One of the oldest cities in America and still the largest city in Massachusetts, Boston is alive with history, old and new. It’s home to eight major research universities, seven junior colleges, and 24 special-focus institutions. While institutions like Boston University, Harvard, Tufts, and Northeastern no doubt offer their own set of accolades, Boston’s unique character carries its own allure for many undergraduates, graduate students, and young professionals. It’s been called the “Athens of America” for its intellectual and literary culture, yet it’s simultaneously renowned for spawning some of the best restaurants, best taverns, and best nightlife in the country. What more could students want?
Students at Boston area colleges are happy to find a multitude of housing options off campus, made convenient by “The T,” Boston’s excellent public transportation system.
The Allston area is known for offering relatively inexpensive housing options for students of several universities. Its major streets – Harvard Avenue, Commonwealth Avenue, and Brighton Avenue – boasts ethnic restaurants and vibrant nightlife the students and young professionals are bound to enjoy.
Graduate students often flock to Brighton in northwest Boston, which sits in relative tranquility on the banks of the Charles River. Brighton is also known for its bounty of small businesses and young families, all thriving on the edge of town.
Fenway/Kenmore may be best known as the home of Fenway Park, but it’s also where a great number of college students choose to hang their hats. Undergraduates appreciate the many bars and clubs of Lansdowne Street, as well as the Back Bay Fens green space in the heart of the district.
Dorchester community offers student housing options to its own University of Massachusetts pupils, as well as other students throughout Boston. Its diverse population enjoys easy access to all areas of the city thanks to Dorchester Avenue, which threads through most of Boston’s commercial districts. The John F. Kennedy Library is also in Dorchester.
Finally, many students find a haven a Mission Hill, one of the most diverse neighborhoods in Boston. New developments dot the historic area that sits a mere one mile from downtown.