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3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The student health center has not really helped me in any way during the two times I had been there.

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The Student Health Center is great but it can be hard to get an appointment.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: On-campus dorms have 24/7 security guards, university police is easily accessible, there are many blue lights around campus in case of emergency

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Besides the usually blue lights, Boston University is in the city. Boston University Police as well as Boston Police are frequently in the area. I feel very safe at all times of the day and night. It's a matter of being aware of your surroundings and not being stupid.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The security on campus is wonderful - I feel safe walking from the library to my dorm late at night alone and everyone is fully informed on how to reach the on campus police for any issue. We are alerted (text message, email, and phone call) every time there is a danger/immediate safety issue so we are up-to-date and can take necessary precautions (over the semester these were nearby house fires or burglaries, usual stuff). Everyone receives a business card with all the important phone numbers for sexual assault and other emergencies when you move into your dorm and freshmen receive seminars over orientation about where to find the police on campus and when to use them. They are very effective in keeping everyone safe.

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There is no question, students feel safe on campus. Most even report feeling perfectly comfortable roaming the area alone at night. The overwhelming presence of campus security, however, does put a significant strain on student life in the dorms, so avoiding the larger on-campus housing options is universally suggested to decrease problems with the stringent guest policies and curfews adhered to at BU. Bay State Road and South Campus housing do not have security guards at the entrance, thereby allowing for more freedom.

To be honest, it is not that difficult to avoid interaction with campus security. The University is littered with blue-light phones, there is a 24-hour crisis hotline, and there’s an escort service for late-night traveling (which, by the way, is the best way to get from one end of campus to the other for free). There are almost always people out and about—even after the rest of the city shuts down.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 5
  • Arson: 1
  • Burglary: 59
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 2
  • Sex Offenses: 6
  • Vehicle Theft: 1
Security Office
BU Police Department
32 Harry Agganis Way
(617) 353-2121
Safety Services
  • 50 blue-light phones
  • Bike and laptop registration
  • BU escort service
  • Crisis intervention hotline
  • RAD program
  • Rape hotline
  • Red phones
  • Self-defense classes
Health Center
Student Health Services
881 Commonwealth Ave.
(617) 353-3569 or 3575 (24-hour emergency mentail health care); (617) 353-2121 (24-hour crisis intervention counselors)
Daily 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. except University holidays. The infirmary is open 24 hours a day during the academic year, with visitation from 1 p.m.-6 p.m. The Crisis Intervention counselors are available 24 hours at (617) 353-2121.
Health Services
  • Allergy shots
  • Basic medical care
  • Chiropractic services
  • Counseling center
  • Crisis intervention
  • Dental care
  • Immunizations
  • In-patient care
  • Lab services
  • Medical walk-in clinic
  • Men's health
  • Mental health clinic
  • Nutrition services
  • Physicals
  • Rehabilitation services
  • Sports medicine
  • Travel medicine
  • Women's health
  • X-ray
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
The office of the Vice President and Dean of Students, located in the GSU (George Sherman Union), distributes the Lifebook, which provides information about the details of daily life. This book is a helpful guide to security procedures and information on campus.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 125 responses

  • 20% Criminal activity near campus
  • 16% Theft/robberies
  • 11% Walking alone
  • 11% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 11% None
  • 8% Excessive drinking
  • 7% Non-students on campus
  • 3% Drugs
  • 3% Dorm safety
  • 3% Lack of safety escort services
  • 3% Unlit pathways
  • 2% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 2% Violence among students
  • 1% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 0% Gang violence

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 45 responses

Strongly Disagree
Strongly Agree
  • Alcohol plays a significant role in sexual assault on campus.
  • Campus administrators provide a supportive environment for victims of sexual assault.
  • Campus administrators work hard to actively prevent sexual assaults on our campus.
  • A friend, a classmate, or I have been a victim of sexual assault on/near our campus.
  • Our campus has easily accessible support services in place to address sexual assaults.
  • Sexual assaults are a serious problem on campus.
  • Students take the issue of sexual assault on campus seriously.

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 125 responses

  • 38% High quality, very convenient.
  • 28% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 8% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 18% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 4% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 3% Poor quality, not very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 124 responses

  • 14% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 63% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 16% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 7% Not very visible.
  • 0% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 124 responses

  • 36% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 45% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 18% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 1% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
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