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4 College Freshman

Local Area: Cambridge is a wonderful little college town. There are lots of great places to eat and shop. If Cambridge doesn't do it for you, Boston is a couple stops away on the T.

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5 College Freshman

Local Area: Cambridge is an awesome place to live as a college student. While the prices of things really close to campus aren't really designed for a college budget, you can easily jump on the T, take a bus, or walk (if you're really feeling up to it) to nearby supermarkets.

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5 College Senior

Local Area: Cambridge Mass. is loaded with culture, smart people, diversity, and any type of food or drink one can imagine. Everything is within walking distance. People are generally friendly.

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4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Cambridge is an awesome college town. Both MIT and Harvard are located here, and the local economy and culture tend to revolve around these institutional giants. Harvard Square is a major subway and bus stop for the T, providing easy access to public transportation that can take you pretty much anywhere you want to go. This includes the vibrant city of Boston, which is about 15 minutes away. If taking the train or bus with the plebeians isn't really your thing, taxis and Uber cars abound. However, most students don't feel the need to venture too far from campus too often - Harvard Square offers a lot of really delicious restaurants, decent shopping, and frequent events. This is also one of Harvard students' biggest problems: they rarely leave the "Harvard Bubble" that is Cambridge and venture out into Boston.

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5 College Junior

Local Area: You just cannot get better than Boston for student life.

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As the quintessential college area, Cambridge (along with Boston) provides Harvard undergraduates with a variety of outlets for their creative, cultural, and social needs. Students laud the art museums and theatricals found throughout the city. Those less culturally inclined find that Boston's four major sports teams make the city a haven for sports nuts. For the social animals in all college students, Boston serves as a venue for a number of clubs and bars. Night owls—beware of the 2 a.m. closing time at all bars.

In addition to the excitement and variety of activities of Cambridge and Boston, Harvard undergraduates have the opportunity to socialize with college-age students from the numerous universities surrounding the city. Most students find nothing wrong with the local atmosphere, but all of Boston's vivacity does come at a price. And most students will find it at the cash register because the city does tend to carry a slightly hefty cost of living.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Boston boasts the nation's first subway, built in 1897.
  2. Boston is home to 50 schools within 50 square miles.
  3. Founded in 1630, Boston is the country's oldest major city.
Notable Natives
  • Matt Damon – actor
  • Benjamin Franklin – signer of the Declaration of Independence
  • Robert Frost – poet
  • John F. Kennedy – 35th President of the United States
Local Slang
  • Frappe: A milkshake
  • Wicked: Colloquial adjective used to mean "very"
  • Yankees: Refers to the New York Yankees; Bostonians exhibit a venomous hatred for anything involving this team.
Points of Interest
  • Boston Common
  • Faneuil Hall
  • Fenway Park
  • Quincy Market
Shopping Centers
  • Cambridgeside Galleria
  • Newbury Street
Movie Theaters
Loews Boston Common
75 Tremont St.
(617) 423-5801
Movie Theaters
Loews Harvard Square
10 Church St.
(617) 864-4581
Major Sports Teams
  • Boston Bruins: NHL
  • Boston Celtics: NBA
  • Boston Red Sox: MLB
  • New England Patriots: NFL
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • New York City: : 4 hours
  • Providence, R.I.: : 1 hour

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 44 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 45 responses

  • 62% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 18% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 2% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 13% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 4% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 44 responses

  • 73% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 23% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 5% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 44 responses

  • 36% Totally.
  • 48% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 16% No way.



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