Health & Wellness

Summer Term is committed to helping you stay healthy and fit as you engage in your summer studies at BU. As a student at BU, you have access to health and wellness services staffed by highly qualified healthcare professionals, as well as opportunities for world-class recreation at our FitRec Center.

Student Health Services

Boston University Student Health Services, located at 881 Commonwealth Avenue, is available for urgent care issues by appointment Monday through Friday from 8:30 am–4:30 pm (opens 10 am on Thursdays). Visiting summer students are charged a fee of $25 to their student account for each visit. If you receive blood work or immunizations, you will need to provide your insurance information or have charges billed to your student account.

If you have a non-urgent issue that requires routine care, Student Health Services will work with you to provide a referral based on your insurance.

In the case of an emergency, call 617-353-2121 on-campus to reach the Boston University Police or 911 off-campus. If you experience a medical emergency or crisis on a weekday after closing hours or on a weekend, you may call 617-353-3575 and follow the prompts to be connected with the appropriate healthcare provider or you may go to the closest urgent care center or emergency department.

Any student who experiences a sexual assault or crisis should first call the Sexual Assault Response & Prevention Center (SARP) at 617-353-SARP (7277) to speak with a counselor.

Behavioral Medicine (Mental Health)

Behavioral Medicine staff, psychiatrists, psychologists, clinical nurse specialists, licensed mental health clinicians, and licensed clinical social workers are available to address the many psychological and adjustment issues that arise in a university community. When longer-term care is needed, they will facilitate referral to expert clinicians in the local community. Appointments are available by calling 617-353-3569. Regular hours are Monday through Friday from 9 am–4:30 pm. Behavioral Medicine clinicians are also available 24 hours a day on-call for mental health emergencies. For more information about Behavioral Medicine services, please view this website:

Faculty and staff may contact Behavioral Medicine at 617-353-3569 if they are concerned about a student or visit Help Info for more information. If there are concerns of immediate danger, please contact the BU Police directly at 617-353-2121.


Student Health Services and/or the BU Police will help in managing a medical emergency quickly and effectively. Call the BU Police at 617-353-2121 (call 911 if you have a life-threatening emergency). Medical emergencies are transported by ambulance to local hospital emergency rooms. Student Health Services will call to follow up on your emergency and will help in arranging additional care as needed.

Emergency phone numbers: 

  • Life-threatening emergency: 911
  • BU Police: 617-353-2121
  • Ambulance: 617-353-2121
  • Fire: 617-353-2121
  • BU Sexual Assault Response & Prevention Center (24 hours): 617-353-7277

Disability & Access Services (DAS)

Boston University is committed to supporting the academic, social, and cultural integration of individuals with disabilities. Our mission is to foster academic excellence, personal responsibility, and leadership growth in students with disabilities. Individuals are encouraged to contact Disability & Access Services to discuss support services and accommodations they may need. Services include auxiliary aids such as sign-language interpreters, exam accommodation, note-taking services, text in alternative format, and assistive technology. Accommodations are provided on a case-by-case basis depending on the individual’s diagnosis and documented needs. DAS is also available to consult with individuals and groups regarding architectural, programmatic, digital, or communication access. The University’s Compliance Officer for Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is the Director of Disability & Access Services, Lorraine E. Wolf, PhD, who can be reached at The Disability & Access Services office may be reached at 617-353-3658, by email at, or at You can also visit in person at 25 Buick Street, on the 3rd floor.

Fitness & Recreation Center

BU’s Fitness & Recreation Center (FitRec) is the place to go for a wide range of summer recreation courses, including outdoor activities such as sailing and rowing, wellness classes such as yoga and fitness, and much more. With approximately 270,000 square feet of space, FitRec offers an 18,000-square-foot weight and cardio room, two separate swimming pools, two multi-use gymnasiums with seven courts, an elevated 1/7 mile jogging track overlooking several activity areas, racquetball and squash courts, and a 30-foot climbing wall. There is even a lazy river—a relaxing way to escape the heat on a summer afternoon. FitRec privileges also extend to sailing on the Charles River, as well as indoor and outdoor tennis courts. FitRec is located at 915 Commonwealth Avenue. BU students and those enrolled in summer programs at BU are eligible for FitRec membership. Beginning in the spring, a complete list of summer programming is available at


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