Local Atmosphere

Waltham, MA
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3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: ITs okay but too remote from other region

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: I like the atmosphere, but the weather isn't great

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: 30 minutes from the great city of Boston but nothing to do within walking distance

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: That is probably the only reason that you should come to here. Is for the fact that the few times you get to go into boston it is so worth it.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: There isn't much to do in Waltham itself, but considering the fact that the school is only about 20 minutes from the heart of Boston the options are endless.

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Kat Webber
Augusta, ME
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There are few relations between Waltham and the Bentley community unless you are lucky enough to have a car on campus. The city, in contrast to some of the other suburban academic areas, offers few student discounts at local stores and restaurants. Bentley often exists in a world of its own, forging relationships with Boston and Cambridge instead. It is this lack of relationship that often keeps students from initially exploring Waltham. The area is an up-and-coming Boston suburb, and it deserves a chance to be recognized for what it’s worth. Students have the opportunity to volunteer at local schools, day cares, and homeless shelters. Most of these are part of the Bentley Service Learning program, which is an option that is utilized by students to gain extra credits and is a great way to become involved with the local community.

By the time senior year rolls around and most everyone is 21 and has a car on campus, it becomes obvious what a great culture and community Waltham has to offer. Parking in the city can be a pain but is worth it for the variety in the nightlife and restaurants. There are also a few other local colleges, but Bentley does not have a large student interaction with them despite the academic connections. 

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Boston's biggest hip-hop radio station, JAMN 94.5, is headquartered in Waltham.
  2. Check out www.walthamrocks.com. No, it's not an ode to the city; rather, it's the Web site of an `80s rock cover band who paid the ultimate tribute to the city by naming themselves "Waltham."
  3. If you do your grocery shopping at Shaw's on Lexington Street in the winter, you may bump into some celebrities. Many Celtics players make their season home in Waltham.
  4. Waltham had one of the first licenses to broadcast as a commercial TV station in 1949, but the station was never built, and the license expired.
  5. Waltham is called "Watch City" because the Waltham Watch Factory, founded in the 1850s, pioneered the mass production of watches.
Notable Natives
F. Lee Bailey - famous attorney in the O.J. Simpson trial
Local Slang
  • Big Dig: Massive road construction project in Boston
  • Bubbler: Water fountain
  • Cool kid: Obnoxious, rude, and generally not wanted person
  • Dunks: Dunkin' Donuts
  • Frappe: A milkshake anywhere else; it's basically ice cream, milk, and chocolate syrup blended together.
  • Jimmies: Sprinkles
  • Packy: A liquor store
Points of Interest
  • Arnold Arboretum
  • Beacon Hill
  • Boston Public Library
  • Faneuil Hall
  • Fenway Park
  • Harvard Square (Cambridge)
  • Moody Street
  • Museum of Fine Arts
  • Newbury Street
  • Public Garden
Shopping Centers
  • Burlington Mall
  • CambridgeSide Galleria
  • Natick Mall
  • Prudential Center Mall
Movie Theaters
AMC Burlington Cinema 10
20 South Ave.
(781) 229-9200
Movie Theaters
AMC Harvard Square
10 Church St.
(617) 864-4580
Movie Theaters
AMC Loews Theatres
175 Tremont St.
(888) 262-4386
Movie Theaters
Landmark Embassy Cinema
16 Pine St.
(781) 893-2500
Major Sports Teams
  • Boston Bruins: Hockey
  • Boston Celtics: Basketball
  • Boston Red Sox: Baseball
  • New England Patriots: Football
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Boston: : 20 minutes
  • Providence, R.I.: : 1 hour

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 30 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 31 responses

  • 3% Painfully remote.
  • 39% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 13% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 29% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 16% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 30 responses

  • 0% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 57% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 43% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 30 responses

  • 13% No way.
  • 53% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 33% Totally.


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