Information for new families

Welcome from Parent and Family Programs! We can’t wait to have you a part of our community. Please remember to sign up for Parent & Family Orientation.

You may have questions about Orientation, Housing and more. We have Orientation programming for students and parents. You will want to complete your New Student Housing Application, if you haven’t already, so you can be assigned a residence (for Fall semester starts, you will get your assignment in late June, and for Spring semester starts, you will get it at the beginning of January.)

You might also want to check out our Student Health Insurance plans and what medical requirements you should have ready to submit before classes begin. If you have questions about paying for BU and other financial assistance needs, please visit our friends in Financial Assistance.

You may always contact us at or 617-358-1187.

Here is a great list of places to shop for dorm room essentials near campus:

Dorm Room Essentials – Shopping Near BU*

Barnes & Noble @ BU ??0.4

910 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

Bed Bath & Beyond (store closing September 12th) ??0.6

401 Park Drive, Boston

Bed Bath & Beyond ??3.3

8B Allstate Road, Dorchester

Costco ??6.4

2 Mystic View Road, Everett

Dollar Tree ??0.7

1041 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

Homegoods ??1.8

60 Everett Street, Allston

IKEA ??24.0

1 IKEA Way, Stoughton

Macy’s ??4.8

450 Washington Street, Boston

Marshalls ??0.7

126 Brookline Avenue, Boston

Target (small, neighborhood store) ? 0.3

860 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

Target Fenway (mega store) ??0.8

1341 Boylston Street, Boston

The Container Store ??4.4

55 Boylston Street, Chestnut Hill

TJ Maxx ??1.2

525 Harvard Street, Brookline

*Bold numbers denote the distance from 775 Commonwealth Avenue (GSU) to the location