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Crash course boston

Crash CourseBOSTON:

Essential Guide to Transportation, Shopping, Entertainment, and Culture



  • How to put BOSTON into Boston College

  • Where are you living?




    Chestnut Hill


Boston college and its neighborhoods

Boston College and Its Neighborhoods

  • The BC shuttle is the quickest way to get around the area immediately surrounding campus and to the MBTA (public transportation)

  • Bordering Streets:

    Commonwealth Avenue and Beacon Street

  • Take a look at the map in your Orientation brochure

The t your friend

The T: Your Friend

  • The easiest away to get around Boston, even if you have a car, is to take the T

  • Charlie Cards have a better price

  • Discount on monthly pass from BC Office of Transportation

  • MBTA website can help you plan your trip

Mbta trip planner

MBTA trip planner

The green line

The Green Line

  • Three different lines run near BC and through the surrounding neighborhoods:

    • B Line (last stop is Boston College; goes along Comm. Ave toward downtown; can be painfully slow)

    • C Line (leaves from Cleveland Circle; goes along Beacon St. toward downtown)

    • D Line (has Reservoir and Chestnut Hill Stops)

Local hot spots


  • Cleveland Circle

  • Coolidge Corner

  • Brighton Center

  • Newton Center

  • Harvard Ave. on B Line

  • Harvard Square, Cambridge

Newton center

Newton Center

  • Great local stores

  • Sol Azteca

  • Union Street Bar & Grill

  • Johnny’s Luncheonette

  • Sandwich Works

  • Panera Bread

  • Starbucks

  • J.P. Licks

Chestnut hill by way of hammond street

Chestnut Hill by way of Hammond Street

  • Chestnut Hill Shopping Center: Macy’s, City Sports, The Container Store, AMC, La Rotisserie, and Comella’s

  • Chestnut Hill Mall: Bloomingdale’s, Apple, Upscale Boutiques (kate spade)

  • Atrium Mall: Anthropologie, GAP, J.Crew, Restaurants

  • Star Market on Hammond Street (Rte. 9)

Cleveland circle

Cleveland Circle

  • Accessible by Shuttle--Reservoir Stop

  • C Line begins here; D Line has stop at Reservoir

  • Conveniences: Banking, CVS, Hardware Store, Tedeschi

  • Restaurants: Pino’s / Presto’s Pizza, Thai, Japanese, Mexican, Eagle’s Deli, Chill

  • Bars: City Side, Roggie’s, Mary Ann’s

Washington square


  • Grocery Stores: Star Market, Whole Foods

  • Restaurants: Publick House, American Craft, Washington Square Tavern, The Fireplace, American Craft, Rod Dee, Athan’s Bakery

  • Conveniences: Starbucks, Connelly Hardware, Liquor Store, Banking, Shoe Repair, Marathon Sports, Movie Works

Harvard brighton avenue


  • Harvard Avenue Stop on the B line

  • Staples, TJ Maxx, Kelly’s Roast Beef, S&I Thai, La Mama’s, Starbucks, Pita Pit

  • Several Popular Bars

    • Great Scott’s

    • Big City

    • Sunset Grill

    • Common Ground

    • Barley Hall (Griggs St. on B Line: GSA Grad Night Out!)

Coolidge corner

Coolidge Corner

  • Trader Joe’s, Stop & Shop

  • Coolidge Corner Theater

  • Brookline Booksmith

  • Zaftig’s, J.P. Licks

  • Shopping conveniences

Other b line attractions

Other B Line Attractions

  • Packard’s Corner: Large Shaw’s/Star Market

  • Boston University Stops (lots of bars, restaurants): T Anthony’s, T’s Pub, Super 88/Hong Kong Supermarket, Brown Sugar

  • Charles River trail

  • City Sports, EMS, Landry’s Bicycles

  • Kenmore Square: Fenway Park, Eastern Standard, Barnes & Noble, Uno’s, Bertucci’s, Post Office, Banks, Sports Bars

Brighton center

Brighton Center

  • Located within walking distance to BC

  • 57 Bus Line

  • St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, YMCA

  • Bars: Green Briar, Porterbelly’s, The Last Drop

  • Restaurants: Devlin’s, Brighton Beer Garden, Smoken Joe’s BBQ

  • Coffee: CafeNation, Athan’s Bakery, Starbucks

  • Conveniences: Banking, Post Office, Hair Salons, Flower Shops, CVS, White Hen Pantry

  • Johnny D’s Fruit and Vegetable Stand

Along the d line

Along the D Line

  • Brookline Village

    • Matt Murphy’s, Sichuan Garden, Village Smokehouse

    • Local Conveniences

  • Fenway Stop:

    • Regal Cinemas

    • Bed, Bath and Beyond

    • Best Buy

    • Staples

    • Cold Stone Creamery

    • Blick Art Supplies

    • Panera Bread



  • Must see with tons of shops, restaurants, Harvard University, MIT (Kendall Sq.)

  • Notable stops: Harvard Film Archive, The Raven, Schoenhof’s, Grendel’s Den

  • Cambridge One for gourmet pizza and Border Café for great margaritas, Sole; Vegetarians hit Veggie Planet (Harvard Sq) and Life Alive (Central Sq.)

  • Shopping, unique boutiques

  • Great movie scene

The 86 bus

The 86 Bus

  • Leaves from Reservoir Station (BC Shuttle stops here)

  • Goes through Brighton Center at Market Street, Watertown, to Harvard

  • Target, Old Navy, Best Buy, Arsenal Mall are accessible at the Western Ave/Arsenal Rd. Stop

Downtown boston

Downtown Boston

  • Fenway Park: take B or D Line (Fenway stop or Kenmore Stop)

  • Boston Marathon

  • Symphony Hall (Boston Pops)

    • Hynes Convention Center

  • Museum of Fine Arts (E Line)

  • The Esplanade (Charles River)

Downtown boston1

Downtown boston

  • City Hall and Faneuil Hall

  • Prudential Center

  • Newbury & Boylston Streets

    • Upscale shopping, AMC Theatres

  • Boston Common and Public Garden

  • Boston Public Library, Athenaeum membership library

Other boston neighborhoods

Other boston neighborhoods

  • North End

  • South End

  • South Boston “Southie”

  • Charlestown

  • Jamaica Plain

  • Dorchester

Beyond boston

Beyond Boston

  • Beaches, Skiing, Hiking

  • Buses to New York City

  • Canada, Upstate New York

  • Cape Cod (Bus or 1.5 hour drive)

  • Cape Ann (Rockport, Gloucester)

  • Basketball Hall of Fame

  • North Shore (Marblehead, Salem); Newburyport, Portsmouth

  • “Leaf Peeping” in Vermont, White Mountains in New Hampshire

  • Apple Picking, Walden Pond, Tanglewood, Salem, the Berkshires

Family friendly boston and beyond

Family-friendly boston (and Beyond)

  • Frog Pond year-round

  • Museum of Science, Children’s Museum, Aquarium, Franklin Park & Stoneham Zoos

  • Harvest Festivals, Cranberry Bogs, Apple Picking

  • Old Sturbridge Village

Free things to do

Free things to do


    • Harvard Sq.: street performers, Harvard Book Store

    • The Freedom Trail

    • Tours of Sam Adams Brewery (Jamaica Plain)

    • Admission to MFA for BC students

    • Mass Historical Society, Mass State House

    • Tours of Boston Public Library, Institute for Contemporary Art

    • Arnold Arboretum (Orange Line)

    • Wine Tastings at Best Cellars (Coolidge)

    • Brookline Liquor:

      • All you can drink beer tastings on Fri

      • All you can drink wine tastings on Sat

    • Mass DCR Parks and Beaches

Student discounts

Student Discounts

  • Coupon Sites

    • Groupon:

    • Buy With Me:

    • Living Social Deal:

    • CoupMe:

  • Google “80% discount”!

  • Upromise by Sallie Mae:

  • Student Advantage Discount Card:

  • AMC Loews Theatres: Thursdays =$8.50

  • Student Universe (travel):

  • When In Doubt: Always Ask! 



  • Contact us!

  • Murray Graduate Student Center [email protected] or

  • Graduate Student Association:

    • Facebook: “Boston College Graduate Student Association (GSA)”

    • Twitter: BC_GSA

    • Executive Board Members:

      • Director of Advocacy and Outreach: Victoria Pineiro

      • Director of Programming: Emily Halstead

      • Director of Finances: Jon Piron

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