5 Fun Things to Do at Lesley

We asked some Lesley juniors and seniors for their top picks on what to do in Boston and Cambridge. Based on their experiences and tips, we've created a must-do list for new undergrads to help you make the most of your time here.

1. Eat

Boston is a foodie’s paradise. There are dozens of delicious places to eat in the area, but a favorite among our undergrads is Tasty Burger in Harvard Square, open until 2:00 am most nights and 4:00 am on the weekend. Another top pick is Pinocchio's Pizza, also in the Square.

Boston is also home to several food trucks where you can try dishes from around the world on the cheap. There’s even a truck—the Cookie Monstah—specializing in ice cream sandwiches made from freshly baked cookies and ice cream from a local farm.

Our very own University Hall in Porter Square is a hub for the Japanese community. There, you'll find several authentic Japanese restaurants. And, just up the road a bit, you'll find Yume Wo Katare ("talk about dreams"), a famous ramen shop in Japan and popular in this area, too. Be prepared to stand up and share your own dreams with other patrons.

2. Work Out

Check out our fitness center in Doble Hall for cardio and strength training. You can also request open gym time for basketball, soccer, and volleyball, or play tennis on the courts on Doble campus. We have evening fitness classes, such as Yoga, Insanity (where you use your own body weight for resistance), and Cize (dance workout). Look in the fitness studio in Stebbins Hall (also on Doble campus) for a schedule of classes.

If you like to get your exercise outside, head over to the Charles River Reservation (MBTA Red Line, Charles Street/MGH Station) where you can walk, run, bike, or even Rollerblade. Or, jump on the Minuteman Bikeway, an 11-mile bike path that you can pick up in Cambridge (MBTA Red Line, Alewife Station) and take through Arlington, Lexington, and to the end in Bedford.

3. Go to Movies

Catch independent features at Kendall Square Cinema , or indie and first-run films at Somerville Theatre in Davis Square. Both are on the MBTA Red Line (subway). The Capitol Theatre on Massachusetts Avenue in Arlington is also popular among our students—for the ice cream and the throwbacks—and you can get there easily by bus. Another convenient theater is AMC Loews Boston Common 19, accessible by the Green Line. Our Student Activities Office has movies on campus throughout the year, sometimes outside. 


“Take in as much as possible in your first two weeks here. Go to Campus Activities Board (CAB) events, eat dinner with someone who's sitting alone, and go to Harvard Square with new friends."
Jill Tolan ’17, Elementary Education & English

4. See Live Entertainment

There’s no shortage of live music in this area. Local hot spots include The Middle East & ZuZu and Plough & Stars in Central Square, The Sinclair in Harvard Square, Lizard Lounge at Cambridge Common (near Doble campus), Toad in Porter Square, and Great Scott in Allston.

If you're in the mood for something other than live music, head to Porter Square Books for an author reading or see a comedy show at The Comedy Studio in Union Square, or at ImprovBoston in Central Square. Catch a play at Central Square Theater Company or at the American Repertory Theatre and Oberon in Harvard Square. (Student discounts are available at ART).

5. Go to Museums and Exhibits

Stop by the Sherrill Library (at Brattle) or the Moriarty Library (Porter) circulation desk to pick up free museum passes for the Griffin Photography Museum in Winchester and for the USS Constitution Museum in Boston. There are several local museums that offer student discounts, including the Institute of Contemporary Art, Isabella Steward Gardner Museum, Harvard Museum of Natural History, Museum of Fine Arts, and New England Aquarium.