RISE: Housing & Dining

The RISE application deadline has passed and applications are now closed.

Residential students

You and your fellow high school students will live together as a community in BU’s Warren Towers residence hall. Located in the heart of campus, Warren Towers consists of three separate towers of dormitory rooms, multiple study areas, and a TV lounge. There are typically two students per room, although some students may also be in singles or triples. Room rates will vary based upon the room type. Young men and women live in separate towers. Please contact us if you’d like to discuss housing arrangements, as our office is committed to creating a safe and welcoming community for all of our students. 

Warren Towers have 24-hour security and full-time BU residential staff. Carefully selected program assistants (PAs) also live in the residences and provide students with guidance as they adapt to college life. The PAs coordinate social outings and ensure that students return to the residence before curfew each night.

Warren Towers has air conditioning in some study areas and the TV lounge but not in the dorm rooms or other areas of the building. Dorm rooms can get hot, so we strongly recommend that you bring a fan or buy one when you arrive on campus. 

You will eat your meals at The Fresh Food Company at Marciano Commons, a dining hall located a short walk from your dorm. The menu choices include restaurant-style meals, vegetarian and vegan options, freshly made desserts, and so much more. If you have special dietary requirements, please contact us so we can make arrangements to best accommodate you. The dining staff can also assist you if you have food allergies or other dietary restrictions.

Different meal plans are available for both High School Honors (HSH) and Research in Science & Engineering (RISE) residential students (14- or 19-meals a week). Students who plan to eat every meal in the dining hall should choose a 19-meal plan. Students who like to sleep through breakfast or plan to eat outside of the dining hall every once in a while, should choose a 14-meal plan.   

Commuter students

Because dorm life is an important aspect of the college experience and helps you form closer bonds with other students, we encourage you to live on campus. However, students in the Research in Science & Engineering (RISE) program do have the option of commuting to campus each day.

If you choose to commute, you remain responsible for the Service Fees ($470), and we expect your participation in planned program activities. You will also be able to put Convenience Points on your student ID in order to purchase food at campus dining locations or to buy meals at The Fresh Food Company at Marciano Commons dining hall so you can eat with your friends.

All commuter students are required to fill out a supplemental Commuter Permission Form upon acceptance into one of our programs. This form can be found in the online enrollment portal. Please note that students who choose to commute must be staying with a family member.

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