Housing and Dining
CELOP students ages 17-25 are guaranteed BU Housing for eligible programs in the fall and spring semesters. Students of any age can live on-campus in the summer semester for eligible programs. If you are applying for BU Housing, you can indicate your room preferences and BU’s Housing office will then assign you based on availability. Specific room preferences cannot be guaranteed. You may be assigned to a single or a quad room in a small brownstone building or a large residence. Living in BU Housing, regardless of your room or residence type, is a great opportunity to live on a US university campus and practice your English with other BU and CELOP students.
For more information on the different housing types and the many locations of residences on BU’s campus, see the Boston University Housing website.
To apply to BU Housing, you must indicate that you want housing in your CELOP Application. After you are accepted into an eligible program, we will send you instructions on how to submit an Online Housing Application. Once you apply, the BU Housing office will process your application and inform you about your room assignment. Students typically receive their room assignments within 2 weeks before their move-in date. Please note that your Boston University Residence License Agreement (application) is a fully BINDING contract. You are unable to change your mind or cancel once you enter your electronic signature (BU ID number) and sign the agreement in your application.
All students assigned into traditional-style residences will automatically be enrolled in a dining plan. Students who live in apartment-style residences, Student Village, or live off-campus may also choose to sign up for a dining plan. Boston University has a variety of dining options available for students across the campus. For information on the choices, click here.
For information on Boston University Housing and Dining Plan Rates, see the following links:
BU Housing does not provide bedding, towels, or pillows. You will need to bring those items or purchase them when you arrive in Boston. There are many stores near or on the BU campus where you can purchase them. You may also want to take a look at this list of available on-campus services and amenities.
- All BU Housing options are secure and have a Resident Assistant available to help you adjust to your new home.
- Boston University does not provide housing for married couples or students with children.
Students may also choose to live off campus. Students who choose to live off campus are strongly encouraged to make their housing arrangements well before arriving in Boston. If you choose to live off-campus, please note that CELOP cannot assist you, you are responsible for finding appropriate living accommodations on your own.
The Boston University Off-Campus Services office provides housing services and assistance if you want to live off campus. Their office maintains updated listings of available rental apartments and sublets in the Boston area. The service is free of charge to all Boston University students, faculty, staff, and alumni. They also have information about tenant rights and responsibilities, neighborhood descriptions, definitions of common rental terms, considerations before signing a lease, and other resources to help with your housing search.
Keep in mind that CELOP is on the “B” Green Line of the MBTA and on the #57 bus route. Neighborhoods that are nearby include Boston, Brookline, Allston, Brighton, Cambridge, and Newton.
CELOP students have also used the following accommodation options in the past: