Getting Started at BU

If you are new to Boston University, the information below is designed to help you get ready for your courses. Whether you’re attending classes remotely or in person, the information on this page tells you how to obtain your student ID, purchase your books, read your schedule, and more.

To proceed through the steps below, you’ll need your University ID number (or “U” number), which is a non-character, computer-generated ID number, assigned to BU students, faculty, and staff. The “U” number is used for all University records, including registration and student accounting.

Things to do after you’ve registered for courses.

1. Set up your BU login account.

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 important BU resources such as the wireless network, the Student Link, and course sites such as Blackboard Learn. Note that if you are a visiting student, all email sent to your address is forwarded to your external email account.

If you do not have an active BU login name and Kerberos password, please contact the IT Help Center by email ( or phone (617-353-4357). You will need to have your BU ID number and photo identification available to establish your account.

More information about establishing your BU login account can be found here. You’re also welcome to stop by one of the IT Help Center locations on campus (below).

IT Help Center

771 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215
(inside Mugar Memorial Library)


179 Amory Street, Brookline, MA 02446
(BU West, across from the College of Fine Arts)

Phone: 617-353-HELP (4357)

2. Get your student ID: the Terrier Card

Obtain your BU student ID, or “Terrier Card,” by uploading a photo through the “Terrier Card Center” on the Student Link. For instructions on the process, please visit the Terrier Card Photo Upload Procedure and Guidelines webpage. You will also need to upload a valid form of government-issued photo identification, such as a driver’s license or passport, to complete the process.

If you have questions regarding the Terrier Card, please email

3. Pay your bill

If you have not already paid your bill, please visit Student Accounting Services in person or click here for more information on payment options.

Student Accounting Services

881 Commonwealth Avenue, Lower Level
Boston, MA 02215
Phone: 617-353-2264
Fax: 617-353-3313

A late payment fee may be assessed to your student account if your Summer Session payment or receipt of settlement documentation is received after the session payment deadline. The late fee schedule for summer 2021 is available on the Student Accounting Services webpage.

4. Buy or rent course materials

You can buy or rent new, used, and digital textbooks for your courses at the Barnes & Noble @ Boston University, BU’s official campus bookstore. To view and order your textbooks, Find Course Materials by entering your course information. If you’re in Boston this summer, you can also visit the bookstore at the location below.

Barnes & Noble @ Boston University

910 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
Phone: 617-267-8484

5. Check your schedule and locate your classes

Students attending classes in person will want to make sure to know where to go—and when—on the first day of class. You can check your course schedule and classroom location on the Student Link.

Here is an example of a possible course listed on your schedule:

CAS AH 111S B1 ART HISTORY TR 0600P 0930P CAS 203.

  • CAS AH means the course is offered by the College of Arts & Sciences (CAS), History of Art & Architecture department (AH).
  • The course number 111 indicates that this course is at an introductory level.
  • S stands for Summer.
  • Section B1 means it is a Summer 2 course (Summer 1 courses have an A1 section code).
  • TR 0600P 0930P indicates the course meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 pm to 9:30 pm.
  • The last item in the course schedule is your room location, which gives a building code and room number. For example, CAS 203 means the course is located in the CAS Building (725 Commonwealth Avenue), Room 203, which is on the second floor.

To find your building code and locate your class, please use the following links:

Please note that wholly remote classes are booked into room NIP 320, which is not a real classroom. Remote components of classes that also have some in-person components are booked into room NIP 920, which is not a real classroom.

If you do not know your course location, you may contact us during our regular business hours to find out where your classes are being held.

6. Check-in with ISSO (visiting international students only)

All visiting international students attending Summer Term courses and programs at BU are required to check-in with the International Students & Scholars Office (ISSO) upon arriving on campus, regardless of US immigration status. You will need to complete the Initial ISSO Check-in by answering a few questions and uploading copies of your immigration documents on the “International Verification” page of the Student Link.

Visit the ISSO website or call 617-353-3565 if you have any questions about check-in or immigration documentation. It is the responsibility of ISSO to keep complete and accurate records on every international student and provide them to US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) upon request. It is critical that all students check-in with ISSO at the beginning of the Summer Term course or program to ensure accurate reporting.

For more information about arriving on campus as a visiting international student, visit Arriving on Campus.


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