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Boise State University’s 113-acre main campus is bordered by the Boise River to the north and Ann Morrison Park to the west. Step across the footbridge spanning the Boise River, and you are in the open green space of Julia Davis Park, home to the Idaho State Historical Museum, the Boise Art Museum, and Zoo Boise. Just a few minutes’ walk from campus is downtown Boise, where you will find inviting shops, fine restaurants, and vibrant nightlife.

Tour our Laboratories and the Boise State Campus

While there may be a lot of useful information online, the best way to get a feel for our program is to visit us. Our faculty and staff are available to show you, first hand, some of the exciting research we are conducting in areas such as advanced materials, DNA nanotechnology, and shape memory alloys. We encourage you to contact the us to arrange a visit!

Driving Directions

From the Boise Airport

Proceed north/northeast from the airport terminal onto S. Vista Avenue. Just a few hundred yards passed the terminal, turn right (east) to merge onto interstate 84 East. Follow interstate for 0.8 miles. Take exit 54 for Broadway Avenue heading north/northeast. Follow Broadway approximately 2.5 miles and turn left (west) at University Drive. Proceed west on University Drive approximately 0.25 miles and turn left (north) on Euclid Avenue. Turn right (west) immediately, turning into the parking lot at 1375 University Drive.

From the East or the West

Take I-84 to exit 54 for Broadway Avenue heading north/northeast. Follow Broadway approximately 2.5 miles and turn left (west) at University Drive. Proceed west on University Drive approximately 0.25 miles and turn left (north) on Euclid Avenue. Turn right (west) immediately, turning into the parking lot at 1375 University Drive.

Finding the MSE Department Office

The Department office can be found inside the Engineering Building, Suite 338. Our physical address is 1375 University Drive. The building is situated between Euclid Avenue and Manitou Avenue, just southwest of Bronco Stadium. Enter the building using the main (north) doors facing University Drive. The elevator is located on the eastern side of the main lobby. Our office is on the third floor.

Where to Stay

There are several hotels in close proximity to campus. Here are some suggestions:

Hampton Inn

Discover Boise from the 11-story Hampton Inn & Suites Boise-Downtown hotel, near the State Capitol and Boise State. Located off Interstate 184 and only three miles from Boise Air Terminal, the hotel is ideally situated in downtown Boise. Experience the BoDo district, easy access to shopping, entertainment, and more than 80 restaurants. 1.800.992.2694.

Grove Hotel

Boise State visitors receive a special rate by using the link above. The Grove Hotel is located in downtown Boise; you’ll be just steps from the city’s top attractions including over 100+ restaurants and nightlife, endless entertainment options, shopping and cultural activities.  Complimentary breakfast for two is included in the Boise State visitor’s rate. 1.208.333.8000.

TownPlace Suites

TownePlace Suites by Marriott® is an all suite hotel where you can balance work and life as you like, with the comfort, flexibility and affordability you require. Walking distance to the Boise State campus and close to downtown Boise, you will find easy access to dining and beautiful nearby parks. 1.800.257.3000

Courtyard Boise Downtown

Courtyard Boise by Marriott® is located near downtown Boise and Boise State and within easy walking distance to some of Boise’s beautiful historic neighborhoods. Stroll over the Boise River to Boise State’s Bronco Stadium and the Materials Science and Engineering Facilities, which are a fifteen minute walk from this hotel. 1.208.331.2700.

Hyatt Place Downtown

Hyatt Place Boise Downtown is the perfect home base for exploring the western hub of Boise, Idaho. It is situated in the heart of the city, just a few minutes from attractions such as Boise State University and the Idaho State Capitol. Materials Science and Engineering Facilities are a twenty minute walk from this hotel. 1.208.991.5275.

Parking on Campus

Parking at Boise State is by permit only. If you have made previous arrangements with us, you can park in the reserve parking lot adjacent to the Engineering building. Be sure to head directly to the Department office (inside the Engineering Building, Suite 338) to pick up your parking pass.

Complimentary street parking on University Drive is available near the Engineering complex, but is limited so be sure to give yourself ample time to find a parking space and walk to your appointment.

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