Parents of Grad Students
Congratulations on your son/daughter getting into a Graduate/Professional degree program at Boston College!
We hope you are able to visit campus. Here is a list of resources that we hope is helpful anytime you are planning a trip to Boston College:
- Campus Tours:
Your son/daughter can sign up here. You will also find helpful parking and direction information for you on this site.
- Talk to someone from your son/daughter’s program by finding their information on their individual program website.
*Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
*Lynch School of Education
*BC Law School
*Carroll Graduate School of Management
*Connell School of Nursing
*Graduate School of Social Work
*School of Theology and Ministry
*Woods College of Advancing Studies
- Accommodations for your trip:
Visit the Local Area Information website: http://www.bc.edu/content/bc/offices/reslife/offcampus/areainfo.html
- Getting around Boston:
o The “T”: You can take the subway system, which we call the “T”, run by the MBTA. Visit the MBTA website for routes, schedule information, and route planner: http://mbta.com/. You can get to BC by taking the green “B” line to the BC stop, which is right outside our main gates. You can also take the C line and get off at Cleveland Circle, or the D line to Reservoir, and take the shuttle to main campus.
o BC’s free Shuttle Bus: Click here for information about the BC shuttle bus, and for the downloadable app (transloc) for your cell phone, which will show you the shuttle stop locations as well as a tracking system for you to locate the shuttle bus in live time. To get to the main campus, take the Comm Ave bus. To get to the Law School, take the Newton Eagle Direct bus, and to get to the School of Theology and Ministry, take the Brighton shuttle.
o Visit the parking transportation page to learn about parking on campus and if you need special assistance.
- General trip tips:
o Taxis charge an airport fee and it can cost about $40-$60 to get to the BC area.
o Check the weather as Boston weather can change from day to day (and hour to hour). We could have warm weather one day and the next day it will be hailing.
o BC campus is on 3 tiers along a hill. We have upper, middle and lower campus so wear comfortable clothes and shoes to walk around our campus.
- Safety in the city:
o Visit the Boston College Police Department’s website. Students living off campus can still utilize their services, but make sure she has important phone numbers saved in her cell phone as a safety precaution. BC takes safety very serious and we empower our students to make sure they take precautions to keep themselves and our community safe.
- Off-Campus Housing:
o If your son/daughter is interested in looking for a roommate, start by contacting their program’s coordinator to talk about what other students have done in the past.
o Have a conversation with your son/daughter to discuss what they are looking for in a roommate, and encourage them to reach out to other incoming or current students, particularly those in their program.
- The Office of Graduate Student Life is here as a resource to your son/daughter. We host a great orientation program, which will be held on August 30, 2012. Please encourage your son/daughter to attend, and have them contact our office if they need anything during their tenure at Boston College.
Again, welcome to the Boston College community. We hope your son/daughter chooses a program that will give her the best experience.
All the best,
The Office of Graduate Student Life (GSL)