BU in Boston

  • Often considered one of the best college locations, the historic city of Boston is at your doorstep when you live at BU
  • The "T", Boston’s public transportation system, runs through BU’s campus, giving you easy access to everything the city has to offer
  • Visit world-class museums like the Museum of Fine Arts and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum for free with your BU ID
  • Bring your books to Boston Common to study for your next exam or take a spin on ice skates at the Frog Pond during the winter
  • Spend an afternoon shopping at Faneuil Hall, grab a cannoli in the North End (Boston’s “Little Italy”), or go for a run on the Esplanade along the Charles River—you’ll never be bored in Boston
  • Boston has a goal of carbon neutrality by 2050 and BU is contributing to this goal with its Climate Action Plan, which sets a goal of carbon neutrality by 2040

Hi, guys. My name's Dagney. I'm studying Behavior and Health Science, and today I'll be showing you around the city of Boston, which is, basically, an extension of our campus. The city of Boston is a top destination for college students and it's known as America's College Town. It also has art, history, and entertainment, as well as several opportunities for research, work, and internships. Come with me and let's check it out.

Behind me is the Charles River and along it runs the Esplanade, which is a three mile stretch from our Boston University bridge over to the Museum of Science. Now getting to the Esplanade is never a problem because of this foot-bridge that runs right over Storrow Drive. Let's go take a closer look.

Boston University students take advantage of the Esplanade to run, picnic, and even sometimes attend outdoor concerts at the Hatch Shell. My favorite one that I've been to was free, hosted by a radio station and I got to see Gavin DeGraw, Of Monsters and Men, and even the Backstreet Boys, which is really cool.

The Charles River is the site of the world famous rowing competition as the Head of the Charles Regatta. Every year Boston University students come out from their dorms to watch their classmates compete in the competition. Welcome to Fenway Park, one of the oldest baseball parks in the country and home our very own Boston Red Sox. Behind me, you can see one flag for each year they won the World Series. Come with me and I'll tell you a little more about it.

Students living in our east end of campus can hear the cheers of the crowd during the game. Sometimes they can even hear the cheers of the crowd after the game, like I did my freshman year when the Red Sox won the World Series. It was my first great dose of Boston pride. Fenway Park has a 37 foot, two inch left wall known as The Green Monster, and it's the highest of all the major league baseball parks. There are also a lot of internship opportunities available to students, which is really convenient for our students because it's so close to campus.

I'm standing in front of the entrance to the Boston Public Garden. Now it's right next to Boston Common which was founded in 1634 as America's very first park. They're both very beautiful and have a lot of tourist attractions, so let's go in and take a look. One of the great things to do in the Boston Public Garden is take a ride on the Swan Boat. Now this is a Boston tradition that you have to try when you come and visit Boston University. It's great to get out on the water and enjoy some summer sun.

There are a ton of fun things to do in the Common, both in the summer and in the winter. In the winter, they have a yearly Christmas tree lighting that my friends and I love to go to and there's also ice skating on Frog Pond. In the summer, you can come chill out, read a book, and another fun thing about the park in the summer is all of the colleges will bring in their quidditch teams and they'll have an inter-collegiate quidditch tournament, which is really fun to watch.

Going to school in the heart of the city is great because Boston is pretty much an extension of our campus. Students who go to school in Boston have endless opportunities to intern in fields ranging from medicine to finance to business, and you might even have the opportunity to intern at out State House, which is an historic landmark. Faneuil Hall has served as a marketplace and a meeting place since 1742, and as you can tell, there's a lot of activity here. These street performers are a crowd favorite, but there's ton to check out and see, so let's rock n roll.

Faneuil Hall Marketplace encompasses Quincy Market which is most likely where you're going to find yourself. This building has a ton of different dining opportunities. Pretty much anything you would want to eat, and it's surrounded by different shops and people-watching opportunities. This is the first place I came when I visited Boston and I absolutely fell in love. Today the first floor of Faneuil Hall still serves as a bustling marketplace, while the second floor has a meeting hall where Boston City Debates are still held.

Thanks for taking the time to hang out with me and check out the city of Boston. As you can see, it's a great place to spend your college years. I have to go catch the T back to campus, but I can't wait to see you there.