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2 College Freshman

Transportation: The Bentley shuttle is fine but isn't great

2 College Freshman

Transportation: So, there is no accessible public transportation on campus so you cant get anywhere without a car or taking the bentley shuttle to harvard. You cant have a car as a freshman BTW. And the shuttle to harvard is free but you literally have to fight to get on it. And the ride is a half hour just to get to harvard square then you have to take the t from there. Which is only two bucks each time you ride. Overall, once you come on campus you are pretty much stuck on campus.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: Since Bentley has a small campus, the loop shuttle and Harvard bus shuttle services are all we really need. Both of which are free of charge, and make transportation a convenience for students and faculty alike.

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4 College Junior

Transportation: Bentley offers the Harvard Square loop which runs fairly often and brings students from campus to Waverly Square and then Harvard Square. This is perfect because the bus stop in Harvard is right next to the T stop, so it's the easiest way to get to Boston. There is also the Bentley Loop on campus in order for students on lower campus or north campus to get to class without having to walk/if they don't have a car.

3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: The Bentley Loop runs around the campus and from what I hear can be terrible. It stops running really early which sucks for people who live on North Campus and want to go have a good time on campus with their friends. The Bentley Harvard Sq. Shuttle is awesome, especially when you want a nice day/night out in Boston. You don't have to worry about parking your car or the expenses that come along with it.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 320th
    Best Campus Transit
  • 893rd
    Best Car Campuses
  • 1119th
    Most Easily Accessible Town

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kat Webber
Augusta, ME
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Bentley does provide several transportation options for students. The most popular services offered on campus are the free shuttles. The Loop Shuttle runs through campus, stopping at several places along the way including North Campus, in front of Rauch, and Fenway Apartments. The Harvard Shuttle is for Bentley students only, providing a direct link to get into Boston from campus via Harvard Square in Cambridge; the trip is about 25 minutes long. From there, you are able to access the MBTA subway and buses to all points around the city of Boston. Both run on a closely followed schedule, which makes it a fairly reliable way to get around campus or into the city. The Harvard Shuttle also runs loops to North Campus when the Loop Shuttle has stopped. On hours when the shuttle might not be running, taxis are an option.

Despite these great opportunities, it can still be a pain to not have a car on campus.  However, parking can be an issue and freshmen are prohibited from having cars on campus to prevent further overcrowding. For the unfamiliar driver, Boston can be a very complicated city to drive around, and street parking is fairly limited while garage parking is extremely expensive. But having a car affords an easier time living in an apartment where you have to buy your own groceries.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • The "T" bus
  • Grab a ride with a friend
  • Take the shuttle off campus
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A cab ride to the airport costs around $40.
  • Knights Airport Limousine Service, (800) 822-5456
  • Shuttle into Cambridge, take the Red line to South Station, then South Station Silver Line direct to Logan.
Local Taxi Services
Boston Designated Drivers
(617)652-0233; open Thursday-Saturday 10 p.m.-2 a.m.
Did You Know?
The MTBA Subway shuts down at 1a.m., and late-night Harvard shuttles fill up quickly.

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

Campus Police
(781) 891-2201
Daily 24 hours

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Bentley Shuttle to downtown Waltham and Harvard Square

Schedules available at Student Info Desk. For more information, visit:

(781) 891-2685

Public TransitWhat's This?

Waltham Citibus

(781) 890-0093

Mass Bay Transit Authority (MBTA)

(617) 222-3200

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Logan International Airport

Logan is 15 miles and approximately 30 minutes driving time from Bentley.

(800) 235-6426

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

South Station Bus Terminal

The main Boston Greyhound station is located about 9 miles east of campus.

700 Atlantic Ave., Boston

(617) 526-1801

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Boston South Staion Amtrak Train Terminal

The South Station terminal is about 9 miles east of campus.

700 Atlantic Ave.

(617) 345-7460

Boston Back Bay Amtrak Train Terminal

The Back Bay terminal is located about 8 miles east of campus.

145 Dartmouth St.

(617) 345-7958

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 21 responses

  • 0% Nonexistent.
  • 5% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 5% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 52% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 38% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 20 responses

  • 5% You can't have a car here.
  • 5% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 65% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 20% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 5% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 20 responses

  • 10% Very difficult.
  • 10% Fairly difficult.
  • 60% Fairly easy.
  • 20% Very easy.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 20 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 20 responses

Very convenient
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 19 responses

Very convenient
  • Airport
  • Passenger bus
  • Passenger train
  • Ride sharing
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