(Photo credit: Berklee College of Music)
Wondering where to stay for college visits in Boston this summer? Tis' the season and we look forward to welcoming plenty of prospective college students and their families here at the Inn at St Boltoph. Summer in Boston is a very popular time for high school students to come and tour the many colleges and universities here in the city, and we're here to help!
We're offering our top 5 tips to make the most out of your trip to Boston and your tours.
1. Make a schedule and register. There are lots of schools to see in the city, so make the most of it! Even if you're interested in one particular school, consider adding in one or two tours at nearby colleges. Because there are so many schools in close proximity to each other it's possible to tour 2 or 3 schools in one day alone. Seeing multiple schools will be a great point for comparison and help you/your child figure out what they like and what they don't. Having a time table will ensure that you make the most out of your time here.
Most schools require that you register for your campus visit in advance. Be sure to secure your spots in advance of your trip. We’ve included the registration links for area colleges and universities below!
2. Go prepared. Be sure to to have what you need for the day on hand. We recommend bringing bottled water and some snacks (all of which you can grab here complimentary, if you're a guest at the Inn at St. Botolph).Guided campus tours typically take an hour and there may be an information session before or following the tour. Summer days in Boston can heat up well into the 90's so it's smart to have a water bottle with you at all times. It's also helpful to have a map of the city on hand and to have your phone fully charged.
In addtion to having all of the supplies you need, also go with a list of questions about the school. Are you interested in certain academic programs? Athletics? Financial aid? Having a list made will make sure you'll come away with the information you need.
3. Talk to students. The best way to get a feel for a school is to talk to students who are enrolled, so look for students that you can chat with, outside of the tour guide. Striking up a conversation with students you see around campus will give you real insight about student life there and offer a well-rounded picture. If you can, plan to eat a meal at the dining hall.
4. Spend time in the surrounding area. While it's important to see the campus, it's also important to get a feel for the nearby community. After your tour, spend some time walking the blocks around the school. What types of student housing is available? Are many students living off-campus? It's good to get a sense of the surrouding environment and to check out points of interest like museums, restaurants, galleries and cafes.
5. Book our College Tour Package and save on your trip! We're offering a special discount for prospective college students and their families here at the Inn. Book our College Tour Package and get 10% off your stay! We'll also be sure to send you off prepared for the day with bags and bottled water.
The Inn at St. Botolph is convenient to:
- Northeastern University
Register for a Tour a Northeastern University.
- Boston University
Register for a Tour at Boston University.
- Boston Architectual College
Register for a Tour at Boston Architectual College.
- Emerson College
Register for a Tour at Emerson College.
- The Boston Conservatory
Register for a Tour at Boston Convservatory.
- New England Conservatory
Register for a Tour at New England Conservatory.
- Simmons College
Register for a Tour at Simmons College.
- School of the Museum of Fine Arts
Register for a Tour at the School of Museum of Fine Arts.
- Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology
Register for a Tour at the Benjamin Franklin Intitute of Technology.
- Fisher College
Register for a Tour at Fisher College.
- Boston College
Register for a Tour of Boston College.
- Emmanuel College
Register for a Tour of Emmanuel College.
- Berklee College of Music
Register for a Tour of Berklee College of Music.
- Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt)
Register for a Tour of MassArt.
- New England School of Photography (NESOP)
Register for a Tour of NESOP.
- Wentworth Institue of Technology
Register for a Tour of Wentworth Institute of Technology.
- Wheelock College
Register for a Tour of Wheelock College.
Colleges & Universities that are a short MBTA or cab ride away:
- Harvard University
Register for a Tour at Harvard University.
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Register for a Tour at MIT.
- Lesley University
Register for a Tour at Lesley University.
We're here to help! If you have any questions about your upcoming college tour trips in Boston you can call us at 617.236.8099 or email us at [email protected]. Browse our suites and availability at the Inn here.