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Move-In Week Primer

Where to drive, park, and unload on BU campus


There is good news for the 11,347 students who will be filling residence halls over the coming week. Compared to previous years, rerouting of traffic and street closures are expected to be minimal now that only finishing touches remain on the New Balance Field and garage on Babcock Street.

Although early move-in begins Wednesday, nearly 1,600 students are expected to arrive Monday. More than half will be freshmen participating in the First-Year Student Outreach Project, a program that gives freshmen the opportunity to come to campus early to volunteer for community service in the Boston area. The remainder are band students and athletes arriving for preseason practice, says Marc Robillard, executive director of housing and dining.

Wednesday is projected to be the busiest day of Move-in week, with as many as 2,700 students arriving on campus. It also happens to be the first day of the final freshman orientation session, which draws some 1,500 students—many of them from overseas and from such far-flung states as California and Hawaii. Scarlet Squad volunteers, the red-shirted upperclassmen who greet and assist first-year students to move in, are also scheduled to arrive Wednesday. Residence assistants, police officers, and parking lot attendants will be on hand to check students in and direct traffic.

Thursday and Friday should be less busy, but Robillard says he expects traffic to pick up sharply on Saturday, when the remaining freshmen arrive ahead of Sunday’s Matriculation ceremony, taking place in Agganis Arena at 2 p.m. Other returning students will move in on Sunday and Labor Day Monday.

During the week, check-in is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. New students can move in on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Sunday from 9 a.m. to noon. Continuing students can move in Sunday from noon to 5:30 p.m. and on Monday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Boston University Fall semester move-in week 2012, student residence, student dorms

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The Boston University Police Department will reroute traffic at specific spots across campus, and officers will be on hand to direct drivers during the following changes.

Bay State Road

From Wednesday through Sunday, Bay State Road will be closed to through traffic from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Residents, delivery trucks, and students moving into BU will be allowed access. BUPD Captain Robert Molloy says all other vehicles will be redirected down Beacon Street into Kenmore Square.

700 Comm Ave (Warren Towers)

Today and from Wednesday through Sunday, vehicles will not be allowed to unload in front of Warren Towers, to prevent double-parking and blocking of the bike lane. Access will be through the Warren Towers garage. Molloy says large trucks that cannot fit into the garage will be allowed to queue up on Cummington Mall.

South Campus

Today and from Wednesday through Sunday, Buswell Street will be one-way heading west, from Park Drive to St. Mary’s Street, and heading east, from Park Drive to Mountfort Street, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Molloy says the arrangement is useful in preventing traffic jams. “There are a lot of people who double-park,” he says. “You get one double-parked person on either side and you shut it down.”

BU Bridge

On Sunday, the BU Bridge will be closed for approximately 30 minutes, from 1:15 to 1:45 p.m., to accommodate the nearly 4,000 freshmen who will join Dean of Students Kenneth Elmore (SED’87) in the annual procession along Comm Ave, from East Campus to Agganis Arena, for Matriculation.

Harry Agganis Way/Buick Street

Today and from Wednesday through Sunday, Student Village residents moving into 10 Buick St. or 33 Harry Agganis Way will be directed to park in the Agganis Arena garage.

On Sunday, Harry Agganis Way will be closed from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. to accommodate Matriculation traffic. Buick Street may also be closed from 1:30 to 2 p.m. for the same reason.

Babcock Street

Today and from Wednesday through Sunday, West Campus students moving into Claflin, Sleeper, and Rich Halls will be directed to park in the New Balance Field garage. Students moving into 1019 Commonwealth Ave. can park in the garage or in metered spaces.

Kenmore Square

Starting Tuesday, the Red Sox play at Fenway Park for nine straight days, which will make traffic through Kenmore Square especially heavy. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. Tuesday, August 27, through Saturday, August 31, for 1:35 p.m. on Sunday, September 1, and Labor Day Monday, September 2, and for 7:10 p.m. on the following Tuesday and Wednesday, September 3 and 4.

Leslie Friday, BU Today, Boston University
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20 Comments on Move-In Week Primer

  • Reva on 08.26.2013 at 10:48 am

    Yikes. I’m moving in on Wednesday and I really hope the Go Boston Shuttle I’m taking from the airport will be allowed down Bay State Road to drop me in front of Shelton.

    • Smarter Child on 08.26.2013 at 12:40 pm


      You will be allowed access if you let the detail officer know that you are being dropped off with your stuff for move-in.

  • Sarah on 08.26.2013 at 5:01 pm

    I’m moving in on Wednesday to Warren Towers, but I’m coming from the Logan airport through the taxi. Do I also have to go to the garage to be dropped off with my luggage? or can I be dropped off at the front?

    • Re-Sarah on 08.26.2013 at 6:30 pm

      Check with the Res. Life office. There are three elevators that drop to the garage, allowing for easy access to the 4th floor where you check in. There’s only one elevator on the first floor in the main entry of Warren, but two huge escalators. If you can manage escalators you’ll be okay, but sometimes the garage route is easier, and less walking with bags for you. Good Luck!

  • Nishmin Kashyap on 08.27.2013 at 1:24 pm


    Vehicles are not permitted to stop in front of Warren Towers. You will be directed by a Police Officer to appropriate drop-off points, either in front of the School of Communication or the Cummington Mall.

    If you have a lot of luggage your taxi will be allowed to enter the garage, off-load your luggage on the third floor and take the elevators to the fourth floor for check-in.

    We look forward to your arrival.


    Nishmin Kashyap, Director BU Housing

  • A on 08.27.2013 at 3:44 pm

    Can you guys update us on what the BU Shuttle will be doing during move in? I almost missed it this morning because I didn’t know it wasn’t picking up in front of Stuvi this week. Thanks!

    • Billy on 08.28.2013 at 9:55 am

      The stop has been moved temporarily to assist with the flow of move-in on Harry Agganis Way. There is a sign where the stop would normally be which alerts patrons that the stop has moved to Sullivan Tire (on the other side of Commonwealth Ave). The BUS will drop passengers off at the corner of Commonwealth Ave and Harry Agganis Way, however the students must board from the temporary stop in front of Sullivan Tire (which is also signed accordingly).

  • Hannah on 08.27.2013 at 10:27 pm

    Hi! I am moving into Rich Hall on Saturday morning- I have quite a bit of stuff (approx. 6 suitcases, 5 boxes and a few other miscellaneous things). Will there be a system to help us move things from the NBF garage up into the rooms or is it expected of my parents and I to carry everything over and up? Thanks! -H

    • Nishmin Kashyap, Director BU Housing on 08.28.2013 at 10:30 am


      We look forward to your arrival!

      As you mentioned correctly – if you are moving into Rich Hall, you need to park your vehicle in the New Balance parking garage. There will be a police officer directing traffic appropriately.

      You should proceed to Rich Hall with an ID to get your room keys and cart. During official move-in weekend (Saturday, August 31 and Sunday, September 1) we do have the Scarlet Squad (student volunteers) assisting with move-in. However it is your responsibility to move personal belongings to your room.

      Nishmin Kashyap, Director BU Housing

      • Hannah on 08.28.2013 at 12:06 pm

        Thank you for your help! Looking forward to Saturday :) !! Have a great rest of your week.

  • bumovein on 08.28.2013 at 9:17 pm

    What is the move in plan for 1019 com ave on Friday? Will moving bins be available? Easy access to free campus parking?

    • Nishmin Kashyap, Director BU Housing on 08.29.2013 at 1:42 pm

      You can off load your luggage in front of 1019 as there is metered parking on Commonwealth Avenue.

      Once you have off loaded all belongings, your vehicle can be parked at any of the BU parking lots for no charge (during move-in week). The closest parking garage is the New Balance parking garage on Babcock Street.

      Carts are available for move-in at 1019 Commonwealth Avenue.


  • Marjory on 08.29.2013 at 8:07 am

    How about some advice for moving my son into South. Where do we park? Where does he check in?

    • Nishmin Kashyap, Director BU Housing on 08.29.2013 at 2:13 pm


      As you approach South Campus we have Police Officers directing traffic.

      Check-in for South Campus is at 522 Park Drive. All BU parking lots are free during move-in week.

      I recommend that after unloading your belongings, you can park your vehicle at the 808 Commonwealth Avenue parking lot.


  • Tina on 08.29.2013 at 9:10 am

    We are moving our son into Warren Towers on Saturday.

    1. do we access Warren Towers Garage by traveling on Commonwealth Avenue or is there another route?
    2. will we be directed where to pick up room key/moving cart?


    • Nishmin Kashyap, Director BU Housing on 08.29.2013 at 2:52 pm


      The entrance to the Warren Towers garage is on Hinsdale Mall, which can be accessed if you are traveling East bound on Commonwealth Avenue.

      You will be directed to the third floor of the garage where you can off load your belongings. Check-in to receive your key and a cart is on the fourth floor.


  • A.A on 08.29.2013 at 4:30 pm

    Uh oh,
    I’m arriving on Sunday but I just realized that my flight arrives at 9.40pm (it’s an international flight and was booked months in advance). Does that mean I won’t be able to check in when I reach the dorm around 11ish?

    • Nishmin Kashyap, Director BU Housing on 08.29.2013 at 6:36 pm

      If you arrive after the published check-in hours you will need to call the Resident Assistant (RA) on call to begin the check-in process.
      The RA on call schedule will be posted at the entrance of your residence.


  • A.M on 08.30.2013 at 8:57 am

    Will parking be available for 575 Commonwealth Ave. or Myles Standish? Or do we have to pay for meters?

  • R Jablonski on 09.02.2013 at 1:07 am

    I am a parent of a BU sophomore who moved my daughter in this weekend. Kudos to the BU housing staff, BU police, RA’s for a smooth move in. Job well done!

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