As a graduate student at BU there are a number of resources available to you. The Graduate School of Art & Sciences is here to help make sure you have everything you need to succeed.

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From fitness to academics to the Boston social scene and everything in between – we hope you take advantage of the exciting opportunities the BU community has to offer!

Experience BU’s Urban Campus

Get Involved

  • Community Service Center – The CSC provides an opportunity for students to form partnerships and contribute to the community through volunteer efforts and programming

GRS has two distinct student groups on campus: The Graduate Student Organization (GSO) & Graduate Women in Science and Engineering (GWISE). Both are open to any and all GRS students and offer a wide range of academic, professional development, and social opportunities, such as pub nights, conference and research travel grants, book clubs, and much more.  If you are not already familiar with these two great organizations, take a minute to learn more about them! 

 Graduate Student Organization (GSO)

 Graduate Women in Science and Engineering (GWISE)

There are a number of fellowships and grants across BU that we encourage you to explore and apply for. The Office of the Provost  has a list of current fellowship and award opportunities on their website.

Information about external fellowships is also available on the Provost Office website.

Congratulations to the 2018 GRS 3 Minute Thesis Winners!

1st Place: Gabrielle Felming
Runner Up: Carol Ferrara
People’s ChoiceAlbert Mondragon

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition celebrates the exciting research conducted by Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) students. Developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), the exercise cultivates students’ academic, presentation, and research communication skills. 3MT at BU is open to active PhD candidates in GRS who have passed their qualifying examinations by the time of the competition.

The competition supports their capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.

Cash prizes are awarded to the First Place presenter, Second Place presenter, and a People’s Choice presenter.

Please see the GRS 3 Minute Thesis website for more information!

Sustainability is a movement globally, but it is also a movement here at BU. The mission of sustainability@BU is to lead Boston University in a more sustainable direction and integrate sustainability into its culture and structure. The office  addresses a variety of topics from waste minimization  to  climate action planning. Getting involved can be as simple as visiting one of our events, joining a club, or simply turning off the lights.


Here are some easy and fun ways to be a part of the sustainability community at BU:

Boston and BU Living

The Office of Rental Property has a listing of available Boston University apartments. For information regarding additional apartments available on the Charles River Campus, please call 617-353-4101.

Off-campus housing information can be found on the Off-Campus Services website. Use this site to connect with other terriers to find a roommate, explore housing options around Boston, or list properties. They also provide an excellent collection of resources, tips, and tricks for living in the city.

The T: We can just about guarantee you’ll make extensive use of Boston’s rapid transit system (the MBTA, or simply, “the T”) while you are a student at BU. Boston University is located at several stops along the Boston College branch (B Line) of the Green Line.

The MBTA’s Student Semester Pass allows students to pre-pay for their  monthly “T” passes and thereby save approximately 11% off the regular monthly “T” pass price. Information about subway schedules and fares can be found here.

Parking: If you plan on driving a car to classes, you should take a look at the Office of Parking Services’ website

The BUS: BU also offers a free shuttle service (called the BUS) on Comm. Ave and between the Medical and Charles River campuses. Information, live tracking, and shuttle schedules can be found here.

Bike Safety: Register your bike, find resources, safe routes, and bike racks, or rent a bike room online. More info can be found here.

Diversity and Inclusion at BU

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a federal civil rights law that prohibits sex-based discrimination in federally funded education programs and activities. Sex-based discrimination includes sexual harassment and sexual violence, such as rape, sexual assault, sexual battery, and sexual coercion. The law covers sex-based discrimination against students, faculty, and staff.

Title IX Responsibilities, Procedures, Policies, and Resources at BU

More on Sexual Misconduct, Title IX, & Safety

All graduate students at Boston University are required to complete the Sexual Assault Prevention for Graduate Students training by September 3, 2018. This course is confidential, research-backed, and part of BU’s commitment to student well-being.

The office of Disability Services acts to provide services and support to ensure that students are able to access and participate in the opportunities available at Boston University. Their website has a number of features and information, including:

Services, Documentation, and Accommodations

Campus Accessibility 

Policies & Procedures

ARROWS (Advance, Recruit, Retain & Organize Women in STEM) is an organization dedicated to creating a closer, more empowered community of women in the STEM fields. ARROWS works with all levels of students and faculty to support career building and provide opportunities for growth, networking, and teamwork among women in STEM.

Push your boundaries. Deepen your understanding. Try on a new perspective.
 Come alive with us. At the Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground, our goal is to create community through conversation and shared experiences.

On-Campus Resources

Information Services & Technology provides general-access computing and communications facilities for the entire University community. Links for computing resources on campus, as well as information on where to obtain support for your personal computer can be found at www.bu.edu/tech.

CAS Information Technology is the technical support group for the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. Their office is located in CAS, Room 331. Please visit their website and take advantage of the services offered to GRS students, such as providing card access to several CAS/GRS computer labs.  Additionally, Teaching Fellows and those in active research labs may benefit from the technical support CAS IT provides to CAS/GRS-owned equipment.

The Educational Resource Center provides students with the services and resources for developing personal and academic skills.

Educational Resource Center at a glance

Student Health Hours and Offices 

Student Health Services offers a range of supports for members of the BU community, including Primary Care,  Behavioral Medicine, Wellness and Prevention, Sexual Assault Response & Prevention, and Athletic Training.

For new students: All entering Boston University students have pre-matriculation health requirements that must be completed prior to your first term here at BU. Please visit the BU Student Health Services website for important information regarding required medical forms and immunizations.

Behavioral Medicine

We know how stressful graduate school can be. Looking for some help adjusting to life as a new graduate student in Boston? Or maybe you are a continuing student looking for some tips on how to manage an increasing workload. Behavioral Medicine is a useful resource  – providing trained staff, psychiatrists, psychologists, clinical nurse specialists, licensed mental health clinicians, and licensed clinical social workers who are available to address the varied issues that arise in a university community.

Behavioral Medicine accepts walk-ins and their services include:

  • Assessment
  • Short term counseling
  • Some medication management
  • Intermittent treatment
  • Help with referrals to local clinicians for longer term treatment

Sexual Assault Response & Prevention Center (SARP)

“We provide rapid, confidential, compassionate, supportive, and free-of-charge advocacy and assistance to BU students who have experienced a traumatic incident. This includes, but is not limited to, sexual assault, physical assault, interpersonal violence, and other crimes..” – SARP website

SARP is an on-campus resource that offers guidance and support for students to help them navigate difficult and traumatic situations as safely and constructively as possible. Counselors are on call 24-hours a day to respond to emergency situations, and individuals are also welcome to schedule counseling appointments during regular business hours (Monday – Friday from 9:00am-5:00pm).

Be sure to visit their website to learn more about what SARP does, view their mission, and explore resources and guides available to you as a  member of the BU community. There are also a variety of ways to get involved with SARP.

Looking to enter the job market, but not sure where to start? Maybe you just need a fresh set of eyes to review your resume before a big interview? Check out the Center for Career Development (CCD). Offering professional development workshops and tools such as the Career Link, the CCD can be a useful resource for students.

“The Office of the Ombuds is an independent, impartial, informal problem-solving resource serving faculty, staff, and students on the Charles River and Medical Campus. The Office maintains strict confidentiality, and provides a safe place for you to have off-the-record conversations on issues related to life, work, or study at Boston University. Talking to the Ombuds can be a good first step if you have a concern and you don’t know where to turn for help.” – Office of the Ombuds website

Be sure to visit their website for more information about the Ombuds office, as well as FAQs & other resources available to you as a  member of the BU community.

BU’s Fitness and Recreation Center (FitRec) is free for full time students and offers an array of fitness, recreation, club sports, dance, and certification programs in addition to an aquatics center, climbing wall, weight rooms, exercise machines, an elevated running track, a juice bar, and a pro-shop.

See a video of the facilities and learn more about FitRec.

The Dept. of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (PERD) offers programs and facilities for numerous forms of physical activity

Helpful Links

  • Safety on campus – Additional information regarding campus safety can be found at the BU Police Department’s website
  • Escort Security Service – 617-353-4877 – Walking escorts are available to all students, faculty, staff, and University guests from one Charles River on-campus location to another.
  • Libraries – Boston University houses a number of libraries on campus and you’ll make use of at least one of them during your time here.
  • Geddes Language Center – The Geddes Language Center provides a wide range of instructional media services for students
  • BU Arts Initiative
  • University Service Center – The University Service Center can assist with questions or issues that don’t fall within any of the more specialized offices at the University.
  • Barnes & Noble @ BU is the place to buy textbooks, swag, home goods, and everything else you need to have a great year