Engagement

Student Activities

Whether passionate or just curious about what else there is to do while studying here at BU, the Student Activities Office is a good place to start. In fact, it would be hard to go through your BU experience without engaging in some way with one of our recognized clubs, organizations, or activities. We like to say our office is the place where you can “Do What You Love” and also help you find the place (hopefully, many places) where you belong in our community.


Community Service Center

The Community Service Center is Boston University’s welcoming space for civic engagement, service, education, and reflection located on the 4th floor of the George Sherman Union. By engaging with your community, and broadening the scope of your educational experiences, you’re making an investment in your future. The First-Year Student Outreach Project. initiated and founded by students 31 years ago, is a perfect place to start. With a small group of other new students and returning student leaders, participants will build meaningful connections with Boston, its neighborhoods and people, community organizations, our campus, and each other.

Come visit us to learn about the various ways you can explore civic engagement opportunities and begin your journey as a Terrier and a greater global citizen.


Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground

At the Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground, students are united in their desire to learn about themselves and one another. Together, they come alive in pursuit of greater understanding through intellectual discourse, active listening, and friendship. The center advances Dr. Thurman’s (Hon.’67) philosophy of self-exploration and community building through meaningful and creative shared experiences.


Agganis Arena

Agganis Arena is a 6,000+ seat multipurpose arena on West Campus. Agganis was recently recognized as the 75th most visited arena in the country, 112th worldwide, and 3rd in New England in Pollstar Magazine’s 2019 year-end issue for concert ticket sales in venues of all size. Since opening in January 2005, the venue has welcomed millions of guests for a wide variety of events including Cirque Du Soleil, Lizzo, Disney On Ice, Marc Anthony, and The 1975. It has recently celebrated its 15th anniversary and has distributed over 3.3 million tickets since opening. The arena is home to the nationally recognized Boston University Terrier Men’s Ice Hockey team. Students are an integral part of the game atmosphere as the Terriers continue their tradition of excellence. A fundamental key to Agganis Arena’s continued success is a strong focus on continual improvement and an unwavering commitment to outstanding guest service. To reach our goals, the arena is proud to employ over 300+ Boston University students throughout its departments including the ticket office, guest services, operations, concessions, and marketing. These job opportunities are eligible for both Work-Study and regular paid hourly through student employment.

Agganis Orientation Video


Sustainability at BU

Boston University Sustainability’s mission is to lead the University to a more sustainable future and integrate sustainability into the culture and structure of Boston University. Implementing the Climate Action Plan will allow the University to reduce its use of natural resources, operating costs, and improve environmental and social impacts. BU Sustainability supports student groups on campus to reach their sustainability goals, connects students to resources like jobs and professional development opportunities, as well as offers leadership, employment, and volunteer opportunities for students. We are excited to welcome you to Boston University.


Innovate@BU

Innovate@BU is a University-wide initiative to enable all Terriers to become drivers of impact in their own lives, careers, and communities. In addition to helping students launch their own projects and ideas, its programs help them build innovation, communication, and collaboration skills while giving them practical experience they will use in the professional world. Innovate@BU’s physical home on campus, the BUild lab IDG Capital Student Innovation Center, is a coworking space that hosts programs including workshops, pitch competitions, idea accelerators, office hours, legal clinics and career networking.


Marsh Chapel & Office of Religious Life

The Office of Religious Life at Boston University encourages students to get involved in a community that can provide strength and support during their transition into and throughout their time here at the University. Students may get involved in a group that reflects a lifelong commitment to a religious tradition, or they may seek out a group that practices a faith completely new to them. Marsh Chapel, BU Hillel, the BU Catholic Center, and student religious life groups provide students with opportunities to connect with one another through weekly group meetings, worship opportunities, and special events. University Chaplains and campus ministry professionals are also available for individual pastoral care and spiritual guidance.


Boston University Hillel

BU is home to 4,000 Jewish undergraduates, with a vibrant BU Hillel program and staff serving the entire campus. We offer a variety of programming and resources for incoming students to find their passions or explore their curiosity. We offer a variety of Jewish and campus-wide events to help rising freshmen adjust to college life, make new friends, and connect with fellow peers.


BU Bands

BU Bands offers music-making opportunities to all students in the BU community, regardless of major. Our ensembles include the marching band, pep band, concert band, jazz ensembles, all-campus orchestra, and more. We aim to help students acclimate to college life and BU through developing personal connections, using the shared love for music and performance as our vehicle.


BU Arts Initiative

The BU Arts Initiative connects Terriers to exciting arts opportunities on and off campus, most of them free for students! Whether you are into film, theater, visual art, music or dance, you can find it all at bu.edu/arts. Stay up to date on all kinds of opportunities by following us on social media and signing up for our weekly email.


Disability & Access Services

We work with students with disabilities to ensure equal access to programs, activities and services. Our office strives to make sure that students, faculty/staff, guests and visitors are able to participate in all of the opportunities available at Boston University, both here in the city, globally, and online. This includes our Boston campuses as well as satellite campuses, and extends to BU global programs and digital BU (distance education, online programs, and virtual spaces). Our focus is always on students — from high school through graduate and professional programs. We welcome students with all types of disabilities, as well as those who are allies or just curious to consult with our professional staff members about their individual situation, to chat about access, or to join our community efforts to promote inclusive education.