Welcome to Boston University! Health and wellbeing are the foundation of student success at BU and beyond. Student Health Services is committed to compassionate care to support your growth and lifelong wellbeing.
On this webpage, you’ll find:
- Information about our departments, services, and programs
- Important information and health requirements for first-year students
- Resources to support your wellbeing
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) is affecting our lives in significant ways. At Student Health Services, we’ve gone virtual to provide care to students no matter where they are in the world. Learn more about how SHS is supporting students during this time.
About Student Health Services
Student Health Services (SHS) is an integrated health center that is committed to the wellbeing of BU students. Our mission is to promote wellbeing, preserve health, and enable academic achievement for BU students by:
- Providing high-quality integrated clinical services
- Collaborating on prevention strategies specific to our students
- Partnering with our community on educational services and advocacy
As a full time first-year student, you are eligible for care at SHS (regardless of your insurance choice). The University’s health and wellness fee covers the cost of appointments at SHS. Vaccines, lab work, and some orthopedic devices may have fees based on your insurance plan.
- Primary Care is your first stop on campus for medical concerns. It’s staffed by a team of clinicians who address students’ concerns in a caring, confidential environment. Learn more about Primary Care.
- Behavioral Medicine offers a range of services to support students’ mental health and emotional wellbeing. It’s staffed by a team of psychiatrists, psychologists, and other licensed professionals. Learn more about Behavioral Medicine.
- Health Promotion & Prevention provides a variety of programs to promote student wellbeing on topics such as substance use, mental health promotion, sleep, and sexual wellbeing. Learn more about Health Promotion & Prevention.
- Sexual Assault Response & Prevention Center (SARP) is a confidential resource on campus that provides students with accurate information, options, and advocacy if they experience sexual misconduct or a traumatic incident. SARP also offers sexual violence prevention programs. Learn more about SARP.
- Athletic Training has a team of specialists focused on diagnosing, treating, rehabbing injuries and medical conditions, and fostering lifelong wellbeing among student athletes. Learn more about Athletic Training.
You can contact SHS through our online portal Patient Connect or by calling (617) 353-3575 during business hours. We highly recommend Patient Connect to conveniently send a message, ask a question, upload medical records, make appointments, refill prescriptions, and more.
Achievements & Recognition
Students who are safer and feel more attached to their institution are much more likely to thrive in their time on campus and beyond. SHS has contributed to making BU a nationally recognized institution for our commitment to student health and wellbeing.
- The JedCampus Seal recognizes BU’s comprehensive mental health promotion and suicide prevention programming. The Seal is part of the Foundation’s JedCampus program, the first nationwide program to facilitate a school’s ability to assess and enhance their mental health support system from a campus-wide perspective.
- The Campus Prevention Network Seal of Prevention recognizes the caliber of BU’s digital student programming in establishing the common values and expectations of our community related to health and safety, wellbeing, and inclusion.
Important Information for First-Year Students
Incoming Health Requirements
All students are required to provide certain health information and immunization records before starting at BU.
Sexual Misconduct Prevention Training
BU requires that all students to complete sexual misconduct prevention training as part of its commitment to student wellbeing and a healthy campus community. Waivers related to the content of this training can be requested.
AlcoholEdu for College Training
All first-year students must complete a substance use prevention training. Whether or not you choose to use alcohol, this training provides important information.
All students are required to have health insurance coverage while attending BU. First-year students are automatically enrolled in the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP). If you have other insurance coverage options available to you, you can opt-out of SHIP.
Patient Rights & Responsibilities
At SHS, we’re committed to providing considerate and respectful care to our patients (i.e., students) and to honoring your healthcare rights.
If you are over age 18, you can decide whether or not to authorize (allow) your health information to be shared with parents or a trusted adult. You also get to choose which information you are willing to share.
Resources for Students
Health and wellbeing are the foundation of student success at BU and beyond. SHS supports students to develop their best selves—both in mind and body.
Adjusting to College
For many first-year students, being away from home for an extended period of time is a new experience. Knowing some tips can be helpful for navigating this period of transition. Learn more about adjusting to life at BU or coping with homesickness.
BU has also partnered with the JED Foundation to foster community responsibility for students’ emotional wellbeing. Here are some resources for the transition to college:
- Start the Conversation: College and Your Mental Health
A guide to important information on mental health during college
- Set to Go: A JED Program
A guide to information and tools to feel ready to start your college career
Resources for Mental Health & Wellbeing
Many first-year students experience changes that can affect mental health during the adjustment to college. Explore some helpful tips that address some of the mental health challenges that students face.
We want you to feel your best in all areas of your life. Explore these resources to support your overall wellbeing during your time at BU.
Resources for International Students
In the United States, certain aspects of healthcare may be different from those abroad. Learn more about how the U.S. healthcare system works and how to stay healthy during your time at BU.
Resources for LGBTQ+ Students
SHS is committed to providing high-quality care to students of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and expressions. Learn more about the resources available to support the BU LGBTQ+ student community.