Zoom cloud recordings that are at least 180 days old are automatically deleted, with the exception of those created between January 1 – June 1, 2020. To learn more about this change, please see our FAQ. We encourage everyone to review, download, and archive their recordings as appropriate.

Quick Start

Available to: Students, Faculty, Staff, Departments

Cost: No charge for Zoom Meetings. Charges apply for additional features. See Cost, below.


Zoom Meetings provides a robust platform for online collaboration and meetings, pairing full video and audio conferencing capabilities with content sharing and cloud recording.


Zoom Meetings combines many collaboration and meeting capabilities in one single application. Schedule, host, or join meetings from your web browser or using the Zoom desktop or mobile application. Invite guests to meetings, even if they do not have a Zoom account. Zoom Meetings can also be utilized in different types of collaboration spaces, making it easier than ever to connect with peers remotely. And because Zoom is integrated with your existing BU login, you won’t need to create and track external accounts.

Key Features

What to Expect

Zoom Meetings is a cloud hosted meetings solution, for which Zoom promises 99.9% uptime. See the Zoom Status portal for current service status and past incidents.


  • Zoom Client for Meetings is available for Windows, macOS, and many Linux distributions. Detailed requirements can be found on Zoom’s System Requirements page.
  • Zoom is available for iOS and Android. Detailed requirements can be found on Zoom’s Mobile System Requirements page.
  • The Zoom Web Client supports joining meetings from your browser without installing a plugin and works best with Google Chrome. A full feature comparison can be found on the Zoom Web Client page.
  • At minimum, hosts and participants in an online meeting should have:
    • A broadband wired or wireless internet connection
    • A microphone and speakers, or a headset


While Zoom Meetings is available for no charge, additional add-ons must be purchased and renewed annually:

Add-on Description Annual Cost
Large Meetings
500 Participants Increase maximum number of participants allowed in a meeting to 500 per host Please contact us
1000 Participants Increase maximum number of participants allowed in a meeting to 1000 per host $940

The cost of add-ons will be prorated at the time of request and is payable via Internal Service Request to IS&T – Systems Operations. To request an add-on, please complete this form.

Getting Started