The Institute for Astrophysical Research can be easily reached by automobile and by public trasnportation from air, bus, and rail terminals.

By Car

From the West

Take the Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90) to Exit 18 (Cambridge/Brighton). Pay toll, then follow the signs for Cambridge through the first light. Turn right at the next light, keeping the Doubletree Guest Suite Hotel on the right. Take Soldiers Field Road/Storrow Drive to the Kenmore Square exit. Turn right at the light at the end of the exit ramp. Stay to the right to remain on Bay State Road. Continue on down the road as far as you can. You will see a guard booth, that is the entrance to the parking lot behind the College of Arts and Sciences Building. The Institute is located in this building (725 Commonwealth Avenue) on the fifth floor, room 514.

From the North

Travel South on Route 95 to Route 93. Take Exit 26 (Storrow Drive/North Station) moving quickly to the left on the exit ramp, and into the tunnel to Storrow Drive to the Kenmore Square Exit (left exit). Use the right-hand side of the exit ramp for Kenmore Square (see directions above from Kenmore square exit).

From the South

Take Route 93/Route 3 North to Exit 26 (Storrow Drive/Back Bay). Go West on Storrow Drive; follow directions above to the Kenmore Square exit and the University.


Metered parking is available in front of the College of Arts and Sciences building at 725 Commonwealth Avenue. (Meters accept quarters only.) Another campus parking lot, which offers parking for $10 per day, is located off Commonwealth Avenue just West of Kenmore Square.

By Air

Logan Airport is located about eight miles from Boston University. A taxi to the Institute costs about $18 and takes from a half-hour to an hour, depending on traffic. The subway from the airport takes about an hour.

Taking the MBTA (subway) from the airport

Take the Airport Shuttle Bus (which stops at all major terminals) to the “T” station. Then take an Inbound train to Government Center (fare: $1.25). Change to the Green Line Outbound (or Westbound) and take a Boston College (B) and get off at Boston University East. As you exit the train the College of Arts and Sciences building (725 Commonwealth Ave.) is directly across from you. We are on the fifth floor, room 514.

By Bus

Most major bus lines operate from South Station. A taxi from South Station will cost $9 to $12 and will take about 30 minutes.

Taking the MBTA (subway) from South Station

From the Trailways or Greyhound station, walk to South Station and take the Red Line Inbound (toward Harvard) to Park Street Station (fare $1.25). Transfer to the Green Line Outbound (see directions under “By Air”).

By Train

Trains arrive in South Station and Back Bay. Follow South Station directions above (under “By Bus”). The Back Bay station is closer to campus, but involves a walk of several blocks to the Green “T” (MBTA subway) line or a taxi ride of $8 to $10.

Link to the Boston University Area Map. On the map we are number twenty in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.