As you move into your new home here in Cambridge, Mass., here are some resources and tips from some of our upperclassmen.
Welcome to campus, Lesley undergrads. Now that you're getting familiar with your new routine, we want to make sure you know about what our campus, and area, have to offer.
So, we asked some of our juniors and seniors for their top picks on what to do, and, if they had any advice for new undergrads. Here's what they said: Explore the city, and your interests. Make new friends. Try new things. Get involved, but don't over-commit. Remember to take care of yourself.
Based on their tips, we've created a list of 10 fun things our undergrads like to do and a list of 10 campus resources to help you make the most of your time here.
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.
Food trucks regularly stop in nearby Harvard Square.
Boston by public transportation to find the trucks, or check out their schedules online to see when some of them might be in Cambridge or Somerville.
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.
On campus, we have 4 dining halls where you’ll find options for omnivores, vegetarians, vegans, and gluten free. In the Doble Quad, there’s Charlie’s Café and White Hall.
In University Hall (1815 Mass. Ave.), you’ll find Porter Café on the 3rd floor and Bourbon Coffee on the ground level. If you’re near Brattle campus (close to Harvard Square), stop by Washburn Commons for a bite.
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.
We have 16 NCAA Division III varsity programs that offer our student athletes a rich tradition of success while following their academic and social passions. As a student athlete, you'll have the time and resources to make big things happen, both on and off the field, while building potential, challenging yourself, and becoming a leader. Learn more about Lesley Athletics.
Our 16 men's and women's varsity teams include basketball, baseball, softball, soccer, tennis, XC/track (winter and spring), and volleyball.
Each part of campus has space where students like to hang out. At Doble, check out the Student Center for food, study, and lounge space. When the weather’s nice, you might want to lie on the grass in the Quad or sit on the steps leading down to White Hall.
At Porter, you’ll find the Atrium on the 2nd floor and the Porter Square Café on the 3rd floor of University Hall. In the Lunder Arts Center, there are lounge spaces for snacks, to study, or to play games. You’ll probably see students sitting on the steps of the Moriarty Library.
Play Frisbee, study, or enjoy the fall leaves on Brattle Lawn. The Sherrill library nearby has study rooms and lounge spaces.
Brattle Lawn is a great place to hang out between classes. Our Brattle campus is nearest to Harvard Square.
We have a commitment to service on our campus, with our students devoting more than 8,000 hours of service during the 2015–2016 academic year. Our Community Service Office can connect you to service opportunities around education, hunger, homelessness, human rights, and the environment. You can also apply for the Alternative Spring Break where you’d help build homes with Habitat for Humanity.
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. This year, they’ll be showing Zootopia, Deadpool, Finding Dory, Captain America Civil War, The BFG, Jungle Book, The Secret Life of Pets, 10 Cloverfield Lane, A Goofy Movie, Alice Through the Looking Glass, and Suicide Squad.
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.
You don’t have to go very far to find live music. The Lizard Lounge, in the basement of the Cambridge Common restaurant (above) is on Mass. Ave., steps from the Doble Campus.
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 Harvard Square, or at Improv Boston 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).
Our undergraduate Student Activities Office has created the “Explore Your City Series” to help you experience what the area has to offer. They purchase group tickets for Red Sox and Celtics games, musicals, concerts, and plays, and offer them to you at discounted rate. Stop by the Student Information Desk in the McKenna Student Center on Doble campus for a schedule of events and to purchase tickets.
“My favorite thing to do in the Cambridge/Boston area is to wander
around and see what wacky stuff I can find. Between all the different
squares in Cambridge and all the different neighborhoods in Boston,
there's always somewhere new to explore. Even after three years of
living here, I still have more to learn,” says undergraduate Jill Tolan.
Being in Cambridge makes it easy to get around by subway, bus, or train (commuter rail) and to explore different neighborhoods. Our students can purchase a discounted MBTA-pass (11% off the full price) for the Fall and Spring semesters through the university.
Pick up the MBTA Red Line in Harvard Square or Porter Square and take it to nearby Davis Square, Central Square, or Kendall Square, or right into Boston (Park Street). You can even take the T to Carson Beach (Red Line, JFK UMass Station), a beach undergrad Hanna Kershaw likes to visit because it's a great place to find sea glass.
Buses make it possible to explore nearby cities and towns such as Arlington, Somerville, Belmont, and Watertown. Take the commuter rail for stops outside the city.
If you'd prefer to bike, try the Hubway, a public bike share system in Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, and Somerville. You can even grab a Hubway bike right outside of the Lunder Arts Center in Porter Square. If you have your own bike, there are about 350 spaces on campus to park it.
The Hubway makes it easy to explore the area on bike.
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.
On campus, we have several galleries where students and local artists show their work.
Our Campus Activities Board (CAB) plans programs and events for our undergrads. You’ll find bingo, open mic nights, live music, movies, carnival events, comedy shows, and more on campus. Once you start the school year, you’ll receive a weekly e-newsletter with all of the upcoming activities.
We have about 50 student run clubs and organizations on campus. To find a club that interests you, be on the lookout for the Student Activities Fair at the beginning of the Fall and Spring semesters. Or, log into LUConnect for list of clubs and events planned by student organizations. You can even start your own club or group based on your interests.
Stop by the Student Activities Fair, offered at the beginning of the Fall and Spring semesters, to join a student club.
“Take in as much as possible in your first 2 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. However, even more importantly, give yourself alone time to reflect. If that means something as small as giving yourself a few extra minutes sitting on the quad before class, do that! If you want to journal every night—do that! Find what works for you, but just make sure you practice some sort of self-care.”
—Jill Tolan, current student
“Take advantage of every opportunity available. There are so many things to do and people to meet. Pick a few organizations and get involved, but don't over-commit and end up with no time for yourself.”
—Eileen Finegan, current student
Our resident undergrads are enrolled to receive Student Health Services (optional for full-time undergrads who don’t live on campus). You can make an appointment to use our health clinic for treatment of minor illnesses and injuries, women’s and men’s health needs, and certain lab tests.
Our Counseling Center offers short-term individual counseling that is confidential and not part of your academic record. You can use traditional verbal therapy or non-traditional counseling methods, such as expressive therapies, sand tray, and art therapy.
You’ll also find Tally, our therapy dog, at the Counseling Center. If you’re allergic to or uncomfortable around dogs, you don’t have to have a session with her. You also don’t have to have an appointment to stop by and say hello to Tally.
Tally Bean, therapy dog
Our campus shuttle loops the 3 campus areas—Brattle (near Harvard Square), Porter (in Porter Square), and Doble (between the 2 squares)—Monday to Friday, 7:00 am to 11:00 pm. There's a limited schedule on Saturdays and Sundays.
Our public safety officers can provide additional protection to our students, faculty, and staff while they walk around campus. The officers can escort any member of the Lesley community upon request (pending availability of a Public Safety officer). Call 617.349.8888 to arrange for an escort to meet you and escort you to your destination within campus boundaries.
At our Center for Academic Achievement, we offer peer tutoring to undergraduate and graduate students taking classes in degree-granting programs. You can focus on projects involving writing, reading comprehension, library research, brainstorming, or time management. Our tutors can work with you one-on-one or in small groups.
Disability Services works with faculty, staff and students to ensure that appropriate academic adjustments are made that allow all students an equal opportunity inside the classroom and around campus.
There are 2 types of student employment: Federal Work-Study and the Lesley Works Program. The federal government pays a portion of your Federal Work-Study earnings, whereas the university pays your entire earnings through the Lesley Works Program. Find and apply to available jobs for both programs via the Student Employment portal.
Our Career Resource Center works with undergraduate, graduate, and alumni on career exploration and decision-making, job search strategies, and effective self-promotion. We can help you answer questions about choosing a major, careers related to specific programs, and applying to graduate school. Use our online system, the Lesley Career Connection, to find out about off-campus student jobs.
You have many options for studying abroad while studying here. Spend a semester or year at a university abroad in an exchange program or provider program. Or, take a travel-study course in the summer or on January break led by our faculty or an outside organization.
Our International Student Services Office plans cultural programs for the 100+ international students on campus, can provide assistance with visa questions, and answer questions about living in the United States.
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