The Ultimate Student Guide To Boston

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The Ultimate Student Guide To Boston

It’s that time of the year again: back-to-school season!

Boston is a total student-city—in fact, students make up 20 percent of the city’s population, according to the Boston Globe. Whether you’re beginning your freshman year or preparing to graduate, you should experience everything this gorgeous city has to offer while you study. Here’s our go-to list of things you should do in Boston this fall.

1. Familiarize yourself with Boston’s COVID situation

Yes, COVID is a major downer when you’re planning to move to a new city, but it’s necessary information to know! Boston’s acting mayor recently announced a mask mandate for indoor public places in the city, and many colleges and universities have new safety measures and requirement sin place this year. Make sure you do your research before classes start!

2. Take your parents on a tour around the city

Once you’re moved into your dorm room or your apartment, start enjoying the city! Your parents might want to check out the more tourist-y activities that the city has to offer, so you can consult our guide on where to take your parents while they’re in town.

3. Hit the books at a local coffeehouse

Once classes start, you’ll have to study somewhere! Libraries are of course a good option, but when you need a coffee fix, these 7 coffee shops offer caffeine, WiFi, and a studious atmosphere.

4. Get some new threads at a local thrift store

On a student budget, you might not be able to afford a shopping trip on Newbury Street just yet. But if you’re looking to amp up your fall wardrobe and spend time with your new friends sifting through vintage clothes, thrifting is the perfect daytime activity for you!


5. Hit a sports bar on the weekend

Whether you’re a baseball or a football fan—or maybe not much of a sports fan at all—you can always have some good times at a bar on a big game night. It’s an essential part of Boston culture, after all! These 5 bars are great contenders for catching a game on the big screen and knocking back some beers.

6. Get a bite to eat in the North End

For dinner plans, hitting Boston’s North End is a must. This neighborhood is home to some of the city’s best Italian food, from simple, nourishing staples like pasta e fagioli to elevated Italian American fare that merges classic recipes with the best of New England seafood. There’s plenty of restaurant options to choose from, but you’ll be satisfied regardless of where you go!

7. Keep in shape by hitting a bike path

It’s easy to get overwhelmed with school at first, which is why it’s important to decompress and enjoy the nautral beauty of the city while the weather’s still nice. Stay healthy and enjoy the city views by renting a Blue Bike and hitting a local bike path.

8. And finally, check everything off your Boston bucket list! 

As you’ll learn, Boston is a beautifully vibrant and historical city with so much to do and see! Enjoy your college years here to the fullest and make a point to seize the day, Boston-style.

[featured image: Pexels / Zen Chung]

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