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What You Need to Know for Move-in Week

Where to unload and park and what to avoid


Barely a month after being converted into a walkers-only thoroughfare, BU’s new pedestrian mall is being drafted to accommodate cars during this year’s Move-in week for students.

Students moving into Warren Towers, at 700 Commonwealth Ave., will unload their belongings on the third story of that dorm’s parking garage, whose entrance is on the Hinsdale Mall. But during Move-in week, garage access will be only via the Blandford Mall, which typically is restricted to emergency and delivery vehicles. During Move-in, however, “the Blandford, Cummington, and Hinsdale Malls will be opened to accommodate move-in vehicles, just as they have been in past years,” says Dwight Atherton, director of Parking & Transportation Services. Cummington Mall will be used to route as much traffic as possible off Comm Ave.

Find a map online.

Today, and again from Wednesday through Sunday, the Boston University Police Department will enforce a ban on unloading of vehicles in front of Warren Towers.

Meanwhile, students moving into West Campus must work around the closure of the Babcock Street parking lot because of construction of the New Balance Field. The lot will be partially opened for Move-in week. “Hired movers will assist students from Claflin, Sleeper, and Rich Halls all week and during Saturday and Sunday,” says Marc Robillard, housing director, with Scarlet Squad student volunteers also pitching in on the weekend. BUPD officers will direct arrivals to limited, metered parking in the area.


  • “All of the Rich Hall students will have assistance unloading their vehicles on Babcock Street,” says Atherton, with the University temporarily suspending parking meters on Ashford, Malvern, and Gardner Streets to provide short-term parking for arrivals.
  • Claflin and Sleeper Hall residents will be assisted with unloading on Harry Agganis Way. Students moving into 33 Harry Agganis Way will find assistance by the entrance to that residence.
  • Residents of 10 Buick Street should unload their belongings in Lot C-2 (the Agganis Arena surface lot).

After unloading, arriving students in Claflin, Sleeper, 33 Harry Agganis Way, and 10 Buick Street will be directed to the Agganis Arena garage for parking, says Atherton. Find maps of available parking here.

A warning: Wednesday, which opens the three-day early Move-in, will be the busiest day of the week. Last year on that day, 3,000 students piled onto campus, and this year, “parking demand on the Charles River Campus is expected to be extremely high,” forecasts Atherton, “and most particularly to the west of the BU Bridge.” He urges BU employees to take public transit or carpool to work that day.

During early Move-in, check-in is 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. For the weekend and Labor Day, the hours are 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.

Meanwhile, the BUPD has announced its annual street closings to all but arriving students. Officers will help direct traffic during these changes:

South Campus: Today, and again from Wednesday through Sunday, Buswell Street will be one way from Mountfort to St. Mary’s Streets between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. BUPD Captain Robert Molloy warns motorists that while Mountfort, St. Mary’s, and Park Drive will be open, congestion from street parking and pedestrians is expected.

Bay State Road: Will be closed from Beacon to Granby Streets from Wednesday through Sunday between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. except to residents, arriving students, and delivery trucks.

Harry Agganis Way/Buick Street: From Wednesday through Sunday, Agganis Way will be one-way northbound from Comm Ave to the North Loop Road around to Buick Street and back to Comm Ave. Those needing access to the Agganis Arena garage, the Fitness & Recreation Center parking area, 25 Buick St., the College of General Studies, or 881 Comm Ave will have to enter Agganis Way and drive to the Buick Street parking garage and lots. Police will direct students moving into West Campus dorms where to unload and park from Agganis Way.

The annual Matriculation ceremony for entering undergraduates begins Sunday at 2 p.m. at Agganis Arena. However, freshmen will begin their procession to the arena at 1 p.m., starting at Danielsen Hall, 512 Beacon St., and proceeding up Bay State Road before meeting up with additional freshmen at Marsh Plaza. They will then continue up Commonwealth Avenue before making a right on Buick Street and entering Agganis Arena. Note: Buick Street and Harry Agganis Way will be closed from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. to accommodate freshmen and their families. The BU Bridge will also be closed for approximately 30 minutes, from 1:15 to about 1:45 p.m. as freshmen cross the bridge entrance along Comm Ave en route to the arena.

Other than the loss of the Babcock Street lot, this year’s Move-in promises to be easier than last year’s. Unlike last August, when the University had to find temporary off-campus housing for 60 students, a sufficient number of beds are available for the 11,364 students living on campus this fall, Robillard says.

And the Red Sox have accommodated what is the BUPD’s busiest time of year. The team’s only home game this week is today, when they take on the Kansas City Royals at 1:30 p.m., meaning game-going traffic will conflict only with arriving First-Year Student Outreach Project (FYSOP) students. (FYSOP brings freshman volunteers to campus early for community service.) Last year, the Sox played at home two days during Move-in—against the archrival Yankees.

Rich Barlow

Rich Barlow can be reached at barlowr@bu.edu.

15 Comments on What You Need to Know for Move-in Week

  • Francis G. on 08.27.2012 at 6:51 am

    Nice map! Wicked helpful.

  • bob on 08.27.2012 at 9:43 am

    Go sox! GO GO GO GO GO. Big Papi, pedroia! WHOO WHOO WHOO WHOO. HOT DOGS

  • John B on 08.27.2012 at 10:44 am

    What is the best place to unload for Shelton Hall? Bay State Road?

    • Current Student on 08.27.2012 at 12:21 pm

      Yup, Bay State is the best place to move in for Shelton.

  • Wes P on 08.27.2012 at 1:35 pm

    Is Bay State Road also the best place to unload for Danielsen Hall? Or is unloading allowed in front of the actual dorm building?

    • Greg J on 08.27.2012 at 2:44 pm

      I would love to know as well considering Danielsen isnt even mentioned in regards to moving in.

    • orourkej on 08.27.2012 at 3:26 pm

      Beginning on Wednesday, you’ll be able to drop your stuff off in front of Danielsen Hall at 512 Beacon Street. A BUPD officer will be in front of the building and metered parking will be suspended. As soon as you’ve unloaded your car, you’ll need to park in the CAS lot at 240 Bay State Road.

  • Rich N on 08.27.2012 at 7:46 pm

    Where should parents park for matriculation? What time should we get there to see them walk?

    • Current Student on 08.27.2012 at 8:18 pm

      The students don’t walk at matriculation. They sit and hear people talk and then exit.

      • David Keefe on 08.28.2012 at 8:52 am

        Actually the procession of students into the ceremony is a part of it…

        From the Dean of Students office website:

        “Students are encouraged to walk down to Matriculation with their classmates. The entire class walks down to the ceremony together to symbolize the idea of “One BU.””

    • BU Today on 08.28.2012 at 8:59 am

      Hello Rich,

      The Dean of Students website says “We encourage you to be at the Arena between 1:15 and 1:30pm so that you may watch the procession of students into the ceremony.”

      More info can be found on the DOS website here: http://www.bu.edu/dos/2011/09/03/bu-matriculation-2012-boston/#more-2943

  • Cummington Mall employee on 08.28.2012 at 9:29 am

    Observation: So far, the “walkers-only” mall has been a speeding thoroughfare for trucks and motorcycles who go around the barrier. This could present a dangerous situation once the students are back. Are there plans to monitor the mall?

  • Paul Robalino on 08.28.2012 at 9:05 pm

    If we want to ship stuff up there before we get to Boston, what is the address to do that?

  • Brian on 08.30.2012 at 9:58 pm

    Does anyone know if you are allowed to park in the Agganis lot overnight this weekend?

  • Gabrielle Jones on 09.01.2012 at 12:46 pm

    Are all parking meters enforced during the moving period?

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