It is that despite its rich history, Boston remains a youthful city and a center of contemporary culture. It is the combination of skyscrapers in the financial district with brick row houses in the Back Bay and trendy shopping on Newbury Street, coupled with vibrant ethnic neighborhoods in the Italian North End and Chinatown.
Boston has countless historic sites and world-class cultural institutions such as the Freedom Trail, the Museum of Fine Arts and the John F. Kennedy Library. Those looking to enjoy the city’s nightlife can visit its restaurants, clubs and concert venues. And, of course, for sports fans, Boston boasts some of the country’s best teams in baseball, football, basketball, soccer and hockey.
Public transportation allows students to easily access most parts of the city. Boston also presents a gateway to the many vacation opportunities of New England - from the sandy beaches of Cape Cod to nearby mountains for hiking and skiing. No matter what students are looking for, Boston has it all.
Waltham is located just a few miles from downtown Boston and features its own unique culture. Students enjoy exploring Moody Street and its lively collection of shops and restaurants, as well as the Embassy Cinema. The Charles Riverwalk at the bottom of Moody Street offers jogging paths and great views of the river. In warm weather months, select outlets on the river offer canoes, kayaks and paddleboats - perfect for experiencing the beauty of New England up close. Ethnic festivals, farmers markets, lavish historical estates and quaint museums round out this vibrant community.
Waltham hosts two commuter rail train stops - one on Waltham Common, and one across the street from the Brandeis campus. Both run on the same line into downtown Boston in under 30 minutes.