Best Boston Neighborhoods for College Students

Author: Alecia Pirulis

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Boston is known as a college town, and many students choose to pursue their education here for its sports culture, scenery and constant stream of entertainment. There are a number of neighborhoods in Boston suitable for college students that have access to your apartment living needs. If you are on the hunt of off campus housing, here is our list of the best Boston neighborhoods for college students:

Jamaica Plain

The Jamaica Plain community is one of the most diverse neighborhoods in Boston, and it’s only 20 minutes from Downtown Boston. In fact, it’s probably the most accepting of race, social and economic class in Massachusetts. Living here provides you with a cultured lifestyle, and there’s living accommodations for everyone and their price range. Jamaica Pond is convenient for running, boating or cycling, and a 265 acre botanical garden, Arnold Arboretum, regularly features programs and events for the community. This area also holds a reputable and eclectic mix of restaurants.


Home to the Boston Redsox, the Fenway area and Kenmore Square are often grouped together. There are several major colleges and universities known as the Colleges of the Fenways in these neighborhoods; such as Emmanuel College, MassArt, MCPHS University, Wheelock College and Wentworth Institute of Technology and Simmons College. Because of the presence of these institutions, there are plenty of competitively priced apartments close to cultural attractions, nightclubs and lively bars.


The Dorchester area is essentially a neighborhood comprised of smaller neighborhoods in Boston. There’s a sense of neighborly pride and charm, and both North and South Dorchester are part of the more affordable sections of the city. Public transportation is easily accessible, and when there’s no traffic, it’s only a 10 minute drive downtown. In recent years, there has been an influx of hipper and cooler residents.

Allston Brighton

The Allston/Brighton area is one of the closest neighborhoods in Boston close to Harvard University, Boston College and Boston University. You’ll find architecturally traditional apartment buildings in the midst of modern restaurants, interesting bars and clubs and retail establishments. While this section of the city is known for thousands of college residents and immigrants, it’s also known to be one of the best places to experience live music.

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