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Learn English in one of the most historical and influential coastal cities of the USA
Boston is the largest city in New England and one of the most popular attractions in the United States - a great place to live and study with lots to see and do. Situated on the East Coast, it is among the most forward-thinking and barrier-breaking cities in the United States. It focuses primarily on learning rather than money or politics and is famous for its academic institutions, which are a source of great architecture, innovative art, scientific discovery and ground-breaking ideas.
The student population gives Boston a youthful and vibrant feel that permeates the entire city. Boston people are generally very open, friendly and talkative, so you'll have no problems making new friends. Remember the catchy theme tune of the 1980s sitcom Cheers, which was set in Boston? This city really can become the ‘place where everybody knows your name’!
Boston’s rich cultural and sporting life
Boston is known for its incredible wealth of museums, historical sites, live music, theatre and art galleries. This cultural capital has been nicknamed the “Athens of America” as there are so many cultural institutions to enjoy here. In fact, Boston is essentially one big outdoor history museum. A great way to tour the city and learn about its history is to take the Freedom Trail, which winds its way around the city and connects 16 different historical sites from the first public school in America to the first church building in Boston.
Check out Faneuil Hall Marketplace, which dates back to 1742 and features all sorts of fascinating little shops and market stalls, as well as street performers and tasty food. Also, don’t miss the opportunity to take a tour of Cambridge, home to a couple of the most prestigious universities in the world – Harvard and MIT.
Sport is a huge part of the experience of living in Boston. Go and see the Celtics (basketball), New England Patriots (American football), Red Sox (baseball) or Bruins (ice hockey) and cheer along in a fantastic atmosphere. Or watch the world-famous Boston Marathon or the classic rowing event: the Head of the Charles Regatta.
While in Boston, be sure to try the seafood!
Some local specialties that you shouldn’t miss include fresh steamed lobster, cod, creamy seafood chowder and oysters on the half shell. One place to try these is the Boston waterfront, part of the famous harbour which has been redeveloped for residential and recreational use. Boston also houses America’s oldest restaurant – the Union Oyster House, where you can see a photo of Boston’s first waitress, Rose Carey. You can also pop into the “Cheers” bar made famous by the sitcom and take a selfie next to cutouts of its stars.
Boston residents also like to hang out at the Boston Common and Public Garden. This is the oldest public park in America and it’s a lovely place to relax in the sunshine, ride the Swan boats and have a picnic beneath the shady trees.
Shopping-wise, you’re spoilt for choice in Boston. The large Prudential Centre and more upmarket Copley Place are two of the city’s largest shopping centres, while Wretham Village Premium Outlets - where you can pick up designer goods at cheaper prices - is just outside the centre.
These are just a few ideas for your free time while studying English in vibrant and beautiful Boston.