Local Atmosphere

Boston, MA
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5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: We're located right in the middle of the city and near the finest hospitals. We are surrounded by other colleges, so there's always something cool happening somewhere.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: As a bor and bread Bostonian, it's hard not to say everything I love about the city. Simmons is separated enough that it has a small school feel within the big city. We are located within walking distance of Fenway Park, and the MFA and T-Rides away from the Boston Public Library (main branch at Copley), the Aquarium in addition to the Museum of Science. Newbury Street is extremely popular with college students, locals and tourists alike. Harvard Square and Cambridge are also high points of exploration. Boston thrives when school is in session, but appreciates the quieter summer months as well.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Boston is a wonderful city, with there being a variety of options for students - whether dining, shopping, going to a movie or museum. Boston is also a lovely city, with there being several parks in the area - great for walking or running.

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.


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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 29 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 30 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.
  • 3% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 90% 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 29 responses

  • 0% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 17% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 83% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 29 responses

  • 10% No way.
  • 52% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 38% Totally.
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