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Boston-Area Neighborhoods

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Allston/ Brighton

The Allston/Brighton area is home for many Boston University students, both of the graduate and undergraduate levels. Living in this area has many benefits, including a close proximity to campus, and easy access to public transportation. Rents may be also cheaper here than in other parts of the city. Apartments may not be as new or as well-maintained, however, and the surrounding area can be loud, given the large student population. Nonetheless, many of our students have found nice apartments and enjoy living in this area.

>>View BU Today's slideshow and article, "Getting to Know Your Neighborhood: Allston"



Brookline is another area that's close to the BU campus, although the community tends to have a larger number of professionals, and therefore rent prices are higher. The quality of housing tends to be higher than Allston/Brighton, but the public transportation in some parts of Brookline does not offer as direct a route to BU as you will find in Allston/Brighton. Many areas in Brookline are very suburban, comfortable and safe. It would be a good area for families, or people looking to live in a quieter area.

>>View BU Today's slideshow and article, 'Getting to Know Your Neighborhood: Coolidge Corner"


The Fenway

The Fenway offers some lower cost housing because some of the buildings are older than in other areas. It is relatively close to Boston University’s campus, but students may need to walk 15-20 minutes to campus because there is no direct public transportation route. Some areas of the Fenway can be less safe than the aforementioned areas, but the accessibility to the BU campus and a nearby park make the area desirable for students.




Cambridge lies across the Charles River from Boston University. Certain areas of Cambridge, specifically Central Square, Cambridgeport and Kendall Square are fairly close to campus. Many people enjoy living in Cambridge as it offers a vibrant culture and community. It is important to note that it is usually necessary to walk, ride a bike or take a bus to campus. Taking the subway can take anywhere from 40 minutes to an hour, each way. We would not highly recommend looking for an apartment in the Harvard Square or Porter Square areas of Cambridge, because there are many Harvard students seeking apartments in these areas and commuting from these parts of Cambridge to campus can be time-consuming.
>>View BU Today's slideshow and article: "Getting to Know your Neighborhood"


Kenmore Square

The Kenmore Square area is quite close to campus. It is only about a 15 minute walk from campus or a short T-ride away. The apartments are smaller and more expensive than in other areas around Boston University, but are much closer to downtown Boston and Newbury Street (one of Boston’s prime shopping locations). It may be noisier, due to the high volume of traffic in the area and the close proximity of Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox baseball team, but is a good option for students looking to live in a highly urban area.

>>View BU Today's slideshow and article: "Getting to Know Your Neighborhood: Kenmore Square"


Back Bay

The Back Bay is beyond Kenmore Square heading toward Downtown Boston. The Back Bay encompasses a wide area and can be a 20- to 30-minute walk to campus or a 15-minute subway ride. Most of the housing available in the Back Bay area is fairly expensive, as this is one of Boston’s premiere areas to live. The Back Bay is filled with higher-priced shops, restaurants and some of Boston’s best hotels.


Beacon Hill

Beacon Hill is located near Boston’s statehouse, the public gardens and the downtown Boston area. It is one of Boston’s most historic, charming spots but is also one of the most expensive places to live. It is close to public transportation, although it still may be a 30-minute ride to campus. The apartments tend to be very nice, and many of Boston’s professionals live in this area.

>>View BU Today's slideshow and article, 'Getting to Know Your Neighborhood: Beacon Hill"