Arrival in Boston
Boston has long been a thriving arts capital; a city filled with creativity, art-making, learning and community involvement. We believe that this is beginning of a very special opportunity for you to live and study in one of the oldest and most exciting cities in the US. Congratulations on your arrival and for having the courage to embark on this adventure.
Logan International Airport is located less than seven miles from MassArt. After you clear U.S. Immigration and Customs and collect your luggage, you should follow the airport signs for "Ground Transportation" and/or "Taxis."
Taxis from the airport
The taxi stand is located just outside of the airport and you should proceed to the designated waiting area to board the taxi. Caution: if anyone tries to approach you and offer you a ride from inside the airport, do not accept. This is not an official taxi company and this person may be unsafe. If you need any assistance in finding the taxi stand, you can ask a uniformed airport worker or someone at the information desk.
The cost to travel from the airport to MassArt by taxi can range from $20-$40 depending on traffic. There will likely be an added cost of $5-$10 for tunnel tolls. Make sure you bring enough cash to cover the cost plus tip. It is typical to tip a taxi driver 10-15% of the total fare. There are ATMs (Automated Teller Machines which dispense money) and currency exchange kiosks located at Logan Airport. Some (but not all) taxis are able to accept payment by credit card.
Make sure you have the exact address of where you are going ready to give to the taxi driver and do not assume that they will know where you are going. It is also useful to have one or two landmarks that you can give the driver as a way to explain where you need to go. For example, if you are going directly to MassArt, you can tell them that you are going to "621 Huntington Avenue in Boston, near the Museum of Fine Arts and the Longwood Medical Area".
Public transportation from the airport
It is possible to get from the airport to the city center using public transportation. Although this is an inexpensive option, it does take longer and involves navigating a new system when you may be feeling jet-lagged and fatigued. It can also be extremely difficult to use public transportation if you have heavy luggage because you will need to be able to carry it up and down stairs.
Arrival at MassArt
If you will be living in a MassArt resident hall, please follow the arrival instructions provided in your Housing packet. The instructions include important information regarding check-in times and procedures. Once you arrive in the residence halls, you will meet your Residence/Community Advisor (RA or CA) who will help you settle into your on-campus housing.
Whether you will be living in MassArt Housing or finding your own off-campus accommodations, you will probably want to know where to buy groceries, bed sheets and other linens, and other immediate necessities for your room and apartment.