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Cambridge & Boston

Harvard Square

Part Cosmopolitan City, Part Laid-Back College Town

More than chowder and the Red Sox, Boston and Cambridge come together to create a diverse, stimulating setting for your undergraduate years.

Organized around traditional town greens, tree-lined squares, and the grassy banks of the Charles River, Cambridge is one of metropolitan Boston’s vital urban centers. Harvard is at the heart of Cambridge, giving you immediate access to the city’s dense mixture of shops, restaurants, and entertainment.

The local scene

Cambridge and Boston are famous for their robust student populations. With 200,000 students attending 50 institutions in metropolitan Boston, you’ll never find a shortage of book bags, coffee vendors, or intelligent conversation.

Less well-known is Cambridge’s lively arts scene. Artists flock here for its eclectic architecture, legendary museums, street art, and engaging mix of urban and green spaces.

In recent years, Cambridge has also become a hub for technological innovation, with countless startups transforming this side of Boston into a haven for entrepreneurs, hackers, and the tech savvy.

Dining and nightlife

When you want to venture out from the College’s dining halls, Cambridge gives you plenty of options with restaurants of all varieties, whether you like fresh seafood, tapas, Italian, Mexican, French, or Thai cuisine, or prefer locally sourced, organic foods.

If you’re looking for nighttime fun, Cambridge stays alive well after dark. Gastropubs, cocktail bars, and live music are only a short walk or subway ride away.

Just across the river, Boston’s restaurants, nightclubs, and concert venues offer the quality and variety you would expect from a major metropolitan city.

Getting around

Cambridge is part of Boston’s comprehensive public transportation system (MBTA). With buses, cabs, and a subway stop right at the center of Harvard Square, you can easily get anywhere you need to go. Downtown Boston is only a 12-minute ride from campus.

Nearby attractions:

  • New England Aquarium and the Museum of Science
  • Walks through historic districts
  • Cruises to harbor islands and recreational areas
  • Atlantic beaches
  • Cozy seaside villages from Cape Cod to Maine
  • Ski slopes
  • Forests
  • Historic sites  recalling America’s storied past


John Harvard Statue in front of University Hall

Stroll through Harvard Yard, ask Admissions staff all your questions, and feel the warmth of the Harvard community. See tour dates and times.