Getting Here

How to find your way to campus – and your future.

We care about making education accessible to all. Explore the links below to learn more about driving directions, where to park, our campus shuttle, and more.


From the north: 
I-91 South to Exit 16
Right onto Cherry Street (Route 202)
Left at second light onto Homestead Avenue
Right at entrance to college (flashing yellow light).

From the south: 
I-91 North to Exit 16
Left onto Cherry Street (Route 202)
Left at second light onto Homestead Avenue
Right at entrance to college (flashing yellow light).

From the east: 
Route 90 West to I-91
I-91 North to Exit 16
Left onto Cherry Street (Route 202)
Left at second light onto Homestead Avenue
Right at entrance to college (flashing yellow light).

From the west: 
Route 90 East to I-91
I-91 North to Exit 16
Left onto Cherry Street (Route 202)
Left at second light onto Homestead Avenue
Right at entrance to college (flashing yellow light).

The Pioneer Valley Transit Authority (PVTA) provides bus transportation to HCC from throughout the Pioneer Valley. All HCC students are provided with a bus pass for unlimited PVTA bus service during the fall and spring semesters. Pick up passes at the Student Account Services office in Frost 201. Passes must be used with an HCC student ID card. Lost your pass? You can get a new one for a $7 replacement fee. 

It is important to note that the bus schedule changes between the fall and spring semesters and during the summer. Be sure to check the schedule if you plan to use the bus during these times.

For January 12, 17 & 19 (New Student Orientation)

Arrival @ HCC:  8 a.m., 9 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m.

During the Fall and Spring semesters, while classes are in session and during exam period, service to HCC is available via the following buses:

  • From Springfield, take the Purple 11 bus. *
  • From Westfield, take the Blue 23 bus.
  • From Holyoke, take the Blue 23 bus.
  • From Northampton and Easthampton, take the Red 41 bus.

Summer Service / New Student Orientation

During the summer, only the Blue 23 and Red 41 provide service to HCC on a regular schedule. The Purple 11 runs on a limited schedule only during New Student Orientation. *

January Intersession / New Student Orientation

Only the Blue 23 and Red 41 provide service to HCC on a regular schedule. The Purple 11 runs on a limited schedule only during New Student Orientation. *

* To get to HCC from Springfield when the Purple 11 bus is not running, take the Red 10 to Westfield, then transfer to the Blue 23, or take the Purple 20 or 21 to the Holyoke Transportation Center, then transfer to the Blue 23.


PVTA bus schedules are available online or at the HCC switchboard in the lobby of the Frost Building.

La Guagua Pa'l College Bus

HCC operates La Guagua Pa'l College, a free evening shuttle bus service for students that runs between HCC and city-center Holyoke and surrounding neighborhoods. During fall and spring semesters, the bus runs Monday-Thursday on the half hour when PVTA service ends, starting at 5:00 p.m. and ending at 10:00 p.m. For schedule and route information, click here or pick up a brochure in the Welcome Center.

Students who carpool (drive with two or more people) can park close to the center of campus in D Lot! Don't have a carpool partner? No problem! HCC's partnership with MassRIDES (888.426.6688) gives you access to NuRide, where you can find HCC students or employees to travel with. Sign-up is free. New travelers are added to the database monthly.

Got your riders? Enter through E Lot to access D Lot. The parking attendant will confirm that there is a student parking sticker on the car and two or more people in the car. Take your pick of 142 designated parking spaces, and enjoy the short stroll to class. You've reduced carbon emissions and cut your gas $ in half or more!

HCC provides free parking for students, employees, and visitors. Parking is free, but not guaranteed. Especially during "prime time" (8 a.m. – 2 p.m.), HCC cannot promise a parking space for every student, visitor, or employee. Students driving to campus should allow enough extra time to look for a parking space and to walk or take the shuttle bus from more distant parking lots.

Students and employees must register their vehicle with Campus Police and display a parking decal to park on campus. Parking for persons with disabilities is available in designated lots. Everyone must park in designated and/or assigned (for employees) parking lots and observe all parking and traffic rules and regulations. Violators are subject to fines and/or towing. Overnight parking is not permitted on campus.

Visitor Parking

Visitors to the Kittredge Center may park in D-Lot. Visitors to other areas of the college should park in J-Lot, in front of the Frost building.

Students may not park in the Visitor's Lot at any time.

Student Parking

Between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. 

Students must park in the following designated lots:

  • A, B, C, D*, M, N, O, P, Q**, R, S
      *During fall and spring semesters, D-Lot is a car pool lot until 10 a.m.
    **Q-Lot has a shuttle to the bus circle that runs M-F, 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.

After 4:00 p.m. 

Students are permitted to park in the following designated lots:

  • A, B, C, D, E, F, H, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S

Disabled Parking

HCC provides special parking accommodations for disabled persons with Registry-issued HC plates or placards.

Parking Lot G has spaces marked appropriately.

  • Applications for students requesting temporary disabled parking should be submitted to the Office for Students with Disabilities and Deaf Services. (Contact 413.552.2417)
  • Once applications are approved they can be picked up at the Campus Police department located in the Public Safety building. Individuals who are unable to come to the building can request assistance securing the permit.
  • Staff/Faculty requests for temporary disabled parking are handled by the Director of Facilities at 413.552.2213.

For further information you may also email osd@hcc.edu.

Faculty and Staff Parking

Between 6-10:30 a.m. park in the designated lot(s) assigned on your decal.After 10:30 a.m. park in your designated lot or in Lots E, F, K and L.After 4:00 p.m. park in any parking spot on campus, except for any disabled parking spaces.

Appealing a Ticket

Parking Appeals Committee for Students: Rosita Nunez, Carlos Malave, Denise Salgado, Diana Rosado
Parking Appeals Committee for Faculty/Staff: V.P. for Administration and Finance

Process for appealing a parking ticket:

  • Hard copy forms are located in the Campus Police office, and can also be completed online.
  • The Online Parking Appeals form is available through MyHCC Online Services. Log in, click on Parking System, and then click on Outstanding Tickets. Follow the instructions to submit your appeal.

Registration & Parking Decals

All faculty, staff, and students are required to register their vehicles with the Campus Police Department and to maintain parking decals on their vehicles.

  • Decals are to be placed on the inside (facing out) of the left upper corner of the rear driver's side window.
  • If the vehicle has no rear window, the decal should be placed on the left upper corner of the driver's window.
  • The registration is to be accomplished by the end of the first week of the school semester.
  • A fine of twenty dollars ($20.00) will be imposed for each offense for either failure to register a vehicle or failure to display a Holyoke Community College parking decal.
  • If driving a vehicle that does not display a campus decal, a temporary permit must be obtained before parking from the campus police office in E building.

No Parking Zones

All areas not lined, signed, or marked for parking are no parking zones. This includes the perimeter road (Campus Road); access lanes and turnaround areas in parking areas, traffic circles; loading and unloading zones along west side of Donahue Building and west side of Frost Building; roadway to Lower J lot; walkway to Marieb Building; and along grassed areas, lawns, fields, and open areas.

Overnight Parking

Overnight parking is not permitted on campus without prior written permission from the campus police department.

Speed Limit

The speed limit is 20 miles per hour on any campus roadway and 10 miles per hour in any parking lot. Speeds greater than this shall be deemed unreasonable, except when otherwise posted and for vehicles engaged in emergency work.

Moving Violations

Citations will be issued in accordance with the General Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  

Summer Parking

Traffic rules and regulations are enforced all year, including the summer months.

HCC runs a campus shuttle from Q Lot to the HCC bus circle in the center of campus to the Center for Health Education on Jarvis Ave. The shuttle runs continuously during the semester, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you park in Q Lot, you can expect to see the shuttle every 10–15 minutes.