Cambridge & Boston
A College Town & A College City
Cambridge and Boston are separated by the Charles River, but share a vibrant student population, an exciting blend of cultures, and a stimulating urban pulse. These two cities will host some of your most cherished memories. Explore, enjoy, repeat.
The Local Scene
Cambridge and Boston are famous for their robust student populations. With 200,000 students attending 50 institutions in metropolitan Boston, you’ll never find a shortage of book bags, coffee vendors, or intelligent conversation.
Less well-known is Cambridge’s lively arts scene. Artists flock here for its eclectic architecture, legendary museums, street art, and engaging mix of urban and green spaces.
In recent years, Cambridge has also become a hub for technological innovation, with countless startups transforming this side of Boston into a haven for entrepreneurs, hackers, and the tech savvy.
Dining and Nightlife
When you want to venture out from the College’s dining halls, Cambridge gives you plenty of options with restaurants of all varieties, whether you like fresh seafood, tapas, Italian, Mexican, French, or Thai cuisine, or prefer locally sourced, organic foods.
If you’re looking for nighttime fun, Cambridge stays alive well after dark. Gastropubs, cocktail bars, and live music are only a short walk or subway ride away.
Just across the river, Boston’s restaurants, nightclubs, and concert venues offer the quality and variety you would expect from a major metropolitan city.
Take a Virtual Tour
Student guides lead you through the places they live and learn, including dorm rooms, classrooms, Widener Library, the first-year dining hall and more.
Cambridge is part of Boston’s comprehensive public transportation system (MBTA). With buses, cabs, and a subway stop right at the center of Harvard Square, you can easily get anywhere you need to go. Downtown Boston is only a 12-minute ride from campus.
- New England Aquarium
- Museum of Science
- Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
- Fenway Park
- The Freedom Trail (Boston’s trail of historic landmarks)
- Faneuil Hall
- Cruises to harbor islands and recreational areas
- Atlantic beaches
- Cozy seaside villages from Cape Cod to Maine
- Ski slopes
Student Perks & Discounts
Most Boston sports teams have something in common—they win. A lot. And as a Harvard student, you can easily see the Red Sox hit a homer from Fenway Park’s wooden seats or watch the Bruins clinch a playoff spot at TD Garden. You can enjoy perks and discounts on a variety of event tickets. Museums, a night at the theatre, a trip to the shops at Harvard Square—even a new computer may be discountable.