It’s true, graduate school can be stressful. We have resources to help you stay healthy and happy at BU. Find health care professionals, get help with nutrition, or find an exercise program that suits you.
Student Health Services (SHS)
When you are not feeling well, Student Health Services is the place to go. SHS also offers information on staying healthy and taking care of yourself.
- SHS is available to full-time and three-quarter time graduate students, regardless of insurance choice, and any student with the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP).
- Part time students may also be eligible for SHIP coverage.
- Online-only students are not eligible for SHIP, though all students, regardless of status or insurance, are eligible for assistance with community referrals via SHS.
- PhD students should refer to our PhD funding section for information on health insurance eligibility.
- Further information is available regarding SHS/SHIP eligibility, and insurance coverage for dependents.
To learn more about about the services and programs available to graduate and professional students studying on all of BU’s campuses, we encourage you to watch “Be Healthy, BU.”
GSDM Dental Discount Program
BU’s Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine (GSDM) offers the Student Discount Program, with a free initial appointment and discounted treatments by dental students.
Boston University Dental Health Center: Discounted Rates for BU PhD Students
The Boston University Dental Health Center at 930 Commonwealth Avenue is excited to offer a significant discount on our full complement of services for all Boston University PhD students who are not currently covered by any other dental insurance. This offer does not include family members. To access this offer, please call 617-358-1000 to register as a new patient and let us know that you are registering as a PhD student. Please bring your BU identification card to your first visit, and come prepared for your visit with your BU identification card.
Laboratory Injuries – Coverage for PhD Students
It is important to seek treatment promptly for any laboratory injury or exposure. If the injury or exposure does not require immediate transport for emergency care, PhD students should contact the University’s Research Occupational Health Program at 617-414-ROHP (7647), or report to 72 E. Concord St., Evans 825, which is staffed by specially trained nurse practitioners weekdays 8:30 – 4:30.
ROHP provides medical attention and coordinates aftercare at ROHP for laboratory injuries and exposures without any cost to PhD students. If immediate emergency care is needed, or if follow-up care is needed outside of BU, students’ individual health insurance will provide primary coverage for medical expenses. A pilot program offered by the Office of the Provost may cover up to $2,500 for out-of-pocket expenses or copays associated with the injury. Please note that reimbursement of out-of-pocket expenses is available regardless of fault, and does not constitute an admission of liability by Boston University.
If you have questions about costs related to laboratory injuries and exposures, please contact ROPH by phone (617-358-7647) or email (email@example.com) ROHP.
Disability & Access Services
BU is committed to providing equal, integrated access for all members of our community.
Mental Health and Wellbeing
How you feel matters. Success in graduate school depends, in part, on your ability to recenter and find even the tiniest bit of calm amidst the noise.
Headspace is the mindfulness app that helps with stress, anxiety, sleep, and focus. And the best part is, you get it for free as a BU graduate student.
Feeling overwhelmed by news about the coronavirus? Here are some quick tips to help manage those feelings.
Coronavirus: Virtual Resources for Wellbeing
The Wellbeing Project has compiled a list of BU resources to help you navigate this unsettling time. All of these are available online to students.
Wellnest Mindful Journaling App
This voice-powered journaling app is available for free to BU students. Explore topics relevant to you and answer guided prompts to build a rewarding mindfulness habit.
Alcohol & Drug Programs
If you or someone you love is struggling with alcohol or drugs, Student Health Services offers a wealth of information on counseling, recovery, screening, and intervention services.
BU Center for Anxiety & Related Disorders
BU CARD is a clinic specializing in anxiety disorders and related challenges, such as mood, sleep, concentration, and pain and is open to both adults and children.
Student Health Services Behavioral Medicine
If you’re feeling stressed, worried, or depressed, the experts at SHS Behavioral Health can guide you toward mental and emotional health and stability.
The Terriers Connect training program teaches members of the Boston University community to identify signs of distress, develop effective skills for communicating with and supporting students, and provide accurate information about referrals to mental health professionals.
The Danielsen Institute
The Albert & Jessie Danielsen Institute offers individual, couples, family & group therapy in an outpatient mental health clinic for persons in the greater Boston area.
Sargent Choice Nutrition Center
Sargent offers an array of nutrition services and counseling to the BU community, including help with weight loss, food allergies, and sports nutrition.
BU Fitness & Recreation Center
FitRec is free for full time students at BU, with a nominal fee for spouses and children. This phenomenal facility offers individual and group fitness and recreation activities, from swimming to rock climbing to yoga to personal training.
FitRec has two pools, designed for all types of swimmers. Choose from SCUBA, aerobics, diving, and swimming classes, as well as as well as a comprehensive program of American Red Cross certification courses in Lifeguard Training and Water Safety.
Sailing, Kayaking, Paddle Boarding
Take a beginning or intermediate sailing class, or rent kayaks and paddle boards and head out on the Charles River.
Rowing & Sculling
The DeWolfe Boathouse, on the Cambridge side of the Charles River, is BU’s state-of-the-art facility to sharpen your rowing skills or to learn to row or scull.
Ski & Snowboard Program
Learn to ski or take your skills to the next level with BU’s February ski program at Nashoba Valley. A bus takes you to the mountain, where certified instructors teach group classes. Afterwards, you can hit the trails.
Glide across the ice at an open skate, or take skating lessons at the Walter Brown Arena on the Charles River Campus.