What University Students Love About Boston and Cambridge

The cities of Boston and Cambridge are among the best places in the world to go to university. More than 250,000 students attend 40 colleges and universities here. Yes, there’s a great deal of intellectual activity going on, but there’s more to do than just studying. The area has tons of fun things to do and see  and some of the activities are free or discounted for students.

Here are the things students love about the area:

Music festivals are a great way to hear many acts in one place.


Boston and Cambridge have plenty of places to go after dark, whether you’re looking to hang out at a pub or coffeehouse, hear live music, catch some theater or a movie, or dance at a club. When you need a good laugh, try one of the many comedy clubs. Interested in high culture? Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art has Free Thursday Night. For an out-of-this-world experience, visit the Museum of Science for the free Astronomy After Hours.

Famous Universities

Harvard’s Widener Library is the university’s largest. It houses 3.5 million books and has 57 miles of shelves.

Harvard and M.I.T. are located in Cambridge, and they have beautiful campuses, museums, libraries, and galleries that you can visit. Student-led tours are popular, and there are always people waiting to take selfies with the statue of John Harvard, after whom the university was named. M.I.T. boasts spectacular modern architecture. Tip: You can buy a T-shirt with Harvard or M.I.T. on it anywhere, so if you miss the tour, no problem.


The Lunder Arts Center at Lesley University exhibits the work of visiting artists, faculty, and students.

The Greater Boston Area is home to world-class museums, theaters, and concert halls, not to mention schools such as Berklee College of Music and the New England Conservatory of Music, which present professional and student performances. Lesley University College of Art and Design showcases traveling artists’ exhibitions along with the work of faculty and students at the Lunder Arts Center.

Public transportation

The subway system, known as “the T,” is super convenient. You can also buy a membership in the bike share system, which has 190 stations around Greater Boston. You also have the option of taking it slow and walking to your destination; that way you’re more likely to encounter one of the many fascinating neighborhoods.

The Great Outdoors

The Sand Castle Festival at Revere Beach draws international competitors. Revere Beach is the oldest public beach in the U.S.

Boston has what’s known as the Emerald Necklace—a chain of parks across the city. These areas provide recreational opportunities or just a quiet space to sit and collect your thoughts. The Charles River Esplanade is the ideal place to have a picnic or watch people go by; it’s the site of the Independence Day fireworks on July 4. In Cambridge, you can relax in the famous Harvard Yard. Want to play in the sun at the beach? You can take the subway to Revere Beach, which each year hosts the wildly popular Sand Castle Festival.

Study at Lesley University – Explore Two Great Cities

Have we convinced you? As an international student, you’ll find the ideal balance between big-city and small-town experiences in the Lesley University Global Academic Advantage program. Lesley is located in the heart of Cambridge, steps from Harvard University and a short distance from M.I.T. You’ll have the city at your feet, along with all the comforts of living in a safe and friendly community. To learn more, visit our website, or send us an email.


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