Either way, it pays to know where the students are, whether you want to join the party or do your best to avoid it.
Check out this ranking of Boston's top student neighborhoods, based on numbers provided by Devin Quirk, operations manager for the Department of Neighborhood Development. It includes both undergrads and graduate students as well as renters and those living in dorms.
One striking thing about the numbers is the fact there is no neighborhood in Boston without at least a couple hundred students.
Charlestown, for example, is dead last on the list, yet it still has 234 college students.
Still, some neighborhoods are more top-heavy with undergrads and grad students than others.
Like Fenway/Kenmore Square, shown above, home to Boston University and Simmons College, among others.
No. 1, Allston-Brighton: There's a lot more to this diverse and vibrant neighborhood than just college students. That said, it tops the list with 7,561.
No. 2, Fenway/Kenmore: Total 5,334 students, with more undergrads than grads. Home to Boston University, Emmanuel, Simmons and Wheelock colleges.
No. 3, Jamaica Plain/Mission Hill: Nearly 4,000 students live in these two neighborhoods. Think Northeastern University, Massachusetts College of Art, Wentworth Institute, and the nearby Longwood Medical Area.
No. 4, Dorchester: Boston's largest neighborhood has 2,765 students, many from the University of Massachusetts Boston, which does not have any dorms.
No. 5, South End: Roughly 2,067 students live in the neighborhood, with somewhat more grads than undergrads.
No. 6, Back Bay/Beacon Hill: Two of Boston's poshest neighborhoods also have 1,849 students, many attending Emerson College and Suffolk University.
No. 7, Central/Downtown Boston: 1,614 students.
No. 8, Roxbury: 1,208 students
No. 9, South Boston: 748 students
No. 10, Roslindale: 741 students
No. 11, East Boston: With 669 students, Eastie one of the fastest growing collegiate population in the city, drawn by lower rents and public transportation.
No. 12, Hyde Park: 558 students
No. 13, Mattapan: 519 students
No. 14, West Roxbury: 475 students
No. 15: Charlestown: 234 students
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