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Live in Boston/Cambridge
Radiating intellectual vitality and exuberance, the city of Cambridge is an ideal location for the extraordinary community of thinkers, doers, and dreamers you will meet as an HGSE student. Whether you are interested in history, art, music, theater, or science, opportunities to partake in all are within reach—either by walking or by rail, bus, subway, or boat. The Harvard Square area, for example, is rated among the highest in the U.S. for density of bookstores per square mile. The Square is also brimming with restaurants, coffee and tea shops, sidewalk cafes, and other places to continue stimulating conversations.
From the telephone to the public library, Boston is also the birthplace of American public education.
Boston, the seat of American history, is located just across the Charles River and is known as one of the most livable cities in the country. You’ll benefit from vibrant and diverse neighborhoods, exceptional medical facilities, and dynamic business districts, parks, community centers, and libraries. Each year, Boston hosts more than 12 million visitors from all over the world, drawn by the area’s educational institutions, history, arts, culture, and national sports teams. The Boston Marathon, held each April, is the world’s oldest annual marathon and attracts more than 20,000 runners from around the world.
What to Do Here?
From walking and running along the Charles River to taking in numerous concerts, plays, workshops, and exhibits, there is never a shortage of things to do in Boston and Cambridge.
Here are a few places to visit, once you’re settled in:
- Freedom Trail: one of the nation’s first walking tours; provides an introduction to Colonial and Revolutionary Boston.
- Fenway Park: home of the Boston Red Sox and the oldest ballpark in the Major League.
- Faneuil Hall Marketplace: converted 18th century warehouse houses boutiques, eateries, pushcart vendors, and street performers.
- Museums ranging from art and history to science.
- Boston Common: starting point for the Freedom Trail and one of the nation’s oldest parks.
- Harbor Islands: swim, boat, tour the 34 islands, hike, fish, and bird-watch at the country’s newest national park.
- Chinatown: third largest Chinese neighborhood in the nation, and famous for its many excellent restaurants.
- Black Heritage Trail: walking tour through the largest area of pre-Civil War black-owned buildings in the nation.