Boston University offers many services and resources for Summer Term students. Following are a few things you'll want to explore while you're here.
Summer classes are held throughout the Boston University Charles River campus. The three-letter code on your class schedule will tell you the building in which your class is located.
There are 23 libraries on campus, holding 2.4 million physical volumes and more than 45,000 current unique serials titles, and 77,000 media titles. Mugar Memorial Library is the primary library for study, teaching, and research in the humanities and social sciences for Boston University.
Mugar Memorial Library
771 Commonwealth Avenue
Summer Term Hours
- Sunday, 10 am - 11 pm
- Monday-Thursday, 8 am - 11 pm
- Friday and Saturday, 8 am - 5 pm
For details on other branch libraries and holdings, visit bu.edu/library.
George Sherman Union
The George Sherman Union (GSU), located at 775 Commonwealth Avenue, is a central hub for student life. Along with hosting frequent lectures and events, the GSU is home to 11 different types of dining options, a City Convenience store, a student organization exhibition area known as ‘the link,’ as well as study lounges and work spaces. The GSU also houses the Dean of Students office; the Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground Orientation; the Center for Gender, Sexuality and Activism; Catering; Dining Services; and the Community Service Center. University-sponsored groups and organizations are able to reserve conference rooms for meetings and seminars. For more information, visit Activities Information (2nd floor, GSU) or call 617-353-5498. Keep up with GSU and Student Activities Office updates via social media at Twitter.com/saoBU and Facebook.com/BUStudentActivities.
Fitness & Recreation Center
Boston University's Fitness & Recreation Center contains approximately 270,000 square feet of space, supporting physical education, non-credit courses, intramurals, club sports, student organizations, and much more. For information on classes and summer membership, go to Member Services, located at the front entrance of the Fitness & Recreation Center at 915 Commonwealth Avenue. Visit bu.edu/fitrec, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 617-358-3740 for more information.
Information Services & Technology (IS&T) Resources
Students at Boston University have access to a variety of computing and network resources for communication, coursework, instruction, and research. Information Services & Technology supports the entire University community through its website (bu.edu/tech) and two IT Help Center locations: at 771 Commonwealth Avenue (Mugar Memorial Library) and at 179 Amory Street (BU West across from the College of Fine Arts).
The BU Login Name and Kerberos Password
A BU login name and Kerberos password are provided to all students. The BU login name and Kerberos password are required to access most online resources at BU, including the wireless network, course sites hosted in Blackboard Learn, and the Student Link. Your BU login name and Kerberos password can also be used in conjunction with the general purpose personal computing lab located at the Mugar Memorial Library, 771 Commonwealth Avenue, which provides access to personal computing software and high-speed printing.
If you registered for courses using our online registration system, you already have a BU login name and Kerberos password and are all set to use these BU resources. If you did not register online and, thus, do not have a BU login name and Kerberos password, please visit one of the IT Help Center locations. When opening an account at the IT Help Center, you will need to present your Terrier ID Card in order to prove your affiliation as a BU faculty, staff, or student.
Please remember that your Kerberos password provides access to important information, such as your student record. Giving your password to anyone, or using anyone else's password, is prohibited by Boston University's Conditions of Use and Policy on Computing Ethics.
IT Help Center
771 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215
(inside the Mugar Memorial Library)
179 Amory Street, Brookline, MA 02446
(across from the College of Fine Arts)
Phone: 617-353-HELP (4357)
Computing and Network Resources
The University provides secure wireless network access, which you will see as BU (802.1x). Information about the wireless network is provided at bu.edu/tech/wireless. You must have a BU login name and Kerberos password to access the wireless network.
All Summer Term students have access to IS&T's personal computing lab, located on the first floor of Mugar Memorial Library. Many schools and colleges at the University also have computer labs available to students enrolled in their courses.
The IT Help Center offers assistance in all areas of computing through the website at bu.edu/tech and its two locations; at Mugar Memorial Library and at 179 Amory Street (across from the College of Fine Arts). Discounted software and sales of recommended systems are also available through the IT Help Center.
The Student Link
The Student Link provides online access to your student records at Boston University. You can use the Student Link to view and change personal information such as your address, view your student account, register for classes, see your grades, check your compliance status, confirm classroom locations, and more. To use the Student Link, you must have a BU login name and Kerberos password.
Course Sites (Blackboard)
A course site is a web-based system for managing course materials. Your instructor can make announcements, share course materials, and enhance discussion, all in one easily accessible location. Blackboard is the most common course site used at Boston University. You will need an active BU login name and Kerberos password to access Blackboard.
Not every course at BU will have a Blackboard site, so be sure to check with your instructor if you do not see your course site listed in the My Courses section of Blackboard Learn. All students on the official roster will be automatically given access to their course site the day after they have registered.
If you are unable to access your course site, please contact your instructor for access or information on availability.
Barnes & Noble @ Boston University Bookstore
Course materials, general reading books, and BU merchandise are all available at the Barnes & Noble Bookstore, located at 660 Beacon Street in Kenmore Square. If you have an active BU login account and Kerberos password, course materials—including textbook and ebook purchases and rentals—can be reserved ahead of time by accessing your course schedule on the Student Link. Click "Buy Books" for your customized list. You can also find a list of required and recommended course materials directly from the Textbook Section of the Barnes & Noble website by entering your courses manually.
Monday-Friday, 9 am - 9 pm
Saturday, 10 am - 6 pm
Sunday, 12 pm - 6 pm
Yawkey Center for Student Services
The six-story Yawkey Center for Student Services includes the Marciano Commons dining area and a central lounge, nicknamed The Ellipse, where students can congregate. Located at 100 Bay State Road, the Yawkey Center for Student Services is also home to the Center for Career Development, the Educational Resource Center, and several College of Arts & Sciences advising and academic support programs. Learn more about the specific departments within the Yawkey Center for Student Services below.
CAS Center for Writing
The CAS Center for Writing, at 100 Bay State Road on the third floor, offers one-on-one tutorials free of charge to all students enrolled in BU Writing Program courses (CAS WR 098, WR 100, and WR 150). Tutorials may be available on a walk-in basis, but appointments are strongly recommended. Students can sign up for tutorial sessions online at bu.edu/writingprogram/the-writing-center, by calling 617-358-1500, or in person at the CAS Center for Writing.
Educational Resource Center (ERC)
The Educational Resource Center helps BU students develop the range and depth of academic skills required by the University's rigorous programs. The free services and programs are designed to help students discover and develop effective study strategies that complement their innate learning styles. Services are provided by a team of seasoned professionals, graduate students, and undergraduate student leaders.
Peer tutoring is only available in a limited number of subjects. Peer Tutors, when available, are provided on a first-come, first-served basis. The ERC does not guarantee the availability of Peer Tutors in all courses or subjects. We encourage students to visit our website (bu.edu/erc) for additional resources and services offered both at the ERC and elsewhere at BU.
The ERC is located on the 5th and 6th floors of the Yawkey Center for Student Services at 100 Bay State Road. For more information about the ERC's programs and services, including Peer Tutoring, Writing Assistance, and Language Link, as well as individual advising, please visit the ERC website or call 617-353-7077.
Center for Career Development (CCD)
The Center for Career Development (CCD) seeks to educate and empower BU students and alumni to make informed decisions regarding their academic and career development in preparation for a life of meaningful career transitions. The CCD's services include: workshops and programs on career-related topics, résumé and cover letter reviews, mock interviews, individual career counseling sessions, and internship and job search strategies. In addition to these services, the CCD has numerous online resources as well as seasoned staff to help you navigate all aspects of career development—from exploring majors and careers to networking, internships, graduate study, and more.
The CCD is located in the Yawkey Center for Student Services, 100 Bay State Road, 6th Floor. Please note that the CCD serves current full-time and part-time BU students who have matriculated into an on-campus degree program, as well as BU alumni. For more information about the CCD's services, please visit bu.edu/careers. The CCD can also be reached at 617-353-3590 or email@example.com.