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3 College Freshman

Local Area: Wellesley is a rich boring town. If you want to have fun, go into Boston! Though, there are places to shop & eat in the town so it's not that bad.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: Babson is located in the wealthy town of Wellesley Massachusettes, as such dining & shopping is often very expensive, however it is a beautiful and well kept town in which joggers such as me simply love.

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2 College Freshman

Local Area: There isn't much to do because the town is remote and the towns people do not tend to interact with the students on campus.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: We're in a small town.

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Wellesley is good, safe, and very nice. Don't expect much to be open after 8pm though. Boston is a lot more vibrant and there's a lot more to do.


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Wellesley is not exactly a college town, but Boston is. The local atmosphere revolves around pastry shops, some decent restaurants, very expensive retail clothes stores, and a few movie theaters. With such slim pickings of things to do, most students tend to stay on campus or travel into the neighboring towns and into Boston, of course. Framingham and Natick are popular student destinations, where you'll often spot a group of Babsonians in the Natick Mall. This being said, the small suburb is also just miles outside one of the largest college-populated cities in the nation. There are more than 40 colleges in and around Boston, making it a "must-see" destination for all students, tourists, parents, and even locals. The 20 minutes that it takes to drive into the city is much worth your time. Plenty of interesting activities ranging from watching a Red Sox game to attending a famous Boston Ballet performance will appease anyone who's willing to have a good time.

If you have car access, there are plenty of interesting things to be seen and done. The problem is that with the intense Babson curriculum, some students seldom find time and accommodations for traveling outside of Wellesley, which is why you'll hear people say they feel stuck in the Wellesley bubble and complain about the lack of entertainment in the area. They say that this problem can be easily fixed by moving the entire campus into Boston. And once students get a taste of Boston and the many cultural and local activities that it has to offer, they don't want to leave. It is fortunate that Babson is so close to a city full of history and culture and not somewhere in the middle of the country—Babson students just need to realize that and take advantage of their surroundings at least once in a while.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. The Chinese restaurants in Wellesley allow customers to bring their own alcohol, because Wellesley is a "dry town."
  2. Mona Lisa Smile, starring Julia Roberts, was filmed at nearby Wellesley College in 2003.
  3. Wellesley is one of the country's richest suburbs.
Notable Natives
  • Karl E. Case – developer of Case-Shiller index
  • Jane Curtin – comedian, actress
  • Dan Chiasson – poet and critic
  • Billy Squier – rock musician
  • Curt Gowdy – sports commentator
  • William Morton – dentist who first publicly demonstrated ether as a surgical anesthetic
  • Dr. Joseph Murray – surgeon, winner of Nobel Prize in Medicine
  • Biz Stone – Twitter co-founder
  • Sylvia Plath – poet, writer
Local Slang
  • Cah: Another word for car
  • Packie: Place where you'll buy your beer
  • Packie Run: What you're doing when you buy that beer
  • Wicked: Cool, awesome, sweet
  • Yuh: Yes; opposite of "naw" or "nah."
Points of Interest
  • Boston Harbor
  • Copley Place
  • Fenway Park
  • Freedom Trail
  • Institute of Contemporary Art
  • Museum of Fine Arts
  • New England Aquarium
  • North End
  • Prudential Center
Shopping Centers
  • Linden Square
  • Natick Mall
Movie Theaters
Embassy Cinema
18 Pine St.
(781) 736-7852
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
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Boston: MA: 25 minutes
  • New York City: NY: 3 hours, 30 minutes

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 20 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 23 responses

  • 9% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 9% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 43% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 26% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 13% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 24 responses

  • 62% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 33% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 4% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 22 responses

  • 27% Totally.
  • 59% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 14% No way.


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