Before purchasing a new laptop, please consider the following recommendations. These configurations were selected to ensure that students have the computing power to use the applications that will be required of the BU Hub general education curriculum and various graduate program courses. The IT Help Center is here to help and answer any additional questions you may have. To contact us, click here.

Student Computer Recommendations

Specifications Minimum Recommended
RAM 8GB 16 / 32GB (required for advanced video production)
Storage 256GB SSD  256 / 512GB+ SSD (for advanced video production)
Operating System Windows 10 1709 64 bit
macOS Catalina (10.15) or later
Windows 10 1709 64 bit
macOS Catalina (10.15) or later

Student Computer Purchasing

The IT Help Center has partnered with Lenovo and Apple to provide incoming Boston University students, as well as current students, faculty, and staff, the opportunity to purchase laptop computers at discounted prices. Use the links below to explore your options.

Lenovo Apple
Lenovo BU Store for Education Apple BU Store for Education

These links are for student, faculty and staff personal sales only. BU departmental orders must be placed through Sourcing & Procurement. Purchase orders using configurations from these links will not be filled.