Getting Around Cambridge

Getting Around Cambridge

Our urban campus is easily reached by public transportation. Here you'll find everything you need to know about getting around Lesley and the City of Cambridge. 

Public Transportation

Public transportation is very accessible at Lesley University. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA, or the “T”) is the public transit system (subways, buses, trains, and boats) in the state. The closest stations are Porter Square and Harvard Square, both on the Red Line. There are also a number of bus routes that are convenient to campus.

If you have questions or need additional information about public transportation support offered by Lesley, contact Abeeda Husain at ahusain@lesley.edu or call 617.349.8534 or 617.349.8530.

MBTA Discounted Semester T Pass

If you're a Lesley student, discounts for MBTA passes are available. With the MBTA Semester Pass, you can get 11 percent off the monthly fare and unlimited rides for four months on the pass type you choose, such as bus, link (bus/subway), express bus, commuter rail, and boat.

You can purchase your Semester T Pass for the Fall and Spring Semesters through the university. Contact the Dean of Student Life and Academic Development Office at 617.349.8530. You'll need to prepay for the entire semester with your order. Typically, you will need to order by the end of July for the fall or the end of November for spring. Order dates are set by the MBTA and they do not accept late orders. Once ordered, you can pick up your T-pass from the Dean of Student Life and Academic Office at 11 Mellen Street, 1ST floor, Monday–Friday, 9:00 am–5:00 pm (excluding holidays).

Download the Fall 2017 order form (PDF). You must order by August 4, 2017. 

CharlieCard

A good alternative for traveling by bus or subway is to get a hard, plastic CharlieCard and add a cash value to the card. Values can be added to the card at any MBTA station vending machine or added electronically through the MBTA’s MyCharlieCardAccount, which will also protect the card if it is lost or stolen.

Monthly Passes

Before purchasing a monthly pass, you should consider the frequency and type of public transportation you may need. A monthly pass can be an excellent value, but only if your use of it will be equal to or greater than the monthly fee. Unlike the CharlieCard that can be used any time, monthly passes are valid for one month only.