Question for Boston-ites

<p>My S is an urban type, and he is wondering how convenient the city of Boston is from the following schools:</p>

<p>Boston College
Boston University
Brandeis University
Northeastern University
Tufts Univeraity</p>

<p>He has read up it, but it's hard to gauge true accessibility.</p>

<p>Thanks!</p>

<p>Northeastern and Boston University are deep in the city -- you can't get anymore convenient to Boston than these schools.</p>

<p>Boston College is next. It is in Chestnut Hill and Boston is easily accessible.</p>

<p>Tufts is near the Davis Square T-stop, so maybe 35 minutes into Boston? (I've never actually taken public transportation from there.)</p>

<p>Brandeis is the furthest out, in Waltham. There is a commuter rail station nearby, but since it is commuter rail I wouldn't say it is that convenient to get into the city.</p>

<p>wow, I very much appreciate the info!</p>

<p>DS is a Northeastern alum. PM me if you have questions.</p>

<p>Tufts is a 10 to 15 minute walk to the subway stop at Davis Square. It's 18 minutes to South Station less to downtown Boston or Harvard Square.</p>

<p>Brandeis is a half hour walk to the commuter rail station, but as I recall they do have shuttles. Trains are half hourly during rush hour and every hour the rest of the day.</p>

<p>Thank you for all the help!</p>

<p>Boston College has access to three MBTA stations. On the Northeast corner is the Boston College Stop or the "B" Green Line. The Cleveland Circle station is about a mile from the Southeast corner on the "C" Green Line. The Chestnut Hill station is about a mile from the Southwest corner on the "D" Green Line. All three of these lines provide easy access into Boston.</p>

<p>Boston University is essentially on the "B" Green Line as it is on the North and South side of the "B" Green Line in-between Boston College and Fenway Park. So Boston University is west of the denser part of Boston and Boston College is further west.</p>

<p>Fendrock sums it up well. My kiddo is a BU alum...feel free to PM me. He used the T exclusively to get around Boston and loved being right IN the city itself.</p>

<p>Suggest he go online and look at google map views of the campuses ... it will give you a sense of where the campus is relative to the city. Boston University is actually IN the city. Some people will claim that BU has no campus because it's so enmeshed in the city.</p>

<p>My son was at BU when Bin Ladin was killed -- and joined the student march to rally on Boston Common, with police escort down Commonwealth Ave. Apparently a pretty cool thing!</p>

<p>I went to Brandeis and used public transit to get into Boston and back every week for rehearsals. There's a Commuter Rail (public transportation train, more expensive and less frequent than subway or bus) stop right at the edge of campus, very quick and safe to get to. If your son doesn't mind planning his expeditions into Boston around the train schedules, this is a terrific option. </p>

<p>It's about a 30-minute walk to the center of Waltham, which has another Commuter Rail stop and at least two bus routes that will take you into Cambridge where you can catch the subway or another bus to nearly anywhere in Boston. The University runs shuttles to Waltham quite frequently, so he can get there even if it's dark/snowing/etc., and the bus schedule is often more convenient than the train.</p>

<p>Finally, there actually is a bus that runs from the campus Commuter Rail Stop directly into Downtown Boston (financial district), but it only runs during very specific commuter hours. :(</p>

<p>As a BC alum, I can echo what one of the above posters said: one of the great things about the location of the school is that it feels suburban, but is in easy walking or campus bus distance from three T-lines so you can get just about anywhere in the city. Kind of best of both worlds.</p>

<p>My daughter is at Brandeis now. I am pretty sure she has said that the free "BranVan" makes round trips to downtown Boston and perhaps to Cambridge as well, at least on weekends. Check out the school's website.</p>

<p>Northeastern has a "campus-y" feel at its core.... but it is truly in the middle of Boston. The 4 "T" train stops (2 different lines) at campus make city access simple. </p>

<p>From my son's International Village dorm, the quickest way to class was through the Ruggles station (elevated, with glass roof - good protection from the elements). Ruggles has bus connections too...this give many handy options when doing co-op (you can live on campus during co-op terms). </p>

<p>We did visit Tufts. It had a very beautiful campus on hills outside of Boston. City access would be tougher, but it would be a nice place for students wanting isolation from the city yet decent occasional access.</p>

<p>You can get into Boston on public transportation from any of those places, but my impression is that Tufts, and Brandeis students tend to go into the city less. The commuter frail from Brandeis is $4.50 each way. It goes to North Station and stops at Porter Square, which allows you to get on the red line.</p>

<p>That said, I've lived in the Somerville/Davis area near Tufts, and it's full of shopping and restaurants and is a great community area. It's easy to get into the city from there; I just think that students don't so much feel the need to. BC students may -- it is kind of a long B line ride to get into the city. I just haven't really known any BC students. My impression of Tufts is that it's a bit more of an insular campus, and the students that I've known there haven't necessarily wanted or needed to go into Boston proper that much, but it absolutely isn't hard. I currently commute to the Fort Point area from North Cambridge (not far from Tufts) and I commuted to Northeastern from Somerville for two years, and I don't consider it difficult access at all. The red line takes you right downtown.</p>

<p>When I was at Northeastern, one thing that I loved was that I could walk pretty much anywhere in the city from campus. I had a co-op in Copley and I walked back and forth there all the time. I think BU is a similar distance -- maybe slightly further out. The BU campus is more spread out though, so my impression is that it feels very very much like you're going to college in a city.</p>

<p>Also, i tend to avoid the green line if I can because it is the most unreliable subway line. So that affects BU and BC. I take orange to Northeastern.</p>

<p>^I think it really depends. Last year my son (Tufts) went to the Museum of Fine Arts every Saturday for a class. He's gone to lectures at BU and Harvard and takes a martial arts class off campus. I agree though that's there's no real need to go all the way into Boston when so much is going on right in Davis Square.</p>

<p>I lived in Somerville (just east of the middle) a long time ago and there is a lot in Somerville.</p>

<p>Boston College has three commercial centers within walking distance. Cleveland Circle is a mile away and has movie theatres, pizza places, the infamous Mary Ann's (bar), various restaurants and other services.</p>

<p>Near the Chestnut Hill T station is a Star Market and a bunch of other stores (and the Longwood Cricket Club for tennis fans). Within walking distance is the Chestnut Hill Mall, an upscale suburban mall. There are lots of restaurants in the area too.</p>

<p>The downtown area of Brighton is about a mile away from the Northeast corner of Boston College.</p>

<p>For those looking for a ton of interesting food choices, you can take the B line to the western part of Boston University and head west where there are a lot of ethnic and themed restaurants and where there are typically lots of college students hanging out. BU students can just walk there or take the T if they are on the eastern part of the campus.</p>

<p>Boston College students can also take the shuttle to Newton Campus which isn't too far from Newton Corner, an area with a lot of buses and shops.</p>

<p>Yeah, mathmom, it definitely depends. My impression is that a lot of Tufts students are happy to stay near Tufts, but its not difficult at all to get into Boston from there and clearly your son has found a lot of ways to take advantage of the proximity.</p>

<p>My D is currently at Northeastern and to be honest, if you are looking for urban with a campus feel, it can't be beat. It is a five minute walk into the heart of Back Bay, the Orange Line as well as the green Line both have stops on the campus. A 15 minute walk over the bridge takes you into Cambridge...</p>

<p>My d graduated from Brandeis and was in Boston and Cambridge frequently. The Bran Van ran from Thursday through Sunday and the commuter rail is right off campus. She went to all the art museums, shopped for art supplies, went to dinner, movies and concerts, went a few times to the BSO, went to events at Tufts and other schools. After freshman year many of her friends also had cars and it is a quick 20 minute drive.. parking is another issue. She also stayed for a post-bac year and did a reverse commute living in Somerville. She had a car and it was a quick drive but used the commuter rail in bad weather.</p>