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1. Posted by carpet8 (Budding Member 18 posts) 7y

Hi all, In July i am moving from England to Worcester MA for at least 5 months.....I dont know to much about the place apart from it being reasonably close to Boston and it having a few universities

Ill be 21 when i move, i was just wondering if anybody would indulge me with any info on the place


2. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1998 posts) 7y

Well, Worcester is kind of quiet as large towns go. It has a main central area--and is probably most famous for its 50+ fairly large parks located across the community, and for being the home to a major medical school (Univ of Massachusetts) and engineering school (WPI--Worcester Polytechnic Institute), as well as four other universities (Holy Cross, Assumption, Clark, and Worcester State Univ.) I presume you are going to one of these six.

The major streets are Park Avenue and Main Street--which have a lot of coffeehouses and restaurants--as you will find in many college towns. It is probably more "upscale" than most eastern college towns (which end to sometimes be a bit rundown). Colleges in Massachusetts in general tend to be popular for this reason, since most Massachusetts college towns tend to be a bit more upscale than similar towns in Pennsylvania, or even in New York state. The New England area has always been a big supporter of college education, and for this reason their colleges tend to be popular chioices (and they have some of the better schools overall--for example, Harvard, MIT, Yale, Dartmouth, Williams, Amherst, Middlesbury, and Wellesley are all within about a two hours' drive of Worcester--which is kind of right in the middle of all of these.)

Massachusetts prides itself on being a "commonwealth" rather than referring to itself as a "state". They still have that kind of "snooty" attitude that is partly the reason that this area and New York are constantly competing with each other over everything--sports, culture, economics, etc.

Hope this helps. I haven't spent all that much time in Worcester, although I have travelled through on a couple of occasions--the most recent time being when my own son was considering which college to go to (he was accepted at Bentley University--which is about 30 minutes east of Worcester in the town of Waltham, near Boston), but ended up attending a university in Indiana instead.

[ Edit: Edited on 17-Nov-2009, at 00:30 by Calcruzer ]

3. Posted by carpet8 (Budding Member 18 posts) 7y

Thanks for the info "calcruzer" i will be staying near the polytechnic institute and the art museum

4. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1998 posts) 7y

I hope you enjoy your time in Worcester--and at WPI;--and I hope you get a chance to see some other parts of the USA when you aren't busy studying.

5. Posted by carpet8 (Budding Member 18 posts) 7y

Cheers, im not actually studying there i will be hoping to spend a lot of my free time in Boston or NYC