While driving in downtown Boston can be a bit disheartening, having a car on campus can be beneficial to students because it reduces travel time and adds a lot of convenience to grocery shopping. Parking can be difficult, however, and with three separate police departments all ready to ticket, the costs can add up quickly if you leave your car somewhere you shouldn’t. If you think you’ll need to travel outside of the Boston area, a car can be indispensable. However, for getting in and out of the city, public transit is generally quicker and tends to be less nerve-racking.
It’s almost impossible to find parking close to the dorms, especially around noon when the campus is full of people, but there are plenty of empty spots in the Cousen’s lot. It’s a short walk from the rest of campus, but you won’t really need your car to get to class anyway. Students generally agree that a parking decal is worth it, despite the hefty fee—being able to leave your car in the lots or garages without worrying about constant $50 tickets is a huge plus. Eventually, these do show up on your bursar’s bill, and your mom and dad won’t be too happy.