Allston / Brighton, Boston.
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Located directly across the Charles River from Cambridge (to the north) and Downtown Boston (to the east), Allston and Brighton are home to Boston University, Harvard Business School, and Boston College – not to mention Harvard Stadium – giving both areas a unique college town feel in the midst of the big city.

Although the border between Allston and Brighton is so unclear that they are usually lumped together, each has a distinct personality, with Allston sporting the slightly edgier and more urban vibe and Brighton a more laid-back suburban atmosphere.

Numerous cafés and coffee shops give students plenty of space for quiet study and jolts of caffeine by day, while nights and weekends – especially in Allston – are all about barhopping from Harvard to Commonwealth Avenues, when students and recent grads intent on getting wasted fill the loud and rowdy bars and live music spots to rock out to classic rock and Top 40 and swill some of the cheapest beer in the city.


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