Transportation

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

Transportation: The T is easily accessible from school and it's fairly cheap compared to taking a taxi.

5 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Really easy to get around

4 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: I graduated in 2010 so I don't know what the transportation situation is now but I found it pretty good most of the time. The campus shuttle stops at 11 or 12 stops between on-campus and off-campus stops. The buses were pretty reliable during the day when classes were in session - on the weekends or at night they were a little harder to predict. BC did implement a tracking system to track the shuttles from your room so you knew when one was close - I found it useful when I lived on campus but some of my friends on campus had trouble with it.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: The T is fine, but Taxis are mad expensive. The school-run buses are ok, but a little slow and far between at times.

2 College Freshman

Transportation: Living on Newton and having to deal with the shuttle is kind of annoying, but it is pretty reliable.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 89th
    Best Campus Transit
  • 688th
    Most Easily Accessible Town
  • 1350th
    Best Car Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Samantha Durant
Hometown
Cheshire, CT
Major
Communications with Women's Studies minor
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The public transportation system consists of the T— Boston’s version of a subway—and the BC bus. The BC bus can go either to Newton or to Cleveland Circle, where restaurants, a few bars, and pharmacies are located. It can be quicker than the T, depending on where you are going. It also depends on the time of day.

The T will take you pretty much anywhere in Boston, but it is not the quickest subway ever invented. It can be a long day if you decide to take the T from BC to downtown, but for shorter rides at off-peak times, the T is the way to go. Most T fares are a couple dollars, and the T shuts down after 2 a.m. Still, while it is working, it’s the cheapest way to get around town. Cabs are common and convenient; after all, they just take you right to your door instead of having to wait at some bus or T stop. They can also be somewhat cheap if you and a whole bunch of friends cram into them, but try to use them only for nights out, and rely on the T during the day.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • The BC bus for nearby areas
  • The T
  • Veteran's Taxi (You can use Eagle Bucks to pay the fare)
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A taxi ride to the airport costs about $30
  • BC occasionally offers shuttles during major holidays and breaks.
  • The T

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

BC Bus

Weekdays 7 a.m.-2 a.m.

Weekends 8 a.m.-2 a.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?

MBTA

runs until 2 a.m

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Logan International Airport

The airport is approximately 20 minutes driving from Boston College.

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Student Polls

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 61 responses

  • 7% You can't have a car here.
  • 31% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 57% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 5% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 0% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 61 responses

  • 2% Nonexistent.
  • 2% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 3% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 21% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 72% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 55 responses

Non-applicable
Free
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 55 responses

Non-applicable
Very convenient
  • Airport
  • Passenger bus
  • Passenger train
  • Ride sharing

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 61 responses

  • 0% Very difficult.
  • 5% Fairly difficult.
  • 57% Fairly easy.
  • 38% Very easy.

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 55 responses

Non-applicable
Very convenient
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars
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