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5 College Freshman

Transportation: There isn't even a need to have a car at Emerson.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: Emerson is in a city with all of the buildings close by so having transportation to and from different places on campus really isn't necessary

3 College Freshman

Transportation: The T is your best bet but it closes at 12:30, if you want to stay out later you better be prepared to take a cab.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Nice and convenient and right outside your door.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: We are close to the T


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Public transportation is part of daily life for most students. Between the buses, subways, and commuter rails, it’s easy to get anywhere you want to go in or near the city. The subway, or T, is pretty cheap, and it can take you into Cambridge, Brookline, Quincy, Somerville, and other communities in the area. Buses are cheaper than the T but take a little more concentration to figure out how to get where you want to go. Emerson offers a slightly discounted monthly T pass that you can sign up for, and if you’re lucky, your parents won’t notice that they’re paying for it. Subway trains and buses stop running between midnight and 1 a.m. during the week, but Night Owl buses run until 2 a.m. on the weekends, which is when the bars and clubs close anyway. Most students agree that the T is really easy to navigate, and it services any area that you’d want to visit.

Subway service is very reliable, although as with anything, there are delays that always seem to happen on the one day you have to be somewhere on time. Generally though, Boston’s public transportation is convenient and always cheaper than a taxi. It takes some getting used to, but once you know the system, it really is incredibly efficient.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Bicycles (if you're feeling brave)
  • The bus
  • The T (the subway)
  • Walking (9 times out of 10 this is the easiest, with the exception of the T)
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A cab ride to the airport costs around $20.
  • Boston Chauffeur Vans, sedans, limousines, and buses: (866) 570-5466
  • By subway:Take the Green Line inbound to Government Center, hop on the Blue Line to Airport, and take the shuttle buses to Logan. Or, take the Orange Line to State, hop on the Blue Line to Airport, and take the shuttle buses to Logan.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Student escort service

operates from 10 p.m.-6 a.m. upon request

Public TransitWhat's This?

Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA)

The MBTA includes the T (subway) and buses. Campus is located very close to the Boylston Station on the T.

(617) 222-5000

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Logan International Airport

Logan Airport is 3.5 miles and approximately a 20-minute drive from Emerson College.

(800) 23-LOGAN

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Greyhound Trailways Bus Terminal

Less than one mile from campus.

2 South Station Trans. Center, 700 Atlantic Ave.

(617) 526-1801

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Amtrak Boston North Station

All within one and a half miles of Emerson.

135 Causeway St. at Canal Street

(800) 872-7245

Amtrak Back Bay Station

All within one and a half miles of Emerson.

145 Dartmouth St.

(800) 872-7245

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 68 responses

  • 25% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 10% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 0% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 1% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 63% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 67 responses

  • 0% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 0% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 4% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 51% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 45% You can't have a car here.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 31 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 31 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 30 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 68 responses

  • 85% Very easy.
  • 15% Fairly easy.
  • 0% Fairly difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.
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