Transportation & Accommodation

Boston University is conveniently located in the heart of Boston, Massachusetts and is accessible to a wide range of resources.

Transportation: Boston University’s closest airport is Boston Logan International, New England’s largest transportation center. Boston Logan International Airport is served by the MBTA, Boston’s public transit system; a taxi from the airport to BU’s campus should cost approximately $40. Further away, but also accessible are airports in Manchester, New Hampshire and Providence, Rhode Island. If taking the train, attendees should arrive at Boston’s South Station, which is a short subway or taxi ride to campus.

Guests who will be driving to the conference are welcome to use Boston University Parking while they are on campus. Parking Services recommends that all guests use the Granby Lot, which is located at 665 Commonwealth Avenue. Parking at Boston University costs $2 per half hour, with a maximum charge of $12 for the day.

Those guests who will be taking Boston public transportation should take the Green B line to Boston University Central for all events held in the Photonics Center. The Photonics Center is located on St. Mary’s Street, just a 30 second walk from the train. For the closing dinner, guests should take the MBTA Green B line to Boston University East. One Silber Way is just across the street from the T.

Accommodation: A hotel block has been arranged at BU’s Hotel Commonwealth, which is located in Kenmore Square, just a five minute walk to the Boston University campus. When calling the hotel, please be sure to mention that you are booking as part of the African Americans & US Foreign Policy group. There are many other options for accommodation in the area. For more information on these, please contact Katy Evans, African American Studies Program Administrator at 617-358-1421 or

**Update: It has come to our attention that Hotel Commonwealth has filled its block for the conference. If you are looking for alternate accommodation arrangements for the conference, we can recommend the Hotel Buckminster, Beacon Inn, Holiday Inn (Brookline), or Eliot Hotel, all of which have rooms available for the dates of the conference.

Below, please find a map of all key locations for the conference. All venues are very centrally located and walkable from the Hotel Commonwealth.

On Wednesday evening there are no conference activities planned, and we encourage you to visit the city. Please click here for a list of restaurants and activities close to Boston University.