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Make the Most of Your College Tour in Boston

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

 

If you’re looking at colleges in the Boston area, you’re in good company.  Home to more than 50 colleges and 249,000 students, Boston is truly America’s College Town.  However, visiting area schools can be daunting and requires some advance planning.

 

  1. Consider what type of college interests you.  A big university or small college?  A self-contained campus or urban environment?  A world-renowned science program or top-notch music school?  Boston offers all of the above!  Before you visit, check out a few colleges in your area to get a feel for what type of environment you like.  You’ll be able to narrow your focus when you visit Boston and won’t waste time visiting schools that aren’t a good fit.
  2. Plan around peak tourist events.  This may be a big city, but there are certain times of the year when finding Boston area accommodations can be challenging and cost-prohibitive.  Avoid visiting during the Boston Marathon (mid-April), college graduations (mid-May), fall foliage season and the Head of the Charles regatta (mid-October).
  3. Leave the car at home.  One of the best things about visiting and living in the Boston area is its great public transportation system.  On the flipside, traffic and navigating through the city can be a nightmare for out-of-towners.  Try to plan your visit without driving everywhere and book accommodations in a central location.  Stay in a vacation rental apartment in Back Bay or Cambridge and take the “T” to the campuses you’re visiting.
  4. Plan for changing weather.  As the saying goes, if you don’t like the weather in New England, wait a minute.  This is especially true in the spring and fall.  It can be 50 degrees one day in April and 80 degrees the next, so plan accordingly.
  5. Talk to as many people as you can.  Seek out students on campus for directions and ask lots of questions.  Every student you talk to will have a different experience and different perspective to share.  Try staying at a bed and breakfast or small inn near one of the campuses you’re visiting.  Your hosts can offer a wealth of insider information and give you a sense of what it’s like to live in this great city!

Back to school in Boston

Friday, August 26th, 2011

Boston area colleges are gearing up for the return of students. Some incoming freshmen and upperclassmen have already started to unpack their belongings in their new dorm rooms or Boston area apartments. Others will be joining them this week and next. The best advise to those visiting Boston during this period is to plan.

  • Plan out your drop off strategy as parking is always at a premium. Most universities provide detailed instructions for this stressful event.
  • Plan out your dining options as Boston restaurants are likely to be packed as well. If there is a particular restaurant you would like to try, make a reservation. Restaurant week is winding down so there may be a bit more availability. Try opentable.com
  • Look for discounts on sites like Groupon.com for things to do, restaurant deals, and more.
  • Leave a few days to take in the beauty of the city of Boston and breathe a sigh of relief. You can lots to do by visiting bostonusa.com and massvacation.com
  • Plan your return trip. Parents’ weekends tend to book up quickly so make your Boston travel plans to return to the city. You can visit our site for Boston vacation rentals , Boston B&Bs, and many Boston accommodations at bnbboston.com

College hunting is upon us!

Sunday, February 21st, 2010

This is the time of year when the city is flooded with people coming in to check out Boston schools, from which there are many fabulous ones to choose! College Boston is an event unto itself, so for those of you with teens searching for Boston area colleges, or even perspective graduate students, we have a few tips for the approach you might want to take this Spring. Check out this great blog, http://www.gobostoncard.com/blog/2008/04/14/visiting-boston-colleges/, for a quick overview of what to see and how to go about it. There’s also a website specifically designed to help with these visits, so visit http://www.campusvisit.com/# and click through to colleges and universities Boston. We are even offering a special promotion to help keep Boston lodging costs down because after all, a Boston education will be an investment unto itself…you may as well save money NOW when you’re visiting one of our great schools. And on that note, many of our properties welcome the same Boston area college families back year after year. It is typical to see parents stay at Abigayle’s Bed & Breakfast (M263) in Kenmore square with their junior in high school visiting Boston University, then as a couple during subsequent visits for the next four years for Parent’s Weekend, Graduation, etc. Our hosts are so thrilled to welcome back these returning guests! Wellesley Lodging (IW504) is another great example. This gracious hostess is a favorite among visitors to Wellesley College and Babson College. She never disappoints with her friendly and gracious hospitality, comfortable accommodations, and incredible proximity to these prestigious schools. So, if you’re planning to do some college hunting in the near future, take advantage of what we’re offering over the next couple of months. Families traveling to the Boston area will get a discounted rate at one of our Bed and Breakfasts, or furnished apartments, when visiting the Boston schools. Reserve nights for March 14 through April 30 (blackout dates: April 16-19), and CHILDREN (even teens!) CAN STAY FOR FREE! This is a huge savings! Check out our website for details. Happy hunting!

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