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4 College Senior

Local Area: Chestnut Hill is wholly unremarkable, but Boston is Boston. One of the best cities in the US, if you can get over the prices.

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5 College Freshman

Local Area: It's great to be so close to Boston. I also love that we live on a beautiful campus and we're not in the city. But it's so easy to get to. There surrounding area is super welcoming and supportive of BC students. The surrounding residential neighborhoods are clearly very wealthy and nice. Also great shopping in Boston and at the Chestnut Hill mall.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: Newton Centre is pretty cool, couple good places to eat, Shake Shack, Panera, Johnnys diner and SHOUT OUT UNION STREET BAR. T can get you anywhere in the city. Cleveland Circle has Chipot. You dont see townies, but anyone who you do see is probably entitled and rich.

5 College Freshman

Local Area: Boston College is close enough to the city to enjoy it yet far enough away so that you can enjoy the outdoors.

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3 College Freshman

Local Area: Chestnut Hill is nice but expensive and hard to get to. The Cleveland Circle area is very accessible via the Comm Ave bus, but it's really limited as far as things to do. It's definitely easy to get to Boston, though, and there's a lot to do there, obviously.


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Boston is a wonderful city with loads of American history on pretty much every corner. It is also chock-full of college-aged people, so the area definitely has that youthful, lively feel that a lot of places do not. Boston is fairly clean and efficient and absolutely bursting with character. Massachusetts is one of those states that actually feels culturally distinct from other states. When you’re there, you’re very aware of talking to Bostonians, eating Boston food, and soaking up what is a distinctly “Boston vibe.”

Boston College is located on the outskirts of the Boston metropolis, which gives BC students a mix of low-key suburbia and thrilling city living. Harvard, Northeastern, and Tufts are all fairly close to BC, as are many other colleges. However, that doesn’t mean you’ll ever actually see or talk to a student at one of these universities, as some BC students tend to find friends only on Chestnut Hill. Other people are out there beyond the gates of Chestnut Hill, but you have to be open to finding them. Try to remember that there are other kinds of people nearby, in case you ever want to expand your horizons or see what life is like beyond the college. Definitely visit Faneuil Hall, the Boston Common, Harvard Square, and the Freedom Trail. One of the worst mistakes you can make is to stay on Chestnut Hill and put off exploring the awesome city that surrounds you. There is so much character to Boston, but you have to be willing to venture out and experience something more than just the few blocks that circle Boston College.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Boston boasts the nation's first subway, built in 1897.
  2. The John Hancock Building, Boston's tallest, was designed by IM0 Pei, who also designed the glass entrance at the Louvre.
  3. The Big Dig is the most expensive highway project in U.S. history, costing more than a billion dollars per mile.
  4. The Boston Red Sox played in the very first World Series in 1903 and won.
  5. Boston boasts a quarter of a million students, attending 50 colleges or universities in a fifty square mile area.
Notable Natives
  • Aerosmith
  • Henry Adams
  • Samuel Adams
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • Jack Lemmon
  • Samuel Morse
  • Leonard Nimoy
  • Edgar Allen Poe
  • Paul Revere
  • Mark Wahlberg
  • Barbara Walters
Local Slang
  • American chop suey: Macaroni with hamburger, tomato sauce, some onion, and green pepper
  • Barrel: Trash can
  • B'daydas: Potatoes
  • Bubbla: A water fountain
  • Elastics: Rubber bands
  • Frankfurt: Hot dog
  • Onna-conna: On account of
  • Pahk your cah in the baack yaad: Park your car in the backyard
  • Potty plattah: Party platter
Points of Interest
  • Boston Public Gardens
  • Faneuil Hall
  • Fenway Park
  • Freedom Trail
Shopping Centers
  • The Atrium
  • The Mall at Chestnut Hill
Movie Theaters
Coolidge Corner Theatre
290 Harvard St.
(617) 734-2501
Movie Theaters
Regal Fenway Stadium 13
201 Brookline Ave.
(617) 424-61110
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

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 79 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 80 responses

  • 65% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 10% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 9% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 16% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 0% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 80 responses

  • 71% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 29% 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 79 responses

  • 41% Totally.
  • 49% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 10% No way.



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