Living in the Boston Area – What’s New?

Even without a global pandemic, a move across the country or the globe can be stressful. COVID-19 adds another layer of complexity. While finding housing in the Boston area can be competitive, we have a number of resources available to help you find housing. Boston University, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the City of Boston are monitoring the coronavirus pandemic daily. The Massachusetts governor’s office has set up a COVID-19 website to keep residents informed. In addition, you may sign up for text messaging alerts to stay informed about the situation in Massachusetts.

Your Local Community

Most graduate and professional students live off campus and are part of communities other than BU. These communities may have their own COVID-19 guidelines in place. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with your community’s protocols, which will be important for everyday activities like grocery shopping and getting takeout, and also for staying informed of COVID-19 cases in your local area.

Though our students live in many different communities, most tend to live in and around the following areas. Below, please find COVID-19 resources for your neighborhood.

Traveling to Campus

When commuting to campus, students must follow City of Boston and Commonwealth of Massachusetts recommendations, including wearing face coverings and maintaining physical distancing in public spaces. Most graduate and professional students travel to campus via MBTA (the T), Greater Boston’s public transportation system. The T is taking extra precautions to protect the health and safety of its riders. We encourage you to visit the MBTA’s COVID-19 website for the latest updates regarding cleaning, schedules, service interruptions, and fare information. This information is subject to change. Also, please visit our Charles River Campus Parking & Transportation Services website or Medical Campus Parking & Transportation website for detailed, up-to-date information regarding the BU Shuttle, parking rates, and subsidized transit passes.