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Wellesley, MA
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1 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: I have been verbally assaulted on numerous occasions by residents of Wellesley and this makes me feel incredibly unsafe. I no longer go into the Ville alone. I think residents are generally unfriendly and not accepting of Wellesley students.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The town of Wellesley is small and boring, but Boston is close-by and a vibrant, beautiful and safe city to live near.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: It's a nice town center, but overpriced and upperclass.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: We are in Wellesley, MA. It's a small town filled with rich people. Not much here besides a CVS, a Starbucks, a supermarket, some places to eat and overpriced clothing stores. Boston is nearby, but getting there is honestly a bit of a hassle. We have buses that take us directly from our campus to specific locations in Cambridge, but the buses are usually late. When there's traffic, the bus ride takes forever. Also during Friday/Saturday evenings (when people go out to other campuses to party), it is often a fight to get a seat.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: My school is in a suburban area and is about thirty minutes away from the main city, however, taking the schools transportation, it takes about an hour to get out which is quite tedious. It does have a great energy on campus, everyone is friendly and hard working. It has strong academics, sports, and arts. There is a lot of school pride and teachers are excellent there.


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Lauren Foster
Safety Harbor, FL
English & Cinema and Media Studies
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Students are pretty much in accord: The town of Wellesley isn't here to cater to the students. In fact, it often seems town residents are trying to forget that the students are here. Wellesley is one of the richest communities in the country, and the shops and restaurants show it. Some students report they feel uncomfortable in the Ville, while others enjoy the exclusivity and convenience of the main drag that is Washington Street.

Boston is the saving grace for Wellesley students. Hop on the Exchange Bus or the Commuter Rail (see Transportation section), and you're in Boston in less than an hour. Make runs to CVS in the Ville for necessities or grab a bite to eat on a lazy Friday night, but don't expect to be partying anywhere nearby. Boston, for many students, is a beacon of hope (Real life! Parties! Men!) that breaks through the hazy, money-drenched clouds of the suburbs.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Boston built the nation's first public park (The Boston Common in 1640), the first public library (1653), and the first subway (1897).
  2. Boston has the highest percentage of pedestrian commuters out of the major American cities.
  3. The famous "Citgo" sign in Kenmore Square contains five miles of neon tubing.
  4. In 1958, a group of MIT fraternity brothers used their shortest pledge, Oliver Smoot, as a unit of measurement for the Massachusetts Avenue Bridge by having him repeatedly lay down on the bridge. Today, the bridge has painted markings that indicate its length as 364.4 "Smoots."
  5. There are 250,000 college students in the Boston area.
Notable Natives
  • Samuel Adams - American Revolution patriot
  • Aerosmith - rock band
  • Ben Affleck - actor
  • Louisa May Alcott - 19th-century author
  • Alexander Graham Bell - inventor of the telephone
  • Elizabeth Bishop - 20th-century poet
  • E.E. Cummings - 20th-century poet
  • Jane Curtin - actress and comedienne, original SNL cast member
  • Matt Damon - actor
  • Emily Dickinson - 19th-century poet
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson - 19th-century poet and essayist
  • Benjamin Franklin - inventor, diplomat, American Founding Father
  • Robert Frost - 20th-century poet
  • Winslow Homer - 19th-century painter
  • Jack Kerouac - Beat poet and writer
  • Denis Leary - actor and comedian
  • Jack Lemmon - actor
  • Robert Lowell - 20th-century poet
  • Samuel Morse - inventor of electric telegraph and Morse code
  • New Kids on the Block - boy band popular in the early-'90s
  • Conan O'Brien - late-night talk show host
  • Paul Revere - American Revolution patriot
  • James Taylor - folk singer
  • Mark Wahlberg - actor
  • Barbara Walters - journalist and TV news anchor
Local Slang
  • Barrel: Trash can
  • Bubbler: A water fountain (pronounced "bubblah")
  • Carriage: Shopping cart
  • Going yard: Hitting a home run (only used for the Red Sox)
  • Jimmies: sprinkles, colored ice cream topping
  • Wicked : very
  • Wicked pissa: very good or very bad
Points of Interest
  • Boston Common
  • Boston Harbor
  • Central Square
  • The Charles Riverfront
  • Chinatown
  • Downtown Crossing
  • Faneuil Hall
  • The Fleet Center
  • The Freedom Trail
  • Gardner Museum
  • Harvard Square
  • Isabella Stewart
  • The Museum of Fine Arts
  • Museum of Science
  • New England Aquarium
  • Newbury Street
  • The North End
  • Quincy Market
Shopping Centers
  • Atrium Mall
  • Natick Mall
  • Newbury Street
Movie Theaters
AMC Chestnut Hill 5
27 Boylston St.
Chestnut Hill
(888) 262-4386
Movie Theaters
AMC Framingham 16
22 Flutie Pass
(508) 628-4422
Movie Theaters
The Embassy Cinema
18 Pine St.
(617) 499-1995
Movie Theaters
IMAX at Jordan's Furniture
1 Underprice Way
(866) 856-7326
Movie Theaters
West Newton Cinema
1296 Washington St.
West Newton
(617) 964-8074
Major Sports Teams
  • Boston Bruins: NHL
  • Boston Celtics: NBA
  • Boston Red Sox: MLB
  • New England Patriots: NFL
  • New England Revolution: Soccer
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Boston: : 20 minutes
  • New York City: : 3 hours, 20 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 42 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 35 responses

  • 3% Painfully remote.
  • 26% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 60% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 6% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 6% 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 35 responses

  • 0% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 23% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 77% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 34 responses

  • 29% No way.
  • 59% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 12% Totally.


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