Welcome, Boston 'Dores!
Welcome to the Boston Vanderbilt Chapter! With more than 2,000 alumni in the Boston area, we have a thriving Commodore community for connecting with former classmates, meeting new friends, and networking with Vanderbilt alumni. Our events throughout the year span a broad range of topics including educational, networking, cultural, social, and athletic events, and aim to engage alumni in the vibrant Boston community around us. Past events have included Commodore Classrooms, networking breakfasts and happy hours, trips to the Boston Ballet, Red Sox, and Boston Pops, holiday and Welcome to Boston parties, game watches, and many more.
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Boston is very much a city of neighborhoods, and each has its own character! The South End and Back Bay are great foodie destinations, and Seaport and Fenway both have great nightlife. Take the time to explore. Also, Boston is a very walkable city, so skip the Uber/Lyft to get to know the city better when you first arrive. Cambridge/Somerville are also similarly neighborhood-driven areas. People tend to describe themselves by their nearest square (Harvard, Central, Kendall, Inman, Porter, Davis, Union, etc.) and each square has a distinct flavor, so try to visit them all if you can! Pro tip: Alive and Kicking (in Cambridge) has the best lobster roll in town. Bonus: Boston Burger Company has (I think) the cheapest beer in town ($1.50 PBRs all day). This doesn’t sound that exciting, but once you realize that the State of Massachusetts doesn’t allow happy hour drink specials, this becomes decidedly more important. ’13
Use your student email address to get $9 tickets from the Red Sox! ’17
It seems everyone in my company has a condo in Brookline. My favorite neighborhood is Back Bay. Check out Newbury Comics, and if you’re looking to impress a date take them to Top of the Hub. Boston Common is really nice, and while you’re there don’t forget to take a stroll down Commonwealth Avenue. In the summers they put on free performances of Shakespeare plays in the Common and they have food trucks on the lawn as well. ’14
Having a car isn’t necessary, especially if you work in the city. That being said, you definitely want to live somewhere accessible to the T, preferably the red or green lines. If you are looking for something a little quieter, but still easily accessible to the city, try Brookline (on the green line). ’11
There’s more young people in Boston than you think. It’s also easy to navigate, with plenty to do. ’15
You’ll most likely have friends who live all over the city and in Brookline and Cambridge, and there are many great neighborhoods, so don’t overthink which neighborhood you move to. You’ll get much better space for your money in apartments on the outskirts of the city (areas like Allston, Brighton, Jamaica Plain) or in Brookline and Cambridge. Use your Vanderbilt email address to sign up for $9 student Red Sox tickets. When friends and family come to visit, walk the Freedom Trail. It’s a self-guided tour where you can follow the bricks on the sidewalk, starting from outside of the Boston Common. You can look up more info about each of the stops online! ’17
Boston is a very insular city from a social perspective. It can be hard to get in with groups of friends, most of whom went to school together. If you find an apartment which requires driving to work, reconsider. ’17
Boston - By the Numbers
- Alumni: 2,402
- Students: 185