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Boston, I’m Coming Back For You!

Exterior photo of NECO buildings with snow in front. Looking forward to seeing NECO in the winter again.

I am currently two months into my second rotation at the Manchester VA in New Hampshire! During this time, I have learned an incredible amount of information about various ocular diseases. I only have about three weeks left of this rotation, before coming back to Boston for 6 months. I am looking forward to returning home where it all started.

For this blog, I want to write a little bit about living in Boston now that I have experienced living here for 3 years. One of the best parts about attending the New England College of Optometry is its beautiful location. NECO is located in the heart of Boston in the Bay Bay area where there are hundreds of cherry blossoms on Commonwealth Avenue and the red bricks pave the path to beautiful nature. In one direction, you will see the street filled with numerous restaurants and shops, and the other, you will see a wide variety of universities and colleges. 

I chose to live right by NECO because of the wonderful atmosphere here and I knew I would never get bored of the city.  I like that Boston is very historic and I am able to explore the Freedom Trail or visit Paul Revere’s home. Fenway Park, the home of the Red Sox World Series Champs, is a short fifteen minute walk and the TD Garden, where the Boston Celtics play, is one short train ride away.  

For prospective students applying to NECO, it can be a bit stressful thinking about housing or transportation - especially if you have never visited Boston. Boston is very student-oriented because there are hundreds of schools throughout the city.  

When I lived in Boston, my apartment was about a two minute walk from school.  I decided to live in a studio by myself, but many students have roommates. If you plan to attend NECO, you will be invited to a housing fair in the summer where you will get to meet incoming classmates and meet with different realtors from all over Boston.   Be prepared to pay a security deposit as most realtors will require half-months of rent. The majority of the students live in the Back Bay as it is most convenient, but some students also live in Fenway, Brookline, Beacon Hill, or Allston, which are a short train or bus ride away.  The further you live away from the city, the more price friendly it gets, but there is something for everybody!

Transportation around the city is super convenient.  There are trains and busses all throughout the greater Boston area, so if you live further away from the school and need to travel to your clinic site, it is not difficult.  NECO provides a discount pass each semester for unlimited train and bus rides.  

I would highly recommend not bringing a car because it will be expensive to rent a parking spot and will be more of a hassle than useful. If you don’t feel like using public transportation, Uber and Lyft are also affordable.

Biren is in his fourth year at NECO. He is from Chicago, Illinois. During his free time, he enjoys traveling, being outdoors, running, and trying new foods. He always enjoys great company and making new friends.