Local Atmosphere

Location
Boston, MA
Undergrads
3,587
Tuition
$34,198
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Boston is a great city for a college student. The only issue is the curfew that the city has with transportation and having shops close

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: It's Boston. There's everything to do here, although nightlife outside of a couple of subpar clubs and college parties is rather low. Tons of cultural events, sporting events, and other fun attractions like the aquarium, zoo, and a bunch of museums. Tons of (very very expensive) shopping. Lots of expensive, obvious things to do, and lots of cheap, not obvious things to do too.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Boston is the best place to live ever!

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: There's not a better city than Boston. I'd love to live here forever, I just wish it wasn't so expensive.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Boston is the best place to go to college in because it feels like a town rather than a city. With over 100,000 students it is crawling with people my age and things to do.

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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Vanessa Willoughby
Hometown
Waterford, CT
Major
Writing, Literature and Publishing
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Interested in moving to a city with big ideas? Then Boston’s for you. Filled to the city limits with colleges, Boston offers everything imaginable for entertainment. From theater to live music, from sports to art, there is plenty to keep you occupied in this city. Some say Boston’s best shopping is located on Newbury Street. Bursting with galleries, restaurants, and high-end retail stores, Newbury Street attracts many tourists and locals who are looking to spend some cash. Other fine shopping areas include Downtown Crossing, Harvard Square, and Central Square. As for culture, Boston’s theater district is a godsend, especially for students. Rush tickets are available an hour before most shows for about half the price of ticket reservations. Emerson’s own Cutler Majestic Theater presents touring operas and ballets, as well as student productions.

The Charles River divides Boston from Cambridge and Somerville, and the Promenade is a gorgeous area for biking, skating, or smooching. Boston’s location in New England allows for easy trips to the beach or the mountains, to New York City or Cape Cod, or even a bus ride to Canada. Though the large number of young people makes the city great for nightlife and social activity, no liquor sales on Sundays and early curfews for bars remind Boston residents that this isn’t New York.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Boston is a city of firsts. Boston's subway system was the nation's first, built in 1897.
  2. The BU Bridge on Commonwealth Avenue is the only place in the world where a boat can sail under a train, that's driving under a car, which is passing a pedestrian, as an airplane passes overhead.
  3. The Boston Common became the nation's first public park in 1634.
  4. The 1903 Boston Red Sox were the first team to win the World Series.
  5. Breathe easy. It's estimated that Boston's Big Dig (the underground highway project) will reduce Boston's carbon monoxide levels by 12 percent.
  6. Boston goes wild about St. Patrick's Day. Areas like South Boston and Cambridge celebrate for the whole week. Green beer is the drink of choice.
  7. The third Monday in April, Patriot's Day, is a legal holiday in Massachusetts. At Emerson, classes are canceled.
Notable Natives
  • Ben Affleck
  • Alexander Graham Bell
  • Elizabeth Bishop
  • Matt Damon
  • Robert Frost
  • Jack Kerouac
  • John F. Kennedy
  • Robert Lowell
  • Leonard Nimoy
  • Conan O'Brien
  • Steven Tyler
  • Mark Wahlberg
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Barbara Walters
Local Slang
  • Barrel: Trash can
  • Bubbler: A drinking fountain
  • Carriage: Shopping cart
  • Comm-Av: Short for Commonwealth Avenue
  • Mass-Av: Short for Massachusetts Avenue
  • Pisser (pronounced pissah): Awesome
  • Wicked: "Very," as in "That grand slam by Oritz was wicked awesome."
Points of Interest
  • Arnold Arboretum
  • Boston Common
  • Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • The Charles River
  • Charles River Esplanade
  • Faneuil Hall
  • Fenway Park
  • Fogg Art Museum
  • Franklin Park Zoo
  • Freedom Trail
  • Harvard Museum of Natural History
  • Harvard Square
  • The Institute of Contemporary Art
  • John Hancock Conservatory
  • Museum of Afro American History
  • Museum of Fine Arts
  • Museum of Science
  • Old North Church
Shopping Centers
  • Copley Mall
  • Faneuil Hall Marketplace
  • Prudential Center
  • Quincy Market
Movie Theaters
AMC Fenway 13
201 Brookline Ave.
Boston
(617) 424-6266
Movie Theaters
Coolidge Corner Theatre
290 Harvard St.
Brookline
(617) 734-2500
Movie Theaters
Loews Theatres in Boston Common
175 Tremont St.
Boston
(617) 423-3499
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
  • Providence: RI: 1 hour

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 42 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • 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 45 responses

  • 0% Painfully remote.
  • 2% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 0% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 0% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 98% 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 44 responses

  • 0% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 9% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 91% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 44 responses

  • 9% No way.
  • 52% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 39% Totally.

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