right arrow
Examples: Monday, today, last week, Mar 26, 3/26/04
We've updated the Topics page of our website to better organize and share our expert content. Read more about it here.

Planning 1st Visit, Need Advice

phxcactusphxcactus 69 replies4 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
Taking my daughter out to see campus next week. I have been warned by people who say they are familiar with the area to not rent a car and just Uber everywhere. We are flying in. I am not opposed to Ubering, but is driving there that bad? I grew up in the Bay Area of CA and have lived all over so I am not afraid to drive and certainly not afraid of traffic. Any advice? Also, if you have a favorite hotel you stayed in, would love that too. :)
22 replies
· Reply · Share
«1

Replies to: Planning 1st Visit, Need Advice

  • aunt beaaunt bea 9818 replies62 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    What city and what college? You didn't include this in your post.
    · Reply · Share
  • NYC2018nycNYC2018nyc 152 replies9 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Driving isn't that bad, now that we have WAZE and other GPS apps. Boston is just a confusing city to drive around. The best parts of Boston are walkable, and on the public transportation, the T. If you're more comfortable in a car, that's fine. It will be expensive to park. We stayed at one of the hotels at Copley plaza and it was wonderful, great spot!
    · Reply · Share
  • privatebankerprivatebanker 5191 replies74 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    You can drive for sure. If you’re in Boston proper and want to see NEU BU and BC. No problem. Going to MIT and H are just a bit more confusing with the bridges over the River and Storrow Drive interchanges Harvard Square isn’t Parking friendly. A drive to Tufts is no big deal if you do it as reverse commute. Same for Wellesley Babson and. Brandeis.

    Just be prepared for one way streets and strange merging. Also not a great bike lane and pretty aggressive drivers. That’s why I always suggest UBer.
    · Reply · Share
  • havingfunismyhavingfunismy 83 replies7 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Parking cars at Boston hotels is pretty expensive —- I would avoid renting if you were just visiting Boston schools.
    · Reply · Share
  • BCBoundMaybeBCBoundMaybe 99 replies6 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    I would take the T or walk. Get to get a better feel for the city and experience everything. And then Uber if you get sick of the T. I go to BC now, but when I visited we actually stayed at a hotel over by where TripAdvisor corporate office is. We Uber a few places and also did the train. Went to BC, BU, and Harvard. We did it all in a day and had a great time. One tip, I wouldn’t Uber or drive during rush hour or before or after a Red Sox game. Good luck on your visit. Make sure you see Newton Campus where a lot of the freshman dorms are. And check out the new rec center. I haven’t seen it yet, but can’t wait to use it. And hit the North End for dinner.
    · Reply · Share
  • whidbeyite2002whidbeyite2002 196 replies1 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    I lived in the Boston area for 10 years up until the late ‘90s and was there last year for college visits. If you can, I suggest taking the T whenever you can; didn’t try Uber. Are you visiting any other colleges besides BC?
    · Reply · Share
  • bluebayoubluebayou 26695 replies174 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Californian here and almost always drive when in town.

    I mostly stay at the Boston Marriott-Newton which (used to?) have a great BC rate. But its a few miles outside of Campus -- straight shot down Commonwealth Ave.

    · Reply · Share
  • dtrain1027dtrain1027 152 replies0 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Driving around Boston is manageable, especially if you are used to SF driving. Parking is expensive though. For BC visit, there is an AC Marriott property at Cleveland Circle, within 1/2 mile of campus. There is also a Courtyard Marriott at Coolidge Corner in Brookline Village , about a 5-7 minute drive from campus. Easy T access to Back Bay Area from both of these hotels.
    · Reply · Share
  • phxcactusphxcactus 69 replies4 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Thanks for all of your replies. @aunt bea sorry thought I was posting in the BC forum? We are only touring BC; she is not considering any other schools in the area. We are flying in on a Sunday night, touring Monday, and heading out to Philadelphia right after (have not decided if that will be Monday or Tuesday AM). She wants to go for a second look at Villanova and it makes sense to do that while I am in the general area as we are not driving distance to either school. Was debating renting the car and driving to Philly from Boston, which is why I was leaning toward renting one. (I know, it is a lot of driving and the traffic through NY is likely going to be less than ideal. :) We just did a 1000 mile trip through the midwest looking at schools. I actually love driving, even on boring I-80!)
    @BCBoundMaybe can you tell me a little about the 2 campuses? I looked online at the website and was a little confused.
    · Reply · Share
  • evergreen5evergreen5 1460 replies31 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    For us, it depends on where we are staying. Out in the suburbs (tends to be less expensive), get a car. Staying in the city, no car.
    Anyone know: are there still yellow taxis, maybe down around the T stop? How about Cleveland Circle? Procrastinating on downloading uber (ok. fine. I'll do it.)
    · Reply · Share
  • tulips721tulips721 2 replies0 threadsRegistered User New Member
    If you are only visiting BC and don't care about seeing the boston sights, stay closer to campus and rent a car, easy to drive around there. Ride to Villanova will take 5 hours in best case traffic conditions. Not a bad ride. Leave no later than 7:30 am to miss traffic. Newton Campus is about a mile or so away from main campus, freshman dorms, law school, cafeteria, gym , some fields located over there so definitely worth seeing. have a great trip!
    · Reply · Share
  • T20hopeful2023T20hopeful2023 103 replies0 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    When we visited, we took the T to BC ($2-3) and rented an apartment on South St through Sonder/AirBnB. The 3 bedroom apartment was less than any of the hotels and there's a T stop right across the street (last stop before you get to BC). You can also walk to campus from there. It took just over an hour to get there from the airport.
    · Reply · Share
  • BCBoundMaybeBCBoundMaybe 99 replies6 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    @phxcactus Newton campus is about a 10 minute bus ride or 25 minute walk from the main campus. It’s where the majority of freshmen end up getting their dorms. They also have a small gym, a dining hall, a soccer field, the law school and law school library. It’s fine because it’s the norm for freshman, but I’m looking forward to not dealing with the bus. It’s a great school and the campus is beautiful. I can’t wait to get back there in August.
    · Reply · Share
  • privatebankerprivatebanker 5191 replies74 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    @BCBoundMaybe I agree with definitely visiting the Newton Frosh/Law school campus. However according to BC 60 percent of freshman are assigned housing on Upper and 40 percent in the guaranteed doubles in Newton. Has this changed as they had some over enrollment a few years ago?
    · Reply · Share
  • phxcactusphxcactus 69 replies4 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    @BCBoundMaybe thank you so much! That was just what she wanted to know. Appreciate you taking the time to respond. :)
    · Reply · Share
  • bluebayoubluebayou 26695 replies174 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Newton campus is about a 10 minute bus ride or 25 minute walk from the main campus. It’s where the majority of freshmen end up getting their dorms.

    Not quite, only 40% of Frosh live on Newton campus. PrivateBanker is correct.
    About 850 first-year students (40%) live within six residence halls on the Newton Campus, while 1,300 first-year students (60%) live within 13 residence halls on Upper Campus.

    https://www.bc.edu/offices/reslife/lifeinhalls/housing-assignments/firstyearinfo.html
    · Reply · Share
  • phxcactusphxcactus 69 replies4 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    Thank you @bluebayou . Appreciate the info! My DD has distinct likes/dislikes about campus life and this info has been so helpful for her. Thanks again to everyone who has provided info. I appreciate you all taking the time to respond, especially since making trips out east is quite the haul for us!
    · Reply · Share
  • bluebayoubluebayou 26695 replies174 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    edited July 11
    ^^happy to help. My D had a fabulous time at BC, and I like to pay it forward. (I'm a big BC & Jesuit education fanboy, so would recommend over 'Nova. That being said, outside of a dozen Presidential's, BC only offers need-based aid, while 'Nova does offer merit aid to manyso it can be less out-of-pocket for many middle class folks.)
    edited July 11
    · Reply · Share
  • phxcactusphxcactus 69 replies4 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    @bluebayou honestly so are we. I am a Creighton alum and we have a junior at Villanova. The merit aid there is nothing to brag about, let me tell you from experience! That is one thing I wish was better, especially since we are looking at having these kiddos overlap by a year. ;)
    · Reply · Share
Sign In or Register to comment.

Recent Activity