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5 College Sophomore

Transportation: There is a subway stop literally on campus which can take you anywhere in Boston cheaply. Uber is amazing and convenient. Harvard is also a big tourist spot so there are lots of buses and cabs around. Cambridge is an awesome town though and tons of stuff are within walking distance. Zipcar and hubway bikes are also a great option!

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: I've never had a problem getting around. Its not a very large campus and there are still shuttles to opposite ends. It's very nice!

5 College Freshman

Transportation: Walking or taking the shuttles is the primary way of getting around. Everything is within a 15 minute walk. To get to places outside of the Harvard bubble, the T is your best (and cheapest) bet.

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5 College Freshman

Transportation: The subway and buses are very reliable and convenient. The city is very pedestrian friendly. There is a lot to do on and around campus, but reliable public transportation makes it easy to venture off campus.

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5 College Freshman

Transportation: Harvard shuttles go everywhere you want, they're wicked nice, and they're frequent enough to be practical. The T has a stop legit 20 seconds from the Yard, so that's a solid backup; the subway goes literally everywhere for $2 (and can get you from the airport to Harvard for free). Several taxi stands in the Square, but I'm more about Uber. ZipCar has some deal with Harvard where students get a bargain price.

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Students frequently utilize public transportation in Boston, and almost always give nothing but high marks for the system. Boston’s public transportation provides Harvard students with a reliable and safe method of reaching almost anywhere they wish to go. The local T has frequent stops throughout Cambridge and Boston, while the commuter rail takes students throughout Massachusetts and as far as Providence, RI. Moreover, the MBTA bus system provides additional routes throughout the area.

Public transportation in Boston is inescapable because the expense of parking and maintaining a car can be just as absurd as the rates that Boston cabbies charge. Harvard students benefit greatly from this resource, especially because the Harvard T stop sits in the exact center of Harvard Square, providing all points on campus easy access to wherever they need to be.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • MBTA T system
  • Taxi cabs
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A cab ride to the airport
  • Take the T Red Line to the Park Street stop. Transfer to the Green Line and take it to the Government Center stop. Transfer to the Blue Line and take it to the Airport stop.

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

Campus Escort Program (HUCEP)
(617) 384-8237
Sunday–Thursday 10:30 p.m.–2 a.m., Thursday–Saturday 10:30 p.m.–3 p.m.

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

University Shuttle Service

The shuttle runs through the Cambridge and Allston campuses.

(617) 495-0400

(617) 496-6642 TTY

Daily 9 a.m.–2 a.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?

MBTA (Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority)

The MBTA offers buses and the T.

(617) 222-3200 customer service

(800) 392-6100

(617) 222-5146 TTY

10 Park Plaza, Suite 3910, Boston

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Logan Airport (BOS)

This airport is just a few subway stops away from campus.

1 Harborside Drive, Boston

(800) 235-6426

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?


700 Atlantic Ave., Boston

(617) 526-1801

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?


145 Dartmouth St., Boston

(800) 872-7245

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 44 responses

  • 73% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 18% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 5% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 0% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 5% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 43 responses

  • 2% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 5% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 21% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 67% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 5% You can't have a car here.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 24 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 24 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 24 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 42 responses

  • 71% Very easy.
  • 26% Fairly easy.
  • 2% Fairly difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.
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