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10 Things to Do Around Boston for Under $20

If you’re currently indebted to Sallie Mae but still want to have fun here’s a list for doing Boston on a student friendly budget.

1. The Institute of Contemporary Art

Located in the Boston Harbor the ICA features exhibitions, performance art, and film and video presentations.

  • $10 for students with id
  • Closed Mondays

2. The North End

Right off the Hay Market stop and located near the Waterfront and Faneuil Hall, this is one of Boston’s oldest neighborhoods. The North End offers a wide variety of Italian restaurants and cafes such as Mike’s pastry and Modern Pastry. You can also walk part of the Freedom Trail and visit the Old North Church for free.  You can inhale 6 cannolis while walking down the same streets Paul Revere did, or eat pasta and re-enact scenes from the Godfather. What a time to be alive!

  • Most restaurants and coffee shops are cash only

3. Coolidge Corner Theater

Walking into the Coolidge is a blast from the past.Since its opening in 1933, this theater has still managed to retain the old world charm and velvet curtains of movie theaters of the  good old days. The Coolidge is your best bet for current indie movies, and their After Midnight series plays a range of old movies every Friday and Saturday night, such as the classic cinematic masterpiece Spice World and Wayne’s World.  Throughout the month of October they will be showing horror movies ending with their 14th annual Halloween Horror movie marathon on October 25th.

  • $11 per ticket
  • Snacks and beer available (Bonus!)

4. Slam Poetry/Open Mic at the Cantab Lounge

Located in Cambridge, the Cantab lounge offers slam poetry readings starting at 8 every Wednesday night.

  • $3-5 cover
  • 18+ with valid id

5. Live Comedy Shows

“The Gas” at Great Scott in Allston offers 18+ comedy shows and laughs every Friday at 7 pm.

  • $5 cover

The Dug Out on BU East also offers  “The Mendoza Line” a 21+ comedy show every Saturday at 9pm.

  • $5 cover
  • Free popcorn
  • $5 pizza

6. Public Open Night at the Coit Observatory

Get a great view of the Boston and see the night sky through telescopes and binoculars. The observatory is located on top of the BU Astronomy department and is open to the public 7:30-8:30 every Wednesday night. *Resists urge to make obvious Uranus joke*

  • Free!
  • Outside

7. Museum of Fine Arts 

The MFA is one of the largest museums in the US and is a stone’s throw away from Emmanuel.  The MFA features ancient world art, contemporary art, photography, and some giant ass creepy baby head statues at the Fenway entrance.

  • Free for EC students with id
  • Open 7 days a week

8. Skywalk Observatory at the Prudential Center

Located on the 50th floor of the Prudential Center, the Skywalk offers a 360 degree view of  the Boston skyline.

  • $13 with a valid student id
  • Open 7 days a week

9. Thrift Stores

Allston/Brighton have a pretty good selection of stores for thrifting, and although prices vary ,it’s pretty easy to find a good deal on used/vintage clothing.

Vivant Vintage in Allston

  • Good place to go for vintage clothing, records, and cameras.

Buffalo Exchange in Allston

  • Buffalo Exchange sells high end used clothing that is still pretty affordable
  • They don’t use bags so be prepared to bring your own
  • In lieu of the cost of bags, they let you choose which charity to donate to using their Tokens for Bags program

The Garment District in Cambridge

  • The Garment District is a good place for Halloween costumes and offers a $1.50 a lb special on various items of clothing and accessories.

Deep Thoughts JP in Jamaica Plain

This place sells new and used vinyls, comic books, zines, and instruments.

  • Open 7 days a week 12-8pm.


10. The Mapparium at the Christian Science Plaza

You might think the Mapparium sounds like a place for giant geeks but it’s actually pretty cool. The Mapparium is a giant three story glass globe you can stand inside of and features words, music , and an LED light show.

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