Boston: The Best College Town

What's great about Boston? Just about everything! Art, music, history, amazing cultural institutions, the nightlife, Newbury Street — and more than 300,000 other college students.

Fenway Park in Boston

Explore the city of Boston

Located on the Atlantic coast, Boston is approximately 200 miles northeast of New York City. It's the largest city in the New England region and has a well-earned reputation as the best "college town" in the U.S., with more than 50 colleges and universities in the Greater Boston area.

Simmons' main campus and residence campus are located in Boston's vibrant Fenway neighborhood, next door to the Longwood Medical Area's internationally famous teaching hospitals and biomedical research centers. From campus, students can walk to numerous cafes, colleges, museums, shops, parks, performance venues and movie theaters.

Boston is a walking city — which is a great advantage for Simmons students. And you can always take the T, Boston's public transportation system. Hop the Red Line to Harvard Square. Take the Green Line to the North End for cappuccino and cannoli. Ride the Blue Line to Revere Beach (or the airport). Or catch the Orange Line to Jamaica Plain for eclectic music, food and culture.

The city of Boston

Simmons Guide to Boston

We're right in the heart of Boston, and there's so much to do and see in this city. We rounded up some of our favorite things in different Boston neighborhoods, so consider it your official guide to the city.

Guide to Boston

Life in Boston

Students working in the archives.

In Fall 2019, a group of 11 Simmons undergraduate students began researching the lost West End. Supported by a “Humanities Research for the Public Good” grant from the Council of Independent Colleges, the students created a series of exhibits, including one for the West End Museum, one on Simmons’ campus, and a digital exhibit.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum courtyard

Although we're spending more time indoors these days, it doesn't mean we can't experience the world! If you're starting to feel stir crazy, take a look at this list to see famous museums, trails and more from the comfort of your home.