Visitor Parking

Visitor parking is available in the University's two central garages–the Commonwealth Avenue Garage and the Beacon Street Garage. Upon entry to the garage, all visitors must take a ticket. A paid or validated ticket is required to exit the garage.

 

Garage Parking Rates
 

Duration Cost
0–20 minutes $0.00
20–60 minutes $6
1–2 hours $12
2–3 hours $18
3–4 hours $24
4–7 hours $28
Daily max. $28
Weekend * $10 per every 12 hours

* Weekends begin on Fridays at 5 p.m. and end Sunday at 11 p.m. No permit is needed to park over the weekend. All vehicles must exit the garage by 11 p.m. Sunday night. Vehicles left in the garage after that time are subject to ticketing/towing. Excludes football gamedays - BC or Athletics permit required.

**New charges begin at 6:00 a.m.

Please note: No overnight visitor parking in either garage on weekdays from August 29, 2022, through May 5, 2023.

General Policies and Procedures

  • Visitor Parking is only available in the garages.
  • No overnight visitor parking in either garage on weekdays from August 29, 2022 through May 5, 2023.
  • Weekend parking costs are $10.00 per every 12 hours. No permit is required.  All vehicles must exit the garage by 11:00 p.m. Sunday night.  Vehicles left in the garage after that time are subject to ticketing/towing.
  • All employees must have a valid permit and prox card/EZ pass in order to enter and exit. Failure to have either will result in the employee having to pay visitor rates in the garage.  
  • Volunteers, vendors, and contractors with approved G parking privileges must have a valid permit and transponder to enter and exit.
     

Visitor Parking Locations and Information

Commonwealth Avenue Garage
Levels 2 - 6 (white-lined spaces only)

Beacon Street Garage
Levels 1 - 3 (white-lined spaces only)

No other visitor parking locations are allowed without specific authorization.

Upon entry to the garage, all visitors must take a ticket. A paid or validated ticket is required to exit the garage. No other visitor parking locations are allowed without specific authorization.

Garage Exit Process
 

Pay station locations and payment options

Beacon Street Garage: 2nd floor next to the exit. Payment may also be made by credit card only at the exits. 

Commonwealth Avenue Garage: 1st-floor elevator lobby. Payment may also be made by credit card only at the exits.

Payment may be made with cash, Visa, MasterCard, or American Express. Once payment is made, the pay station will validate the ticket to be used at the exit gate. If paying at the exit gate reciept will be printed and gate arms will lift. 

Validated Ticket Holders

Guests who have received a validated ticket from a department or had their ticket validated do not have to go to the pay station.

Please proceed directly to the exit scan the original ticket followed by the validated ticket at the exit column.
 

University Validated Guest Parking

University Validated Guest Passes are distributed for departmental use. These passes are limited in number and should be used accordingly. No additional passes will be issued during the year.

 

 

On-Site Security and Assistance
 

Both garages have security cameras at exit points that are not routinely monitored. In the event of an emergency, there is a call button located on the exit ticket column that connects to the BCPD Communications Center along with several blue light phones located throughout both garages for emergencies that connect to the BCPD Communications Center.

Weekend parking costs $10.00 per 12 hours from 6:00 p.m. Friday up to 11:00 p.m. Sunday, with new charges starting at 6:00 a.m. No permit is required. All vehicles must exit the garage by 11:00 p.m. Sunday.

 

Special Meetings or Events
 

For assistance in planning special meetings or events, contact transportation@bc.edu.

Student Visitor Parking
 

Due to space limitations, Boston College does not have parking available to provide for visitors of students during the week.

A "visitor" is defined as anyone who is NOT a full- or part-time student, faculty, or staff member. Undergraduate students living on campus or within one mile of public transportation and resident students are not eligible for permits and are not eligible to park as visitors on campus.

Transportation and Parking recommends using our website to look at parking areas nearby that are safe and secure. Rates and distance from campus vary, but we encourage you to utilize them and not park on city streets in the interest of being a good neighbor.
 

Options for off-campus visitor parking


Weekend Visitor Parking

Overnight visitor parking allowed in the garages without a permit only on the weekends from Friday at 6:00 p.m. until Sunday at 11:00 p.m. Excludes football gamedays. No overnight visitor parking in either garage on weekdays during the academic year from August 29, 2022 through May 5, 2023..

Vendor/Contractor Parking
 

All vendors/contractors must have a parking permit to park on campus. Vendors/contractors are responsible for immediate payment of all tickets. Department funds cannot be used to pay ticket fines.

Failure to adhere to Boston College permit and parking rules and regulations will result in loss of all on-campus parking privileges and cancellation of permit.

Lost or stolen permits must be reported to the Transportation and Parking Office and BCPD. Replacement cost is equal to face value of permit.

Vendors/Contractors Frequently on Campus

Vendors who are frequently on campus will be issued a GVC (Vendor/Contractor) permit. This permit will apply to consultants as well as engineers, architects, service/maintenance providers, sales representatives, etc.

Permits are available for $100 a month. This is required for Newton, Lower, and Brighton campus parking areas. Based on some project needs, vendor/contractors will be restricted to specific parking areas. Main Gate Middle Campus access is restricted and parking must be prearranged as needed through Transportation and Parking.

Vendors/Contractors—One-Time Site Evaluation or Walk-Through

Department will direct vendor/contractors (includes consultants, engineers, architects, etc.) to visitor parking. If Main Gate access is required, they must contact the Transportation and Parking office via transportation@bc.edu. Information needed includes dates, first and last name, location, and Department contact person.

Drop-Off Deliveries in Clearly Marked Company Vehicle 

Driver is to be instructed to check in with gate attendant. Parking is permitted for up to one hour only in service/delivery area. If a delivery or service call requires more than one hour to complete, the Transportation and Parking Office must be contacted via transportation@bc.edu to prevent ticketing and/or towing.

GPS Directions
 

Main Gate
140 Commonwealth Ave, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Beacon Street Garage
156 Beacon Street, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Commonwealth Avenue Garage
40 St. Thomas More Rd, Boston, MA 02135