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4 College Freshman

Local Area: Waltham isn't very exciting, but if you have a car on campus, there's a ton of restaurants and malls nearby. I never have a problem finding something to do or somewhere to go on a Saturday afternoon, or a random Tuesday night for dinner if I don't feel like Seasons.

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5 College Freshman

Local Area: Located in Waltham, Bentley University is a small university in which I feel that I have made many friends and I am getting the attention I need, academically. I could not be more content with my decision to come here.

2 College Freshman

Local Area: Way too apathetic. Nobody cares about anything; it might as well be one of the adjectives listed around campus

5 College Sophomore

Local Area: Bentley's location is perfect. It located in the town of Waltham which is a pretty big town and had a lot of restaurants and bars just a few miles away. But the best part is being so close to Boston, it only take about 20-25 minutes to get into Boston and about 15 to get to Harvard Square. There is also a free shuttle that runs every hour until abut 2 am that bring you into Harvard Square. You get a perfect town like campus but easy access to a big city with lots to offer.

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3 College Sophomore

Local Area: ITs okay but too remote from other region


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There are few relations between Waltham and the Bentley community unless you are lucky enough to have a car on campus. The city, in contrast to some of the other suburban academic areas, offers few student discounts at local stores and restaurants. Bentley often exists in a world of its own, forging relationships with Boston and Cambridge instead. It is this lack of relationship that often keeps students from initially exploring Waltham. The area is an up-and-coming Boston suburb, and it deserves a chance to be recognized for what it’s worth. Students have the opportunity to volunteer at local schools, day cares, and homeless shelters. Most of these are part of the Bentley Service Learning program, which is an option that is utilized by students to gain extra credits and is a great way to become involved with the local community.

By the time senior year rolls around and most everyone is 21 and has a car on campus, it becomes obvious what a great culture and community Waltham has to offer. Parking in the city can be a pain but is worth it for the variety in the nightlife and restaurants. There are also a few other local colleges, but Bentley does not have a large student interaction with them despite the academic connections. 

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Boston's biggest hip-hop radio station, JAMN 94.5, is headquartered in Waltham.
  2. Check out www.walthamrocks.com. No, it's not an ode to the city; rather, it's the Web site of an `80s rock cover band who paid the ultimate tribute to the city by naming themselves "Waltham."
  3. If you do your grocery shopping at Shaw's on Lexington Street in the winter, you may bump into some celebrities. Many Celtics players make their season home in Waltham.
  4. Waltham had one of the first licenses to broadcast as a commercial TV station in 1949, but the station was never built, and the license expired.
  5. Waltham is called "Watch City" because the Waltham Watch Factory, founded in the 1850s, pioneered the mass production of watches.
Notable Natives
F. Lee Bailey - famous attorney in the O.J. Simpson trial
Local Slang
  • Big Dig: Massive road construction project in Boston
  • Bubbler: Water fountain
  • Cool kid: Obnoxious, rude, and generally not wanted person
  • Dunks: Dunkin' Donuts
  • Frappe: A milkshake anywhere else; it's basically ice cream, milk, and chocolate syrup blended together.
  • Jimmies: Sprinkles
  • Packy: A liquor store
Points of Interest
  • Arnold Arboretum
  • Beacon Hill
  • Boston Public Library
  • Faneuil Hall
  • Fenway Park
  • Harvard Square (Cambridge)
  • Moody Street
  • Museum of Fine Arts
  • Newbury Street
  • Public Garden
Shopping Centers
  • Burlington Mall
  • CambridgeSide Galleria
  • Natick Mall
  • Prudential Center Mall
Movie Theaters
AMC Burlington Cinema 10
20 South Ave.
(781) 229-9200
Movie Theaters
AMC Harvard Square
10 Church St.
(617) 864-4580
Movie Theaters
AMC Loews Theatres
175 Tremont St.
(888) 262-4386
Movie Theaters
Landmark Embassy Cinema
16 Pine St.
(781) 893-2500
Major Sports Teams
  • Boston Bruins: Hockey
  • Boston Celtics: Basketball
  • Boston Red Sox: Baseball
  • New England Patriots: Football
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Boston: : 20 minutes
  • Providence, R.I.: : 1 hour

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 37 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 37 responses

  • 19% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 24% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 16% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 38% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 3% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 37 responses

  • 41% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 59% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 0% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 37 responses

  • 32% Totally.
  • 54% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 14% No way.


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