Local Atmosphere

Boston, MA
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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Boston is full of great restaurants, and smaller places that are not too expensive for college students

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: The Fenway area has many bars and restaurants and is just a short walk away from Fenway Park. There is always live music at the local bars and the subway is just a short walk from campus. From the subway, it's just a few stop to various Boston neighborhoods and other attractions such as Quincy Market and the New England Aquarium.

4 College Student

Local Atmosphere: In the Fenway Boston area, there are many attractions. Fenway Park is the most notable one. There is also a very popular art museum nearby. There are some shopping places, but many of them are very expensive.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Boston is a great place to be. I personally can't live in a city, but there is always something happening in the city.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: If you've lived in the city and really loved it then you may like the location of Simmons College. Fenway Park is nearby if you're a baseball fan, there's a nearby movie theater and many other college campuses you can visit. There are many shopping locations in the Fenway area and there's also some around the Prudential building in Copley. There's usually quite a few activities that take place around the colleges of the Fenway.


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Krista Evans
Florence, AL
Political Science/International Relations
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Welcome to Boston—drop your “R”s and elongate your “A”s. Simmons is in the heart of the city, which opens up a vast sea of opportunities for its students. In the quintessential college town, the streets of Boston produce a feeling of intellectual stimulation. With nearly 50 colleges, the atmosphere is hip and youthfully urban. The compactness of the city allows for a fluid motion from Harvard to MIT to Simmons and then to the suburban colleges. Simmons has aligned itself with other Colleges of the Fenway, such as Emmanuel, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, and Wentworth, which creates a community within the area. In between classes, you may find yourself roaming an urban city, walking through the niche communities of Chinatown, the Italian North End, or the Irish Southie.

Freshman 15 beware: Boston is truly a walking city. Shopping trips down the illustrious Newbury Street can turn into marathon adventures ending miles and miles south of your original destination. The city is rich with history—you can walk the Freedom Trail or visit the home of Paul Revere. The city’s cobblestone streets and brownstone buildings are rich with stories. Fenway Park is less than a block from the Residence Campus and within earshot of the roaring Red Sox fans. Avoid the subway when the team is home for a game—the Fenway stop off the Green line feeds into the neighborhood Simmons is in, but also fills with shouting fans before and after games.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Boston is home to the first underground subway system, public library, and public park in America.
  2. The Boston University (BU) Bridge on Commonwealth Avenue is the only place in the world where a boat can sail under a train, which is moving under a car, driving under an airplane.
  3. South Boston holds the city's biggest Saint Patrick's Day parade, holding true to its Irish roots.
  4. Louis Prang printed the first American Christmas card in Boston in 1876.
  5. Alexander Graham Bell demonstrated the first American telephone in Boston in 1875.
Notable Natives
  • James Abbott
  • Henry Adams
  • Samuel Adams
  • Louisa May Alcott
  • Jane Alexander
  • Ed Ames
  • Alexander Graham Bell
  • Elizabeth Bishop
  • Tom Brady
  • John Singleton Copley
  • Emily Dickinson
  • Olympia Dukakis
  • Bob Elliot
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Edith Fellows
  • Arthur Fiedler
  • Alvan Fisher
  • Arlene Francis
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • Robert Frost
  • Nathan Hale
  • Frederick Childe Hassam
  • Winslow Homer
  • Madeleine Kahn
  • Jack Kerouac
  • Amy Lawrence Lowell
  • Robert Lowell
  • Leonard Nimoy
  • Robert Treat Paine
  • Robert B. Parker
  • Edgar Allan Poe
  • Paul Revere
  • Donna Summer
  • Mark Wahlberg
  • Barbara Walters
  • McNeill Whistler
Local Slang
  • Beantown: Boston
  • The Cape: Cape Cod
  • Frappe: A milkshake when ice cream is used
  • Fro yo: Frozen yogurt
  • Grinder: Submarine sandwich
  • Nor'easter: Snowstorm
  • Packie: A liquor store
  • P-town: Provincetown, Mass.
  • Southie: South Boston
  • The Vineyard: Martha's Vineyard
  • Wicked: Very or cool
Points of Interest
  • The Charles River
  • Fenway Baseball Park
  • The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
  • The Museum of Fine Arts
  • Newbury Street
Shopping Centers
  • Copley Place
  • Downtown Crossing
  • Newbury Street
  • The Prudential Center
Movie Theaters
AMC Loews Boston Common
175 Tremont St.
(800) 326-3264
Movie Theaters
Coolidge Corner Theatre
290 Harvard St.
(617) 734-2500
Movie Theaters
Regal Fenway 13
401 Park Drive St.
(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
  • Philadelphia: PA: 5 hours, 30 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 27 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 28 responses

  • 0% Painfully remote.
  • 7% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 0% 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 27 responses

  • 0% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 15% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 85% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 28 responses

  • 11% No way.
  • 50% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 39% Totally.
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