Local Atmosphere

Boston, MA
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5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: I love Boston; clean, classy, and new. Awesome city to go to school and always new places to explore.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Boston is great in the summer and fall! It's such a wonderful place to be- and then winter comes along and stays for MONTHS. The whole northeast is like this, but for someone used to West Coast sunshine, it was a huge adjustment. In the winter, everything has a subdued tone to it- no one is really out and about and this emptiness on the streets and neighborhoods is very wearing.

4 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: I love the fact that our campus is right in the middle of everything. Movies, museums, malls, parks, easy transportation, and food surrounds our campus.

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: there's ALWAYS something going on so you're never really bored. also BU is very close to many other schools in or around the Boston area (BC, Northeastern, Harvard, Simmons, Emerson, etc.) which is pretty cool - i have many acquaintances from surrounding schools.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: There is literally no other atmosphere better than Boston. Not only is it one of the most beautiful cities in the world, but as a Terrier you have all of it as your background and are lucky enough to wake up to the view of Boston and the Charles River. Plus Boston is literally your playground since you have the T running through campus and are near Boston's greatest attractions (Newbury street, Fenway, Prudential, etc).


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Stephanie Santana
Queens, NY
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Boston is a city that is populated by thousands of students, due to the number of universities and colleges (about 60 all together) in the area—something that is also described by most as one of the greatest benefits for BU students. Since there is no reason to be stuck on campus, the best way to have a good experience is to take full advantage of the city.

Due to the overwhelming population of young people in Boston, it is sometimes easy to forget that there are older people and little kids around. Considering this fact, however, the city remains relatively conservative. Everything shuts down at 2 in the morning, mainly due to Puritan liquor license laws. There are even laws preventing the sale of deodorants on Sunday (this is no longer enforced, but remains in existence).

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. There are "boat-cars" touring the city at all hours of the day giving Ducky Tours. If you make eye contact with the travelers atop this vehicle and shout, "Quack!" They will turn to you and simultaneously reply, "Quack, Quack!"
  2. A dead body is dragged out of the Charles River way too often. Do not, I repeat, DO NOT, go swimming on an evening of drunken self-exploration. This is a bad idea. I would also avoid contact of said water with both face and other bodily cavities.
  3. The Boston University Bridge is the only place in the nation where a plane can fly over a car, traveling over a train, going over a boat . . . (or submarine, or Pogo stick, or hovercraft).
  4. Blue Man Group originated here. Student rush tickets cost only $25 an hour before the show.
  5. Kurt Vonnegut wrote the majority of his autobiography, Slapstick, set just outside of the Boston Public Gardens, where he grew up.
Notable Natives
  • Samuel Adams
  • Aerosmith
  • Louisa May Alcott
  • The Cars
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • Winslow Homer
  • Madeleine Kahn
  • Jack Lemmon
  • Leonard Nimoy
  • Edgar Allan Poe
  • Paul Revere
  • James Taylor
  • Kurt Vonnegut
  • Mark Wahlberg
  • Barbara Walters
Points of Interest
  • Arnold Arboretum
  • Boston Commons
  • Boston Pops
  • Boston Public Gardens
  • Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • The Charles River
  • Chinatown
  • Contemporary Art
  • Faneuil Hall Marketplace
  • Fenway Park
  • Franklin Park Zoo
  • Freedom Trail
  • Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
  • Museum of Fine Arts and Museum of Science
  • New England Aquarium (with IMAX)
  • Newbury Street
  • The North End
  • Opera House
  • Quincy Market and
Shopping Centers
  • CambridgeSide Galleria
  • Copley Mall
  • Harvard Square
  • Prudential Center
Movie Theaters
Coolidge Corner Theatre
290 Harvard St.
(617) 734-2501
Movie Theaters
Copley Theatre
100 Huntington Ave.
(617) 266-1300
Movie Theaters
Landmark Kendall Square Cinema
1 Kendall Sq.
(617) 499-1996
Movie Theaters
Loews Boston Common
75 Tremont St.
(617) 423-3499
Movie Theaters
Regal Fenway Stadium 13
201 Brookline Ave.
(617) 424-6266
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
Did You Know?
Drop your R's . . . they have no business in this city. For way more than you ever wanted to know about Boston slang, visit the "Wicked Good Guide to Boston English" at: /www.boston-online.com/glossary.html.

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 141 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 141 responses

  • 0% Painfully remote.
  • 4% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 1% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 4% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 92% 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 141 responses

  • 0% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 6% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 94% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 141 responses

  • 5% No way.
  • 53% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 42% Totally.



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