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Boston is the capital of Massachusetts and the largest city in New England, with a population of about 5,000,000. This includes a student population of 250,000 representing over 50 colleges and universities, from all areas of the United States and the world. Boston is an exciting, diverse city to live in.  Living in Boston will give you an excellent opportunity to experience one of the oldest cities in the United States, and to get a first-hand glimpse of American history.

Many of the most important events of the American Revolution and the founding of this country took place in or around Boston, and historical monuments and museums can be found all throughout the city. Boston is definitely a "college city," and many opportunities exist for study diversions! There are museums, performances, restaurants, bars, clubs and sporting activities to suit every interest and taste.

Weather in New England can be unpredictable and changeable. However, there are four seasons with distinct weather conditions. New England is famous throughout the United States for its autumn (also known as "fall"), which begins in late September and dazzles locals and tourists alike with the bright reds, oranges and yellows of the leaves on the trees.

Winter often brings very cold temperatures and snowstorms, especially from December through February. Weather becomes milder towards April, as days become longer and warmer and flowers begin to bloom. Summer in Boston is often very hot and humid. You will need to bring clothing for all seasons, from light summer clothes to heavy coats, boots and hats for winter.

Average temperatures in Boston for each season are as follows:


46 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit

(8 to 15 degrees Celsius)


0 to 37 degrees Fahrenheit 

(-17 to 3 degrees Celsius)


38 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit

(3 to 15 degrees Celsius)


60 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit 

(15 to 35 degrees Celsius)

Public Transportation
Boston has a very compact downtown area, making it easy to get around by foot or via public transportation. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (more commonly known as the MBTA, or "T") maintains the public transportation system in Boston. This system of underground trains (subway), buses and trolleys allows you to travel easily all over the city of Boston as well as the suburbs. Owning a car and paying for mandatory auto insurance can be very expensive, and parking is difficult in Boston, so using public transportation can be much more economical and worry-free.
For comprehensive schedules and route maps and fares for the subway, commuter trains and buses, please visit the MTBA website

Transportation to Boston University from Logan International Airport
The airport “T” station on the Blue Line provides a link to downtown Boston. You can board a shuttle bus outside any terminal that will bring you to the subway station. Take an inbound Blue Line train (marked BOWDOIN) to the Government Center station. Exit the Blue Line train and board a “B” Green Line train to Boston University. The International Students &Scholars Office is located near the St. Paul Street station.
You may also take a taxi to campus. This may be the easiest option if you have a lot of luggage. The taxi fare will be approximately $20-25, and drivers expect a tip of around 15-20%.

Driving Directions to Boston University
Time for Fun!
While academic achievement is your primary goal at Boston University, part of the uniqueness of an international education in Boston is taking the opportunity to explore the pastimes, culture and nightlife of this lively and diverse city.

Music, Theatre, Movies, Ballet….find out what’s going on!
No matter what your taste, there is sure to be something going on in Boston to interest you. The possibilities are too long to list here, so check out these resources and explore the options!

  • The Boston Globe Calendar Section, which is part of every Thursday’s Globe, lists performances and activities in the Boston area for that week. You can also check for this information.
  • The “Arts” section of the Boston Phoenix newspaper, which is free at newsstands every Friday, lists performances for the week.
  • Ticketmaster,, lists musical, sporting and theatre performances in the area. You can check dates and purchase tickets online
  • Bostix, located at Faneuil Hall or Copley Square in Boston, offers half price tickets on day of performance for many performing arts events. Cash or traveler’s check only. Tel. 617.723.5181.

Boston is also home to world-class museums, championship-winning sports teams, and an array of shopping options.  For additional information about the city of Boston, check out these websites:

MET International City of Boston page


Boston University
March 18, 2013

Boston University International Students & Scholars Office