Core Needs

The foundation of an individual’s wellbeing is having their basic, or core, needs met.

Think about Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. A human has some physiological needs in order to survive — core needs such as food, shelter, and safety. Humans also require connection with other humans, as well as the opportunity to learn and the potential to fail.

In order for students at Boston University to be successful, it is critical these core needs are met. If a student is concerned about where their next meal is coming from, it is nearly impossible to succeed academically.

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On-Campus Resources to Support Your Core Needs


Resources for BU Students Experiencing Food Insecurity

Access to food is a basic human need at the heart of all our wellbeing. Various resources on campus connect students with food sources.

Professional Clothing Closet

BU Center for Career Development, in collaboration with the Newbury Center, offers students FREE professional attire for interviews, networking events, and career fairs to support students’ basic clothing needs.

Student Life Emergency Fund

During your time at BU, you may encounter real-world challenges that require you to hit pause on your academics. The Dean of Students office can help both undergraduate and graduate students who are in need of emergency resources.

Student Health Services

Healthcare is a core need for everyone. Student Health Services is committed to providing accessible healthcare to all students.