In the most recent BU technology services satisfaction survey, the BU community expressed concerns about the lack of outdoor Wi-Fi coverage.  Students, faculty and staff would like to stay connected while waiting for the BU Bus, or studying on the BU Beach. We hear you!

The IS&T outdoor Wi-Fi pilot project will provide several installations on the Charles River Campus including:

Locations Status
640 Commonwealth Avenue – COM lawn Completed
775 Commonwealth Ave – The mall in front of the George Sherman Union Completed
586-590 Commonwealth Ave – The mall in Front of the Science and Engineering Complex – BU Shuttle Stop Completed
520 Park Drive – the mall in front of the Student Residence and ORL Main Office in South Campus Completed
735 Comm Ave – BU Shuttle Stop Completed
2 Silber Way – BU Shuttle Stop Completed
1 University Road – MBTA Bus stop Completed
728 Commonwealth Avenue – BU Shuttle Stop Completed
179 Amory Street – BU Shuttle Stop Completed
1010 Commonwealth Avenue – MBTA Bus Stop Completed
1019 Commonwealth Avenue – MBTA Bus Stop Completed

These locations were selected based upon:

  • Requests for coverage submitted to IS&T
  • Locations where the University routinely hosts outdoor events
  • Locations commonly used as gathering spaces for individual or group study.

The pilot will help IS&T gain experience working with Facilities Management and others to address challenging aesthetic issues, while providing the appropriate mix of wireless technology and antenna deployment necessary to provide adequate coverage.

Usage and feedback submitted to will continue to be tracked during the 2019 summer and fall semesters. Based on these results, additional projects may be proposed to cover areas identified as underserved where many BU students, faculty and staff would benefit from expanded coverage.