Worcester, a City for College Students

Things to Do in Worcester, New England’s Second Largest City

As New England’s second largest city, Worcester is an exciting urban  area in which to live, learn and explore. Recognized time and again with the All-America City Award, Worcester combines the opportunities and cultural amenities of a big city with the allure of an accessible and easily-navigable college town. 

From cultural venues to sports games, traditional restaurants to trendy coffee shops, there is much to see and do in Worcester. Whether you are in the city for a day, or calling Worcester home for the next four years, gather your friends and get started on our Worcester Bucket List.
 

Worcester Bucket List

You’ll always be able to find something to do in Worcester:
  • Visit an exhibition at the Worcester Art Museum
  • Catch a Worcester Bravehearts baseball game
  • Order “the Assumption” at New England Roast Beef
  • Attend a show at The Hanover Theatre
  • Ski, or hike, Mount Wachusett
  • Spend a day shopping and dining on Shrewsbury Street
  • Dine outside at West Side BBQ, enjoy the guacamole at Mezcal or enjoy a hot dog at George’s Coney Island
  • See your favorite performer in concert at the DCU Center
  • Bowl a frame at Colonial Bowl
  • Kayak on Lake Quinsigamond
  • Order the Nitro Cold Brew Coffee at Lock 50
  • Visit Worcester’s famous diners; Miss Worcester, Parkway, Boulevard, Kenmore
  • Order an ice cream cone at Gibson’s Diary Farm
  • Shop in the oldest art store in the country, C.C. Lowell Art Supply Co.
  • Escape a room at the Escape Games
  • Ice Skate on the Worcester Common Oval
  • Join Working for Worcester
  • Taste test an array of  flavors at  Worcester’s own Polar Beverages, renown for their seltzer

 

Transportation In and Around Worcester

A bus stop located on Assumption's campus provides students with affordable and reliable public transportation, as well as a gateway to the heart of Worcester. While students generally stay local on weekends, Boston and Providence are a quick drive, train or bus ride away. . From downtown Worcester, students can take a commuter rail to Boston and access regional and national bus service. International airports are located in Boston, Providence, Hartford and New York City, and Worcester's own regional airport offers always expanding services from JetBlue.

 

Cross Registration: Access to Hundreds of Classes

Assumption College is a member of the Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts (HECCMA), which allows students to cross-register for classes at 10 nearby colleges and universities. These classes are all preapproved for academic credit. Through HECCMA, Assumption students may also participate in events at member schools and use other Consortium college libraries free of charge.

 

Meaningful Internship Opportunities in an Economic Hub

79 percent of Assumption’s class of 2015 graduates participated in at least one internship during their undergraduate career. Guided by the College’s Career Development and Internship Center (CDIC), students obtain vital skills and experience by engaging with local companies and taking advantage of the plentiful internship opportunities in business, the arts, athletics, education, life sciences, health care and the many other industries that have chosen to establish a lasting presence in Worcester.

Even the N.Y. Times has taken notice of Worcester as a college town:

“From one end of the city’s 245-acre central core to the other, Worcester is attending to the 35,000 college students who study and live here, and its primary boulevards are steadily filling up with the civic amenities that attract new residents. They include a busy public transit hub, comfortable and affordable housing, new restaurants…, computer stores and coffee shops, a performing arts theater, biotech research facilities, incubators and office space for start-up companies, and renovated parks — including one alongside City Hall with an ice rink larger than the one in Rockefeller Center.”
-New York Times, Long a College Town, Worcester Now Looks the Part, Jan. 6, 2015


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