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Boston and Waltham: A Diverse and Welcoming Community

Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA)

Boston Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA): Quality contemporary art right on the waterfront in South Boston's Seaport District!

USS Constitution

The USS Constitution: Touring the USS Constitution can be a unique experience - it is the world's oldest commissioned navy vessel still afloat.

Museum of Fine Arts

Museum of Fine Arts (MFA): One of the largest museums in the United States, the MFA has nearly 450,000 works of art waiting to be explored.

Freedom Trail

The Freedom Trail: Explore Boston's history on foot with this 2.5 mile route through 16 different historical sites.

Faneuil Hall Marketplace/Quincy Market

Faneuil Hall Marketplace/Quincy Market: Shops, restaurants, and outdoor entertainment! A popular destination for tourists & Bostonians alike.

New England Aquarium

New England Aquarium: See everything from penguins to seahorses, all an easy train ride away from Brandeis IBS.

Boston is known as one of the most vibrant, student-friendly cities in America with more than 600,000 people in its twenty diverse neighborhoods - another 3.5 million in the wider metropolitan area - as well as 250,000 students in its nearly three dozen colleges and universities. So, what exactly is this reputation based on?

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.