George Sherman Union

Located in the center of campus, the George Sherman Union (GSU) is not only the student center, but the premier central campus events facility. Offering spaces for all types of event programming—from large conferences with plenary and breakout sessions, to banquet dinners and awards ceremonies, to lectures and meetings—the options are endless at the GSU.


Feel free to contact us—our professional staff can help match your event to the perfect facility and arrange all the details.

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George Sherman Union Details

775 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

Getting Here

The GSU is located on the Boston University campus at 775 Commonwealth Avenue. Guests can easily get here via Storrow Drive, I-90, and public transportation.

Seating & Capacity

  • View George Sherman Union floorplans for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd floors
  • Metcalf Hall’s 12,000 square feet can be used alone in conjunction with other event spaces in the building. The ballroom has integrated media and sound systems to support all your event needs. A retractable air wall divides Metcalf Hall into two spaces for smaller events.
  • The Ziskind Lounge is a 7,000 square foot space overlooking the Charles River. When weather permits, an adjoining terrace is available. The Ziskind Lounge can be used as a reception or exhibition space for events held in Metcalf Hall.
  • The Conference Auditorium can seat 260 people and has an in-house media support system.
  • Smaller event spaces include The Terrace Lounge (1,400 square feet) and the East Balcony (2,300 square feet). Both are appropriate as break-out rooms for a larger event in Metcalf Hall.
  • Several small conference rooms are available on the third floor.
  • Additional rooms on the first floor and ground floor, such as the Backcourt, Academy Room, the 'Alley', and BU Central may be available depending on the time of year.
  • The GSU is located within a short walk of several academic buildings with additional auditoria and classrooms that can be used for sessions or break outs.

Metcalf Hall 360

Terrace Lounge 360

Tour The George Sherman Union

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Services Available

Audio-Visual Equipment

Convenient & Reasonable Parking

Close to Public Transportation

Dining Facilities


Free WiFi

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Types of Events That Work Great Here

Social Celebrations & Weddings

We know it is important for everything to be perfect when celebrating life’s milestones. From the perfect space to a dedicated, experienced staff, BU makes it easy to relax and enjoy. Learn more

Performances & Concerts

From small intimate theatre productions to major pop concerts, Boston University has the appropriate facilities and experience to make any type of performance a spectacular event. Learn more

Corporate Events

No matter what type of event you have planned, you’ll find Boston University has the appropriate hall rentals in Boston, MA, as well as a tireless staff with the experience necessary to make it a success. Learn more

Special Event Catering

Banquet for 1000? A gala dinner for 100? Whatever the size or theme, our award-winning culinary team is ready to make your event a gastronomic success. Choose from a variety of menu packages or let us create a menu exclusively for your event. Either way the results will be mouth-watering, beautifully presented, and delivered with impeccable service.

Catering on the Charles