Boston University

Boston University’s main campus stretches for over a mile and a half in the heart of Boston, Massachusetts. The large campus situated along the Charles River in the Fenway-Kenmore and Allston neighborhoods. B.U., as it’s commonly referred to, is a big school with over 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students who come to study from all over the world. B.U.’s campus is the city itself and students take advantage of everything Boston, one of our country’s best college cities, has to offer.


Stay: The Hotel Commonwealth |  Breakfast: Flour Bakery

Lunch: Roast Beast  | Dinner:  SRV

Visitor Information: Tour BU

Stay: Boston is a big city with many hotel choices. The closest option is The Hotel Commonwealth, located right by the campus in Kenmore Square. The hotel is often referred to as the University’s go-to hotel with many of the staff graduates of the School of Hospitality. A short drive from campus, near Copley Square, check in to the Westin Copley Place or the Sheraton Boston. You will find award winning service and classic style at The TajThe Four Seasons, or The Mandarin Oriental. Over at Beacon Hill, book a room at the boutique, Fifteen Beacon housed in a 1903 landmark Beaux Arts building.

Coffee:  Visit Pavement Coffee House right at the center of campus. There’s a good chance you’ll find students studying at Blue State Coffee, just around the corner from the West Campus Dorms.  Along with good coffee, they also offer healthy breakfast fare.

Breakfast: Enjoy a solid, diner style breakfast at Thornton’s, directly across from the Prudential Shopping Mall. Serving breakfast all day in their café, Trident Booksellers and Café is a popular choice over on Newbury Street. Over in Beacon Hill, The Paramount has been serving Bostonians since 1937. James Beard award-winning chef, Joanne Chang, serves up delicious pastries such as sticky buns and croissants at Flour Bakery and Cafe. (Flour Bakery should also be on your list at lunchtime for excellent sandwiches, salads, and stuffed loaves of breads.) Considered one of the city’s favorite breakfast spots, order the Texas French Toast or Banana Pancakes. In Brookline, Zaftigs serves a great breakfast or brunch. Also in Brookline, Tatte’s Bakery and Cafe offers delicious croissants or muffins, or even better a chocolate hazelnut twist, but try and carve out time for shakshuka, a Middle Eastern dish of eggs poached in a spiced tomato sauce. 

Lunch:  Right on campus, head to GSU, BU's food court. On Commonwealth Ave., BU's main drag, pick from Scoozi and Roast Beast. The scallion pancake sandwich might just become your new addiction at Mei Mei, featuring Chinese American street food in a cool, casual space. Stephanie's on Newbury is a BU favorite for lunch or brunch. Also on Newbury Street, Joe's American Bar and Grill is the place to go for burgers. Offering a modern take on American comfort food, Cafeteria features locally sourced meals served “tray chic”. 



Casual:  Want to get a taste of student life? One student says: Sunset Cantina is undoubtedly the most popular dinner spot for students. Just across the street from west campus, it has delicious Mexican food. For Texas BBQ, served at family style long tables, head to Sweet Cheeks from Bravo’s Top Chef Tiffani Faison. Do not even think of skipping the biscuit doused in honey butter, big enough as a meal on its own. (Faison’s new Asian restaurant, Tiger Mama, just opened a few doors down the street.) Satisfy your seafood cravings, this is Boston after all, at Legal Sea Foods (Boston's popular chain), Select or Island Creek Oyster Bar. A drool-worthy menu of small Italian plates awaits you at Coppa, while their sister restaurant Toro serves the best tapas in town. (Toro is one of Boston’s most popular restaurants—be aware they do not accept reservations.) 


A Step Up: Right in Kenmore Square, book a table at Eastern Standard a lively restaurant serving brasserie fare. Supporting sustainable food practices, Townsman is a bistro style New England restaurant. Gracious and sophisticated, Mistral serves uncomplicated French cuisine. Sushi lovers will be in heaven at small, intimate O Ya, an artful, delicious meal, we highly recommend making reservations in advance! In Boston's South End, dine at SRV for excellent Italian cuisine. Yvonne's is a supper club with a great vibe, fun cocktails and an eclectic menu.

Late Night Snack: T Anthony’s pizza is a BU go-to. On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights it's always packed with a line out the door between the hours of 12am-2am. Dessert lovers will be happy with the Italian pastries served at Cafe Vittoria (don't miss trying their Cannoli.)

Local Attractions: It’s Boston - there's so much to do anytime of the year!!  Right in B.U.’s backyard take a tour of Fenway Park, one of our country’s most famous baseball stadiums. Wander Quincy Market, walk along The Freedom Trail, or browse the shops on Newbury Street. Allow time to visit the newly renovated Harvard Art Museums. Check here for the latest news and information for your visit.

Q and A With The Class of 2020

— Quotes From Campus —

Like many universities BU can be anything you make of it. It is the perfect combination of urban while remaining “college” enough to feel like I’m not missing out on the experience that I’ve always dreamed college was. It’s big enough to find any type of personality you’re looking for in a group of friends, while remaining a compact community on the single strip that is Commonwealth Avenue.
— Lily
There is so much to take advantage of as a student in Boston - BU is unique in the sense that it has its own campus but is only a short walk away from everything you will ever need. Unlike many other college towns, you will never be bored because you have the best city in the world at your fingertips.
— Oliver
Living in Boston for four years of my life was the best gift. I have never experienced a community with so much pride and admiration for the city they’re from. You feel like everyone from Boston truly loves their city and it really shines through.
— Chloe





Rhett the Boston Terrier

School Colors

Scarlet & White

Acceptance Rate


Common Application


Supplement Essays


Early Action/Decision

Early Decision 1 and 2







New England

Admissions Office

233 Bay State Road
Boston, MA 02215

(p) (617) 353-2300
(f) (617) 353-9695

Kelly Walter, Associate Vice President & Executive Director of Admissions

Sports Divisions

NCAA Division I

Greek Life


Noteworthy Alumni

Martin Luther King, Jr.
Howard Stern
Bill O’Reilly

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