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Getting Around Binghamton University

Binghamton is 50 miles from Ithaca, 72 miles from Syracuse and about 200 miles from both New York and Philadelphia. The campus is easily reached from Route 17 to Route 201. U.S. Routes 81 and 88 intersect with Route 17 in Binghamton. The Greater Binghamton Airport is served by several flights daily, and there is regular bus service from New York and Albany.

The University Information Booth located on Bartle Drive at the University’s main entrance is staffed from 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Fridays. (Summer hours are from 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.) Visitors are encouraged to stop at the booth to receive a campus map and other information and to purchase parking permits.

The campus is divided into east and west sections. Signage throughout the campus makes clear which direction you are going. Signs along the main circumferential drive list groups of buildings and highlight the nearest parking lot. Individual buildings are clearly identified with large green-and-white signs.

Some Key Campus Numbers

  • Campus switchboard - 607-777-2000
  • Admissions (undergraduate) - 607-777-2171
  • Admissions (graduate) - 607-777-2151
  • Auxiliary Services - 607-777-2883
  • University Communications and Marketing - 607-777-2174
  • Arts line - 607-777-ARTS (2787)
  • Library hours - 607-777-2800
  • Recreation information - 607-777-PLAY (7529)
  • BU Alert Line - 607-777-7700
  • Zip code - 13902-6000


Visitors to campus Monday through Friday (including holidays) may purchase a daily parking permit or park at the parking garage, Visitor Paid Lot or at a parking meter. Daily parking permits for the surface lots are available for $6 per day. Parking in surface lots from 4 p.m. Friday until 7 a.m. Monday is free.

Parking permits may be purchased at the Information Booth at the main entrance to the University and also at the Parking Services Office, room G-9 of the Couper Administration Building, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, or at the New York State University Police, room G-35 of the Couper Administration Building, 24 hours daily when Parking Services is closed.

Hourly parking is available at the Visitor Paid Lot across from Bartle Library and in the parking garage behind the Couper Administration Building. Rates are $1 per hour with a maximum rate of $6 per day.

Parking meters are located at the Administration Circle (Lot A and the AD Circle), Anderson Center (Lot C), Clearview Hall (Lot Z), East Gym (Lot E), Events Center (Lot F), Library Tower (Lot LT), McGuire Building (Lot F2), tennis courts (Lot H), ITC (Lot J), the Nature Preserve (Lot M0), Academic A (Lot M5), Mohawk Hall (Lot Q2), Decker Student Health Services Center (Lot V) and the West Gym (Lot G). Meters are enforced 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If meters are located in a Commuter Lot, no parking is allowed from midnight to 5 a.m.

All students are required to register their vehicles with the Parking Services Office and purchase a parking permit at the time of academic registration or within 48 hours of acquiring the vehicle.

Freshmen (first-year resident, non-transfer, matriculated freshman who has completed less than 24 academic credits at BU) residing in University residence halls are not permitted to register or park a vehicle on campus including in the parking garage, Visitor Paid Lot or at parking meters. Freshmen who reside off campus may register a vehicle on campus and purchase a parking permit. (College credits earned while in high school are not accepted when determining parking eligibility.)

Resident freshmen who park a car on campus without permission from the Parking Services Office and upperclassmen who purchase a parking permit for a resident freshman (or attempt to do so) will be fined and/or face campus judicial action.

Last Updated: 3/16/16