COM Cardswipe Building Access

Students looking to access the COM building after hours and on weekends have the ability to register for cardswipe building access.

For Building Access:

All students currently enrolled in COM classes are automatically provided swipe access into 640 Commonwealth Ave (Main COM Building). Make sure to review policies below before arriving.

COM Faculty and Staff are provided cardswipe access to COM buildings. New hires might need to contact Technical Operations for the list to be updated.

If you swipe access is not working or for other access questions, contact

For 704/CRC Access, access is controlled by the CRC admin.

Extended Building Access Policies:

With extended building access students may use their BUID to gain entry via the “glass tower” exterior stairwell daily between the hours of 6am and midnight. Students must leave the building no latter than 1am. There is no building access allowed between 1am – 5am. Students may not remain in the building overnight.

Outside of normal BU class hours, only select classrooms + the student lounge are available. Studios, Podcast Rooms, and other technical spaces are generally not available unless students have a written permission and a reservation. Attempting to gain access to these spaces without a reservation is prohibited.

B&W Printing is available in the student lounge and color printing is available in 338.

There is no tech support on weekends. If a technical problem is encountered, please email and a staff member will look into the issue on the following business day.

Everyone entering the building must be approved for cardswipe access, including all group members when working on group projects. Any attempt to prop open doors or otherwise bypassing building security will result in permanent revocation of cardswipe access and will result in disciplinary actions.

COM reserves the right to modify building access policies at any time without advance notice.