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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Simmons has a very odd set-up with transportation. More frequently, students cross Brookline Avenue, walk in front of or through the Emmanuel campus and cross Avenue Louis Pasteur to get to class (or vice versa to return to the dorms). Off campus housing is only accessible through public transportation which Simmons has no real control over. They do offer monthly passes for the MBTA.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: There are a variety of options for transportation, ranging from using one's own car (though parking can be pricey), taking the T or bus. Student discounts are offered for the T and for public buses. On campus, there is parking for commuter students. Students pay at a discounted rate per hour.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Public transportation is so accessible and there's absolutely no need for a car on campus.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: I live 45 minutes away by train, so I've never had any complaints. The MBTA Commuter Rail runs on-time and smoothly.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Simmons College is centrally located, making the distance to the T and bus stops very short.


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Like its urban peers, Boston is equipped with bus lines and an underground subway system. The Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) crisscrosses the Boston area. The subway system—the T—connects the Red, Blue, Orange, Green, and Silver lines. The colors of the system lines are identifiable by key landmarks—for example, the Green line is named for the green of Fenway Park. Much to the disadvantage of busy students, the Green line is the most unreliable of the lines, and it is also more expensive than the other lines. Subway passes are offered at a discounted rate for students at the beginning of each semester, which helps cut back on the fare. It is easy to get an understanding of the system, even for students from areas without subways of their own.

Unfortunately, the subway system runs on a restricted schedule, and after 1 a.m., taxis become the only mode of transportation for students out for a late night. Simmons does provide taxi vouchers for students with disabilities or a broken leg. Above-ground bus lines fill in the gaps that the T does not service, but because Boston is a walkable city, it is sometimes faster to walk up the block than take the T or to bring a bicycle. During the Boston winters, the commute to the Academic Campus becomes generally difficult and frustrating. Do not be alarmed if you see Bostonians skiing up the street.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • The T
  • Taxi
  • Walking
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • A cab ride to the airport costs $20 to $30. All fares leaving Logan are charged a $1.50 airport fee.
  • The MBTA subway and buses are the easiest means of transportation to Logan. A free shuttle moves between the T and the airport terminals, and runs from 4 a.m. to 1 a.m. Further transportation options are the taxis, airport water shuttles which move between Rowes Wharf and Logan. City water taxis connect the airport with Boston Harbor. The harbor express connects the South Shore and Logan via Long Wharf.

Public TransitWhat's This?

Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA)

The T schedules routes for local buses, subway trains, and commuter rail trains. Check schedules at or at the campus activities box office

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Logan International Airport

Logan International Airport is about 6.5 miles and 15 minutes driving time from Simmons.

(800) 23-LOGAN

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?

Greyhound South Station Transit Center

The Greyhound bus terminal is located in South Station Transit Center just several stops off the green line.

700 Atlantic Ave.

(617) 526-1801

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?

Amtrak South Station Transit Center

Amtrak trains stop at the Back Bay Station, South Station, and North Station, which are all just a subway trip away from both the Residence and main campus.

700 Atlantic Ave.

(800) USA-RAIL

Amtrak North Station/Fleet Center

135 Causeway St.

(800) USA-RAIL


Back Bay, 145 Dartmouth St.

(800) USA-RAIL

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 33 responses

  • 21% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 0% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 9% 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.
  • 70% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 32 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.
  • 31% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 50% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 19% You can't have a car here.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 18 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 18 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 18 responses

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

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 32 responses

  • 72% Very easy.
  • 28% Fairly easy.
  • 0% Fairly difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.
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