Campus Resources

Boston University’s campus extends over 135 acres from Boston’s Back Bay district along the banks of the Charles River—and there’s plenty to explore. Restaurants, art galleries, bookstores, music venues, and shopping can be found along Commonwealth Avenue, while the Charles River Esplanade provides miles of running, walking, and biking trails. Peaceful parks and plazas abound on campus, offering countless spots to gather, read, do homework, or simply relax.

BU’s 23 libraries provide a variety of research tools, services, and resources. The main library, Mugar Memorial, boasts seven stories and 2.2 million items. Visit to learn more.

Information Services & Technology provides the BU community with computing and network resources for communication, coursework, instruction, and research. IT Help Centers are located in the Mugar Memorial Library (771 Commonwealth Avenue) and at West Campus (179 Amory Street, across from the College of Fine Arts and the BU West “T” stop).

The University has several computing facilities available to students. The BU Common @ Mugar is the primary PC lab and hosts nearly 200 personal computing stations with access to Microsoft Windows-based resources and a broad selection of additional software. Computing stations are readily available and immediately adjacent to technology and research help desks, as well as a high-speed print facility.

BU’s International Students & Scholars Office (ISSO) provides professional expertise on immigration and employment issues to a vibrant international community of more than 6,000 students and scholars.

Located in Kenmore Square, the Barnes & Noble bookstore at BU has everything students need to settle in, from books and textbooks to dorm-room supplies and BU apparel.

BU supports hundreds of student groups, from cultural and religious groups to special interest organizations. In addition, the Student Activities Office welcomes students to campus during the semester with a dynamic series of social events.

Students can eat, study, and socialize at BU’s on-campus student union. The GSU features a food court with 11 restaurants and is home to BU Central, the University’s late-night venue that hosts up-and-coming bands, comedy nights, poetry slams, and more.

BU’s Dining Services have placed the University in the top 10 Best Colleges for Food in America. BU offers an enormous variety of dining choices every day, including kosher dining, a Halal Meal program, all-you-can-eat dining halls, retail outlets including Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, and Subway, and even a Late Night Kitchen and BU Pub.