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Life in Boston

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Why study and live in Boston?

Art, culture, and entertainment abound in this historic city. A multitude of activities and events around the area make Boston an amazing place to live and study. What's more, the city has an unlimited variety of opportunities to get involved with direct ministry. At parishes, nonprofit organizations, prisons, and beyond, you can enhance your spiritual development and ministry skills as you serve others and prepare for future careers in service to the church and the world.

Home to over 40 colleges and universities in the metropolitan area, Boston has established itself as an academic center whose faculties and students create an extraordinary intellectual environment. A myriad of courses, lectures, workshops, museums, galleries, and more support and aid students in their academic endeavors. Rich in history, intellectual culture, and academic opportunities, Boston provides students with almost limitless resources for scholarship and enrichment.

STM students have unique access to the riches of Boston's academic inquiry through two of the area's consortia. As a member of the Boston Library Consortium, students gain entry to the libraries of 17 colleges and universities in the area including Boston University, Brandeis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northeastern, and Tufts.

The STM is also a member of the Boston Theological Institute (BTI). The BTI is one of the largest theological consortia in the world, bringing together the resources of universities and divinity schools throughout the greater Boston area. STM students can take up to one-half of their coursework through other BTI institutions. Students have full access to all the theological libraries of the BTI as well as a vast array of programming, lectures, certificate programs, study and service trips, and student fellowship opportunities.

Other academic resources include:

Home to over 40 colleges and universities, a wealth of world-class cultural institutions, and a wide array of professional and collegiate sports teams, the city buzzes with energy, knowledge, and new ideas. And with the Charles River and Atlantic Ocean, Boston offers endless recreational possibilities.

Students take advantage of many of these opportunites throughout the year.

In Boston

  • Whale watching and harbor cruises
  • Boston Harbor Islands National Park
  • The Museum of Fine Arts (free with BC ID)
  • The Freedom Trail, Bunker Hill, and the U.S.S. Constitution
  • Red Sox, Patriots, Bruins, Celtics, and Boston College Eagles games
  • Concerts and events on Boston Common
  • Boston's vibrant Theater District
  • Kayaking on the Charles River
  • The historically Italian North End (filled with delicious restaurants)


  • Cape Cod and the Islands
  • Gloucester and other seaside towns
  • Easy travel to NYC, Montreal, Portland ME, and Newport RI
  • Fall foliage excursions and apple picking
  • Skiing in Vermont and New Hampshire
  • Walden Pond and historic Lexington and Concord
  • Salem (especially fun around Halloween)
  • Plymouth RockHiking in the Blue Hills

While at the School of Theology and Ministry, our students actively engage with the local church.  Students worship on Sundays at the diverse parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Boston and with many other faith communities. Service opportunities througout Boston allow our students to engage with the local community  and bring their experiences into dialogue in the classroom.

Ministry Opportunities

Religious Education Teachers

Prison Ministry


Faith and Justice in Action Committee

Sacred Threads
A non-profit organization  whose mission is to nourish, connect and inspire women by weaving spirituality into everyday life.


Drumlin Farm
Outdoor Farm Work

Hearth, Inc.
Elder Homelessness

The Women’s Lunch Place
For women experiencing homelessness

Father Bill’s and MainSpring
Serving meals

Pine Street Inn
Services to those experiencing homelessness

St. Anthony’s Shrine
Client-choice food pantry

St. Francis House
Services to those experiencing homelessness

Centre Street Food Pantry

Seafarer’s Friend
Interfaith outreach to the maritime community

MANNA (Many Angels Needed Now and Always)
Episcopal ministry to those experiencing homelessness


There are a number of worship opportunities located off campus in the Boston area. Refer to this document if you are looking for worship location recommendations.

More information on Boston College student faith organizations and multi-faith resources.

Boston's diverse neighborhoods offer a wide array of housing options. The Office of Off-Campus Housing at Boston College maintains lists of available area rentals, people looking for roommates, and alternatives to getting an apartment (i.e., childcare or elder care in exchange for room and board). The Office of Off-Campus Housing also hosts an Off-Campus Housing Fair for graduate and law students each June.

Living in Community

Students interested in community living have a number of options.

Newman House

The Newman House Student Community is an informal community of graduate students rooted in the Catholic intellectual tradition. The Newman House serves as a space of friendship, academic and spiritual encouragement, and mutual learning.

The Assumptionist Center

The mission of the Assumptionist Center is to pride housing and hospitality for lay men studying graduate theology. Students can engage in the community as much or as little as they want. Mass, morning prayer, and evening prayer happen daily, and numerous other events occur throughout the semester. Contact Fr. Donald at for more information.