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Arriving at Boston College

Please visit the BC Summer Program Facebook page to see who is arriving at the same time as you and arrange carpools to Campus. 

From the Airport and Directions

Boston College is located at 140 Commonwealth Avenue, Chestnut Hill, MA and you should be sure to use this address for navigation (if you enter Boston some GPS applications will lead you to downtown Boston). Reference the Maps & Directions site for more detailed information.  Our campus is accessible by public transportation but we recommend students use a taxi or other car service to get to campus if flying in to Boston Logan Airport.  Boston College is approximately 20 minutes from the Boston Logan Airport by car.

We are unable to provide transportation from the airport for students. Logan International is very close to the city, about a 20 minute taxi ride to the Chestnut Hill Campus.

See also our "Orientation and Program Information" page.

In previous years, through the use of social media, students have arranged their own carpools. Please be sure to like our Facebook Page to stay connected.

When you arrive at Boston College, please report to the Summer Welcome Center to check in. BE SURE TO CHECK THE HOURS OF THE CENTER!

Move In Dates

Saturday, June 23: Between 8:00 am and 2:00 pm for residential students all programs but NECIR.

Saturday, June 30: Between 8:00 am and 2:00 pm for NECIR students

Move Out Dates 

Friday, July 6, 2018, by 5PM: Forensic Discovery: If necessary, students may request an extension to move out by 11am on Saturday, July 7, 2017.

Friday July 13, 2018 by 5PM: Business & Leadership, Psychology, Creative Writing, Digital Communities, NECIR. If necessary, students may request an extension to move out by 11am on Saturday, July 14, 2017

Friday, August 3, 2018 by 5pm: Honors and Math Experience.  If necessary, students may request an extension to move out by 11am on Saturday, August 4, 2017.

Dorm Assignments - students will be housed in double and triple occupancy, same-sex rooms on same sex floors. Specific dorm assignments will be made in the Spring. Rooming assignments will be made by the program and provided upon check in. Information on the Boston College dorms may be found here

The Boston College Experience is unable to recieve packages for students in advance of move-in day.

What to Bring

Each dorm room is equipped with an extra-long twin sized bed, closet/wardrobe, dresser, desk, and desk chair for each student. The following is a list of recommended items to bring this summer:

  • Clothing: Shorts, T-shirts, pants, etc.
  • Proper attire for laboratory-based classes (if applicable)
  • One set of 'dress-up' clothes (dress is almost always informal, but you'll want to be ready if a special occasion occurs)
  • Sheets for your twin, extra-long size bed (36 by 80 inches, approximately 6 inches thick.)
  • Pillow
  • A bedspread or comforter
  • You may also wish to bring a mattress cover or pad (foam pads are not allowed)
  • Sunscreen
  • Bathrobe
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Umbrella/raincoat
  • Towels and face cloths
  • Alarm clock
  • Desk lamp (Halogen lamps are not permitted in the residence halls)
  • Clothes hangers
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Laundry bag and detergent
  • Toothbrush, toiletries, soap
  • Fans - Students driving to campus are strongly encouraged to bring a fan since the residence hall bedrooms are not air-conditioned. We will take students to local stores to purchase inexpensive fans

Summer in Boston can be unpredictable. Student bedrooms are not air-conditioned and will be warm. Classrooms are air-conditioned and may be cool. Generally, the dress for most activities is casual. Students may want to bring one business casual outfit for special outings or events. Good walking shoes are important! You may also want to bring a bathing suit and exercise clothes as students have use of the athletic facilities on campus. 

Housing and Meals

For the Summer of 2017, students will be housed in Welch Hall on the mail cmpus. The residence halls have various lounges for studying and socializing, and the halls will provide students with an experience similar to what many first-year students experience.  Roommates assigned randomly by the Boston College Experience Program. You may learn more about housing on the Residence Life website.

Breakfast, lunch, brunch and dinner are provided in the McElroy Dining Halls, Carney's Dining Room and Eagles Nest, and in the Hillside Cafe, located in Maloney Hall. All dining facilities provide a wide variety of a la carte selections to suit individual needs. For more detailed descriptions of these dining halls, their hours, and their food offerings, visit the homepage for BC Dining.