Travel & Lodging

WCBCT 2010 Boston | World Congress of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies

Experience the World of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies in Boston June 2-5, 2010

Translating Science into Practice

Travel & Lodging

Please note: Congress delegates may sign up for BU housing options on the registration website at https://www.yesevents.com/wcbct

Boston University – bed and breakfast:

Boston University offers very attractive and modestly priced campus housing located in two modern high rise buildings within the Student Village complex with views of the Charles River and the City of Boston. Their location at the west end of the campus is the most convenient to the Congress activities.

10 Buick Street:

Opened in the fall of 2000, 10 Buick Street is an air-conditioned, apartment-style residence. Each unit has four single-occupancy bedrooms, two bathrooms, a small kitchen and a living area. The bedrooms are furnished with a twin bed, desk, dresser and alarm clock. Kitchens are equipped with a refrigerator, sink, stove, and microwave oven, but kitchen supplies or utensils are not provided. Living areas are set comfortably with a sofa and chairs along with a dinette set. See floor plan below for a typical apartment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

33 Agganis Way (Apartment-Style):

Opened in the fall of 2009, 33 Agganis Way is an air-conditioned, apartment-style residence. Each unit has four single-occupancy bedrooms, one bathroom, a small kitchen and a living area.  The bedrooms are furnished with a twin bed, desk and dresser. Kitchens are equipped with a refrigerator, sink, stove, and microwave oven, but kitchen supplies or utensils are not provided. Living areas are set comfortably with a sofa and chairs along with a dinette set. See floor plan below for a typical apartment.

 

33 Agganis Way (Suite-Style):

Opened in the fall of 2009, 33 Agganis Way is an air-conditioned, suite-style residence. Each suite has four single-occupancy bedrooms, two double-occupancy bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a living area. The bedrooms are furnished with a twin bed, desk and dresser. Living areas are set comfortably with a sofa and chairs along with a dinette set. See floor plan below for a typical suite.

 

General Information:

Cost:  It is $72 per person per night for lodging and breakfast. There are limited double occupancy rooms in the suite-style accommodations at 33 Agganis Way. All registered guests will be assigned a BUID card at check-in; only registered guests will be able to gain access to the residence halls.

Building and Roommate Assignments:  Building assignments will be made on a first come first served basis.  If guests are traveling together, please indicate the names of guests that need to be in the same apartment or suite.  If no one is listed, guests will be placed in apartments or suites based on gender.  Only guests who are traveling together will be allowed to request a double occupancy room.

Breakfast: Guests will have a full breakfast provided in the attractive Student Village dining room from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. each morning.

Check In: The Events & Conferences Front Desk Staff is available to assist guests with checking in to the residence on their designated arrival date beginning at 3:00pm. Guests must check out prior to 11:00am on their designated departure date. The Front Desk Staff is also available on a daily basis to assist guests with both campus and general information from 6:00am to 12:00am.

The Buick Street Market & Café:  It is located on the ground floor, stocks convenience food items including whole meal solutions, organic and natural options, and a grab ‘n’ go section, and features a Dunkin’ Donuts, Charles River Bread Company for gourmet sandwiches, and Loose Leafs for tossed-to-order salads. Availability of items and outlets subject to change and have not been determined for summer 2010.

Common Areas:  The residences have several common areas that can be reserved by guests staying in the building.  Please contact the World Congress Housing Office for more information.

Amenities:  Bed and bath linens are provided as well as basic amenities including soap, shampoo, bathmat, and bottled water. Instructions will be provided for guests who wish to obtain additional amenities or exchange bath linens. Laundry facilities and vending machines are also available in the building. Daily maid service, televisions and telephones are not provided.

Parking on the Boston University Campus:  Parking will be available from Wednesday June 2 through Saturday June 5. The day rate is $8.00 per vehicle per day. For those staying in BU housing, overnight parking is available at the Agannis Arena lot for $16.00 (U.S.) per night, payable on entry.

Handicapped Accessibility:  All of the residences are handicapped accessible. However, there are only a limited number of suites per building with handicapped accommodations, such as bathrooms.  Please make sure guests mention any special needs when reserving a room.

Internet:  Internet access is available but not guaranteed in the residence halls. Guests should bring their own laptop computers and Ethernet cords.  They will be given a log in and password at check-in.

Housing Confirmation:  The World Congress Conference Housing Office will provide guests with a room reservation receipt via email within seven days of registration.

Housing Registration Deadline:  The deadline to register for campus housing is May 10, 2010.

Housing Cancellation Deadline:  The deadline to cancel campus housing is May 20, 2010.

For questions about on-campus student housing please e-mail Denise Egan-Stack at egan-stack@ocd.mclean.org.

local hotel options

Hyatt Regency Hotel -https://resweb.passkey.com/go/58856fa4
The Hyatt Regency Cambridge is a 4-star hotel located a 15-minute walk across the Charles River from Boston University, and offers spectacular views of Boston.  The room rate is $239 per night.

Boston Park Plaza Hotel – http://www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/wcb0531
Located in the heart of historic Back Bay, The Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers is one of Boston’s most recognized and renowned landmarks. The Hotel is a 15-minute cab or subway ride to Boston University.  The room rate is $179 per night.

Keep fit during your stay in Boston!

Boston University’s Fitness and Recreation Center is located in the Student Village complex and is just steps away from the residence halls. This 270,000 square foot facility features cardiovascular and weight equipment, two pools, a 35-foot high climbing wall, indoor elevated jogging track, a dance theater, seven multi-sport gyms, and courts for racquetball and squash. The facility also includes male and female locker rooms, a juice bar, and amenities such as towel service and equipment check-out. Memberships are available at special rates for conference guests, starting at $10/pp/day. Guests staying in the residence halls can purchase individual daily and/or weekly passes at the Center simply by showing their BU ID card, which will be given out at check-in. Information about this process will be available at the Front Desk in each residence.

Visa (Entering the USA)

Participants requiring an entrance visa to the USA should contact the USA consulate at their home country at least three months prior to the intended travel period. Please check the website for updates.

Letters of Invitation

Individuals requiring an official letter of invitation to assist them in obtaining authorization to attend the conference and/or a visa should request a letter from Patty Frasso at Boston University (pfrasso@bu.edu). The invitation letter does not obligate the conference financially in any way. Expenses incurred are the sole responsibility of the participant.

Air Travel

Boston’s major airport, Logan International (BOS), is readily accessible from most cities in the world and many U.S., Canadian and European attendees can fly non-stop to Boston. Direct connections are available to many cities in Europe, Central and South American and Asia. Logan has five terminals lettered A through E. A free airport shuttle runs between the terminals. Most international flights arrive at Terminal E. A Visitor Center in Terminal C offers tourist information. Logan Airport is across the harbor from downtown Boston and about 2 miles from the city center and 3 miles from the Congress site at Boston University. Transportation to and from the airport is readily available by taxi or public transportation (MBTA, known locally as “the T”). Taxis can be found outside each terminal, and are often the most comfortable and convenient way to get to and from the airport. The journey from the airport to the city takes about 20 minutes, depending on the traffic, and costs about $20 to $30. Subway access to the conference at Boston University requires two changes and approximately 35-40 minutes; it costs $2 one way.

Directions from Logan airport to conference housing sites:

Logan to BU housing at 33 Agganis Way:

By public transportation: Take the airport shuttle to the MBTA Blue Line station.  Take the Blue Line in the inbound direction to Government Center.  At Government Center, change to the “B” branch of the Green Line (Westbound toward Boston College).  Take the Green Line to the Pleasant Street stop.  Walk North on Agganis Way to the high-rise building at 33 Agganis Way.

By car: Merge onto Interstate 90 West/Massachusetts Turnpike.  Take Exit 20 toward Brighton/Cambridge and take the ramp towards Cambridge/Somerville.  Merge onto Cambridge Street, following the signs for Storrow Drive.  Turn right on Soldier’s Field Road and drive for about 1 mile (Soldier’s Field Road will become Storrow Drive).  Take the ramp towards Boston University, and take the right fork onto University Road.  Take the first right at Commonwealth Avenue.  Drive for two blocks before turning right on Agganis Way.  33 Agganis Way will be on your right.

Logan to BU housing at 10 Buick Street:

By public transportation: Take the airport shuttle to the MBTA Blue Line station.  Take the Blue Line in the inbound direction to Government Center.  At Government Center, change to the “B” branch of the Green Line (Westbound toward Boston College).  Take the Green Line to the St. Paul Street stop.  Walk North on Buick Street for one block to arrive at 10 Buick Street.

By car: Merge onto Interstate 90 West/Massachusetts Turnpike.  Take Exit 20 toward Brighton/Cambridge and take the ramp towards Cambridge/Somerville.  Merge onto Cambridge Street, following the signs for Storrow Drive.  Turn right on Soldier’s Field Road and drive for about 1 mile (Soldier’s Field Road will become Storrow Drive).  Take the ramp towards Boston University, and take the right fork onto University Road.  Take the first right at Commonwealth Avenue.  Drive for one block before turning right on Buick Street.  10 Buick Street will be on your left.

Logan to Park Plaza Hotel:

By public transportation: Take the airport shuttle to the MBTA Blue Line station.  Take the Blue Line in the inbound direction to Government Center.  At Government Center, change to the Green Line Westbound (B, C, D, or E branch).  Take the Green Line to Arlington Station.  Walk South on Arlington Street (away from the Boston Common).  The hotel is the second building on the left.

By car: Follow signs to Sumner Tunnel/Boston. Take the ramp onto RT-1A S/William F McClellan Hwy. Merge north onto Interstate 93 and take the Storrow Drive Exit (26). Follow Storrow Drive and exit left at Back Bay/Copley Exit. At lights, take left onto Beacon St, and then take an immediate right onto Arlington St. The hotel is the second building on the left after the park.

Logan to Hyatt Regency Hotel:

By car: Follow signs to the Mass Turnpike: Interstate 90 Boston/Williams Tunnel.  Pay toll upon exiting airport.  You will be heading West on I-90.  From I-90 West, take exit 20 Brighton/Cambridge (pay another toll).  Out of the toll booth, bear right following sign for Cambridge/Somerville exit.  From this exit ramp, stay straight through two lights and cross over the bridge.  Just over the bridge, turn right at the light onto Memorial Drive.  Stay in the left lane.  Continue up/over overpass keeping in left lane.  At the first light on Memorial Drive make a left and then another quick left into the Hyatt front circle.

Local Transportation

Boston has an efficient public transportation system of subway (“T”), buses, local trains and ferries that will take you to the Boston University area, the city center and its surroundings. A single bus or metro ticket costs $2.00 and visitor passes good for one day ($9) or one week ($15) can be purchased. Please refer to theMBTA website for specific route and pricing information.

A free shuttle service between conference buildings is planned during the conference

Boston University is located on the western side of Boston, with a sprawling campus next to the Charles River.  The Green Line MBTA trains (“B” branch) run through the campus, making access to downtown Boston quick and convenient.  To get to the Boston Common or the Boston Public Garden, take the Green Line Inbound to either Park Street Station or Boylston Station.  Explore the shops on Newbury Street by taking the Green Line Inbound to Arlington Station (walk north one block on Arlington Street and turn left on Newbury Street) or to Copley Station (walk north on one block on Dartmouth Street to get to Newbury Street).  The MBTA Trip Planner (http://mbta.com/rider_tools/trip_planner/) can provide directions to other locations via public transportation.

Additional information on Boston:

Check out the About Boston page for further information on the city of Boston.

Or visit:

Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau +1 617 424 7664 www.bostonusa.com

Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism +1 617 973 8525 www.massvacation.com

Time Zone

Boston is on Eastern Daylight/Summer Time (EDT) = Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)-4.

Climate

In the month of June, Boston enjoys a beautiful late spring and early summer weather with temperatures around 64 degrees Fahrenheit (ranging from 14 to 24 Celsius, with an overall average of 17 degrees Celsius).

Currency

All hotels and most restaurants in Boston accept major credit cards. The local currency is the US dollar (USD). 1.00 USD is approximately 0.76 EUR (exchange rates of May 2009). Banks are generally open weekdays 9 AM-4 or 5 PM, plus Saturday 9 AM-noon or 1 PM at some branches. Automatic teller machines (ATMs) can be used to access cash quickly but usually have a surcharge of at least 1.50 USD per withdrawal. Look for ATMs outside banks and in large grocery stores, shopping centers and gas stations. If you are carrying foreign currency, it can be exchanged for USD at Logan International Airport. There is no national sales tax (such as VAT); however there are state and local taxes. Hotel rooms are subject to 12.45% tax, and all sales are subject to a 5% sales tax, except store-purchased food and clothing up to $175.

Cancellation Policies

Registration

If conference registration is canceled on/before May 2, 2010, the price of registration minus a $40 handling fee will be refunded. WCBCT 2010 will not refund cancellations after May 2, 2010.

Hotel

Please check with your specific hotel regarding its cancellation policies.

Disabilities & Accessibility

The New England Information on Disabilities Exchange (INDEX) coordinates the Massachusetts Network of Information Providers for People with Disabilities, which maintains a database of resources for individuals with disabilities.

Massachusetts Network of Information Providers for People with Disabilities www.mnip-net.org

Massachusetts Office on Disability www.state.ma.us/mod

New England Information on Disabilities Exchange www.disabilityinfo.org

PARKING

Overnight ($16 for 24-hours) and day parking ($1/hour up to $8 maximum per day) for World Congress attendees is available at the Agganis Arena lot, located behind and underneath the Arena. To reach this lot while traveling westbound on Commonwealth Avenue, turn right on Buick St., following the curve to reach the lot. To reach the lot while traveling eastbound (heading towards Kenmore Square), take a left onto Harry Agganis Way (directly before the Arena).[DIRECTIONS]