Health and Wellness
Student Health Services
881 Commonwealth Avenue
Student Health Services is a center designed to help meet your health care needs while at Boston University. Departments currently include medical service by appointment or on an emergency basis, a crisis intervention counselor, and chiropractic care.
You may use Student Health Services if you are:
- A full-time BU student, regardless of your insurance choice.
- A student who participates in at least 75 percent of the full-time cothurriculum.
- Any student with the Student Health Insurance Plan.
Boston University offers a Student Health Insurance Plan which provides excellent coverage for most medical and mental health concerns. Visit the Aetna Student Health website for more information.
Behavioral Medicine (Mental Health)
881 Commonwealth Avenue
The Behavioral Medicine staff consists of psychiatrists, psychologists, a nurse clinical specialist, and social workers. They address short-term psychological issues and facilitate referrals when longer-term care is needed. Please call to set up an initial appointment. Behavioral medicine providers are available 24 hours a day, on-call, for urgent situations.
Groups and Workshops
Behavioral Medicine also offers ongoing facilitated groups and workshops. Groups include Stress Management, Grief, and Chronic Illness, among others. All BU students are welcome to attend. Please find a list of the current offerings online or call Behavioral Medicine for more information.
Half Of Us and ULifeline are also helpful resources that provide college students with a lot of great information regarding mental health.
Speak Easy Peer Hotline
Speak Easy is a group of students trained to listen and offer anonymous and confidential support. They also offer referrals to the BU community. Contact them at 617-353-3528.
Hours are Mon.–Thurs., 9:30 pm–1 am.
Sexual Assault Response & Prevention Center (SARP)
SARP provides rapid, confidential, compassionate, supportive, and free-of-charge advocacy and assistance to BU students who have experienced a traumatic incident. This includes, but is not limited to, sexual assault, physical assault, interpersonal violence, and other crimes.
19 Deerfield Street
If you have a documented learning disability, attention disorder, or mental disability, or if you think that you might have one, contact the Disability Services Office. Students can work with specialists who are experienced in providing learning strategies instruction, reasonable accommodations, and support to students with disabilities.
Fitness & Recreation Center (FitRec)
915 Commonwealth Avenue
- FitRec has two pools; courts for basketball, racquetball, and squash; a 35 foot climbing wall; an indoor jogging track; and 18,000 square feet of cardio equipment and weights.
- Credit and noncredit courses (for a fee) are available year-round in activities such as cardiostep aerobics, dance, golf, yoga, and sailing.
- Intramural sports leagues and tournaments are offered in the fall, spring, and summer for sports such as flag football, soccer, tennis, basketball, hockey, volleyball, swimming, softball, Wiffle ball, and dodgeball.
- Membership is free for full-time students, and available for a fee for part-time students. Memberships can be purchased for spouses and dependents (18 and under) as well.
Sargent Choice Nutrition Center
635 Commonwealth Avenue
College is an important transitional time for students. On one hand, college presents a wonderful opportunity to cultivate food preferences and lifestyle practices that promote a lifetime of health and well-being. On the other hand, navigating in a sea of overwhelming food choices and constant social pressures is very challenging. The Sargent Choice Nutrition Center can provide the knowledge and expertise students need to meet their health goals. With support from Student Health Services, Dining Services, and Athletics, every student is entitled to one nutrition counseling session with a Sargent Choice Nutrition Center registered dietitian at no charge. Students at nutritional risk for any reason are eligible for more sessions.
BU Physical Therapy Center
915 Commonwealth Avenue, Rear
Located in the state-of-the-art Ryan Center for Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, the Physical Therapy Center offers a wide range of sports medicine services to BU students. It also offers students the opportunity to collaborate with faculty on research and clinical projects—allowing them to develop skills in an interdisciplinary setting right on campus!
735 Commonwealth Avenue (Marsh Chapel)
- There are more than 21 student religious life groups.
- The dean of Marsh Chapel provides guidance, oversight, and counsel for all religious life at Boston University.
- There are also six University Chaplains, each of which comes from a particular religious tradition but are available to members of the community from any tradition. Chaplains and campus ministers are generally available for spiritual counsel and pastoral conversation.