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Living in Boston

In the middle of it all

From its founding in 1906 to the present day, Suffolk University has grown to be an integral part of the city of Boston, woven into the fabric of the city, its people, and its institutions.

When you step out of one of our buildings—one of the many benefits of going to school in downtown Boston—you're stepping into the vibrant heart of the city, with all of the action and opportunity that comes with it. From the global firms of the Financial District to the halls of the State House on Beacon Hill, you'll find internships, career paths, and professional connections waiting for you.

From the shops of Downtown Crossing to the restaurants of Chinatown to the venues of the Theatre District, you'll find an endless variety of things to do, all within walking distance of campus. For more exciting tips about living in Boston, visit our City Guide.

Attractions abound in Boston

Step out your door and you’re within walking distance to various industry clusters. Museums, concert halls, shopping districts, booming restaurants—you can find it all in Boston.

Boston is one of the most walkable cities in the US. Our downtown campus is steps away from incredible city sights. There are eight subway stops within a five-minute walk from campus, making it easy to explore the local area. Study your coursework under the elm trees in Boston Common, get inspired among the blossoms of the Public Garden or take in the salty air of the Boston Harbor.

New England sports

Boston is also famous for being the home to several professional sports franchises including the Boston Red Sox, Boston Celtics, Boston Bruins and New England Patriots. Root for the Red Sox and watch a baseball game at the historic Fenway Park. Walk down the street from Suffolk’s campus to the Boston TD Garden to catch a Boston Celtics basketball game or Boston Bruins hockey game. Looking to see a professional football game? Take the train to Gillette Stadium to watch the New England Patriots play.

Food options for every taste

Boston is an international melting pot and features nearly 3,000 restaurants to explore. The city's diverse dining scene includes everything from local flavors to dishes from around the world, chef-owned restaurants and budget-friendly options. New England is known for its fresh seafood, and Bostonians love a good lobster roll from places such as The Barking Crab, Legal Sea Foods or Neptune Oyster. On the weekends, head to South Boston or Cambridge for a great brunch selection or the North End for the best pizza and pasta in Boston.

Shopping at every turn

Boston boasts plenty of excellent shopping options for every type of style. Newbury Street is Boston’s best-known street for shopping and features all different types of stores from luxury brands to boutiques and budget-friendly options. If you’re looking for larger department stores, head to Copley Place or Prudential Center mall. Looking for something vintage? Visit thrift shops in Cambridge or Allston. Be sure to check out the weekly open-air artisan market in the South End which supports local businesses, designers, artists and entrepreneurs.

Events and things to do

Find an endless variety of things to do, all within walking distance of campus. For those interested in music and theatre, you’ll find a number of performing arts venues to experience around the city including the Boston Ballet, Boston Opera House, House of Blues, MGM Music Hall and Symphony Hall. Interested in the visual arts? Explore Boston’s wide variety of museums including the Museum of Fine Arts, Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum and the Institute of Contemporary Art.

Among the city's major annual events are the Boston Marathon, the St. Patrick's Day Parade, Saint Anthony’s Feast and the Head of the Charles Regatta.

Getting around Boston

Boston is one of the most walkable cities in the US. Our downtown campus is steps away from incredible city sights.

Boston has an excellent public transportation system called the MBTA which makes it easy to access different parts of the city at a low cost. The MBTA serves nearly 200 cities and towns and over 1 million daily riders on the subway, bus, ferry and commuter rail. Suffolk students can purchase semester MBTA passes at a discounted rate. There are eight subway stops within a five-minute walk from campus, making it easy to explore the local area.