Living in Boston

Boston is one of the most historic and dynamic cities in America and is known worldwide, both as an international center for higher education, and a great place to live. Boston has been welcoming international students and visitors for many years, and is the perfect setting for our students to gain the experience and knowledge to succeed in our rapidly changing and increasingly global world.

  • Boston skyline from the Charles River Boston skyline from the Charles River
  • Washington monument in Boston Public Garden Washington monument in Boston Public Garden
  • Boston Common Boston Common
  • Newbury Street Newbury Street
  • Boston Old State House building Boston Old State House building
  • Faneuil Hall and Quincy Marketplace Faneuil Hall and Quincy Marketplace
  • Harvard University Harvard University
  • New England Coast New England Coast

City Tours


Boston Duck Tours are one of the best ways to get to know the city of Boston. The tour lasts approximately 90 minutes' and takes you past all the major landmarks around the City as well as splashing you into the Charles River for a breathtaking view of the Boston and Cambridge skylines.

 

You’ll cruise by all the places that make Boston the birthplace of freedom and a city of firsts, from the golden-domed State House to Bunker Hill and the TD Banknorth Garden, Boston Common and Copley Square to the Big Dig, Government Center to fashionable Newbury Street, Quincy Market to the Prudential Tower, and more.


Sport


Boston is home to several major league sports teams, including the Boston Red Sox (baseball), Boston Celtics (basketball) and Boston Bruins (hockey). The New England Patriots (football) and New England Revolution (soccer) play at Gillette Stadium in nearby Foxborough. Several Boston-area colleges and universities are active in college athletics.

 

Sports are a major part of the city's culture (as well as the culture of the Greater Boston area). Boston sports fans are known for their fanatical devotion to the Red Sox and knowledge of the team's history. Fenway Park, home of the Red Sox, is the oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball (MLB) and holds a legendary status among baseball fans.


University Tours


There are over 100 colleges and universities in the Boston area, including world leading universities such as Harvard and MIT. 250,000 students from the US and around the world choose to study in Boston.

 

Harvard University offers student-led tours around the university campus. The tour is completely free of charge, lasts approximately one hour, and comprises an outdoor walk through Harvard Yard, providing a history of the university, general information, and a unique view on the student’s individual experience.

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Travelling around Boston


Small in size, Boston is easy to navigate just by walking. It also has an excellent subway system (called “the T”) that makes it simple to get to its many famous sites an attractions. You can also easily take the Blue Line from Boston's Logan International Airport (BOS) to downtown Boston.

 


Food


Cuisine in Boston is similar to the rest of New England cuisine, in that it has a large emphasis on seafood and dairy products. Its best-known dishes are New England clam chowder, fish and chips (usually with cod or scrod), baked beans, lobsters, steamed clams, and fried clams.

 

Boston has many restaurants, including those serving various ethnic cuisines.

Boston's Chinatown has a variety of Asian restaurants, bakeries, grocery stores, and medicinal herb and spice vendors. In addition to dim sum and other Chinese dining styles, there are Vietnamese, Japanese, Korean and Thai restaurants in the neighborhood.

The North End has a variety of Italian restaurants, pizzerias, and bakeries and is well known as Boston's "Little Italy." A favorite spot bringing in tourists is Mike's Pastry, located on Hanover Street and is extremely popular for its cannolis. Newbury Street has many ethnic street cafes, while Copley Place houses a multitude of restaurants including a food court in Prudential Center, also the home of Legal Sea Foods, a New England institution that offers gourmet seafood dishes.

For decades, Boston has a hosted a two-day-a-week open-air market known as Haymarket. Haymarket vendors sell fresh fruit, vegetables, and fish. Meat, cheese, and other food can be purchased in adjacent permanent stores. In addition to so-called "winter farmers markets", other more seasonal farmer's markets are held in locations around Boston and its suburbs.


Arts & Culture


Boston's nearly four centuries of history are showcased by the city's must-see sites. Start your city tour on the Freedom Trail, which will lead you to landmarks like the Paul Revere House and Boston Common

 

The lovely Boston Public Garden was the first public botanical garden in America, its form, plantings, and statuary evoke its Victorian heritage. This green and flowering oasis in the heart of a great metropolis has become a Boston icon. No visit would be complete without a stroll in the Garden and a voyage on one of its Swan Boats.


Museums & Galleries


The Museum of Fine Arts, one of the oldest art institutions in the country and home to one of the best art collections in the world, including the celebrated Art of the Americas Wing. Inside this sprawling collection, which debuted in 2010, you'll stumble upon 53 galleries showcasing iconic pieces spanning from Pre-Columbian times to the 20th century. John Singer Sargent's dazzling pieces are one standout here, and as you delve further into the collection, you'll see his paintings sharing wall space with others by masters like John Singleton Copley and Edward Hopper, among others.  

 

Asian art is also well represented at the museum, from Japanese pieces to Chinese decorative art. Plus, there are works from Monet, Renoir, Manet and Rembrandt on display in the European collection. You'll also admire masterpieces in special temporary exhibits, such as the "Boston Loves Impressionism" exhibit, which features 30 acclaimed works from masters Van Gogh and Degas, to name a few.

The Museum of Science is home to over 700 interactive exhibits, and runs a number of live presentations throughout the building every day, along with shows at the Charles Hayden Planetarium and the Mugar Omni Theater, the only domed IMAX screen in New England. The museum is also an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and is home to over 100 animals, many of which have been rescued and rehabilitated from various dangerous situations.

The New England Aquarium, which opened in 1969, is a global leader in ocean exploration and marine conservation. The Aquarium is one of the premier visitor attractions in Boston, with over 1.3 million visitors a year, and a major public education resource.


Shopping


Boston is ranked the 6th best shopping destination in the USA by the U.S. News and World Report. Whether you're looking for something chic or retro, you're sure to find it somewhere in Boston. Start your spree on Newbury Street where you'll find everything from designer clothing to used books.

 

Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Boston is filled with unique retail, delicious food and non-stop entertainment.

The school is located close to South Shore Plaza shopping center, a popular shopping destination for students to visit at weekends offering over 180 shops and dining options.

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