Getting Around Binghamton

Off Campus College Transport (OCCT) and Broome County (BC) Transit provide transit service to students at no additional cost with the swipe of their University ID, as the transportation fee is included in tuition. OCCT also offers a campus shuttle that continuously loops main campus, stopping at multiple locations. Both bus companies have GPS tracking devices linked to applications that display where the buses are at all times and how far they are from any given stop location. For OCCT service, students can download the free ETA SPOT application to their phones. For Broome County Transit service, students can download the free DoubleMap bus tracking application. For additional schedule information, visit the Transportation and Parking Services (TAPS) website.

The University has partnered with Gotcha Bike, a bike share and technology company, to bring 30 GPS-enabled bikes to campus. These bikes are spread out in four locations on main campus. To ride, students will need to download the free Social Bicycles app to join and reserve. Bikes may be reserved at no charge for two hours a day and for $5 an hour after the two-hour time period.

Binghamton University also offers Zimride by Enterprise. Zimride is a unique way to carpool, using social networks to connect you with others in the Binghamton University community and trusted partners within the Finger Lakes Rideshare, Cornell University and Ithaca College. Students may sign up for Zimride, create a profile and easily find other students to travel with by posting a ride.

Student parking

Students can purchase parking permits online. You will need your BU login id and password to login. A vehicle must be registered with the University before parking on campus or it must be parked in a paid space. To register your vehicle and purchase a permit, log into your account and follow the instructions.

First-year resident, non-transfer, matriculated students who have completed less than 24 academic credits at Binghamton University are not permitted to register or park a vehicle on campus including in the parking garage, Visitor Paid Lot or at parking meters. First-year students 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 first-year students who park a car on campus without permission from TAPS and upperclassmen who purchase a parking permit for a resident first-year student will be fined and/or face campus judicial action.

TAPS uses License Plate Recognition (LPR), which eliminates the need for parking decals. LPR is a plate-recognition technology that virtually associates Binghamton University parking permits to a license plate without a decal or hangtag. Once a virtual permit is purchased online, a confirmation will be emailed and the permit is active.

Vehicle information can be updated from an online account at any time. Multiple vehicles can be added to a virtual permit from an online account, but only one vehicle associated with a virtual permit may be on campus at a time.

Residents must park in a 24-hour lot and commuters can park in a commuter lot or a 24-hour lot. View the campus map to navigate the correct parking lot for your permit type. The campus shuttle stops in parking lots to allow you to park and get a ride closer to your destination.

For a full list of parking rules and regulations, visit the TAPS website

Parking Operations: Couper Administration Building - Ground Floor (AD-G9)
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m., Monday–Friday
Phone: 607-777-2279
Fax: 607-777-4646

Information Booth: Bartle Drive
Office hours: 8 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday–Friday
Phone: 607-777-2986

Visitor parking

When visitors are on campus from 7 a.m. Monday through 4 p.m. Friday, parking is available by utilizing a paid parking space or purchasing a temporary permit. Guests can purchase parking permits online once they create a guest account. Paid parking spaces are also available in the parking garage, Paid Visitor’s Lot and metered parking throughout campus. View the campus map for paid parking locations.

On the weekends from 4 p.m. Friday until 7 a.m. Monday, no parking permit is needed to park in a valid parking space. Paid spaces and all other parking rules and regulations are still in effect, including permit designation and overnight parking rules.

Traveling to and from Binghamton

Binghamton is 50 miles from Ithaca, 72 miles from Syracuse and about 200 miles from both New York City 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 Delta Air Lines daily, and there is regular bus service from New York City and Albany. The Greater Binghamton Transportation Center and Escape Bus Co., the student run bus charter company, offer easy ways to travel home for a long weekend or break.