Student Commuter Benefits

Commuter Choices… Consider the Options

As BU continues investing in expanding academic and research facilities on the Charles River Campus, parking capacity will continue to decrease. Reducing drive-alone vehicle demand is an essential component of the University’s Transportation Demand Management (TDM) plan and students are encouraged not to drive alone to campus unless absolutely necessary.

The Charles River Campus is conveniently accessible by MBTA subway, bus and commuter rail, on foot or by bicycle.  Additionally, those who must drive can save on parking permit costs by commuting with others and sharing the expense.  Learn more about the commuting options available to students below.

 

MBTA Semester Pass

During the fall and spring semesters students have the ability to purchase four months of passes for a discounted rate of 11% per month. For more information and deadline information, please view our dedicated MBTA Semester Pass page.

 

Personalized Commuting Assistance

New to BU, Boston or your new neighborhood and not sure about your options to get to campus? Tell us a few details about your schedule using our Personalized Commuting Assistance form and we’ll provide you with some ideas on how you can get to campus car-free.

Bicycling Resources

Parking & Transportation Services oversees the Bike Safety programs on campus along with enforcing the rules and regulations of cycling on campus. We recommend that everyone that rides to campus register their bicycle with our office. Looking to see if a bike rack is located near your dorm or classroom? Use BU Maps to find any bike rack located on campus.

 

Bluebikes Membership Discount

Matriculated BU students get a discounted rate on Bluebikes memberships ($52.50 instead of $99/year). Bluebikes (formerly Hubway) is Boston’s bike share system with 1,800 bikes at over 200 stations spread across Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, and Brookline including six stations along the Charles River Campus and one on the Medical Campus.

 

The BUS

The BU Shuttle connects the Charles River and Medical Campus as well as running a Late Night Service route for the Charles River Campus. Use our Live View map to see when the next shuttle will be picking you up.

 

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Drive a electric or hybrid vehicle to campus? Good news! The University now has electric vehicle charging stations located across campus. Please visit our electric vehicle charging page for more information regarding locations of charging stations, rules and regulations, as well as rates.

 

Carpool Parking Permit

All carpool applicants must be current University affiliates and eligible for a Blue parking permit. Students must pay for the permit at the time they apply for the permit. Information regarding carpool permits may be found in our student parking permit area of the website.