Student Financial Services helps Boston University Medical Campus (BUMC) students identify ways to effectively meet their financial needs. SFS offers a friendly, student-centered environment that welcomes walk-ins, appointments, telephone calls and emails. Contact information for assistance and financial aid forms can be found here. Please refer to the PA Program website for tuition and fees, as our program tuition differs from the standard GMS tuition and estimated budget.
The Housing Resources Office will assist students through the entire housing process, and can help students resolve any issues they may have with getting settled in Boston or working through any roommate or landlord conflicts. The site has helpful documents about apartment pricing and locations in the Boston area, and an off-campus service listing where students can connect to find apartments and roommates.
Be sure to check out this video on the different neighborhoods in and around Boston.
Students are required to have a mode of transportation in order to access clinical training sites both within and outside of the Boston area. A car is not required per se, and we encourage students to explore the many alternate transportation options.
The Boston University Shuttle (the BUS) connects the Charles River and Medical Campuses, which offers students quick access to additional campus resources and works as a free and convenient transportation option for students who choose to live off-campus in areas such as Brookline, Allston, or Brighton. The BUS is easily tracked using the BU Mobile app.
The Office of Parking and Transportation Services is a useful campus resource for employees, students, and visitors. Here you will find information about shuttle services, public transportation passes, and parking permits.
Boston is easily accessible by public transportation. Please visit the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) website for maps and schedules for the bus, subway, and commuter rail.
Zipcar offers discounted membership for Boston University affiliates.
Student safety is extremely important to us. BUMC Safety Services does their best to keep the campus as secure as possible. You may reach Safety Services at (617) 414-4444. If you have question or concerns about campus safety, please contact the PA Program office.
Student Health Services
Boston University Student Health Services
Boston University Behavioral Medicine (Mental Health)
881 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston MA 02215
BUSM Behavioral Health Center (Medical Campus)
Solomon Carter Fuller Mental Health Building
85 E. Newton St., Suite 816, Boston, MA 02118
Diversity and Multicultural Affairs
The Boston University Office of the Provost Graduate Affairs office provides resources and information relevant for the Boston University graduate student population, including scholarship award opportunities.
Alumni Medical Library
The Alumni Medical Library is located on the 12th and 13th floors of the Boston University Medical Campus (BUMC) Instructional Building (L) and serves the Boston University Schools of Medicine (BUSM) and Graduate Medical Sciences (GMS), Goldman School of Dental Medicine (GSDM), Public Health (SPH) and Boston Medical Center (BMC). The 11th floor 220-seat Testing Center and classrooms also serve as dual-purpose student study space when not reserved for classes.
The Library offers 790 seats; 1,000 power connections; 139 ethernet connections; 29 wireless access points throughout the library, classrooms, and computing labs; 80 student computers across three computer classrooms; and 45 computers in two public computing areas.
The main entrance is located on L-12; students predominantly use this floor as study space as it is equipped with large study tables, individual study carrels, public computers, printers, scanners, soft seating, and a group study room. The Library’s L-13 Quiet Study floor renovation was completed in February 2019. This floor provides 226 student study seats, including six individual study pods, four group study rooms and two tutor rooms. The renovation provided new HVAC system, lighting, flooring, furniture, and expanded disability accessible restroom facilities plus one gender-neutral restroom. Visit the Library at 72 E. Concord St., L-12 .
Master of Library and Information Science (MLS) or equivalent degree prepared librarians staff the Reference Desk, located on L-12, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Reference and research assistance are available on a drop-in basis, by appointment, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Access Services/Circulation staff provide circulation services anytime the library is open, including access to course reserves, interlibrary loan articles and books, and 3-D anatomical models.
BUMC librarians provide a broad range of educational programming, including curriculum-integrated information retrieval, evaluation, and management skills classes. The library education program emphasizes lifelong learning, information literacy, and skills specific to searching, critically evaluating, and managing information.
Collections (e-books and e-journals)
Students, faculty, and staff may access licensed online resources 24/7 on- or off-campus via the library website, using their BU login name and password authentication. Alumni Medical Library collections are accessible through the online Library Catalog, 700+ databases, and 120+ quality filtered subject guides. Collections consist of 6,800+ e-journals; 12,600+ e-books; 25,000+ books in the circulating, reference, and course reserves stacks; and 29,000+ volumes of bound print journals in medical campus storage. Popular medical campus databases include PubMed, Web of Science, and EMBASE.
In addition to the resources of the Alumni Medical Library, medical campus students, faculty, and staff have access to the BU Libraries’ collections, comprised of 1.9 million books, 248,000+ serial titles, 152,000+ media titles, 111,000+ serials, and 2 million+ e-books. BU students, faculty, and staff may request physical items from any of the BU Libraries free of charge via an Intra-Library Request and access the BU Libraries’ electronic materials online at any time or place.
Beyond the BU Libraries, medical campus students, faculty and staff have access to materials via the Alumni Medical Library’s Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Service, which participates in resource sharing throughout an extensive national network of libraries. BU is a member of the Boston Library Consortium (BLC) and the catalogs and materials of the 19 BLC member libraries are also available. BLC members include Tufts University Hirsh Health Sciences Library, Northeastern University Snell Library, and fifteen other New England research libraries. Medical campus students and faculty also have admittance to Harvard University Countway Library of Medicine through its dual role as the Boston Medical Library.
Computing Help and Printing
The dual-purpose L-1101 Testing Center, redesigned in 2014, is a 220-seat testing center and study space. L-11 also houses three dual-purpose classrooms, the BUMC Computing Help Desk and Student Laptop Support Services. McNary R-107 is also available as 24/7 study space when not reserved for classes. Computing Help Desk staff support courses requiring technology integration and provide student laptop software installation, VPN client configuration, Windows and Mac updates, virus scanning software updates, and removal of viruses and spyware. The Computing Help Desk offers laptop loaners for students experiencing technical issues for short and long periods of time, depending on the need.
Laser printers, scanners, and photocopiers are available on every floor of the library and printers are available in the McNary classroom R-107 and the L Building basement. BU MyPrint, a BU ID-based system, provides a semester print allotment of 500 sheets of black and white printing to students and 100 sheets to faculty and staff. Adobe Creative Suite is also available on L-12.
A new application to help students on the Medical Campus find study space is now available. This mobile-friendly website displays rooms that are available for study in real time: http://www.bu.edu/medstudy
Students may look for rooms in a specific building, date, time and room type (group study or individual). Students can control what they want to view, add rooms as favorites, set favorite rooms as the default home page and see detailed room attributes, such as AV & IT capabilities, seating arrangement, lighting and more. No login is required to access the site, but it cannot be used to reserve rooms.
The website categorizes rooms for “individual (quiet) study” or for “group study.” Larger rooms (with a maximum occupancy greater than 20) are classified as “individual,” and are for parallel quiet study for individuals up to the capacity of the room. Smaller rooms (maximum occupancy up to 20) are classified as “group study.” These are for interactive discussion groups of three or more students. While “group study” rooms can be used by individuals, preference must be given to groups if they need to use the space.
The “About” page within the application provides more information.
Disability and Access Services
The goal of Disability & Access Services is to provide services and support to ensure that students are able to access and participate in the opportunities available at Boston University. In keeping with this objective, students are expected and encouraged to utilize the resources of Disability & Access Services to the degree they determine necessary. Although a significant degree of independence is expected of students, Disability & Access Services is available to assist should the need arise.
To make an appointment, please call 617-353-3658. For general inquiries feel free to email email@example.com. Please note, emails will be responded to within three business days.
Barnes and Noble at Boston University Bookstore
The Barnes and Noble at Boston University Bookstore is located at 910 Commonwealth Avenue on the Boston University Charles River Campus.
- Student Life
- Student Wellness and Wellbeing
- GMS Student Portal – connects you to many GMS resources. Please be advised that the PA Program follows different policies and procedures for Registration and Thesis, and will differ with some semester start and end dates. Refer to your Student Handbook for policies and procedures, and if you have any questions, contact the PA Office.
The Arts Initiative offers information about all things artistic and cultural happening in Boston, as well as details about student memberships and discounts to local museums and concert halls.
Little Sprouts Boston @ BUMC is conveniently located at 815 Albany Street, just down the road from the Physician Assistant Program office. Little Sprouts offers priority enrollment for all BU affiliates, including faculty, staff, and students.