Boston has a humid continental/subtropical climate, which is common in coastal southern New England. Summers are typically warm and humid, while winters are cold, windy, and snowy. The hottest month is July while the coldest is January.
Currency: $ (US Dollars)
If you are staying in the United States for a long period of time you might want to open a bank account. You should request a letter from the administration office on the 4th floor. The letter will be available 24 hours after you have requested it. Please submit your full name and local address to the office.
You will need at least two of the following items to open a bank account:
Public holidays on a weekday 2023: 04 Sep, 09 Oct, 10 Nov, 23 Nov, 24 Nov, 25 Dec
2024 Public Holidays on a weekday: 1 Jan, 15 Jan, 19 Feb, 15 Apr, 27 May, 19 Jun, 4 Jul, 2 Sept, 14 Oct, 11 Nov, 28 Nov, 29 Nov, 25 Dec
Boston has a long standing reputation for excellence in education as well as being an important city in America’s history. Its colonial history blends with its modern urban appeal as old red brick houses sit comfortably next to gleaming skyscrapers. Boston is a city with vitality, undeniable character and history.
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110 V; 60Hz – 2 flat-pin plug or third round pin are used
Tap water is safe unless there’s a sign to the contrary.
If you are not at school and are in an emergency you can either call 911 for ambulance, fire department or police department from any telephone or call the school’s emergency number 1-617-990-4880 or free within the United States 1-800-964-7009.
What to do if you get sick:
Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) operates the oldest subway system in the United States, known locally as the “T”. You can travel by bus, subway, commuter rail or ferry.
Log on to http://www.mbta.com for an itinerary that includes the closest bus stop and the schedule, chose “Plan a Trip” to get a personalized schedule. If you wish to travel to other major cities in the United States you can do so by air, bus or train.
Train: You can also travel to other major US cities by train. Although this is more convenient, it is not much faster and travel by train is more expensive than traveling by bus. Trains depart from both South Station and Back Bay Station. www.amtrak.com Purchase the ticket online. We recommend that you book in advance as it is often cheaper and if you are caught on the trains without a valid ticket you will be fined.
Taxis: The nearest taxi stand is in front of EC Boston (on the opposite side of the street). Taxis can be booked in advance. Always make sure you take a taxi with a license plate number, which is located on the back of the taxi and if you are not sure, do not use them. Taxis to/from Logan airport will include extra “toll” fees and airport charges.
The minimum driving age is 16 years but most rental companies require that you be at least 26 years old, have an international driving license, a second form of identity and a major credit card.
Legal age for drinking in the US is 21 and many places will ask for identification.
Smoking is banned in all enclosed public places and workplaces, including restaurants and bars.
All EC Boston students must be covered by health insurance for the entire length of their stay in the U.S. If you do not have health insurance, you must purchase insurance from EC Boston.
Bottle of water / soda (0.33 litre)
Fast-Food combo meal
Meal, inexpensive restaurant
Fitness club (monthly, 1 adult)
Public transport (local transport)
Public transport (monthly pass)
Weekly unlimited pass