Boston and the Region
A global destination for students, Boston is a world-class metropolitan city, and a vibrant center of culture and intellectual life. Boston's 30 colleges and universities draw about 300,000 students from around the world to the region every year. To learn more about Boston, visit www.cityofboston.gov.
Hip and Historical
One of the oldest cities in the U.S., Boston has the characteristics of a sophisticated European city with beautifully preserved buildings and historic sites. However, Boston isn’t all about the past and is also a thriving center of commerce and finance. From its bustling nightlife to the sleek downtown skyline, Boston is a forward-looking city and an incubator for thought-leaders in many fields
Fun and Friendly
More than 18 million people visit Boston annually, making it a leading tourist destination. They come to experience the open-air Quincy Market, walk the Freedom Trail, cheer on the Boston Celtics, shop on chic Newbury Street, and hang out in funky Harvard Square. Others tour the city’s distinct ethnic neighborhoods, such as Chinatown or the North End, Boston’s Italian community. Just a short walk from Northeastern’s campus you’ll find the world-class Museum of Fine Arts, Symphony Hall, and many other cultural institutions.
Boston and Beyond
The New England region has four distinct seasons, so you can snowboard in Vermont in winter, view colorful foliage and pick apples in New Hampshire during the fall, go springtime hiking in Maine, and relax on the world-famous beaches of Cape Cod all summer long. Travel a little further to experience the exciting scenes in New York City and Washington, DC, and beyond.
Boston is a great city for walking and biking. But the benefit of living in an urban setting is transportation via Boston’s bus and subway system called the “T.” For $59, you can get a monthly pass with unlimited access to subway and local bus.
Boston has been called the greatest sports city in the United States. The city and surrounding region are home to at least five major league professional teams.
- Boston Celtics (basketball)
- Red Sox (baseball)
- New England Patriots (football)
- Boston Bruins (hockey)
- New England Revolution (soccer)
Boston also hosts international sporting events including the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta, the largest two-day rowing event in the world, and the Boston Marathon—the oldest annual marathon in the world and an event that is a full day, city-wide celebration.
Boston is known for its arts, culture, history, and much more. Below are a few of the things you can do:
- Visit the Museum of Fine Arts, John F. Kennedy Library, Museum of Science, Institute of Contemporary Art, or New England Aquarium
- Visit an outdoor festival in Chinatown (Boston’s Asian community) or the North End (Boston’s Italian community)
- Go to a professional sporting game featuring the Boston Celtics or Red Sox
- Attend a show or concert at the Boston Opera House, Colonial Theatre, Huntington Theatre, or American Repertory Theatre
- Experience a performance of the Boston Ballet or Boston Symphony Orchestra
- Stroll through one of Boston’s many public parks and historical sites
If that’s not enough, Boston offers comedy clubs, rock concerts, movie theaters, art galleries, nightclubs, and shopping venues throughout the city.
Shopping in Boston offers something for everyone—classic and cutting-edge, high-end and handmade, with international and local appeal. You’ll find large malls, small shops, national department stores, outdoor markets, and exclusive boutiques.
- The Back Bay neighborhood is home to dozens of galleries, shops, and boutiques; and world-famous Newbury Street
- The Prudential Center and Copley Place malls house numerous stores, including Neiman Marcus, Barney’s New York, and Saks Fifth Avenue
- Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall Marketplace are home to shops, boutiques, pushcarts, and a food court
- Harvard Square in Cambridge is known for its numerous bookstores, quirky boutiques, ethnic shops, and college-themed stores