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By Nobee on August 20, 2021

7 Best Neighborhoods in Boston for College Students

Boston is now welcoming students from all over the world to start the new semester this September. Boston hosts prestigious universities such as Harvard University, MIT, Boston University, and more. Check out our list of great neighborhoods for college students to live in below.


Cambridge is “home” to students from Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Lesley University with an amazing educational-rich environment and convenient public transit system. Students can easily take the bus or redline from Harvard Square, Central Square, and Porter Square to their campus and different areas of Boston. The rent in Cambridge may be more expensive than in other neighborhoods, but it’s a great place to live with unlimited shopping options, restaurants, coffee shops & other amenities. If you’re going to stay in this beautiful neighborhood, remember to be mindful of your spending!

Walk score: 88

Bike score: 96

Transit score: 74

Great restaurants to try out: Season to Taste, Giulia, Base Crave.


Looking for decently-priced apartments in Boston? You definitely cannot miss out on the Allston/Brighton area, which has a special young vibe influenced by the large student community living in this area. Allston/Brighton is one of the closest neighborhoods to Harvard University, Boston College, and Boston University, that’s the reason why it becomes the ideal choice for university students thanks to the convenient transportation and affordable rent. 

Walk score: 86

Bike score: 89

Transit score: 67

Great restaurants to try out: The Glenville Stops, Coreanos Allston, Carlo’s Cucina Italiana.


Although Tufts is the only college in Somerville, this neighborhood is still a hot spot for students because of its easy access to downtown Boston. The cost of living can be a bit higher compared to other cities, but this neighborhood encompasses city living with so many things to do on the weekends/at night. Be sure to check out  the Davis Square Theatre, Assembly Square, local breweries, and local bars when you're here. 

Walk score: 89

Bike score: 89

Transit score: 64

Great restaurants to try out: BASILE, Sarma Restaurant, Highland Kitchen.


Due to the presence of colleges of the Fenway, rent in Fenway is usually high. It’s a pretty safe, clean, and quiet area that meets basic living needs, such as supermarkets, restaurants, and entertainment. Enjoying the great nightlife in the Fenway/Kenmore area will be a memorable experience in every student’s life!

Walk score: 94

Bike score: 91

Transit score: 95

Great restaurants to try out: Bleacher Bar, Hojoko, CAVA.


Back Bay

The reason that Back Bay is on this list is simple: this neighborhood is located right on the outskirt of the Boston Commons, making the average price lower than the Downtown, yet the quality of apartments is great. Back Bay is located right next to Newbury Street and Copley Place. Restaurants in this neighborhood are also a big plus and there are a lot of bus lines and T stops around, making this one of the most transit-friendly neighborhoods in town!

Walk score: 99

Bike score: 85

Transit score: 98

Great restaurants to try out: Saltie Girl, Paris Cafe & Bar, The Capital Grille.

Jamaica Plain

If you are a green lover, you’ll find happiness at Jamaica Plain. This neighborhood has many green spaces, providing its residents with great outdoor space. With its wide range of economic classes, races, and socialites, Jamaica Plain is one of the most diverse neighborhoods in Boston. 


Dorchester is a neighbor to Jamaica Plain, and the only thing different is that this area is more affordable. This neighborhood is the largest and most diverse neighborhood in Boston. Dorchester is home to the Umass Boston and also hosts the John F.Kennedy Presidential Library. Dorchester Avenue is considered the destination for those who are craving - the wide variety of global cuisine here can satisfy any hunger.

Walk score: 86

Bike score: 63

Transit score: 72

Great restaurants to try out: Molinari’s, 50Kitchen, Venezia Restaurant Boston.

Looking for more guides on neighborhoods? Check out the rest of our content on our blog or neighborhood pages! 

If you are looking for a great place to stay this semester, make sure to check Nobee out. We have over 1,700 apartments with a wide range of prices that can ease your apartment hunting fever, and 80% of our units are no broker fee!

Published by Nobee August 20, 2021