Quick Start

Available to: Students, Faculty, Staff

BU Common from Anywhere allows members of the BU Community to access the same software that is available in the BU Commons @ Mugar from anywhere in the world on their own device.


Using your existing BU login, access both common and specialized applications from anywhere, at any time, even when computer labs or libraries are inaccessible. Applications only available on Windows can be used seamlessly on other platforms, including Macs or mobile devices.

Key Features

  • Access common or specialized software from anywhere, at any time, by installing only one application
  • Connect to a full library of software without consuming resources on your personal device
  • Use multiple applications at the same time
  • Modify files on your local computer using Remote Desktop folder redirection

What to Expect

BU Common from Anywhere uses Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop. See the Azure status portal for current service status and past incidents.


  • Microsoft Remote Desktop application, available for Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android. Installation instructions can be found in Getting Started.

Getting Started

To access BU Common from Anywhere, you will need to download and configure the Microsoft Remote Desktop application. Please use the following links to find the version you need:

Getting Started – Accessing BU Common from Anywhere