Student Memberships & Discounts
The BU Arts Initiative provides all graduate and undergraduate BU students free membership with valid BU student ID to:
- the Boston Museum of Fine Arts
- the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
- the Harvard Art Museums
- The Institute of Contemporary Art
For BU Faculty & Staff, please visit our Discounts website.
The BU Arts Initiative’s Arts Insiders program grants a group of students access to exclusive events in and around the city. Find out more!
BSO College Cards: Students can also get a Boston Symphony Orchestra College Card at no cost, granting free admission to more than 20 concerts and open rehearsals. Once you receive your card, you must register it on the BSO College Card website to get more info on dates & tickets.
To receive a BSO College Card, you only need to show your BU student ID at one of these locations:
- Operations Desk at the George Sherman Union, 2nd Floor
- College of Fine Arts Dean’s Office, Room 230
- BU Arts Initiative in the George Sherman Union, 2nd Floor (Suite 201)
- Human Resources at CRC (25 Buick Street) & MED Campus (801 Mass. Ave, Suite 401)
- On the Medical Campus at:
We are adding more student discounts all the time, be sure to check out our More Discounts page.
Faculty and Staff Memberships & Discounts
Faculty & Staff receive free access to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Institute of Contemporary Art with valid BU Faculty/Staff ID.
Passes to the Harvard Art Museums, as well as discount admission coupons for the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, are available at the BU Arts Initiative office. Please log in to the following discounts website for specifics on how to reserve passes.
Additionally, faculty and staff can receive a 50% off discount on Boston Symphony Orchestra tickets with the BSO College Card. BSO cards are available to faculty and staff at the CFA Deans office (2nd Floor), Human Resources offices at CRC (25 Buick Street)& MED (801 Mass Ave, Suite 401), and the BU Arts Initiative office.
A full list of these memberships and more are available on our Faculty & Staff discounts page.
Art Around Town
Boston’s thriving art scene offers something to explore every day of the week. Peruse area arts calendars and reviews to find what piques your interest:
- WBUR’s The ARTery
- Arts Fuse
- Big Red & Shiny
- Boston Globe Arts.
- The Mayor’s office for Arts & Culture
The Arts Insiders program, run by the BU Arts Initiative, offers a handful of events for current BU students. All events are free of charge for the students. Here is how it works – Student Arts Council leaders select a few exciting arts events in or around Boston each semester and BU students can sign up to attend free of charge, preference is given to first year and international students. Arts Insiders is a great way to meet new people and explore the Boston area.