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Life in Boston

Located in the heart of Boston's Back Bay, the Boston Architectural College's campus is located right on Newbury and Boylston streets where there is a never-ending supply of things to do and see. The BAC is the perfect place for students who want to be in the middle of it all!

Explore our highlights on things to do below, or visit for even more information.

Museum of fine arts Boston

Cultural Activities

As a visual arts and design school, our students love to take advantage of the expansive museum and artistic offerings throughout the city. Some favorites include the Museum of Fine Arts, Boch Center, Boston Museum of Science, Institute of Contemporary Art, New England Aquarium, and Children's Museum.

students in boston common

Walking and Outdoor Adventures

Want to take a nice stroll? We are a block away from the beautiful Commonwealth Avenue Mall that leads right to the Public Garden and Boston Common. The Charles River Esplanade is another great spot for jogging, cycling, and even sailing, and the Freedom Trail loops you through the city to all of the most historic locations.

city scene of Boston


Want to get some retail shopping therapy? Pick a store and between nearby Newbury Street, Boylston Street, Prudential Center, and Copley Place you're bound to find it! Other favorites include Blick Art Materials and Harvard Square.

Fenway park Boston

Sporting Events

Whether or not you're a fan of the "Sawx," it's hard to deny that Boston loves its sports teams. You can cheer on the Boston Red Sox, Boston Celtics, or Boston Bruins right here in town. The annual Head of the Charles Regatta on the Esplanade is another popular event that draws big crowds to see the boat races up and down the Charles.

faneuil hall boston

Special Events

You're never at a loss for things to do in Boston, from outdoor concerts by the Boston Pops, Broadway in Boston shows, First Night activities, the annual Earth Day event, and the world-famous Fourth of July celebration.

Bac students at first Friday.

Restaurants and Nightlife

Whatever you're craving from a chill café to a high-end steakhouse the Back Bay has more than enough restaurants to keep you busy. You'll also find plenty of student favorites to pass the time, such as shows at the Wilbur Theatre, dance and music clubs on Lansdowne Street near Fenway Park, and concerts at the TD Garden.

Did you know that as a BAC student, you can take classes at other visual and performing arts colleges in the Boston area?

To help make exploring Boston even easier, the BAC offers discounted MBTA T-Passes to current students.