COM Technical Facilities: Descriptions & Access Policies

COM Main Building (640 Commonwealth Ave) Building Hours

When Classes are in Session: Weekdays 7:30am – 10pm
Semester Breaks: Weekdays 9am – 5pm
Weekends, Holidays, and BU Intersession: Closed

Cardswipe access to 640 Comm Ave: Every Day 6am – Midnight; Must leave building by 1am.
Cardswipe access is by request only and must be renewed each semester. Cardswipe access is disabled between semesters.

Most COM Classrooms are generally open and available for walk-in use by the COM Community when not otherwise reserved.

If space is locked, please see instructions below. Do not call BU Facilities Department (FMP) to request space access or an emergency unlock. 

COM Tech Staff are located throughout the building.
The Main COM Calendar shows when spaces are reserved.
Reservations can be made online for many speciality facilities within COM.

Speciality Spaces

Student Lounge

Collaborative seating, General Purpose iMac Workstations, and B&W Printer for COM Students
Available To: COM Community
Hours: Available whenever building is open.
Reservations: Not Reserved
Notes: Occasionally closed for special events.

Edit Lab 338

General Purpose computer lab with 14 iMac workstations (Adobe CC, Avid, etc), a COM Color Printer, and a Photo Scanner
Available To: Current COM Students Only
Reservations: Individual Workstation reservations are encouraged
Hours: Available whenever building is open or via after-hours cardswipe access.
Access Procedure: Lab is unlocked when available

Studio 100

Medium Sized “Black Box” Studio for Productions, Auditions, Photoshoots, etc.
Available To: Current COM Students Only
Reservations: Required for all users. See Tech Director Brad Fernandes to request a reservation
Hours: Weekdays 8am – 9pm, Weekends by prior arrangement with Technology Director (No access other times)
Access Procedure: If reserved, Ask a COM Tech Staff member for access and/or technical assistance

Podcast Production Suite #1 (Room 325)

High quality interview recording for 1-3 people and/or Phone Calls. Records to computer in the room; no student laptop connections. 
Available To: Current COM Students Only
Reservations: Reservations Required for all users. Reservation Online. No Access by students/faculty outside of COM.
Hours: Weekdays 8am – 9pm, No Weekend/Holiday Access (No access other times)
Access Procedure: If Reserved, Ask a COM Tech Staffer for access and/or technical assistance

Podcast Production Suite #2 (Room 334C)

High quality interview recording for 1-4 people and/or Phone Calls. Records to SD cards or directly to student’s laptop. Laptop and Cell Phone connections available via cables & Bluetooth.
Available To: COM Community (Via reservations), BU Community (Walk-In only. Limitations apply, see COM Technology staff.)
Reservations: Walk-Ins allowed, Reservations optional for COM students.
Hours: Weekdays 8am – 9pm, weekends only when room is unlocked.
Access Procedure: If Reserved, Ask a COM Tech Staffer for access and/or technical assistance.

Voiceover Recording Booth (Bay 1 / Room 337)

Sound reinforced booth & audio recorder for voiceover and narration recording
Available To: Current COM Students Only
Reservations: Walk-in only for COM Students working on assigned coursework.
Hours: Weekdays 8am – 9pm, No Weekend Access (No access other times)
Access Procedure: If locked, Ask a COM Tech Staffer for access and/or technical assistance

Individual Edit Bays & Suites (Room 337 Suites)

Speciality Edit spaces with 27″ iMac computer, Client Video Monitor. Suitable for 1-3 people per bay.
Available To: Current COM Students working on Assigned Coursework only
Reservations: Strongly Suggested. Reserve Online
Hours: Weekdays 8am – 9pm, No Weekend Access (No access other times)
Access Procedure: If Reserved, Ask a COM Tech Staffer for access and/or technical assistance

Studio East (Room 326B)

Large 3-Camera TV & Production Studio
Available To: Students in select FTV classes & approved butv10 Shows Only
Reservations: Reservations Required for All Users – See Tech Ops Manager Jake Kassen to request a reservation
Hours: Weekdays 8am – 9pm, Weekend access limited to prior arrangement and cardswipe access. (No access other times)
Access Procedure: If Reserved, Ask a COM Tech Staffer for access and/or technical assistance.

Studio West (Room 327)

Professional News & Interview Studio
Available To: Students in select Journalism classes & approved butv10 Shows Only
Reservations: Reservations Required for All Users – See Tech Ops Manager Jake Kassen to request a reservation
Hours: Weekdays 8am – 9pm, Weekend access limited to prior arrangement and cardswipe access. (No access other times)
Access Procedure: If Reserved, Ask a COM Tech Staffer for access and/or technical assistance. Cardswipe access available by request.

Babcock Studios (West Campus)

Soundstage for Film & TV Courses
Available To: FTV Classes
Reservations: Reservations Required – See Brad Fernandes
Hours: By Arrangement
Access Procedure: By Arrangement

WTBU Studios

BU’s Student Run Radio Station
Available To: Anyone affiliated with Boston University may apply to join station staff.
Access: >WTBU controls access to station facilities; see station Admin for swipe access. Technical problems should be reported to Jake Kassen.