Our Favorite College Towns in Massachusetts

Early on, we realized that our favorite places to live and visit are college towns. No matter our age, we'll always love the close proximity to college towns in Massachusetts and beyond. We are always drawn to cultural events in Boston, and college towns are the perfect place for energetic residents, intellectual pursuits and collaboration, and fun.

​Here are our favorite college towns in Massachusetts and some of our favorite cheap eats. There are 114 colleges and universities in the state of Massachusetts, so there’s lots to choose from!

Harvard Square, Cambridge

School: Harvard University, Lesley University
Favorite Cheap Eats: Grendel’s Den Happy Hour, Pinocchio’s Pizza, Lizzy’s Ice Cream
Tours: Harvard Square Food Tour, Harvard Square Chocolate Tour


Davis Square, Somerville / Medford, Massachusetts

School: Tufts University
Favorite Cheap Eats: Oat Shop, Opa Greek Yeeros, Flatbread Pizza
Tours: Davis Square Somerville Food Tour​


Kendall Square, Cambridge / Central Square, Cambridge

School: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Hult University
Favorite Cheap Eats: Dumpling Daughter, Abide, Whole Heart Provisions, The Middle East
Tours: Kendall Square Food and Innovation Tour, Central Square Food and Mural Arts Tour


Fenway / Kenmore Square, Boston

School: Boston University, Berkeley College of Music, Simmons College
Favorite Cheap Eats: Tasty Burger, Bleacher Bar, Neighborhoods
Tours: Fenway Neighborhood Food Tour


Northampton, Massachusetts / Amherst, Massachusetts

School: Smith College, Amherst College, Mt. Holyoke College, Hampshire College, UMass Amherst
Favorite Cheap Eats:
Tours: Northampton Food Tour (coming soon!)


Lowell, Massachusetts

School: UMass Lowell
Favorite Cheap Eats: Gormley’s, Lowell Burger Company, Pizza and Sub Shop, El Potro, Vinaan Cafe, Coffee and Cotton, Mill No 5
Tours: Lowell Downtown Food Tour, Lowell Mill No 5 Food Tour


Congrats to all of the recent college graduates!

Our food tours and chocolate tours run weekly year-round in Massachusetts. Please check our Tour Calendar to discover a new neighborhood near you. www.offthebeatenpathfoodtours.com

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