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UMass Boston Community GuideOFFICE OF STUDENT HOUSING

OFFICE OF STUDENT HOUSINGUNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS BOSTONCONTENTSBoston Area Communities 3 Dorchester 3Quincy 4Mattapan 5Braintree 6South Boston 7Cambridge 8Somerville 9East Boston 10Transportation 11 MBTA 11 Driving 12 Biking 12Trash Collection & Recycling 13Being a Good Neighbor 14Engage in Your Community 16 Volunteer 16 Register to Vote 16Community Guide Pg 2100 Morrissey BoulevardBoston, MA 02125-3393P: 617.287.6011F: 617.287.6335E: [email protected]/housing

OFFICE OF STUDENT HOUSINGUNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS BOSTON100 Morrissey BoulevardBoston, MA 02125-3393P: 617.287.6011F: 617.287.6335E: [email protected]/housingBOSTON AREA COMMUNITIESNot sure what neighborhood to live in? This guide will introduce you to neighborhoods along thered line (the ‘T’ line that serves UMass Boston), as well as affordable neighborhoods wherestudents tend to live. Visit these resources for more information on neighborhoods and rentalcosts in Boston: Jumpshell NeighborhoodsCity of Boston Neighborhood GuideRental Cost MapAverage Rent in Boston InfographicDorchester: Andrew – JFK/UMass – Savin Hill – Fields Corner –Shawmut, Ashmont, Ashmont-Mattapan High Speed LineDorchester is Boston’s largest and oldest neighborhood, and is home to UMass Boston.Dorchester's demographic diversity has been a well-sustained tradition of the neighborhood,and long-time residents blend with more recent immigrants. A number of smaller communitiescompose the greater neighborhood, including Codman Square, Jones Hill, Meeting House Hill,Pope's Hill, Savin Hill, Harbor Point, and Lower Mills. The Andrew, JFK/UMass, Savin Hill,Fields Corner, Shawmut, and Ashmont stops, and the Ashmont-Mattapan High Speed Line onthe red line serve Dorchester. Malibu and Tenean Beaches offer summertime recreation andnumerous parks are scattered through the area.A Day In the LifeStart your day off at neighborhood favorite, McKenna’s Café. Take a study break with a walk upSavin Hill, and after a long day of classes, head over to Van Shabu to share hot pot with friends.And when you’re still not ready for the night to end, check out spoken word at the Dot to Dotcafé. Commute to campus: 5- 20 minutesCommunity Guide Pg 3

OFFICE OF STUDENT HOUSINGUNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS BOSTON100 Morrissey BoulevardBoston, MA 02125-3393P: 617.287.6011F: 617.287.6335E: [email protected]/housingQuincy: North Quincy – Wollaston – Quincy Center – Quincy AdamsJust across the bay from campus, Quincy's impressive past remains vibrant today as the citylays claim to an exciting future. Fascinating historic sites abound, while miles of coastlinecapture the imagination. Culture and commerce blend to create an impressive array of thingsto see and do year round. Stroll the boardwalk at picturesque Marina Bay, the largest marinain the Northeast, and enjoy the incredible view of the Boston skyline. The North Quincy,Wollaston, Quincy Center, and Quincy Adams stops on the red line serve Quincy.A Day in the LifeTake in views of the city and the ocean from the Marina Bay boardwalk. Dip into one of themany restaurants and shops or head into Quincy Center to grub at the Fat Cat. Just south, inBraintree, you can let loose at Dave and Busters. Commute to campus: 15-20 minutesQuincyRent per apartment per monthCommunity Guide Pg 4

OFFICE OF STUDENT HOUSINGUNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS BOSTON100 Morrissey BoulevardBoston, MA 02125-3393P: 617.287.6011F: 617.287.6335E: [email protected]/housingMattapan: Ashmont-Mattapan High Speed LineThe neighborhood of Mattapan is a southern neighborhood of Boston. Today, Mattapan is aresidential area with growing commercial centers. Mattapan is accessible by the seven stops onthe Ashmont-Mattapan High Speed Line. Mattapan is home to a diverse population—primarilymade up of Haitians, other Caribbean immigrants, and African Americans. The housing mixincludes small apartment buildings, single-family homes, public housing, and Boston'straditional "triple-deckers". Mattapan residents enjoy a significant amount of green space,including Harambee Park, the Franklin Park Zoo, the Boston Nature Center and WildlifeSanctuary, and the historic Forest Hills Cemetery. Blue Hill Avenue and Mattapan Square arethe neighborhood’s main commercial districts, home to banks, law offices, restaurants, retailshops, health centers, and places of worship.A Day in the LifeSpend an afternoon studying in the award winning, state-of-the-art Mattapan branch of theBoston Public Library. Then, head over to Ali’s Roti for savory West Indian roti and curry. Fortime outdoors, visit the expansive Boston Nature Center and Wildlife Sanctuary where you canwalk along the boardwalks and trails that traverse wetlands and meadows. Commute to campus: 15-20 minutesCommunity Guide Pg 5

OFFICE OF STUDENT HOUSINGUNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS BOSTONBraintree: Braintree100 Morrissey BoulevardBoston, MA 02125-3393P: 617.287.6011F: 617.287.6335E: [email protected]/housingBraintree is a suburb of Boston located just next to Quincy. With easy access to the MBTA(the Braintree stop on the red line and commuter rail) and highways, Braintree is host tomany students and young professionals seeking more affordable housing options. Braintreeis home to a strong business base which includes one of the largest regional shoppingcenters in the northeast - The South Shore Plaza.A Day in the LifeFor a thrilling weekend adventure, go to F1 Boston where you can race karts like aprofessional Formula One driver. For those with a sweet tooth, visit the famous Europeanpastry and dessert shop, Konditor Meister. Check out the authentic Mexican enchiladas at ElSarape, or for a ‘greasy spoon’ breakfast, visit Ashley’s Restaurant. Commute to campus: 30-45 minutesBraintreeRent per apartment per monthCommunity Guide Pg 6

OFFICE OF STUDENT HOUSINGUNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS BOSTON100 Morrissey BoulevardBoston, MA 02125-3393P: 617.287.6011F: 617.287.6335E: [email protected]/housingSouth Boston: BroadwayOnce a predominantly Irish Catholic community, in recent years South Boston has becomeincreasingly desirable among young professionals and families who are attracted to theneighborhood's strong sense of community and quick access to downtown and publictransportation. Today the breathtaking South Boston Waterfront is emerging as Boston's newestneighborhood. The Broadway stop on the red line serves South Boston.A Day in the LifeSunbathe, swim, walk, or explore at Castle Island. Located on the Harbor Walk, this is the mustgo destination of South Boston, and while you’re there, grab a bite to eat at Sullivan’s. Checkout Barlow’s on Monday when you can get 1 oysters. Commute to campus: 10-20 minutesCommunity Guide Pg 7

OFFICE OF STUDENT HOUSINGUNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS BOSTON100 Morrissey BoulevardBoston, MA 02125-3393P: 617.287.6011F: 617.287.6335E: [email protected]/housingCambridge: Kendall/MIT – Central Square – Harvard Square – PorterSquare – Alewife - LechemereCambridge is a unique community with a strong mix of cultural and social diversity,intellectual vitality, and technological innovation. College students from around the worldstudy at Harvard, Radcliffe, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Lesley University.The charming neighborhoods ("Squares") of Cambridge are rich in options for shopping,dining, and sightseeing, offering plenty of theatres, museums, and historic sites. CentralSquare, the seat of city government, contains a variety of international restaurants andmusic clubs. Kendall Square, home to MIT, is the focal point of the Massachusetts hightech and biotechnology industries. Harvard Square, surrounding the historic brick walls ofthe nation's oldest university, offers a plethora of cafes, bookstores, boutiques, andentertainment choices. Likewise, Porter and Inman Squares offer a diverse selection ofdining options, and many artistic and cultural attractions as well. Cambridge is accessibleon the red (Kendall/MIT, Central Square, Harvard Square, Porter Square, Alewife) andgreen (Lechemere) lines.A Day in the LifeFor a night out, head over to Kendall Square and catch an independent film at KendallSquare Cinema, followed by a game of pool across the street at Flat Top Johnny’s.Alternatively, for a slow weekend morning, grab a pastry at Petsi Pies and then pursue theused book collection in the basement at Harvard Square Book Store.CambridgeRent per apartment per monthCommunity Guide Pg 8 Commute tocampus: 30-45minutes

OFFICE OF STUDENT HOUSINGUNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS BOSTON100 Morrissey BoulevardBoston, MA 02125-3393P: 617.287.6011F: 617.287.6335E: [email protected]/housingSomerville: Porter Square- Davis Square – Sullivan Station –Assembly SquareSomerville is an eclectic mix of blue-collar families, young professionals, college students andrecent immigrants from countries as diverse as El Salvador, Haiti, and Brazil. With a largeimmigrant population, Somerville celebrates its diversity through numerous ceremoniescelebrating cultural traditions and holidays. Somerville is defined by its city squares, whichhelp mark neighborhood boundaries while also featuring bustling businesses andentertainment centers. Among the most active today are Davis Square, Union Square, BallSquare, Teele Square, Magoun Square, and Assembly Square. Each offers a mix of ethnicrestaurants, bars and shops and small businesses to fit every taste and occasion. Somervilleis accessible by T on both the red (Porter Square and Davis Square) and orange (SullivanSquare and Assembly Square) lines.A Day in the LifeCheck out Sacco’s Flatbread for bowling and pizza with friends or see the latest blockbustersand live acts at Somerville Theater. Whichever activity you choose, is sure to go well with theFlavor of the Month from JP Licks. For weekend brunch, check out the delicious plates atSound Bites Café in Ball Square, or Neighborhood Restaurant in Union Square. Commute to campus: 40-60 minutesSomervilleRent per apartment per monthCommunity Guide Pg 9

OFFICE OF STUDENT HOUSINGUNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS BOSTON100 Morrissey BoulevardBoston, MA 02125-3393P: 617.287.6011F: 617.287.6335E: [email protected]/housingEast Boston: Maverick – Airport – Wood Island - Orient Heights –Suffolk DownsIn 1940, East Boston was the arrival point for thousands of immigrants to Boston, infusing theneighborhood with an Old World charm and diversity that still characterizes East Boston today.A number of unique restaurants and retailers reflect the diversity of the neighborhood. MaverickSquare and Central Square are the main commercial areas. Though East Boston is notcontiguous to Boston, it is easily accessed via the Callahan, Ted Williams, and SumnerTunnels; the Blue Line T (Maverick, Airport, Wood Island, Orient Heights and Suffolk Downsstops); MBTA ferries; and surface roads to the north. Belle Isle Marsh Reservation andConstitution Beach offer recreational opportunities to residents, and striking views of the Bostonskyline can be had from Piers Park.A Day in the LifeWake up and go for a jog along the East Boston Greenway, and cool down while enjoying agorgeous view of Boston in Piers Park. For a quick lunch, grab a fresh burrito or cheesypupusas with loroco from Cactus Grill in Maverick Square. For dinner with friends, head to LaHacienda for churrasco and other Central American dishes. Commute to campus: 35-50 minutes*Please note that average rent may fluctuate year to year. The numbers in this guidewere updated July, 2014.Community Guide Pg 10

OFFICE OF STUDENT HOUSINGUNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS BOSTON100 Morrissey BoulevardBoston, MA 02125-3393P: 617.287.6011F: 617.287.6335E: [email protected]

UMass Boston. OFFICE OF STUDENT HOUSING UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS BOSTON 100 Morrissey Boulevard Boston, MA 02125-3393 P: 617.287.6011 F: 617.287.6335 E: [email protected] . OFFICE OF STUDENT HOUSING UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS BOSTON 100 Morrissey Boulevard Boston, MA 02125-3393 P: 617.287.6011