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Meet the Neighborhoods: Mission Hill

This is the first in a series on blogs that will profile the neighborhoods of Boston that surround Northeastern University.


Mission Hill is one of the most diverse neighborhoods in Boston. In addition to having a large student population, Mission Hill also has a lot of Hispanic and African American community members as well as young professionals and families who work in the Longwood Medical Area.

Architecturally, Mission Hill is just as diverse as its community. The City of Boston has recently built mixed income housing in the form of condominiums, which juxtapose the traditional brick row houses that mark the neighborhood. The Hill also has many three-decker homes, which are popular among the college students.

One Brigham Circle has also been recently renovated, featuring a JP Licks, TGI Friday’s and Stop & Shop. There are a ton of great bars and places to eat along Huntington Avenue and Tremont Street.

Be sure to check out The Squealing Pig, an Irish pub that serves great breakfast and brunch. Penguin Pizza provides a great alternative to the standard BHOP, UHOP and even better pizza. Mission Bar & Grill is another place you have to check out if you move in on The Hill.

While still accessible by both the orange and green lines, Mission Hill is a bit of a walk from Northeastern’s campus. Nothing to extreme, but just think of the extra exercise you’ll be getting.

A popular party spot on the weekends, Mission Hill is a great place for Northeastern students to live. Students who chose to live on The Hill trade prime location for bigger houses and cheaper rent.

The Northeastern University Police Department and Boston Police patrol the area. You shouldn’t walk alone at night, but as far as college neighborhoods go, Mission Hill is safe.


Median Rent: The median rent paid by residents of Mission Hill in 2009 was $976.

Median Age: Male: 24.8, Female: 27.2.

Crime Index: 437

 For more statistics on Mission Hill click here.

 Fun Facts

The late Senator Edward Kennedy’s funeral was held at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Basilica on Tremont Street in Mission Hill.  Otherwise known as Mission Church, the building is a Boston landmark.

Seventy-five percent of Mission Hill’s houses have foundations made out of Roxbury Puddingstone, a locally sourced stone.