Boston is one of the ultimate international student destinations. With numerous universities in the city and surrounding suburbs, students have the opporunity to find the perfect school for them. Along with the plethora of world-renowned institutions, there also comes the lively city of Boston; a large, bustling metropolitan area that has a certain charm and quaintness to it. There’s also plenty to do when it’s time to take a break from the books. Read on below to discover how some students like to pass the time in Boston:
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When classes are done for the day, there’s plenty to keep students entertained far into the evening hours. If you’re the cultural sort, the Boston Ballet and the Boston Symphony Orchestra are not to be missed. The ballet offers rush tickets, and has many unique shows throughout the season, and their Nutcracker show at Christmas will simply blow your mind.
If you’re more into comedy or off-Broadway shows, the Theatre District is your go-to destination. Many big-name comedy stars make their way to the city, and the shows are perfectly situated near public transportation. For music lovers, the House of Blues is a popular venue for bands, or the bigger names can be found performing at the TD Garden.
Boston also has plenty to offer when it comes to delicious restaurants and trendy bars, where you and your friends can whittle away the hours putting the world to rights. Many restaurants, such as Fire and Ice, offer a college night so you can bust your grooves without breaking your bank. Bars by the popular Faneuil Hall area offer DJs at night and also some live bands, all of which are popular among Boston’s student community. Most bars ask for a cover charge of approximately $10 starting at 10pm, so be sure to get there early!
The local sports teams are legends to Bostonians, and attending a game is always memorable, to say the least! The Red Sox usually offer cheap rates for tickets out in what’s called the “bleachers” (though it should be noted you’ll be sitting in actual seats) throughout the season, and occasionally even have $10 tickets to games. If you’re interested in the history of Fenway Park, tours are offered and student pricing is only $12/tour.
The Celtics basketball team and Bruins hockey team both make their home at TD Garden, which is conveniently part of North Station, making transportation to the games suitably efficient. Ticket prices for these teams tends to be a bit more expensive than for the Red Sox, and are usually affected by how well the team is doing in the season. But just remember that the price is always worth it, as these are the games that really are exciting!
The Patriots football team is the only team that doesn’t play within the city limits. They play out in a suburb of the city called Foxborough, which is accessible by train. As the Patriots are a highly successful team, tickets for games can be pricey. If you’re not able to get tickets to a game, the area the stadium is located in, called Patriot Place, has many trendy restaurants and shops and is a fun day trip from the city.
With Boston’s strong academic roots, it’s no surprise that there’s a wealth of museums scattered throughout the city. No matter what your interest, there is bound to be a Boston museum that is entirely dedicated to it. For those of you interested in history, you can visit the U.S.S. Constitution, or Old Ironsides, where tours are also available. But there are many other historically themed museums, whether you’re interested in learning more about Massachusetts, or perhaps a bit more about President John F. Kennedy.
Art lovers also have plenty of inspiring options. You can visit the Museum of Fine Arts for a variety of different works, or the Institute of Contemporary Arts if modern is more your style. For an eclectic collection, be sure to visit the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum. As an added bonus, if your name is Isabella, you receive free admission!
If you’re feeling youthful, there are many fun, interactive museums that you could also visit. The Boston Science Museums offers a variety of educational exhibits that teach you all about science in the funnest possible way – unleash your inner-child and learn while doing so! There’s also a number of unique exhibits that come through, with a past exhibit exposing the magical wizarding world of our favourite Hogwarts student – Harry Potter. Or, if your interest lies in history, you can visit the Boston Tea Party floating museum, where you might even have a chance to throw tea overboard…what could be better than that?!
One of the best parts about being a Boston college student is that there is so much to do. These are only a smattering of the activities available- imagine how many more you can find!
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