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.