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Directions to the Sociology Department

McGuinn Hall Building

Department of Sociology
426 McGuinn Hall
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts 02467-3807


Phone: 617-552-4130
Fax: 617-552-4283
Departmental email:


Directions to Chestnut Hill campus

Directions to Sociology department


BC Approach Map*


The main campus of Boston College (the Chestnut Hill campus) is located at the border of Chestnut Hill and Newton. It is approximately six miles west of Boston.

From points North and South

Take Interstate 95 (Route 128) to Exit 24 (Route 30). Proceed east on Route 30, also known as Commonwealth Avenue, and follow for about five miles to BC. Take a right immediately after St. Ignatius Church and follow it to Beacon Street. At Beacon Street, take a right and then take the next right to the Beacon Street parking garage. The upper and lower floors in the parking garage are for visitors.

From points West

Take the Massachusetts Turnpike (Route 90) to Exit 17. At the first set of lights after the exit ramp, take a right onto Centre Street. Follow Centre Street to the fourth set of lights, and turn left onto Commonwealth Avenue. Follow Commonwealth Avenue 1-1/2 miles to Boston College.

From downtown Boston

Take the Massachusetts Turnpike (Route 90) to Exit 17. Take a left over the bridge after passing the Sheraton Tara Hotel. Take the first right onto Centre Street. Follow above directions from Centre Street.

Public transportation

The Boston College branch of the MBTA's "Green Line" (B) ends at the Boston-Newton boundary on Commonwealth Avenue. Cross the street and walk past St. Ignatius Church and follow the perimeter road around to the campus entrances.

Campus Map- McGuinn Highlighted*


Directions to Sociology department

From the Beacon Street Garage

For parking fees see BC Transportation.

Enter the campus on the road beside St. Ignatius Church. Follow this road all the way to Beacon (where it will end) and make a right. Take your first right into the visitor's parking garage, and park on one of the top two floors. The dotted line on the map shows the way to the garage. 

To get to the Sociology Department, head down to level 2, which is the level of the Beacon Street entrance. Exit, turn right, and walk beside the stadium (it'll be on your right side). When you see the driveway circle around, bear to the left and take the stairs and the walkway up past Campion building (the School of Education, on your left). The pathway will dead end into a cross road; McGuinn is directly on the other side of the road. The Sociology Department is on the 4th floor. Handicap access is in the back of the building.

From Commonwealth Avenue

Go past St. Ignatius and make a right onto the campus. Walk to the Commonwealth Avenue parking garage, a seven story parking structure on your right. Take the elevator to the 7th floor, walk through the parking area, and take a left on the first pathway you reach. Follow it until you reach McGuinn Hall, which will be the last building on your right before exiting the campus to Beacon Street. The Sociology Department is on the 4th floor, and the main office is directly to your right after getting off the elevator.

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