Boston Travel Guide and Activities

Boston Travel Guide and Activities

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.

5 things to see

5 things to do


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:

  1. Passport and I-20
  2. Student I.D., major credit card, a U.S. driver’s license or a Massachusetts I.D.
  3. Social security number if you have one.

Public holidays

11 Nov 2021, 25 Nov 2021, 26 Nov 2021, 24 Dec 2021, 31 Dec 2021, 17 Jan 2022, 21 Feb 2022, 18 Apr 2022, 30 May 2022, 20 Jun 2022, 04 Jul 2022, 05 Sep 2022, 10 Oct 2022, 11 Nov 2022, 24 Nov 2022, 25 Nov 2022, 26 Dec 2022

Telephone Country Code

+1 617 / 781


110 V; 60Hz - 2 flat-pin plug or third round pin are used

Tap water

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:

  1. Call the doctor to make an appointment. It is rare, in the United States, to be able to see a doctor without an appointment. If you feel that you must see a doctor immediately, you can go to an emergency room. However, depending on the seriousness of the illness or injury, you may have to wait in line for many hours at the emergency room.
  2. If you want to consult a doctor when you are in the U.S., first of all please call the toll-free phone number on your insurance card in order to obtain a recommendation for a doctor nearby. Please show the doctor your insurance confirmation card.
  3. If the doctor has any questions about your insurance protection, ask him or her to call the insurance company directly. Some doctors and hospitals insist on the patient paying the invoice at the time of service. If this is the case for you, please send the original invoice together with the completed claim form to the addresses on the claim form.
  4. If you need immediate emergency care, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency facility.


For Visa information please read Applying for a Visa in USA

Cost of Living

Bottle of water/soda (0.33 litre) $1.00-$2.00
Fast-Food combo meal $6.50-$9.00
Meal, inexpensive restaurant $12.00-$20.00
Coffee/cappuccino $3.50-$4.50
Fitness club (monthly, 1 adult) $29.00-$90.00
Public transport (local transport) $2.25-2.75 (one-way);
Public transport (monthly pass) $80.00-85.00

Other Useful Information

Driving Age

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.

Alcohol Age

Legal age for drinking in the US is 21 and many places will ask for identification.

Smoking laws

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.

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