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Chestnut Hill, MA
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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The city of Boston is amazing and very student oriented. The only problem is that BC is pretty far away from it.

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5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: 20 min trip from the city. Near campus it is a nice small town so best of both worlds.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: BC offers the best of Boston coupled with the college campus experience. The sports teams unite the city, and there is plenty to do in the city, which is a short train ride from campus.

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5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Boston is a college town. The atmosphere in Boston is young and vibrant. There are always fun things to do and ways to interact with other young adults. The proximity to Boston provides access to sports, concerts, shopping at the Prudential Center and Newbury Street, fun running routes, and a community built on catering to college communities.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: Although it's a little far out, Boston is very reachable and provides plenty to do


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Samantha Durant
Cheshire, CT
Communications with Women's Studies minor
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Boston is a wonderful city with loads of American history on pretty much every corner. It is also chock-full of college-aged people, so the area definitely has that youthful, lively feel that a lot of places do not. Boston is fairly clean and efficient and absolutely bursting with character. Massachusetts is one of those states that actually feels culturally distinct from other states. When you’re there, you’re very aware of talking to Bostonians, eating Boston food, and soaking up what is a distinctly “Boston vibe.”

Boston College is located on the outskirts of the Boston metropolis, which gives BC students a mix of low-key suburbia and thrilling city living. Harvard, Northeastern, and Tufts are all fairly close to BC, as are many other colleges. However, that doesn’t mean you’ll ever actually see or talk to a student at one of these universities, as some BC students tend to find friends only on Chestnut Hill. Other people are out there beyond the gates of Chestnut Hill, but you have to be open to finding them. Try to remember that there are other kinds of people nearby, in case you ever want to expand your horizons or see what life is like beyond the college. Definitely visit Faneuil Hall, the Boston Common, Harvard Square, and the Freedom Trail. One of the worst mistakes you can make is to stay on Chestnut Hill and put off exploring the awesome city that surrounds you. There is so much character to Boston, but you have to be willing to venture out and experience something more than just the few blocks that circle Boston College.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Boston boasts the nation's first subway, built in 1897.
  2. The John Hancock Building, Boston's tallest, was designed by IM0 Pei, who also designed the glass entrance at the Louvre.
  3. The Big Dig is the most expensive highway project in U.S. history, costing more than a billion dollars per mile.
  4. The Boston Red Sox played in the very first World Series in 1903 and won.
  5. Boston boasts a quarter of a million students, attending 50 colleges or universities in a fifty square mile area.
Notable Natives
  • Aerosmith
  • Henry Adams
  • Samuel Adams
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • Jack Lemmon
  • Samuel Morse
  • Leonard Nimoy
  • Edgar Allen Poe
  • Paul Revere
  • Mark Wahlberg
  • Barbara Walters
Local Slang
  • American chop suey: Macaroni with hamburger, tomato sauce, some onion, and green pepper
  • Barrel: Trash can
  • B'daydas: Potatoes
  • Bubbla: A water fountain
  • Elastics: Rubber bands
  • Frankfurt: Hot dog
  • Onna-conna: On account of
  • Pahk your cah in the baack yaad: Park your car in the backyard
  • Potty plattah: Party platter
Points of Interest
  • Boston Public Gardens
  • Faneuil Hall
  • Fenway Park
  • Freedom Trail
Shopping Centers
  • The Atrium
  • The Mall at Chestnut Hill
Movie Theaters
Coolidge Corner Theatre
290 Harvard St.
(617) 734-2501
Movie Theaters
Regal Fenway Stadium 13
201 Brookline Ave.
(617) 424-61110
Major Sports Teams
  • Boston Bruins: hockey
  • Boston Celtics: basketball
  • Boston Red Sox: baseball
  • New England Patriots: football
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
New York City: NY: 4 hours

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 72 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 72 responses

  • 0% Painfully remote.
  • 14% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 10% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 7% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 69% 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 72 responses

  • 0% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 26% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 74% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 71 responses

  • 8% No way.
  • 51% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 41% Totally.



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