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5 College Freshman

Local Area: Boston is an amazing city and you'll fall in love with it.

4 College Junior

Local Area: Boston is a great city with a lot to do. Public transportation makes it easy to get around the city.

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4 College Sophomore

Local Area: It is an amazing city.

5 College Freshman

Local Area: Boston is an incredible city. It's rich in history and universities. It's a fun and safe city. I love all of the opportunities that can be found here. There are many sporting events, and forms of entertainment. There's a lot of shopping too, but I'm too busy with my studies to spend time shopping and my funds are limited.

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3 College Freshman

Local Area: There is a lot to do but it can be pricey


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Boston is a city that is populated by thousands of students, due to the number of universities and colleges (about 60 all together) in the area—something that is also described by most as one of the greatest benefits for BU students. Since there is no reason to be stuck on campus, the best way to have a good experience is to take full advantage of the city.

Due to the overwhelming population of young people in Boston, it is sometimes easy to forget that there are older people and little kids around. Considering this fact, however, the city remains relatively conservative. Everything shuts down at 2 in the morning, mainly due to Puritan liquor license laws. There are even laws preventing the sale of deodorants on Sunday (this is no longer enforced, but remains in existence).

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. There are "boat-cars" touring the city at all hours of the day giving Ducky Tours. If you make eye contact with the travelers atop this vehicle and shout, "Quack!" They will turn to you and simultaneously reply, "Quack, Quack!"
  2. A dead body is dragged out of the Charles River way too often. Do not, I repeat, DO NOT, go swimming on an evening of drunken self-exploration. This is a bad idea. I would also avoid contact of said water with both face and other bodily cavities.
  3. The Boston University Bridge is the only place in the nation where a plane can fly over a car, traveling over a train, going over a boat . . . (or submarine, or Pogo stick, or hovercraft).
  4. Blue Man Group originated here. Student rush tickets cost only $25 an hour before the show.
  5. Kurt Vonnegut wrote the majority of his autobiography, Slapstick, set just outside of the Boston Public Gardens, where he grew up.
Notable Natives
  • Samuel Adams
  • Aerosmith
  • Louisa May Alcott
  • The Cars
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • Winslow Homer
  • Madeleine Kahn
  • Jack Lemmon
  • Leonard Nimoy
  • Edgar Allan Poe
  • Paul Revere
  • James Taylor
  • Kurt Vonnegut
  • Mark Wahlberg
  • Barbara Walters
Points of Interest
  • Arnold Arboretum
  • Boston Commons
  • Boston Pops
  • Boston Public Gardens
  • Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • The Charles River
  • Chinatown
  • Contemporary Art
  • Faneuil Hall Marketplace
  • Fenway Park
  • Franklin Park Zoo
  • Freedom Trail
  • Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
  • Museum of Fine Arts and Museum of Science
  • New England Aquarium (with IMAX)
  • Newbury Street
  • The North End
  • Opera House
  • Quincy Market and
Shopping Centers
  • CambridgeSide Galleria
  • Copley Mall
  • Harvard Square
  • Prudential Center
Movie Theaters
Coolidge Corner Theatre
290 Harvard St.
(617) 734-2501
Movie Theaters
Copley Theatre
100 Huntington Ave.
(617) 266-1300
Movie Theaters
Landmark Kendall Square Cinema
1 Kendall Sq.
(617) 499-1996
Movie Theaters
Loews Boston Common
75 Tremont St.
(617) 423-3499
Movie Theaters
Regal Fenway Stadium 13
201 Brookline Ave.
(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
Did You Know?
Drop your R's . . . they have no business in this city. For way more than you ever wanted to know about Boston slang, visit the "Wicked Good Guide to Boston English" at: /www.boston-online.com/glossary.html.

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 164 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 166 responses

  • 90% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 5% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 1% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 4% 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 165 responses

  • 94% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 6% 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 165 responses

  • 40% Totally.
  • 54% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 6% No way.



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