Parking

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Boston, MA
Undergrads
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Tuition
$42,994
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Junior

Parking: parking is alright, sometimes you'll have to park on the streets. usually parking garages are open near the bigger dorms like warren for when people are moving in/out for breaks.

3 College Freshman

Parking: Parking is expensive but if you could probably find a parking spot without too much trouble (unless its a Red Sox game. then it sucks to sucks if you dont arrive super early.)

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Bay State usually has parking unless theres a sox game

1 College Freshman

Parking: The cost to have a car on campus is ridiculous. If you try to use meters, you will quickly find it is a huge inconvenience to find quarters and refill the meter every 2 hours, if you can even find a spot.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: Having a car at BU is difficult, inconvient, and extremely expensive.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1345th
    Best Parking Availability
  • 1347th
    Most Reasonable Permit Costs
  • 1394th
    Best Off-Campus Parking

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Stephanie Santana
Hometown
Queens, NY
Major
Anthropology/Journalism
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Most students advise that a car is both an unnecessary and expensive endeavor on the BU campus and in and around the city. Not only is parking ridiculously expensive, but your car will invariably wind up towed, ticketed, abused, and worn down. The cheapest way to park is to apply for a resident permit parking pass and park on the street. If you bring a car, heed this warning: Meter maids and towing companies are the city’s most effective resources. Even if you bring your car with the intention of driving to class, you'll most likely only end up circling the area five or six times until you're good and late for class, and then give up and head back home to bed.

Despite the ominous nature of the parking scene described above, if you do choose to bring a car, you will always have a quick way out of town, to head home, to a concert, a rave, or a festival. You will find that someone is always willing to pay for your gas for a ride. But then again, you might find yourself spending half of your life looking for parking. According to an advertisement in the T station says, “The average adult spends 370 hours a year looking for parking, and 285 hours a year having sex.” If that statistic is true, which it undoubtedly is, leave your car home.

Facts & Statistics

Student Parking Lot?
Yes
Freshmen Allowed to Park?
Yes
Approximate Parking Permit Cost
  • $1,087 per year for Orange (overnight)
  • $140 per year for White (evening)
  • $760 per year for Blue (day/commuter)
Common Parking Tickets
  • No parking zone: $10-$30
  • Expired meter: $25
  • Fire lane: $100
  • Handicapped zone: $120
Getting a Parking Permit
You can either purchase a parking permit online, by mail, over the phone, or by going directly to the Office of Parking at the GSU during operating hours. It is relatively easy to get, assuming you have the cash to spend. Prices are steep. If you live off campus, the best way to go is to register your car in Massachusetts and get a resident permit parking pass for your car. It is only about $15, and allows you to park on the street in the area in which you live. All you need is your valid registration, license, and proof of residency. Then again, students have survived (with difficulty) without a permit.
Parking Services
BU Parking Services
George Sherman Union
775 Commonwealth Ave.
(617) 353-2160
www.bu.edu/parking
Did You Know?
  • If you are headed to class, taking your car is rarely a time saver. Your first reflex may be to hop in the car instead of waiting for the T, but don't. The virtue of the T is that it always comes. It's not the same for parking. Sometimes, if you check Cummington Street or Bay State Road, there are some open spots. Also, the further away from central campus, the easier it is to park; check down by Kenmore Square.
  • If you do not have a permit and you are looking for a spot on campus, you will rarely find a space on Commonwealth Avenue during your first sweep. Be prepared to go around in circles for a few minutes before finding a decent spot, but because they are lined up one after another, something will most likely eventually pop up.
  • It is basically impossible to find a spot anywhere around east campus on a Red Sox game day. Fenway Park is right around the corner from BU, and there are hoards of people . . . and their cars. Don't get stuck looking for a spot anywhere near there on game day, unless you are prepared to pay $20 for parking.

Student Polls

How convenient is off-campus parking?    Based on 123 responses

  • 37% The cost is totally outrageous, and there are never any open spots.
  • 18% The cost is totally outrageous, but you can usually find a spot.
  • 34% The cost is reasonable, but spots fill up quickly.
  • 5% The cost is reasonable, and there are usually plenty of spots.
  • 4% 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 98 responses

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

What are the worst places to look for a parking spot on campus?    Based on 19 responses

  • 71% On Commonwealth Avenue
  • 19% Warren
  • 10% Bay state rd

What are the best places to find a parking spot on campus?    Based on 20 responses

  • 74% Private parking lots
  • 26% Street parking
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