I have been lucky enough to travel the US before. I have been to Los Angeles and Orlando and knew pretty much what to expect in Boston…
I expected everything to be big, from the drink sizes at fast food restaurants, to the cars, and the town itself (especially the campus).
I was expecting to meet people who were friendly, easy to talk to, and who wore a big smile on their face all day long.
For the most part, my expectations proved to be true, but to my surprise, some of them did not. Coming from Europe, it is true that you will find that most US cities are very big with large streets and cars the size of European trucks. The campus of Boston University is gigantic. It is like a small town within the city. You have many food courts, libraries, entire districts of BU buildings and a state-of-the-art arena for sports games with a fitness center, swimming pools, and so on. It is perfect for sports lovers.
As I lived in Los Angeles, where life is not so expensive, I set my expectations on having a confortable lifestyle here in Boston. However this is not the case. You have to be ready because Boston is rather expensive, even for people coming from London or Paris. Paying rent is definitely the biggest part of your budget, as is buying food. You can be comfortable having a studio for an average of $1,300, but it depends on which area you are looking to stay. But Boston is truly an amazing city. Because the population is comprised of mostly students, there will always be something going on, every day of the week. Whether you want to have a walk or go to a party at the local bar, Boston suits everyone. It is also very close to New York City, which is about a three-hour drive while Quebec, Canada is only six hours away! Boston has definitely fulfilled my expectations…!