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1 Crash Course BOSTON: Essential Guide to Transportation, Shopping, Entertainment, and Culture

2 Introduction How to put BOSTON into Boston College Where are you living? Brighton Brookline Newton Chestnut Hill Beyond?

3 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

4 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

5 MBTA trip planner

6 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)

7 LOCAL HOT SPOTS Cleveland Circle Coolidge Corner Brighton Center Newton Center Harvard Ave. on B Line Harvard Square, Cambridge

8 Newton Center Great local stores Sol Azteca Union Street Bar & Grill Johnny’s Luncheonette Sandwich Works Panera Bread Starbucks J.P. Licks

9 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)

10 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

11 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

12 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!)

13 Coolidge Corner Trader Joe’s, Stop & Shop Coolidge Corner Theater Brookline Booksmith Zaftig’s, J.P. Licks Shopping conveniences

14 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

15 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

16 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

17 CAMBRIDGE 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

18 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

19 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)

20 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

21 Other boston neighborhoods North End South End South Boston “Southie” Charlestown Jamaica Plain Dorchester

22 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

23 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

24 Free things to do http://www.boston.com 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

25 Student Discounts Coupon Sites Groupon: www.groupon.comwww.groupon.com Buy With Me: www.buywithme.comwww.buywithme.com Living Social Deal: www.livingsocial.comwww.livingsocial.com CoupMe: www.coupme.comwww.coupme.com Restaurant.com: Google “80% discount”! Upromise by Sallie Mae: www.upromise.comwww.upromise.com Student Advantage Discount Card: http://www.studentadvantage.com/ http://www.studentadvantage.com/ AMC Loews Theatres: Thursdays =$8.50 Student Universe (travel): www.studentuniverse.comwww.studentuniverse.com When In Doubt: Always Ask!

26 Questions? Contact us! Murray Graduate Student Center gsc@bc.edu or www.bc.edu/gscgsc@bc.edu www.bc.edu/gsc Graduate Student Association: www.bc.edu/gsawww.bc.edu/gsa 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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