Transportation & Parking
Parking on Campus: The Office of Parking Services, 775 Comm Ave, Floor 2, (617) 353-2160. If you are interested in obtaining a BU Parking Sticker, visit the Office of Parking Services or apply online via BU Works Central under the Employee Self-Service tab. Free parking is available to part-time faculty in designated lots after 4pm upon receipt of your appointment letter. If you are here before that time and want to park, the charge is $2.00 per half hour. Learn more about parking here.
The BUS: The BUS is the Boston University Shuttle and services transportation between the Charles River and Medical Campuses of the university. Learn more here.
BU Rental Property Management: Boston University owns several properties available for rent to faculty and staff near the campus. You may inquire about openings here.
Off-Campus Housing Listing Service: BU has an online off-campus housing list service available only to BU faculty, staff, and students. This is another useful resource when looking for housing in the city. You can learn more here.
Movers: Wheelock has a list of moving companies that have been previously used successfully by other members of faculty and staff. Some of these companies also offer discounts to faculty and staff of BU. To access this list, contact the Executive Director of Operations.
BU Center for Language & Orientation Programs: The BU Center for Language & Orientation Programs (CELOP) is designed to assist individuals who need English for success in their academic career, for professional reasons, or for personal reasons. CELOP is available to faculty and their families for whom English is a secondary language. Learn more here.
Faculty Benefits at Boston University
The FitRec: The Boston University Fitness and Recreation Center, or Fitrec, is the campus gymnasium, boasting an 18,000-square-foot weight and cardio room, and 1/7 mile indoor running track, a climbing wall, a Pro Shop, racquetball and squash courts, two swimming pools, and a lazy river. Faculty and their family members can become members of the Fitrec and take advantage of its physical education classes, Family Recreation Program, Employee Wellness Initiative, and facilities. Learn more here.
Childcare: Boston University’s Office of Family Resources can assist faculty members in enrolling their children in one of the two childcare centers located on Boston University’s campus.
- The Boston University Childcare Center is a full-time, open-structured classroom available to children of BU Faculty and Staff between the ages of two and five years old. It does not have a rolling waitlist; rather, each October, they hold an open application period for the following academic year. To apply for a spot at the center for the upcoming Academic Year, faculty must call Family Resources (617-353-5954) and indicate interest by the last full week of September, which would place the faculty member on a list for an orientation to the center and the process, thereby enabling them to apply. It does not guarantee a space for their children in the Childcare Center, but it would open the possibility for them. Learn more about the Center here.
- The Early Childhood Learning Lab (ECLL), located within Wheelock, is a part-time Preschool available to children between the ages of two years, nine months and five years. The school year runs from early September to mid-June, and children can attend three or five mornings per week. The school offers an extended day program until 2 pm. Learn more about the academic aspects of the ECLL here and more about enrollment here.
- BU Family Resources offers childcare referral services, which include referrals to family childcare providers and organizations throughout MA. To initiate that process, read the Referral Service Statement, and then complete the Referral Statement Form, which should be mailed or faxed to the Family Resources Office. The individual applying must have a BU ID number before doing so. Additionally, the Office of Family Resources has information to assist families with finding an au pair or personal nanny, but does not make direct referrals to individuals.
- The Office of Family Resources, in conjunction with the Department of Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, runs the Summer School Vacation Camp. You can learn more about this camp, available to children entering kindergarten through 4th grade, here. The Office of Family Resources can also assist faculty members in their summer camp search. Learn more here.
- Lactation Spaces: Questrom School of Business, Room 515 (Maria Anderson, firstname.lastname@example.org). BU is committed to meeting the needs of mothers returning to work and ensuring that they receive support when doing so. This mother’s room is available to faculty, staff, and students of Boston University in need of a safe and private space for their lactation needs. To gain access to this room, contact Maria Anderson in the Questrom School of Business’ Dean’s Office. Learn more about lactation spaces here.
Faculty Discounts: Faculty members at BU have access to a variety of discounts and programs across the state of Massachusetts. Some of these include: Agganis Arena at Boston University, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Personal Mobile Phones, Six Flags Amusement Park Discount Tickets, Tsai Performance Center, Zipcar, and more. Learn more here.
Life & Culture in Boston
Religious Organizations & Centers: Boston University hosts on its campus the Marsh Chapel, which harbors a non-fundamentalist expression of faith, with historical roots in Methodism. Its mission is to “preach a gospel of grace and freedom.” The Dean of Marsh Chapel, Robert Hill, provides guidance, oversight, and counsel for all religious life at BU, which includes 21 religious life groups. Learn more about becoming involved in religious life at BU here.
BU Arts Initiative: The Boston University Arts Initiative is an organization that works closely in coordination with the Provost’s Art Council and the Student Advisory Council to ensure the integral role of the arts in the educational experience at BU. Some of its major goals include raising the visibility of and bringing recognition to the breadth and excellence of the arts at BU as well as supporting faculty initiatives that build community by engaging individuals in the practice of, participation in, and intellectual dialogue around art and art making. Learn more about the events that the BU Arts Initiative hosts or supports here.
Museums & Attractions: Boston is a city rich with more than 40 museums dedicated to promoting a wide range of cultural attractions. Learn more about the museums of Boston here. As a city, Boston has a vast array of experiences available to its population on any given day. To easily access a compilation of these events, visit The Boston Calendar.
Volunteer Opportunities: One of the best ways to get involved in a new community is to dedicate time as a volunteer. To find a charity or non-profit that you would find engaging and fulfilling, visit Volunteer Match.