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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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. 

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Health Insurance

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.

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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.

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Privacy Laws

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.

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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.