Parking

Location
Chestnut Hill, MA
Undergrads
9,533
Tuition
$43,878
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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3 College Junior

Parking: I don't know the parking situation. I don't use a car, just the T. Can use a zipcar if you need to.

2 Recent Alumnus

Parking: It is an urban area - there isn't a lot of parking and what there is usually requires a resident permit

3 College Freshman

Parking: Don't try to park on campus with out a pass, you will have a ticket in a few hours.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Parking is always tough in a city. If you get on campus parking, then it's really great and convenient, but it is hard to get a spot.

2 College Freshman

Parking: There is basically no where to park on campus. Permits are not cheap and the Boston College police write up so many tickets; they are extremely stringent. You really do not need a car on campus, because the majority of people live on campus and everything students need is on campus. If a student desires to venture into the city, the transportation system in Boston is very good and cheap even though it is a bit slow. Also, there is a great taxi service called Uber that a lot of students use; the drivers are very professional and extremely well-mannered.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1248th
    Best Parking Availability
  • 1327th
    Best Off-Campus Parking
  • 1371st
    Most Reasonable Permit Costs

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Samantha Durant
Hometown
Cheshire, CT
Major
Communications with Women's Studies minor
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Parking is pretty much non-existent on campus! Nobody has a car because BC really doesn’t let anyone have a permit unless they are a student nurse or teacher. Some students choose to find local businesses where they can pay for parking, but that can run up to 200 bucks a month. If you want to use your car to drive to class, be prepared to pay. New regulations of the parking garage charge students $3 an hour to park, with a maximum of a $20 fee per day. This may not seem like a big deal, but these fees add up—FAST! It’s really not worth bringing your car to campus—it’s such a hassle, and you probably won’t need it that often anyway.

Finding random spots in Brighton forces you to practically memorize the city parking restrictions and the timing of towing. Furthermore, parking on the streets surrounding Chestnut Hill is a royal pain, so if you are lucky enough to have your own car, it’s easier to just leave it at home with your folks. Plus, public transportation is good enough to get you where you’re going, and honestly, driving is crazy here anyway. The T and BC buses are much easier and cheaper.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Yes
Students who live off campus often park in the campus parking garage when they go to class, but this costs several dollars an hour. There are a few parking lots on campus, but you have to get a special permit to park in them.
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
No
Neither are sophomores
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
$480 per semester
Common Parking Tickets
  • Expired meter: $50
  • Handicapped zone: $125
  • No parking zone: $75
Best Places to Find a Spot
  • Nearby businesses
  • Side streets
  • Parking garage
Good Luck Getting a Spot Here
Anywhere on campus
Getting a Parking Permit
Permits are available through Student Services. You are not guaranteed a permit, and a permit does not guarantee you a space.
Parking Services
Boston College Parking and Traffic Office
Rubenstein Hall
(617) 552-4443

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 63 responses

  • 27% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.
  • 14% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 38% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 6% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 13% It's free, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 2% It's free, and there are usually plenty of spots.

Rate the campus parking on the following topics    Based on 64 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Distance from class
  • Distance from dorms
  • Ease of finding a spot
  • Parking enforcement
  • Permit cost

What are the best places to find a parking spot on campus?    Based on 11 responses

  • 38% Side streets
  • 38% Parking garage
  • 14% St.Thomas More Road
  • 10% Modular Apartments
  • 0% Nearby businesses

What are the worst places to look for a parking spot on campus?    Based on 9 responses

  • 38% Upper Campus
  • 31% Anywhere on campus
  • 23% Parking on Upper is almost non-existent
  • 8% Can always park on lower with parking pass
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