As college students, most of us don’t have budgets for city living, but with just a little effort and not much money there are plenty of fun things you can do in Boston.
Did you know that you and a few friends can go to the Museum of Science and the New England Aquarium for free, or that quite a few other museums offer a discounted price if you have a Boston Public Library card?
All you have to do is get a library card and then you can reserve passes on their website. These passes gain you access to museums for free or at a very discounted price. It does require some planning in advance, but it’s definitely worth it.
Also, don’t forget that your student ID can get you into the Museum of Fine Arts for free.
If you love books, head to the Boston Public Library. It’s a great place to wander and explore, and free tours are available as well. It also frequently hosts special exhibits and talks.
For those of you who want to be outdoors, there are plenty of places to explore.
The Freedom Trail will take you from Boston Common, through Quincy Market and the North End, and finally to the Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown.
You can also check out the stars at Boston University’s Coit Observatory. Every Wednesday night at 8:30 p.m., they host open nights where anyone can learn about astronomy and look at the stars through telescopes.
You can also visit the Sports Museum, located in Boston’s TD Garden. For only $10 a person, you get the chance to see the arena where the Bruins and Celtics play. Although it is open daily, make sure to check the site before you go because it is closed during games and special events.
Some students are from out of state and may not have brought their beloved bikes to ENC, but biking is still an option with Hubway. Stations are located all over Boston, and a 24-hour pass costs only $5.
For those seeking out cheap entertainment, matinee performances (shows before noon) are only $6 at the Boston Common’s AMC Lowes Theater.
And if all you want is laughter, then Improv Boston is a great place to check out. While times and prices vary, the average student price is only $10.
If you want to get out of Boston, Cambridge is a great place to explore and is only a 40-minute ride on the T from Wollaston. While there, you can visit Harvard University and the Harvard Bookstore, along with the many other great places to eat and shop—including one of the best candy shops, Hidden Sweets.
Most of these activities are inexpensive, or even free, and all are available to you with just a Charlie card and a few dollars. So during the last month of school, stop using money as an excuse to stay in.
Go do something fun with friends, because Boston is just waiting to be explored.