Local Atmosphere

Boston, MA
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4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: There's plenty to do in the city, and the MBTA will take you anywhere you want to be. Cost of living is very, very high.

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5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Boston is THE city for college students! There's always something going on!

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: city life is awesome, many colleges close by, easy access to trains, bus lines, T lines, easy to get around, many cultural events, very safe, awesome shopping, great student life, great student activities. always something to do.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Northeastern is within walking distance of the Prudential Center and Newbury Street, two of the most famous places to shop in Boston.

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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: There's always something to do around campus, especially concerts.

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Jenn Sinrich
Swampscott, MA
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The city of Boston, in general, is a college town. The city is not too big or overwhelming, and there are so many schools located within such a small proximity to one another. Northeastern is located among some of the best attractions, events, and shopping that Boston has to offer! First of all, Northeastern is just around the corner from the beloved Fenway Park. If you’re not a Red Sox fan when you get to Boston, chances are you’ll be one when you leave. Also around the corner is Newbury Street, which is famous for its high-end boutiques, fancy restaurants, and beautiful architecture. Parallel to Newbury Street is Boylston Street, which is lined with fun bars packed with mostly college students. Even if you’re not 21, you can still enjoy Boylston Street’s Pour House (along with many other restaurants) for a cheap and incredibly delicious brunch.

If you’re looking to watch the Celtics or Bruins play or see your favorite musical artist perform, the TD Banknorth Garden is just a short 10-minute T-ride away from campus. Downtown Boston has plenty of attractions, such as Faneuil Hall, Chinatown, Downtown Crossing, and the theater district. Another great aspect of Boston’s atmosphere is the local suburbs like Brookline and Cambridge, which are only 10 minutes away and offer a nice break from the chaos of the city. No matter what you enjoy seeing, doing, or eating, the city of Boston and its suburbs have so much to offer—it’s impossible to think of going to college anywhere else.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Boston has 21 official neighborhoods.
  2. The "Cheers" restaurant from the TV show is a real place where you can eat and get a drink.
  3. Boston built the first subway system in the United States in 1897.
  4. The Boston Tea Party reenactment takes place in Boston Harbor every December 16.
  5. The first church of Christian Science was founded in Boston by Mary Baker Eddy.
  6. There are duckling statuettes in Boston Common from the book "Make Way for Ducklings."
Notable Natives
  • Aerosmith - rock band
  • Ben Affleck - actor
  • Louisa May Alcott - author ("Little Women")
  • Louis C.K. - comedian
  • Matt Damon - actor
  • Matt Hasselbeck - NFL quarterback
  • Tim Hasselbeck - NFL quarterback
  • Conan O'Brien - comedian, talk show host
  • Mark Wahlberg - actor
  • Barbara Walters - news anchor, journalist
Local Slang
  • Beantown : A nickname for Boston. Back in colonial days, a favorite Boston food was beans baked in molasses.
  • Pissah: Superb
  • Wicked: Extremely
  • Yiz: You (plural)
Points of Interest
  • Boston Common
  • Chinatown
  • Faneuil Hall
  • Haymarket
  • Museum of Fine Arts
  • New England Aquarium
  • The North End
Shopping Centers
  • CambridgeSide Galleria
  • Copley Place
  • Newbury Street
  • The Prudential Center
  • South Shore Plaza
Movie Theaters
AMC Loews Boston Common 19
175 Tremont St.
(888) 262-4386
Movie Theaters
Regal Fenway Stadium 13
201 Brookline Ave.
(617) 424-6266
Movie Theaters
Simons IMAX Theatre
Central Wharf, Atlantic Ave.
(617) 973-5206
Major Sports Teams
  • Boston Bruins: NHL
  • Boston Celtics: NBA
  • Boston Red Sox: MLB
  • New England Patriots: NFL
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • New York City: : 4 hours, 30 minutes
  • Providence, R.I.: : 1 hour

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 158 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 159 responses

  • 1% Painfully remote.
  • 6% 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.
  • 89% 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 160 responses

  • 1% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 12% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 86% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 159 responses

  • 7% No way.
  • 43% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 50% Totally.



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