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Meet the Neighborhoods: Symphony

If you’re a Northeastern student looking to live off-campus, but feel like you’re still on campus, the Symphony neighborhood is perfect for you. Including, Symphony, St. Steven’s, Gainsborough, Westland Ave, Hemenway and the Fenway, this neighborhood is full of college students.

Known to the non-student community for the famous Symphony Hall, the area bordering Northeastern’s campus on the Back Bay side is a great place for students to live. Most apartments are within a five minute walk from the heart of campus, close to the Prudential Center and a stone’s throw from Whole Foods Market, which, in case you didn’t know, takes dining dollars.

Symphony Market, Panera, BHOP, Cappy’s, Starbucks, Temptations, Symphony Sushi, Dunkin Donuts and Expresso Royale Café (soon to be Pavement) are all in the area. You’ll be a just a short walk from Boylston street and all the bars and college nightlife it provides. For those shoppers out there, Newbury Street and the Prudential Center are great options within a short walk.

The green line and orange line are close by along with multiple bus stops and the commuter rail.

The Walk Score for the Symphony neighborhood is a ‘Walker’s Paradise’ with a 97 out of 100. Only 12 percent of Boston residents have a higher Walk Score, according to

Also popular in the Symphony area are community gardens, which spruce up the neighborhoods with beautiful flowers in the spring and summer time.

The Symphony neighborhood has apartments for everyone. Everywhere from single to four bedroom places along with studios and splits for a lower price. The only downside is that living in this area tends to me a little more expensive than other neighborhoods, but you are paying for location. A two-bedroom apartment split between two residents on the higher end of the price scale is still cheaper than living in a West Village or Davenport single.

If you’re looking to feel like you’re living on campus, without the hassle of living on campus, Symphony is the neighborhood for you.