One of my favorite things about going to NECO is the location of the school. NECO is located in the heart of Back Bay, which is a community within the Boston area. I chose this school for two big reasons: 1. the multi-cultural clinic experience and 2. the location of the school.
I love this city because of the nice people and the wonderful atmosphere. Fenway Park, where the Boston Red Sox play, is a 15-minute walk from school and student tickets are very affordable. Watching a great baseball game with friends and a cold brew is perfect to wind down the school week. Boston is also a city with numerous museums and the 2.5-mile long historical Freedom Trail walking path that takes you to significant sites from the American Revolution. Boston is also a busy, lively city. There are always different activities happening throughout the city.
Here are some thoughts on living in Boston and getting around:
Housing: Once you give your deposit to NECO, you will be invited to join the incoming class Facebook page where students will introduce themselves and how many roommates they are looking for and their price budget. Then, in June, before the school year begins, NECO hosts a housing fair where they invite different realtors from all over Boston to meet with new students. Be prepared to pay a security deposit when you find an apartment, along with your first month's rent, as most realtors require one.
Most students choose to live in Back Bay as it is within walking distance from school, but some students also live in Fenway, Allston, Cambridge, and Brookline. I currently live in the Bay Bay area about a two minute walk from school and have been living there for the past two years. The further you live away from the college, the more price-friendly the rent gets and you get more bang for your buck. I decided to live close by because I study best at school where there are not any distractions. You can decide what makes sense for you in terms of housing. There is something for everybody -whether you want to live in a studio apartment or live with several roommates.
Out Of Town Students: I am from Chicago, so moving to a different state was a big jump. Before choosing NECO, make sure you take the time to explore the city to see if it is the right fit for you. You will be in Boston for four years, so the living environment is extremely important.
Once you are here, make sure you check out not only Boston and Massachusetts, but surrounding states. Four years may seem like a long time, but it definitely goes by quickly. New Hampshire and Maine are beautiful during the fall season, Vermont is a great place to go snowboarding during the wintertime, and New York is amazing to check out all year round. I especially love New York City around Christmas to see the lights and go ice-skating.
Transportation: The transportation around Boston is very convenient. I would highly recommend not bringing a car because it is more of a hassle than useful. Parking is difficult to find throughout the city and the rates can be expensive. The trains and busses run all throughout the greater Boston area frequently. During my summer session, my clinical placement was at Roslindale Community Health Center. I took a combination of the bus and the subway and it was easy to get there. And if you ever feel a bit lazy Lyft and Uber can also be your best friend.
Biren is in his third 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.