begin the purchasing process for your department, visit Sourcing and Procurement. (NOTE: Purchases made for the Medical Campus should follow the recommendations outlined on the BUMC website.)

The IT Help Center fills Adobe and Microsoft software orders for University departments, as described at

Personal Purchases for Faculty and Staff

Faculty and staff are eligible for discounts on hardware and software for home/personal use. For more information, please visit us during IT Help Center business hours or Shop Online at any time.

Related information

Register your notebook computer with the BU Police