Frequently Asked Questions

How much does SummerLab cost?
Is there still space?
What is the deadline to apply?
Can I sign up for more than one week?
What are the hours of SummerLab?
Should I bring lunch?
Can I stay on campus?
How much does housing cost?
What kind of supervision is there for students in the dorms?


How much does SummerLab cost?

One week at SummerLab costs $1200. Two weeks cost $2000.  Students who receive free or reduced lunches qualify for financial assistance of 50% off.  Children of Boston University faculty and staff are also eligible for a 50% discount off program costs.  Unfortunately, financial assistance and discounts do not apply to room and board.

Is there still space?

Yes. We will be accepting applications for SummerLab 2021 starting in January.

What is the deadline to apply?

SummerLab has a rolling acceptance policy. The deadline for all application materials is June 20, 2021.

Can I sign up for more than one week?

Yes, you can enroll in two consecutive sessions with different curricula.

What are the hours of SummerLab?

Our hours are 9-3 Monday through Friday, with the exception of Wednesdays, which go until at 4:00 p.m. Doors open 8:30am. You will not have access to the building before then.

Should I bring lunch?

Students not staying in a BU residence hall should bring a lunch each day.  There is a cafeteria in the building for students who need to purchase lunch.

Students staying in the BU residence hall will choose a box lunch option.

Can I stay on campus?

Yes, students can choose to stay in BU Residence Halls for the week. Residence Halls are located on the Charles River Campus and students travel between the two campuses on the free BU Shuttle.

How much does housing cost?

The weekly rate for SummerLab changes slightly each year and will be available when the applications go online.

Room and board: $574 per student for a double room and for 19-meals per week (based on 2020 rates and subject to increase in 2021)

For students staying multiple sessions, there is no additional housing cost for the weekends.

What kind of supervision is there for students in the dorms?

There is 24-hour security throughout the building. A Residence Assistant and Program Assistants live on the floor with our students. The Program Assistants are current BU students who act as mentors and chaperones for our students. The Program Assistants accompany the students to and from CityLab each day, join them for meals in the dining hall, and lead evening activities to allow students to explore the beautiful city of Boston.