Boston 101: An Intro to America’s Biggest College Town
This blog post was written by Christine Larochelle, our Campus Ambassador from Boston University.
So you’ve made it—you’ve become one of the 250,000 college students to inhabit the Greater Boston Area. It’s a great place to live—60+ colleges in the area give you tons of people to meet. Living in a big, vibrant city can be daunting, but Boston has so much to offer if you step off campus. Check out some of these places:
Shopping: The Prudential Center, Copley Place, Newbury Street
Looking for somewhere to shop? Step onto Newbury Street, a street filled with major shops and small boutiques. I typically stop at Forever 21 or H&M for some stylish and affordable clothes, but there are also high end stores such as Burberry, Chanel, and Marc Jacobs. If the cold gets to you, one street over are the Shops at The Prudential Center and Copley Place, which resemble a mall. There are lots of restaurants and shops so bring your wallet!
Cultural: Museum of Fine Arts
If you’re looking to be a bit more cultured or looking for somewhere to bring a date, check out the Museum of Fine Arts. It’s FREE with your student ID so if you’re into art, definitely go check it out!
Frozen Yogurt: Zinga
Looking for a new place for your fro-yo fix? Check out Zinga in Kenmore Square. Their flavors change every day and they have an array of toppings! Their staff is friendly and the music they play is vivacious! It’s a great place to relax with some friends.
Hang Out: Boston Common
If you’re getting tired of the urban setting, check out the Boston Common for some green scenery. It’s a great place to walk, ride your bike, and throw a frisbee with friends. Once it gets cold, the Frog Pond in the park turns into an ice skating rink—great place to hang out with friends or go on a date! If it gets too cold, head to the AMC Lowes across the street and see a movie!
Food: The North End
Boston’s own version of Little Italy, The North End has many small business restaurants with great Italian food! A lot of them give big portions so bring your appetite. Once you’ve finished dinner, take a trip to the infamous Mike’s Pastry for a cannoli!
All these places are easily accessible through the Boston MTBA subway and bus system, affectionately known as “The T.” Another great thing you can do is take the T to a random stop and see somewhere new. Try to get off campus and enjoy the beautiful city that is Boston!