Life at BU
Boston University’s campus extends over 131 acres in Boston’s Back Bay. Stretching along the banks of the Charles River and straddling historic Commonwealth Avenue from Kenmore Square to Allston, BU is a distinctly urban university. Campus classrooms and residence halls coexist next to eclectic shops and diverse eateries. Charming neighborhoods, iconic landmarks—such as Fenway Park, home to the Boston Red Sox—and world-class museums are within walking distance. A short trolley ride downtown puts you in the midst of Boston’s rich heritage and culture. And just across the river is Cambridge. Wherever you turn, you will find something new to pique your curiosity during the summer you spend in Boston.
Whether you opt to attend on campus or remotely per BU’s Learn from Anywhere (LfA) format, you will be part of BU’s Summer Term community, and will have the opportunity to interact with students, scholars, and faculty from more than 130 countries and a wide variety of ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Studying remotely or in summer housing on the BU campus, you have access to a rich array of academic, social, and professional resources at BU—including 23 libraries with more than 2.4 million physical volumes, over 45,000 current unique serials, and 77,000 media titles (library resources are also accessible online). Facilities available to students on campus include the 270,000-square-foot Fitness & Recreation Center (FitRec) and the George Sherman Union (GSU) student center.
Explore the links in the menu to the right. If you have any questions about getting started at BU, Learn from Anywhere, how to get to campus, how to secure housing, what to expect of summer in Boston, or how to access BU resources, please feel free to contact us—we’re glad to help.
Please note that all visiting international students attending on-campus Summer Term programs are required to check in with the International Students & Scholars Office (ISSO) after arriving on campus. Please see Arriving on Campus for details on where to find ISSO and what to bring with you.