Welcome to the Boston Area

Welcome to the Boston Area

Apartment searching can be both fun and exciting, but it is also an important decision. Entering into a rental agreement is a serious commitment to which you are legally bound. To help with your search, we've put together a guide to acquaint you with the areas around our campus and to provide some insight on what consideration many of our students take when finding housing.

Housing Guides

There are many factors to consdier and we have resources on several topics below:


Bank of America 235 Needham Street, Newton, MA 02464

Charter One Bank 968 Highland Avenue, Needham, MA 02494

Citibank 1000 Highland Avenue, Needham, MA 02494

Citizens Bank 1188 Centre Street, Newton, MA 02459

Eastern Bank 188 Needham Street, Newton, MA 02464

Newton Municipal Credit Union 1000 Commonwealth Avenue, Newton, MA 02459

Santander Bank 695 Highland Avenue, Needham, MA 02494

TD Bank 95 Highland Avenue, Needham, MA 02494

Boston Neighborhoods

Retrieved from www.cityofboston.gov/neighborhoods. All information provided by the City of Boston website.


This radiant neighborhood is best known for its student population due to its proximity to many colleges and universities. In recent years, an influx of immigrants and young professionals has taken an increasingly active role in the neighborhood. This varied mix of people creates one of the most energetic and diverse populations in Boston. Harvard Avenue, Commonwealth Avenue and Brighton Avenue host many ethnic restaurants and popular watering holes. The Honan Allston branch public library, named after the late Boston City Councilor Brian Honan, is a treasure of information and genuine resource for the entire community.


Back Bay

It's easy to understand why the Back Bay is one of America's most desirable neighborhoods. Newbury Street, Boylston Street and Commonwealth Avenue are lined with unique shops, trendy restaurants and vintage homes, making the Back Bay an extremely fashionable destination for Boston residents and visitors. In fact, it's not uncommon to spot celebrities strolling up and down these picturesque streets. This bustling neighborhood also houses the two tallest members of Boston's skyline, the Prudential Center and the John Hancock Tower, in addition to architectural treasures such as Trinity Church and the Boston Public Library.  


Bay Village

One of the smallest neighborhoods in the City of Boston, Bay Village more than makes up for its lack of size with its inviting and friendly atmosphere. Created by a landfill in the 1820's by developer Ephraim Marsh, Bay Village has been known as the Church Street District, South Cove and Kerry Village. Many of the homes look like smaller versions of Beacon Hill townhouses because the craftspeople who built the Beacon Hill residences settled in this area and built local residences for their own use. The neighborhood is also centrally located to several restaurants, the Theater District and many other cultural attractions.


Beacon Hill

One of Boston's oldest communities, Beacon Hill gets its name from a beacon that once stood atop its hill to warn locals about foreign invasion. Approximately one square mile in size, Beacon Hill is bound by Beacon Street, Bowdoin Street, Cambridge Street and Storrow Drive. Its architecture and lay-out is reflective of old colonial Boston, consisting of brick row houses with beautiful doors, decorative iron work, brick sidewalks, narrow streets, and gas lamps. Beacon Hill is also home to the Massachusetts State House and America's first African Meeting House. Charles Street, the neighborhood's main thoroughfare, is lined with antique shops and restaurants. Beacon Hill has been home to many notable Americans, including Louisa May Alcott, Oliver Wendell Homes, Daniel Webster, Robert Frost, Sylvia Plath, and Senator John Kerry.



Multi-family homes and condominiums line the streets of this welcoming neighborhood, which is located in the northwest corner of Boston, on the shores of the Charles River. Many of Brighton's small businesses are located along Washington Street, which runs straight through Brighton Center to Oak Square. The Brighton Center Main Streets Program has been actively attracting new businesses to the neighborhood, as well as offering grants for storefront renovations. St. Elizabeth's Hospital and the Franciscan Children's Hospital also call Brighton home. Families, young professionals and graduates students are all lured to Brighton for its tranquil yet dynamic atmosphere.



Situated on the banks of Boston Harbor and the Mystic River on the north side of the city, Charlestown has translated its historical roots into a thriving 21st Century neighborhood. As the home to such significant landmarks as the U.S.S. Constitution, the Bunker Hill Monument and the Navy Yard, Charlestown's allure has enticed a new generation of immigrants and young professionals to join its traditionally Irish-American population. Residents, new and old, frequent the local restaurants and establishments along Main Street and in City Square.


Chinatown - Leather District

Boston's Chinatown is the third largest Chinese neighborhood in the country. Located between the city's Financial District and Theater District, Chinatown is one of the most densely populated neighborhoods in Boston. Locals and tourists alike are drawn to the area's large selection of Asian restaurants and bakeries, where they can sample everything from dim sum to almond cookies. During the popular August Moon Festival, children carry brightly colored lanterns and revelers eat sweet cakes known as Moon Cakes, each containing a secret message. The Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, which opened in 2005, is a tremendous resource for the community, providing residents with English-language classes, childcare, and social and recreational opportunities.

Located between Chinatown, Downtown and South Station, in recent years the Leather District has emerged as a distinct Boston neighborhood. Made up of old leather factories transformed into residential and commercial uses, the Leather District boasts a historic appeal while offering 21st-century amenities. Residents cherish the "loft living" options that characterize this community. Locals do not have to travel far to sample some great restaurants, cafés and shopping destinations. The Leather District will also experience the splendor of the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway as this innovative project nears completion.



Dorchester, Boston's largest neighborhood, is also one of its most diverse. Long-time residents mingle with newer immigrants from Ireland, Vietnam, and Cape Verde. The nation's first Vietnamese Community Center is located in Fields Corner, the heart of the Vietnamese community in Boston. Dorchester Avenue anchors the neighborhood business district with a unique mix of ethnic restaurants, beauty salons, electronics stores, and pharmacies. Franklin Park, considered the "crown jewel" of Frederick Law Olmsted's Emerald Necklace Park System, is located here. The Park features 527 acres of green space and walking paths, a zoo, and an 18-hole municipal golf course. Neighborhood pride is strong in Dorchester, as former residents have been known to wear T-shirts proclaiming "OFD" - "Originally From Dorchester." Bordered by the Neponset River and Boston Harbor, Dorchester residents enjoy the riverfront amenities of Pope John Paul II Park as well as harbor beaches and boating opportunities.



Boston's center of business and government combine with the Boston Common and the Public Garden to form a dynamic downtown. Downtown also serves as a sanctuary for shoppers, offering everything from large department stores to cozy boutiques. Home to many of Boston's most historic sites such as Faneuil Hall, downtown Boston will soon benefit from two innovative plans designed to enhance and enliven this area, the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway and the Crossroads Initiative. The Greenway will beautify this area by weaving twenty-seven acres of green space into the fabric of the city. Crossroads will introduce a new set of 21st century street standards through downtown and reunite the surrounding neighborhoods to Boston Harbor and each other, with the Greenway as the centerpiece.


East Boston 

Originally a center of shipbuilding, East Boston has always been a neighborhood of immigrants. Today its population is made up largely of Italian-Americans and immigrants from Central and South America and Southeast Asia. That diversity is reflected in the neighborhood's myriad of ethnic restaurants. The nation's first branch library was built in East Boston in 1870. The housing is a mixture of old and new, including many restored triple-deckers. Logan Airport is located here, making East Boston a gateway to people from around the world. Located across Boston Harbor, East Boston residents enjoy fantastic waterfront views of the city skyline.


Fenway - Kenmore Square 

Perhaps most recognized as the home of Fenway Park and the Boston Red Sox, Fenway/Kenmore also boasts many of the City's top cultural institutions, including the Museum of Fine Arts and Symphony Hall. Fenway/Kenmore also has a strong academic presence, including Boston Latin School, America's first public school, as well as several institutions of higher learning. Many of these undergraduate students, as well as young people throughout the city, are drawn to the lively bars and clubs along Lansdowne Street. The Fenway is another central thoroughfare that encircles the Back Bay Fens, the neighborhood's preeminent green space, which was designed by Frederick Law Olmstead.


Hyde Park 

As Boston's southernmost neighborhood, Hyde Park offers the intangibles of city life as well as the open space more commonly associated with the suburbs. The historic Neponset River runs through this neighborhood that was annexed to the City of Boston in 1912. Hyde Park's unmatched community spirit is on display in the many small shops and restaurants along Hyde Park Avenue, River Street and Fairmount Avenue that make up the Cleary and Logan Square business districts. In the spring and summer, many city residents flock to Hyde Park to golf at the George Wright Golf Course, one of the city's two municipal golf courses. Hyde Park's charm has also captured the heart of Mayor Thomas M. Menino, a lifelong resident.


Jamaica Plain 

Jamaica Plain, or "JP" as the locals call it, is a classic "streetcar suburb" that has evolved into one of Boston's most diverse and dynamic neighborhoods. The ethnically diverse area is home to many Latinos, young families, and a growing gay and lesbian community. Hyde and Jackson Squares have significant Spanish-speaking populations from Cuba and the Dominican Republic. This blend of cultures is reflected in local businesses, such as the many different restaurants which line Centre Street, one of its main thoroughfares. Residents and visitors enjoy walking, biking, and running along Jamaica Pond situated on the Jamaicaway, part of Boston's Emerald Necklace.



The Native American Mattahunt Tribe once inhabited Mattapan in the early 1600's. Since then, a diverse population of Irish, Jewish, and Haitian immigrants has settled here in large numbers. Today Mattapan's population is largely made up of African Americans and immigrants from the Caribbean. A 21,000 square-foot Boston Public Branch Library is being planned adjacent to the Mildred Avenue Middle School and Community Center, making it a resource for the entire community. Mayor Menino recently established the Mattapan Economic Development Initiative, a collaboration of city agencies, residents, non-profits, and businesses to encourage investment, create jobs, and promote business development in the area.



Read about the pilot CityLinks office located in Dorchester! CityLinks is an initiative that brings together neighborhoods, non-profits, and government, connecting resources for community solutions.

Dorchester is Boston's largest neighborhood and also its oldest, founded a few months before the city itself. The neighborhood's historical diversity is exhibited in its architecture, from the old Victorian homes of wealthy Bostonians to the multi-family dwellings of later groups of immigrants. Today, Dorchester retains its diversity. Its main thoroughfare, Dorchester Avenue, connects many close-knit neighborhoods and thriving commercial districts of all kinds. Dorchester is also home to the University of Massachusetts at Boston and the John F. Kennedy Library.


Mission Hill 

With the addition of mixed-income housing, the renovation of One Brigham Circle and a strong business district along Tremont Street and Huntington Avenue, Mission Hill is alive with renewed energy while still retaining its original character. The community consists of a large African American and Hispanic population, a healthy collection of students from nearby colleges and young families who work in the Longwood Medical Area, making it one of the most diverse neighborhoods in Boston. New condominiums now join the traditional brick row houses and many three-decker homes that mark this architectural landmark district. Located just one mile from downtown Boston, Mission Hill also houses the historic Mission Church.



Newton is a suburban city approximately seven miles from downtown Boston. Rather than having a single city center, Newton is a patchwork of thirteen "villages", many boasting small "downtown" areas of their own. The 13 villages are: Auburndale, Chestnut Hill, Newton Centre, Newton Corner, Newton Highlands, Newton Lower Falls, Newton Upper Falls (both on the Charles River, and both once small industrial sites), Newtonville, Nonantum (also called "The Lake"), Oak Hill, Thompsonville, Waban and West Newton. Oak Hill Park is a place within the village of Oak Hill that itself is shown as a separate and distinct village on some city maps, and Four Corners is also shown as a village on some city maps. Although most of the villages have a post office, they have no legal definition and no firmly defined borders.

North End 

Home to American patriot Paul Revere, the North End is one of Boston's most historic neighborhoods. Traditionally a first stop for immigrants arriving in Boston, the North End is most well known as an enclave of Italian immigrants. Today the North End is populated by a mixture of Italian Americans and young professionals who are attracted to the neighborhood's tight-knit feel and access to downtown. Tourists come from near and far to sample authentic Italian cuisine, enjoy a cannoli or a cappuccino, and explore its narrow streets. In recent years, a number of boutiques have opened in the North End specializing in everything from trendy clothing to jewelry. The North End also offers access to Boston's waterfront along Commercial Street. Residents and visitors can enjoy strolling and relaxing in the newly renovated Christopher Columbus Park, and during summer evenings the park is host to a performing arts series.



Once considered a "garden suburb" of Boston, today's residents of Roslindale are still attracted to the neighborhood's natural beauty. Locals walk and bike in the Arnold Arboretum, a 265-acre oasis that is part of Frederick Law Olmstead's Emerald Necklace. Many of the neighborhoods' large colonial homes are being converted into condos to accommodate the influx of young professionals and families. Roslindale Village is the city's original Main Street district and now one of the city's most vibrant, featuring several bistros, unique shops, and wireless Internet access. The MBTA Orange Line and Commuter Rail provide commuters with easy access to downtown.



Once a farming community, Roxbury is home to the historic Shirley Eustis House, the only remaining country house in America built by a British Royal Colonial Governor. Today this neighborhood, which serves as the heart of Black culture in Boston, is undergoing a renaissance. Hundreds of new business and housing initiatives have revitalized the neighborhood's Dudley Square, Crosstown, and Grove Hall areas. The dramatic transformation of Blue Hill Avenue from a street lined with vacant lots to a dynamic business district is one of Mayor Menino's proudest achievements. The Roxbury Center for the Arts, Culture, and Trade, which opened in 2005, celebrates the cultural richness of the community through the visual and performance arts.


South Boston 

Once a predominantly Irish Catholic community, in recent years South Boston has become increasingly desirable among young professionals and families who are attracted to the neighborhood's strong sense of community and quick access to downtown and public transportation. People from all over the city enjoy taking a stroll around Castle Island, a Revolutionary War-era fort and 22-acre park that is connected to the mainland. "Southie Pride" is on full display in March when city residents flock to the neighborhood to enjoy the annual South Boston St. Patrick's Day Parade. Today the breathtaking South Boston Waterfront is emerging as Boston's newest neighborhood. Already home to the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, planned development for the Waterfront includes residential, office, retail, and hotel use. The Institute for Contemporary Art, slated to open in September, stands as an iconic symbol of the South Boston Waterfront's unlimited potential.


South End 

Located just minutes from downtown and the Back Bay, in recent years the South End has become one of Boston's most popular neighborhoods. It has attracted a diverse blend of young professionals, families and a vibrant gay and lesbian population to this Boston Landmark District. You will be sure to notice the South End's renowned Victorian brownstone buildings and homes as you walk along Tremont Street, Columbus Avenue and Massachusetts Avenue. Small business owners also enjoy the amenities of the South End and are supported by the national award winning Washington Gateway Main Streets Program. Some of Boston's finest restaurants, a thriving arts community and nearly 30 parks also call the South End home.


West End 

The West End, considerably impacted by Urban Renewal of the 1950's and 60's, is a small but significant community tucked behind Beacon Hill. Drivers on Storrow Drive recognize the West End from the famed signs outside the West End Condominiums and Apartments that read "If You Lived Here...You'd Be Home Now." Historically an ethnically diverse and vibrant neighborhood, the West End today is economically anchored by Massachusetts General Hospital.


West Roxbury 

West Roxbury, located in Boston's southwest corner, was originally part of the town of Roxbury and home to a 19th century experimental, utopian community frequented by such notable writers as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Henry David Thoreau. Today, West Roxbury is known for its civic activism and youth programming.



Boston Sports Clubs: 135 Wells Avenue, Newton, MA 02459 (617) 928-2000 

Beacon Hill Athletic Club: 1089 Washington Street, Newton, MA 02465 (617) 332-0008

Get In Shape for Women: 300 Walnut Street, Newton, MA 02460 (617) 244-2211 

Koko Fit Club: 77 Spring Street, West Roxbury, MA 02132 (617) 325-4800 

West Suburban YMCA: 276 Church Street, Newton, MA 02458 (617) 244-6050

Grocery Stores

Costco's 200 Legacy Blvd, Dedham, MA 02026

Roche Brothers 377 Chestnut Street, Needham, MA 02492

Shaws 33 Austin Street, Newtonville, MA 02460

Star Market 75 Spring Street, West Roxbury, MA 02132

Super Stop & Shop 160 Providence Highway, Dedham, MA 02026

Trader Joe's 1121 Washington Street, Newton, MA 02465

Whole Foods 916 Walnut Street, Newton, MA 02461

Helpful Numbers
William James College 617-327-6777
NSTAR Customer Service 800-592-2000
Keyspan 617-469-2300
Comcast 800-934-6489
RCN 800-746-4726
Verizon (Greater Boston Only) 800-837-4966
MBTA Customer Service 617-222-3200
MBTA Transit Police Emergency 617-222-1212
Boston Housing Authority, Housing Services (Occupancy Dept) 617-988-3400
Boston Police Department 617-343-4200
Emergency 911
Boston Fire Dept. Headquarters 617-343-3550
Commission for Persons with Disabilities 617-635-3682
Attorney's General Office 617-727-8400
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (www.uscis.gov) 800-373-5283
Registry of Motor Vehicles 617-351-4500

Faulkner Hospital 1153 Centre Street, Boston, MA 02130

Caritas St Elizabeth's Med Center 736 Cambridge Street, Brighton, MA 02135

Newton-Wellesley Hospital 2014 Washington Street, Newton, MA 02462


All information provided by the city of Boston website: www.boston.gov/departments/tourism-sports-and-entertainment/things-do-around-boston#museums

Abiel Smith School
The school remembers the life of African Americans from the beginning to the end of slavery, with a focus on the work to give everyone an education.

Boston Children's Museum
The museum has interactive and educational exhibits for kids, in addition to hosting a ton of awesome family friendly events .

Boston African American National Historic Site
Learn the story of the African American community in 19th-century Boston.

Boston Athenaeum
The Athenaeum was founded in 1807. It's the oldest independent library and cultural institution in the US.

Boston City Hall Galleries
The Mayor's Gallery and Scollay Square showcase local artists and groups. The temporary exhibits support the City's creative diversity.

Boston Fire Museum
The museum has taken up space in the old firehouse on Congress Street since 1983. You can see memorabilia and learn more about firefighting.

Boston Open Studios
Curious to see where artists create? Open Studios are a great opportunity to see behind the scenes of local artists' spaces. You can purchase art work directly from local artists, see demonstrations, and enjoy music.

Boston Public Library
The nation's first public library offers free tours with plenty of architecture and art to explore.

Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum
Relive December 16, 1773, the famous day when American Colonists opposed British rule (and steeped the Harbor with liber-tea).

Boston University Art Gallery
The Stone, 808, Annex, and Sherman Galleries are all within walking distance to the school's campus.

Boston Society of Architects Space
The home to the Boston Society of Architects features a gallery on architecture and design. Admission is free.

Commonwealth Museum
The museum about Massachusetts focuses on the history of the state and its people.

Congregational Library and Archives
The Library founded in 1854 features information about the religious activities of the early American colonists.

Edward M. Kennedy
Institute for the United States Senate The institute educates the public about the role of the Senate in our government.

French Cultural Center
The French Library and Cultural Center is a nonprofit that promotes the culture and language of France.

Gibson House Museum
The Back Bay museum is a historical single-family home that's preserved with original furniture and features dating from the mid- 1800's. Historic New England The organization is the oldest and largest regional heritage preservation group in the US.

Institute of Contemporary Art
Located on Boston's waterfront, the picturesque museum is home to works of contemporary art from the past 65 years. The unique architecture in the Poss Family Mediatheque alone makes a visit worthwhile.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
A vibrant woman and patron of the arts, Isabella Stewart Gardner's legacy lives on in her Venetian style home preserved as a Museum. The Gardner Museum features contemporary and historic art, music, and even has an artist-in-residence program.

John F. Kennedy Library and Museum
The library located in Dorchester is a tribute to the life and leadership of President Kennedy.

Mary Baker Eddy Library
At the museum and research library, you can find out why Mary Baker Eddy was one of the most influential women of the 19th century.

Massachusetts Historical Society
The independent research library preserves the history of Massachusetts.

Metropolitan Waterworks Museum
The museum has exhibits and educational programs about one of the country's first metropolitan water systems.

Museum of African American History
The museum works to maintain an accurate history of African-American lives in colonial times.

Museum of Fine Arts
The museum features many exhibits and galleries, including one of the world's largest Asian art collections in addition to one of the most important Egyptian collections both in breadth and depth

Museum of Science
From butterflies to nanotechnology: the interactive museum features hands-on exhibits and even a planetarium.

New England Sports Museum
Learn more about the City of Champions and Boston's sports legacy at the museum inside TD Banknorth Garden.

Nichols House Museum
The historic home shows what domestic life was like in Beacon Hill at the turn of the last century.

Old North Church
The oldest surviving church in Boston is also the place where two famous lanterns were lit to signal Paul Revere's ride.

Old South Meeting House
The National Historic Landmark was part of the events that shaped democracy in the US.

Old State House
Find out the role the Old State House played in the American Revolution.

Paul Revere House
The former home of Paul Revere and the oldest building in downtown Boston.

Trinity Church
Trinity Church is still home to a thriving congregation in Copley Square.

U.S.S. Constitution Museum
Learn the history of the ship and the people who sailed her.

Russell Museum of Medical History and Innovation
Discover the story of Mass General Hospital through interactive exhibits, artifacts, and photos.

The Vilna Shul
A place to learn about Jewish culture and history for ages 12 and up.

Warren Anatomical Museum
The collection of roughly 15,000 artifacts and cases includes anatomical models, photos, paintings, and more.

William Hickling Prescott House
Once home to the author William Hickling Prescott, the museum features his original study and a bedroom from the late 18th century.

West End Museum
The neighborhood museum preserves the history and culture of the West End.

Shopping Centers

Newbury Street
Boston's chic shopping address mixes elegant boutiques with funky salons and trendy galleries.

Faneuil Hall Marketplace
Most major cities have something like it now, but this was one of the first urban historic shopping districts and its success inspired many imitators. Now it features a similar assortment of shops as you'll find everywhere, although some of the restaurants have a definite Boston flavor.

Copley Place
Located in the historic Back Bay, at 100 Huntington Ave, Boston MA 02116, Copley Place is Boston's most distinctive shopping destination with 75 fabulous stores including Neiman Marcus, Barneys New York, Tiffany &Co., Jimmy Choo, Intimacy, Tourneau, Salvatore Ferragamo, Porsche Design, David Yurman, A|X Armani Exchange, Louis Vuitton, Emporio Armani, Elie Tahari, Christian Dior, Burberry, and BCBGMAXAZRIA. A dazzling mixed-use complex, Copley Place is a concept unlike any other in the Boston area. Located on a 9.5-acre site, the upscale center includes two levels of shopping, restaurants, four office buildings, 1,400 parking spaces and two hotels, The Westin Hotel and The Boston Marriott Copley Place.

Mall at Chestnut Hill
Mall at Chestnut Hill is an upscale, two-level enclosed shopping mall, located in the Chestnut Hill section of Newton, Massachusetts on Boylston Street (Route 9). Featuring the only Bloomingdale's in Massachusetts, Mall at Chestnut Hill features over 50 speciality retailers, including Uniqlo, Michael Kors, Tiffany &Co., Apple Store, Stuart Weitzman, CUSP: Neiman Marcus, Sidney Thomas, and Coach. While at the center visit Besito Mexican Restaurant, The Cheesecake Factory, or Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse for a unique dining experience. Shopper amenities include complimentary parking, coat &package check, Wi-Fi, lounge seating, EV charging station, and concierge.

The Street–Chestnut Hill
The Street is home to a dynamic mix of exceptional shopping, dining and entertainment destinations including Showcase SuperLux, Davio's Cucina, Intermix, Calypso St. Barth, Vince, Bluemercury, Jonathan Adler, Legal Sea Foods, Del Frisco's Grille, The Cottage, Star Market and more. As part of a major redevelopment currently underway, existing shops will be joined by other best-in-class retailers and restaurants. The 406,000-square-foot property is conveniently located along Route 9 between Hammond Street and Hammond Pond Parkway.


All information provided by the city of Boston website: www.boston.gov/departments/tourism-sports-and-entertainment/things-do-around-boston#sports

Boston Red Sox
Visit Fenway Park, home of the eight-time World Champion Red Sox.

New England Patriots
Learn about the five-time Super Bowl Champions. The Patriots play at Gillette Stadium.

New England Revolution
Head over to Gillette Stadium, where our Major League Soccer team plays.

Boston Cannons
The Major League Lacrosse team plays at Boston University's Nickerson Field.

Boston Bruins
TD Garden is home to the six-time Stanley Cup Champions play. The Bruins were the first team to be awarded an NHL Franchise.

Boston Celtics
The Celtics won 17 world championships, including eight in a row from 1959 - 1966.

Head of the Charles Regatta
The Head of the Charles is the world's largest boat race. Each October, rowers come from around the world to take part.

Boston Marathon
The Marathon is held each April on Patriot's Day. Learn about one of the most prestigious and oldest marathon events.

Collegiate Sports
Our college teams have been gaining national recognition in hockey, basketball, and football.

Boston Sports Trail
The Boston Sports Trail takes you on a tour of our City's sports history. Download the guide on your phone or GPS.


All information provided by the city of Boston website www.boston.gov/departments/tourism-sports-and-entertainment/things-do-around-boston#theater

Get half-priced tickets to performance arts shows in the City

Boston Symphony Orchestra 
The Boston Symphony Orchestra is now in its 129th season. They've performed throughout the US and the world. 

Boston Opera House
The venue is full of French and Italian styles, and is a great example of the design from the vaudeville era. 

Wilbur Theatre 
The Wilbur is a great destination for music and comedy in Boston. 

Shubert Theatre 
You can see world class acts of every genre at the Shubert. 

Wang Theatre 
The Wang offers many different types of performances, from Broadway shows to opera. 

Calderwood Pavilion 
Calderwood is both a theater hub and cultural landmark.

Lyric Stage 
Company The award-winning nonprofit theater is in the Back Bay. 

Shear Madness 
A comedy play that's been active since 1980 and is different every time you see it! 

Strand Theatre
The Strand serves as a cultural and educational resource to artists and audiences. 

Tourist Attractions

All information provided by the City of Boston website www.boston.gov/visiting-boston.


Duck Tours
Take a tour around the streets and waters of Boston on one of the famous amphibious Ducks! www.bostonducktours.com

Freedom Trail
A 2.5 mile brick path brings visitors to some of the most historic and significant places in the city and country's history. www.thefreedomtrail.org

In and Around Boston

Freedom Trail
The 2.5 mile brick path brings visitors to some of the most historic and significant places in the city and country's history.

Fenway Park
The oldest Major League baseball park in the United States. Its small, intimate atmosphere really allows you to feel like you are "in the game." On a warm summer night there is nothing better than going to the park, sipping a beer and watching the game.

Samuel Adams Brewery
Tours are available

Boston Public Gardens
Famous for its Swan Boats, the park has over 600 varieties of trees and an ever-changing array of flowers. It is America's first public garden

Beacon Hill
The famous Boston Brahmin neighborhood of red brick sidewalks, cobblestoned streets, elegant townhouses and gas street lamps.

Castle Island
The site of a fort erected in 1634, Castle Island is a great place to walk, jog or just unwind and enjoy the view.

Harpoon Brewery
If you've enjoyed the Harpoon Ale products you will want to tour the brewery or join the fun at one of Harpoon's annual beer festivals.

Bunker Hill Monument
This 220-foot granite tower commemorates the Patriots' undaunted bravery in defeat at the 1775 Battle of Bunker Hill.

Blue Hills Reservation
For a nearby escape from the city, check out Blue Hills in the warm months for hiking and in the winter for skiing/snowboarding. www.mass.gov

Haymarket Square
An open-air fruit and vegetable market open during the daytime on Fridays and Saturdays.


City of Boston www.boston.gov/departments/transportation
Information from this link includes parking permits, taxis, parking violations, street and sidewalk repairs, biking, and snow removal etc.

Zipcar www.zipcar.com
Car sharing company in Boston area

MBTA website www.mbta.com
Website includes all information regarding the MBTA's public transportation schedules and fares for the subway (the T), commuter rails, buses and boat shuttles.

Driving in the City

MassDot www.mass.gov/orgs/massachusetts-department-of-transportation

Website includes information about roadways and airports as well as a link to the RMV. Be sure to check with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation website to inform yourself with all you need to know about your vehicle's registration, MA plates, Driver's license, etc.

Driving to William James College 

All enrolled students will have on campus parking.

If you are having trouble finding housing, contact Admissions or the Dean of Students and we'll do our best to answer questions. We're not experts, but we're always happy to help. Admissions email and Dean of Students email.

Student Leadership and Organizations

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