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You’ve arrived at your dorm, unloaded the car, and realized you need more storage bins, another flash drive, and some munchies for the MicroFridge. You can get just about everything you’ll need for the school year right around the BU campus.

Bedding, towels, and room accessories can be purchased at Bed Bath & Beyond, Landmark Center, 401 Park Dr., Boston. The store’s Web site even has a back-to-school checklist. Did you buy extra-long sheets for your dorm bed?

Economy Hardware, 1012 Beacon St., Brookline, has practical items for your dorm or apartment, such as kitchen appliances, irons, and fans.

If you have the time, and a car, make the trip to IKEA, the discount furniture megastore, a half-hour away in Stoughton, Mass. For directions from the BU campus, click here. An added perk to shopping at IKEA is its food court — be sure to try the Swedish meatballs.

BU students get a discount at University Computers, 533 Commonwealth Ave., which sells computers, software, printers, and even iPods. If you still haven’t purchased a computer, read University Computers’ buying guide. It’s important to consider your intended major when computer shopping. For example, film majors need more virtual memory than English majors.

Nearby as well are a Best Buy, Landmark Center, 401 Park Dr., Boston, and a small Radio Shack, 730 Commonwealth Ave.

School supplies
Staples, Landmark Center, 401 Park Dr., Boston, has deals on office supplies such as pens, notebooks, calculators, and flash drives.

Barnes and Noble at Boston University, 660 Beacon St., Kenmore Square, is the University’s official bookstore. Buy course books, magazines, BU sweatshirts and other clothing items, and school supplies.

For those chilly fall days, find fleece vests and waterproof jackets at REI, Landmark Center, 401 Park Dr., Boston, and Eastern Mountain Sports, 1041 Commonwealth Ave. Eastern Mountain Sports offers a 15 percent discount when you show your Terrier Card.

For those late-night study sessions, you’ll want a fully stocked MicroFridge. Head to Shaw’s, 1065 Commonwealth Ave., for Easy Mac and Hot Pockets. If your taste leans to organic foods, try Trader Joe’s, 1317 Beacon St., Brookline. And the Asian grocery store Super 88 Market, One Brighton Ave., Allston, carries fresh fish, fruits and vegetables, and hard-to-find Asian foods. While you’re there, grab lunch at the food court or try the bubble tea.

You can find most of the items you need for your dorm room at Target, 180 Somerville Ave., Somerville, but you’ll need a car.

And if you have too much stuff for one car, there are several U-Haul locations in the Boston area. It’s a good idea to reserve trucks and trailers in advance.

Amy Laskowski can be reached at amlaskow@bu.edu. Edward A. Brown can be reached at ebrown@bu.edu.


9 Comments on Where to Shop

  • Devon M on 08.11.2008 at 9:04 pm


    There is also a Target, closer than the one in Somerville, I believe, in South Boston off of the red line. Get off at Andrew and take the shuttle to the shopping center, which includes a Target, BestBuy, Home Depot, and, I think, a Staples.

  • Anonymous on 08.12.2008 at 9:06 am


    And don’t forget the CVS stores on Comm. Ave. that sometimes offer better deals on school supplies without having to schlep off-campus!

  • Anonymous on 08.14.2008 at 8:56 am

    Nerd Alert!

    Virtual memory is a software thing, not a hardware thing… hence you would need more memory, period!

  • Anonymous on 08.21.2008 at 3:32 pm

    Shop local

    You can get to know nearby neighborhoods and support local business if you head over to a stretch of Harvard Ave. north of Beacon Street. The area is easy to reach by train or bus, and the walk between Comm Ave and Beacon St. takes about 15 minutes.

    One of Boston’s best bookstores, Brookline Booksmith, is in Coolidge Corner near Trader Joe’s (green C line).

    Harvard Street north and south of Commonwealth Ave. (stops on green B line and 57 bus) has many more local shops, selling everything from beds & linens to small appliances, in a range of prices.

  • Anonymous on 08.21.2008 at 4:16 pm

    We r new to BU so how far is Andrew from campus. I have been frantically trying to find a Target near campus for last minute stuff

  • Anonymous on 08.22.2008 at 7:06 am

    what were you thinking?
    Virtual memory is a hardware thing buddy
    it uses your hard drive.
    you partly transform your Hard drive’s memory into RAM so that you will have more “RAM memory” for you to put instant data in.
    Its kinda hard to explain but as a computer programmer i have to say you are a nerd…

  • Double Nerd Alert on 08.22.2008 at 4:32 pm

    Virtual memory is a SOFTWARE thing – it just works on top of a platform of hardware things like hard disks and USB drives

  • Anonymous on 08.25.2008 at 12:26 pm


    Andrew is easily accessible on the red line… Maybe a 20 minute train ride and then the shuttle time. In a car it is a lot closer. It only takes about 10 minutes tops to drive there, it is basically a mile up Southampton street past the BU Medical Center on Mass Ave.

  • Anonymous on 08.28.2008 at 12:23 pm

    Bus to Target

    You can also take the number 8 bus from Kenmore square to the Target in the South Bay Mall or just take the BUbus to the BU medical center and walk about a mile down Mass ave.

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