On-Campus Resources

Boston University has several administrative offices dedicated to supporting academic and campus life. We’ve called out a few of the main ones below, but you may also be interested in visiting:

You can also see a list of all University offices.

BU Identification Card (Terrier Card)

All BU students, staff, and faculty are assigned a unique number, printed on an identification card we call your Terrier Card or BU ID. The number is used at most administrative offices to quickly locate students in the University databases.

The Terrier Card also acts as a “smart card” that you can use to make purchases at many dining locations and stores across campus, and provides access to libraries, certain buildings, etc.

Students can visit the Terrier Card Office for information and to obtaining their card.  Scholars should review the Human Resources website for information on obtaining their card.

BU Libraries

Boston University’s library system is divided among several libraries dedicated to areas of study and research resources. BU is also part of the Boston Library Consortium (BLC), an interlibrary loan system that allows you to borrow books from other Boston-area libraries.

Barnes & Noble @ Boston University

The campus bookstore, Barnes & Noble @ BU, sells general interest books and magazines, textbooks for courses, and Boston University merchandise. The store also has a buy-back program at the end of each semester for used textbooks.

For Students

BU’s Student Services addresses many aspects of campus life, such as class registration, tuition, health and fitness, research tools, and employment. Please visit Student Central to learn more about available services on campus.

BU Registrar

The Registrar’s office maintains student records, transcripts, grades, class schedules, and registration deadlines. For information on individual school or college registration guidelines, consult with the advising office in your school or college.

MyBU Student Portal

The MyBU Student Portal provides direct access to your personal academic, financial, and institutional data maintained in the University’s central computer system. You can update personal information, addresses, and phone numbers, and view your course registration and tuition information. To access the MyBU Student Portal, you will need a BU login name and Kerberos password.

Student Employment

The Student Employment office assists currently enrolled students with on-campus employment (through the Job Board and Quickie Job Services) and BU’s payroll process. International students interested in working on-campus must also comply with immigration regulations for their visa status. More information on employment for international students is available on our on-campus employment page.

Student Activities

Student organizations can be a great way to keep up with a favorite activity, find a new one, and make friends within BU’s community. Many organizations are active in the University and local communities, and organize a variety of events, lectures, and cultural performances throughout the year. All student-run organizations at BU are maintained through Student Activities.

International Student Organizations at BU

BU has more than 40 student-run international organizations and cultural groups. Cultural organizations give students opportunities to connect with students from their home countries, meet others with similar interests and backgrounds, and build a social network at BU.