Welcome to Boston. It is easy to arrive in and navigate the city. Boston offers an international airport, busy Amtrak train station, and a centrally located South Station Terminal which services several bus lines. New England College of Optometry is located in the Back Bay area of the city and is easily accessible by car and public transportation.
Navigating the City
Boston is an extremely walkable city and easy to travel within. In addition to driving around the city, many students walk, bike, utilize ride share options and taxis, and explore public transit options (buses, trains and commuter rails).
- Cars and Parking
There are many highways and thoroughfares in Boston. Parking is available at meters on the street or in parking garages around the city. Most major car rental companies are located in Boston and reservations can be made directly on their websites. ZipCar, a car sharing service, is also available for those who may only need to drive occasionally. Please note that most incoming students do not bring cars and find that they typically have no need for them. Student parking is not available at the College.
A newly designed wide bike lane on Beacon Street located between the sidewalk and the on street parking, allows bike riders to NECO a safer option for commuting. In addition, Boston has added bike lanes and signage throughout the city. NECO is equipped with a bike rack right outside the front door for adequate storage of your bicycle during your day at school. Bike sharing programs such as Hubway offer bike rentals to get around the city. A Hubway bike dock is located a block away from the College. The city has also added many new bike lanes to make the process much easier for bikers. Learn more about biking in Boston and Bike ride locations.
- Taxis and Ride Shares
Taxis provide a convenient and direct method of transportation to your destination. Taxis can be requested directly by phone, websites, or apps or found at taxi stands around the city. Other taxi alternatives are Uber and Lyft, companies that use an app on smartphones to request rides.
- Boston Public Transit
The MBTA, Boston’s public transit system, also offers subways, buses, and trains, making any area within the city accessible. NECO is accessible by the Hynes Convention Center on the Green subway line, as well as connecting to the Orange and Red subway lines by stops on the #1 and CT1 bus routes.
- Discount T Passes
The city offers reduced fares for students. Students may obtain discounted MBTA transit passes through the Office of Student Services.