Living in Boston

What’s Boston like?

Historic. Cultural. Beautiful. Smart. Those are just a few words we’d use to describe Boston. But don’t take our word for it. Hear from students themselves on what makes this city ideal for a university experience. And with more than 250,000 college students here, it’s a popular destination.

What are the must-see attractions?

Boston’s steeped in history. In fact, we have more historical buildings than any other city in America! We can’t possibly list all of our favorite places, but here are several to get you started:

How do I get around?

Boston has a compact downtown area, making it easy to get around by foot or via public transportation.

  • The subway, buses, and trolleys that make up the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) – more commonly known as the T – allow you to travel easily all over the city and suburbs. Added perk: BU students are eligible to buy discount passes through BU Parking & Transportation Services.
  • BU also offers a free bus shuttle between the Charles River Campus, Fenway and BU Medical Center Campuses.
  • Biking is an increasingly popular way to get around, and our campus stretches along Commonwealth Avenue, home of Boston’s first bike lanes. For information about securing your ride and finding safe routes, visit our Bike Safety page.

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Feel Like a Good Fit?

You’ve seen a glimpse of the incredible experiences awaiting you at BU. Now, take the next step. Because at BU, the sky’s the limit.