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Boston University

Boston University is a private research university.  The university is nonsectarian but maintains its historical affiliation with the United Methodist Church.  It was founded in 1839 in Vermont and moved to Boston in 1867. 

From Boston
Online Experience
1 Hour
University Campus Tours
Upto 10 people
  • Take a tour of the campus of Boston University in this real-time experience
  • Learn how the atmosphere of student life at BU is centered around the city of Boston
  • Information about the city's fabulous attractions, how to get around, and what locals like to do

This live-streamed online tour is designed for prospective student and their families and will highlight what makes Boston University a top-ranking university. 

The campus of BU is set up differently from many schools in the area. There isn’t a central area with a quad but rather the school setting is urban, and the campus size is 169 acres. We will spend some time walking around the campus that borders along Commonwealth Avenue. Since the campus is located right in the city of Boston you are never far away from fun and culture.

Living on campus is a way of life at Boston University. From historic brownstones to modern high-rises overlooking the Charles River, to residence halls, BU provides a variety of living communities. They can provide on-campus housing for all four years of your undergraduate experience.  And about 75% of the student population takes them up on that offer.  Learn what it’s like to live in this area. If you chose not to live in campus housing we can discuss the various neighborhoods that you might want to consider. Boston offers a lot of culture for all different tastes as well. If you are a history buff, you will want to spend some time discovering the many historic sites in the city and see where the sparks of the American Revolution actually began. If you like architecture there are five centuries of buildings to explore.   

Other cultural activities we will cover include dining, shopping, and nightlife. There is always something to do in Boston.  If you enjoy museums, some of the finest museums are only steps away from campus. We can cover the top choices from science to art, or talk about the single largest unsolved art heist in American history, which occurred at a Boston museum. If shopping is more your style then we can talk about the incredible variety of shopping areas around the city. For food, we can discuss the many varied options for dining out in the city. And if you want to know about nightlife, the area offers many clubs, bars and other venues for live music and dancing. But I’m sure you will be much too busy studying and being a good student to participate in those activities.   

You will also learn how to get around the city by using our public transportation system. The Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority, which we call the “T” is an easy-to-use subway and bus system.     

Our goal is to make this tour interactive, giving you the chance to ask questions and to keep you informed and entertained. All of our tours are conducted by local guides who run on passion, enthusiasm, dedication, and knowledge. 

About this experience
  • Please have a good internet connection and zoom app installed on your phone or laptop
  • The instructions to join the meeting will be sent via email shortly after the booking
Know before you go
  • This tour involves walking and travelling to different places; at times the mobile network may be intermittent, and the picture may not be clear. However, we will attempt to minimize such disruptions
  • You can book this tour for USD 125 as a private tour and invite up to 10 friends and family to join this activity with you from all over the world
  • Since these are live tours, they may be subject to last minute cancellation due to inclement weather, Internet disruptions or other unforeseen circumstances.
Meet your Host
Bob Hornstein

I was born and raised in New England and spent a large part of my childhood exploring Boston learning about the city's history and many cultures. I loved showing off my city to friends, family, and out-of-town guests so much that I ultimately became a tour guide. I now lead a team of guides and love sharing my knowledge and passion for Boston with all visitors.

Boston's big draw is obviously American history, but there's so much more to it than what you learned in school! I've spent time discovering the lesser-known stories on and off the Freedom Trail, learning about the historic architecture in Beacon Hill, and getting to know a barkeep or two, so that I can connect you to the Boston of old and new. Of course, there are the postcard historical sights, but I will also take you behind-the-scenes and inside of some of the locales overlooked by many Boston visitors (and even locals!).

From USD 125 / Group
Important Information
  • Fully refundable in case of any cancellation upto 2 days before the tour.