Boston and Cambridge may be the best cities in the world in which to be a college student. When you first come here, just take a duck tour. Its a fun and easy way of getting to know the area and learn a little about its history!
Other College Kids
More than 50 other four-year colleges also call the Boston metro area home, and within Boston's city limits, one in every four residents is a college student. The city's convenient public transportation system (the "T") makes it easy for students from different colleges to socialize with each other.
Despite MIT's location across the Charles River in Cambridge, MIT students travel into Boston on a regular basis; transportation is available on foot or bicycle, on an MBTA bus and train, or on an MIT SafeRide shuttle. Saferide is for when the sun goes down but Boston Daytime is, well, pretty self-explanatory. Most fraternities, sororities, and independent living groups own houses in Boston, so many students live in the city. Of the 26 fraternities, about 20 reside in Boston.
For Cultured Folks
MIT students are able to take in Boston culture, thanks to many programs around MIT which allow students to get free or reduced-price tickets to various events. Students get free admission daily to the Museum of Science, the Museum of Fine Arts, and all Harvard University and MIT museums. The MIT Activities Committee and the Council for the Arts make tickets available for performances and attractions around Boston, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Ballet, and the American Repertory Theater.
The Boston POPS also have a variety of shows in Boston. They are well known for their fusion of classical and popular music. Additionally, the Blue Man Group also shows at the Charles Playhouse when they are not in tour. Or you can see a Shear Madness showing for some comedy.
Tickets are sometimes available for Bruins, Celtics, and Red Sox games, but students most commonly attend these games when their clubs or living groups purchase and subsidize a block of tickets. It's great to go in small groups to the ballet, but it's even more fun to go to a Red Sox game with 30 of your closest friends! Additionally, a bus also runs to Foxboro, Massachusetts, for those who want to attend Patriots games. (The stadiums, TD Garden and Fenway especially, also serve as popular venues for concerts when musicians are on tour in Boston).
Food and Shopping
Students regularly eat out at Boston's fabulous (and cheap) restaurants. For example, you can go to little Italy located in the north end of Boston. There are dozens of gelato stands, an array of italian restaurants, and you must stop in the famous Mike's Pastry and try Boston's best cannolis! In downtown Boston, try Chinese dim sum and other Asian dishes in Chinatown. As you are walking around these cultural neighborhoods feel free to marvel at the architecture of their buildings. The great thing about Boston is that there are always new restaurants waiting to be discovered. And finally, for nights when you just want to stay home, an almost overwhelming variety of restaurants will deliver to campus.
All these places in Boston are very easily accessible through public transportation or simply by walking across the bridge.