Life in Boston
As the largest city in New England and one of the truly unique metropolitan areas in the world, Boston glorifies in tradition and bursts with modern vitality. Home to more than sixty colleges and universities, the “Hub” —as the city is often called—is a thriving intellectual and cultural center which maintains a small-town feel through its diverse and charming neighborhoods.
Boston’s cobbled streets and historic landmarks evoke images of the Boston Tea Party, Paul Revere’s ride, and other significant events in early American Colonial and Revolutionary history. In Boston, you can literally stand in the footsteps of American Patriots. Visit all of these historic sites on the well traveled Freedom Trail! Boston is a city of both history and character. There is something for everyone here—the challenge is deciding where to begin exploring all this splendid city has to offer.
A typical Saturday in Boston might begin with waking up early to get to the New England Aquarium for a whale watch followed by lunch at the oldest restaurant in the country—The Union Oyster House. In the afternoon you can explore two of our many wonderful shopping centers at Newbury St. and the Prudential Center. In the evening take part in any number of Boston’s fine arts performances. Whether you want to see Jay-Z at the TD Garden or the latest Off-Broadway tour at the Boston Opera House, there are endless options for anyone’s taste! Not a performance fan? Why not spend an afternoon exploring the Museum of Fine Arts (as a BU student your admission is free!) or the Museum of Science.
Boston is a city where historic treasures intermingle with modern technology. Bostonians take as much pride in their busy financial and business communities, world-class medical care and facilities, and abundance of research and technological centers as they do in their rich history. One day you can visit the site of Robert McCloskey’s award-winning children’s book Make Way for Ducklings, right in the Boston Common. The next day you can volunteer at Boston Children’s Hospital—home to the largest medical center-based pediatric research program in the world!
Boston and the surrounding areas are also home to numerous championship-winning sports teams, including the Red Sox, Patriots, Bruins, and Celtics, as well as our own Boston University Terriers! Want to take part in a cinematic experience? Go see the latest Oscar-nominated film for the 30th time at any of Boston’s many cinemas.
Given the abundance of educational opportunities, industry, culture, and recreation that Boston offers, it’s not surprising that so many students come here from all over the world to study and work—and often stay long after graduation. Boston is truly a place like no other, and Boston University is proud to share in the city’s magnificent heritage.
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