Living in Boston


Go anywhere in the world and ask people what comes to mind when you say the city’s name, Boston.

One of the first words you’ll hear is culture. Boston is synonymous with culture because music, fine art, and theatre have thrived in this city longer than anywhere else in the U.S. Here, it seems every other person you meet is busy creating something. To live in Boston without experiencing the arts is like living in California and never seeing a wave. The arts are a way of life in Boston.

Serious art in a lively city.

People are going for it here. They want to make art that says something and they want their work to last. But they also want to have fun and make lifelong friends. After all, artistic growth demands personal growth. We think the College of Fine Arts is the best of both worlds: small, personal programs where the faculty know you and your work, combined with the resources of a major university. As a BU student, you’ll be in the center of it all. Some of the world’s great arts institutions are within walking distance of campus: Symphony Hall, home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Museum of Fine Arts, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, to name just a few. On weekends, students stroll on nearby Newbury Street stopping in at galleries and cafes. They can select from a nearly limitless number of free or reduced-price concerts, plays, and exhibitions. With constant inspiration all around you, it’s easy to work hard here, but Boston is small enough for you to maintain perspective and balance. It’s also a beautiful place. Few students leave without having fallen in love with Boston and its University, which remain lodestars for the rest of their lives.


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