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Neighborhoods

Boston is made up of distinct neighborhoods, each with its own character. Residents of any given area take pride in where they live.

Back Bay

This is where many of our students choose to live since it is so close to the school. It is also one of the city’s popular areas for celebrities to live. It is impossible not to be charmed by its Parisian style architecture and chic shops along Newbury street.

Fenway/Kenmore

This area is also within walking distance of the college. The neighborhood includes more schools and therefore other library options for students to use for studying. In addition to being home to the Red Sox, Fenway/Kenmore is a well-balanced neighborhood including restaurants, shops, and night life alongside parks and housing.

Allston/Brighton

This neighborhood is most known for its prevalence of students, mostly due to the proximity to Boston University and Boston College. Students who chose to live in this area can easily get to NECO using the MBTA green line.

Brookline

Although Brookline is technically a town of its own, it is right next door to several of Boston’s neighborhoods and is still considered to be a part of Greater Boston. It is a very likable area that can stand alone with plenty of shops, cafes, and boutiques, and yet provides easy access to Boston and NECO via the MBTA green line.

South End

The South End is primarily a residential area with beautiful brownstone style housing, but also includes some of the city’s premiere restaurants. From here most students chose to walk to school. The MBTA orange line and commuter rail are also easily accessible.

Jamaica Plain

A larger neighborhood, “JP” is just a little farther along the MBTA orange line. It is more residential and includes larger parks, including Jamaica Pond and Arnold Arboretum where you can find residents in any weather.

For further descriptions and information, please visit the City of Boston’s website.

There are so many things I love about living in Boston. It’s a big city, but it really never feels like one–its small neighborhoods and walkability keeps it from feeling oppressively large.
Emily Schwartz, OD 2015