Top universities, friendly neighborhoods and a progressive spirit blend together in Cambridge, across the river from Boston
When you set up home in the country’s oldest college town, you’ll be living in an appealing area that’s known for its esteemed Ivy League connections and student-friendly neighborhoods.
Start your day with a frothy cappuccino at 1369 Coffee House, then take a leisurely stroll through leafy Harvard Yard. When it’s time to get to class, you’ll have some of the best universities in the world on your doorstep – Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After your lessons, head off campus to bustling Harvard Square and kick back while you watch locals compete in outdoor chess tournaments.
When night falls, you can take the Red Line out to Davis Square, a charming district in Somerville. Enjoy a fun night at Sacco’s Bowl Haven, followed by dinner at one of the homely restaurants nearby like Redbones Barbecue. Before the evening is over, look out for happy hour in the cozy quarters of Grendel’s Den, a friendly student gathering spot since 1971.
On weekends, you’ll find plenty of off-beat hangouts to enjoy. Spend your downtime watching movies at the Brattle Theatre or Landmark Kendall Square cinema, or while away long afternoons hunting for vintage fashion at stores like The Garment District. If you’d rather get back to nature, check out the bike path running along the scenic Charles River, or rent a kayak and float along the waterway, admiring the stunning views across to Boston.