Travel to Boston


Take the Mass Turnpike (I-90) East to Exit 18, Allston/Cambridge. Exit left. Bear right following signs towards Cambridge. Take an immediate right at the Doubletree Suites onto Storrow Drive (second set of lights, but both before crossing bridge). Exit Storrow Drive at the Kenmore exit. Follow Local Directions below.

Take I-93/Route 3 (Southeast Expressway) North to Boston. Exit onto Storrow Drive (Exit 26). Continue on Storrow Drive to the Kenmore exit. Then follow Local Directions below.

Take I-93 or Route 1 South to Boston. Exit onto Storrow Drive (Exit 26). Continue on Storrow Drive to the Kenmore exit. Follow Local Directions below.

At the first set of traffic lights, turn right onto Beacon Street. At this point, the road forks; the right fork is Bay State Road, the left fork will take you into Kenmore Square. Take the left fork. When in Kenmore Square, bear right onto Commonwealth Avenue. At the fourth set of lights take a left onto Saint Mary’s Street. The Photonics Center is on your left, 8 Saint Mary’s Street, and our offices are on the 9th floor.

Follow directions as above but make a U-turn at the fourth set of lights. Take your first right and then turn right again into the Warren Towers garage.
from the parking garage
Exit the parking garage onto Commonwealth Avenue and take a left. Walk 2 blocks up (you are walking away from Kenmore Square). Take a left onto Saint Mary’s Street. You will be entering the building on the second floor. Take the elevator to the ninth floor. The Photonics Center offices are on the left.

Subway: Take the Green line Westbound B train and exit at BU Central (beyond Kenmore Square stop). Walk up St. Mary’s street away from Marsh Plaza one half block. The Photonics Center will be on your left.
Bus: Exit bus #57 at St. Mary’s Street. It runs along Commonwealth Avenue from Kenmore square, Brighton Avenue through Union Square, and Cambridge Street through Brighton Center.

Subway: Outside baggage claim, catch the free shuttle bus to the subway: #22, #33 or #55. Take the Blue line ($2.25) to Government Center and change to B line on the Green line (track is immediately atop the escalator/stairs). Follow From Public Transportation above.
Car: Follow signs to Sumner/Callahan tunnel. After tunnel, turn right onto I-93 N. Follow From Southeast above.

    Getting Around Campus

    The BU campus isn’t very wide but it’s nearly two miles long. That means you’ll get lots of great exercise going to your classes. But when you’re on a tight schedule, you’ll probably want to use some auxiliary form of transportation.

    Here are the ways our students typically get around campus:

  • Bikes and roller blades are perfect in the spring and fall. Heartier souls use them in winter too. You’ll find bike racks all over campus and bike rooms in residences.
  • The Boston University Shuttle (The BUS) runs through and between the Charles River and Medical Campuses. Best of all, it’s free. See schedules and stops.
  • The “T” is Boston’s subway/trolley mass transit system. We have six handy T stops along our campus on Commonwealth Avenue, three of which are even named for us. Check out “A Beginner’s Guide to the T” for more details.
  • Even with all these options, good old feet are still our primary means of transportation. Walking from one end of campus to the other doesn’t take that long, and you’ll probably bump into friends along the way.

  • Getting Home

    It’s easy to get to BU and home again. Logan International Airport is minutes from campus and serves all major carriers. Check out the other means of getting to and from Boston: