5 Reasons Why the City of Boston is Great for College Students
It’s that time of the year, students all over the country will soon be choosing where to attend college or university, a significant decision considering you’ll be spending years of your life at that institution. While the school you pick is obviously of utmost importance, it’s also a good idea to think about what the school’s location can offer you as a student.
Check out 5 reasons why the city of Boston might be the right destination for you. Trust me, that’s where I studied.
- Boston is a city with many opportunities for students. Boston offers many opportunities for work, through are internships at companies that are headquartered or have offices in Boston. There’s a blossoming entrepreneurial and startup ecosystem, which is probably not surprising given that there’s a large number of students and businesses; many universities have entrepreneurship, innovations centers and labs that are spaces for students to work in.
There are also a lot of options for play: you can visit tourist attractions and go on a duck tour or walk The Freedom Trail, and a lot of places, have discounts for students. Boston has a nice music scene, which includes the music festival Boston Calling. Check out the local music scene at places like the House of Blues or Brighton Music Hall or see artists in larger venues like TD Garden. Rock bands that have come out of Boston include Aerosmith, Boston (of course), Passion Pit, and Beantown favorites the Dropkick Murphys, while boy bands include New Edition and New Kids on the Block. Who knows? You might end up listening to a musical act in a local venue before they hit it big, playing shows nationally and gathering a following beyond Boston.
- Boston is an international city, including its student population. As a student you may have the opportunity to befriend other students and classmates from countries that you’ve never been to. This international exposure and socializing can add a level of richness and experiences in international communication that you may not get in a lot of other college environments. There are also restaurants with food from different countries, like Chinese, Japanese, Italian, Pakistani, and Mexican food, so you can travel across the world gastronomically.
- The public transportation system. As a student there are many different ways to get around Boston: you can walk, bike, take a bus or the subway (commonly called the T), and you can take a taxi. Of the aforementioned options, the taxi is the most expensive choice but if you need or want the option, it’s there. The T isn’t known as the fastest way to get around, especially by some students, but it is convenient.
The closer you live to the center of the city, the less you need a car, which is convenient because parking in Boston can be tricky as a result of limited parking spaces. Also keep in mind that parking garages can be expensive. If you live and go to school in the city, odds are that your college campus location won’t leave you feeling isolated from other places.
- If you’re into sports, look no further. Boston has a team in each of the 4 “major sports”: the Boston Red Sox in baseball, the Boston Celtics basketball team, the Boston Bruins in hockey, and the New England Patriots. While the Patriots football team doesn’t play in Boston, because Gillette Stadium (where they play) is in Foxborough, Massachusetts, there’s no doubt that they’re a Boston team. There are also two professional women’s teams, the Boston Breakers which are members of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), and the Boston Pride from National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL). Other professional sporting events include the Boston Marathon and the Head of the Charles Regatta, a rowing race on the Charles River.
College sporting events are also an option, with NCAA Division I schools in the area like Boston University, Boston College and Northeastern.
- Boston is a city with some small town charm. While Boston can offer some big time opportunities for students, it’s not as hectic as other locations like New York City, which “never sleeps.” In fact, some shops and eating establishment close on Sundays.
If you don’t mind cold weather and can financially support living and studying in Boston, where both rent and university cost of attendance is pricey, it’s definitely a city worth considering.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: MARIELA S.M.
I’ve known I wanted to be an entrepreneur since I was a kid and this year I founded Verbatim Translations LLC, which specializes in English to Spanish and Spanish to English translations. In addition, I currently co-tweet about women’s sports and female athletes from @WMNSPORTSWORLD. In 2015 I graduated from Boston University with an M.A. in International Relations and International Communications, after completing a B.A. in Humanities from the Universidad del Turabo in Puerto Rico. Writing is a passion of mine and I’m enthusiastic about the opportunity to contribute to Women’s iLab. I also enjoy reading, listening to music, learning, and thinking that I would be a Gryffindor if I lived in Harry Potter’s world.