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Boston - The Education Capital of the World

Check out the article about Student Accommodation in Boston, Student life and all about the City that you need to know.

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Boston University is the largest private University in the US. Boston attracts a lot of national and international students and is home to some of the best institutions in the US.

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Boston is the largest city and the capital city of the state of Massachusetts in the United States and was founded on September 7th 1630. It is known for being the most intellectual and cultured city in the entire country. Mark Twain once wrote about the city, referring to its learned reputation, “In New York they ask ‘How much money does he have?’ In Philadelphia, they ask, ‘Who were his parents?’ In Boston they ask, ‘How much does he know?’” Boston’s culture and academic reputation were fabricated in its educational institutions, thereby making it a paramount destination where successful careers are born, starting with education.


Studying in Boston

There are roughly about 250,000 students studying in about 100 colleges and universities around the city. The largest being Boston University, which is the largest private university in the United States. For many international students, Boston would not seem to be an alien land, as a considerable amount of the population are “out-of-towners” studying in this diverse city. The city attracts students from all the other states as well as the entire world, with the highest number of international students from India and China.
Some of the world’s most notable and distinguished institutions are the Harvard Business School and The Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Founded in 1908, the Harvard Business School is one of the most celebrated schools in the world, and an MBA degree from the school adds a lot of value to a resume. MIT is the world’s leading educational provider in fields such as scientific engineering and technological education and research.
The Mayor’s office provides future students with advice and services to help make the transition as seamless as possible. The office helps students in making the transition, from anywhere between finding a new home to providing information about neighborhoods and the city’s social culture. The city also provides future international students with a portal to find ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes to enhance their language skills. The portal lists ESOL providers by neighborhood, so students are sure to find one in close proximity to home. The office also provides immigration advice to students and has a network of immigration lawyers, with whom constant meetings are held to discuss concerns. The city has also made available the list of legal service providers on its web page to give international students easy access when required. A guide to the city’s important services and facilities are also posted on the site.

Student Accommodation

Since the city is cluttered with many colleges and universities, finding accommodation in Boston could prove to be a mammoth task. However, that’s not to say that it is impossible. With the right amount of research, students can find the right living preferences, as there are many options out there and many different types of accommodation. Of course most universities either provide international students with accommodation on campus or make arrangements for students to find one. Nevertheless, the list below is different types of accommodation options that cater to international students and guests.
ESL Town House - Apartments for international visitors.
Howard Johnson - Budget Hotels.
The Longwood Inn - Single and double rooms and full apartments.
Anthony's Town House - Single & Double rooms
The Beech Inn Tree - Rooms at special rates for students.
All rooms are reasonably priced with single occupancy ranging from $99 to $150 per day and double occupancy ranging from $175 to 200 per day. The cost of rooms, if paid on a weekly basis, if far more cheaper and would be a good option if one is deciding to stay for a long period.

The Boston ‘ME’ Party – A Social Guide

Even though Boston has an intellectual reputation tagged to it, it still does not fall short of other activities that are not so academic, so to speak. For instance, Boston has a huge sport following with several major league sports teams in the city. Of course, it is no Cricket or Soccer, but the diehard sports culture, and passion of sports fans could get anyone on the other side of the world, hooked to Baseball and American Football.
Boston is home to the performing arts, with the Boston Opera House, the Cutler Majestic Theatre and the Citi Performing Arts Centre dominating much of the classical entertainment scene. Boston is home to several groups of celebrity status with super-group Aerosmith and classical outfit the Boston Symphony Orchestra topping the list. Moreover, the Berklee College of Music is located in Boston and is the largest college for contemporary music.
Boston has a thriving night life, together with quality restaurants that appeal to everyone’s taste buds. The city’s well connected public transport system gives you the mobility that would never have you depending on the comforts of a personal motor vehicle. This is a small knit city, and everything you need is no more than a stone’s throw away, making it the ideal choice for students.
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