Life in Boston

Longwood Campus

Harvard Medical School’s Longwood campus is in the heart of one of the nation’s most vibrant cities. Boston’s unique charm and character emerges from its central role in American history and the easy access it offers to a cosmopolitan abundance of personal, social, and professional opportunities.

With over 40 colleges in the area and an intellectual tradition that has resulted in the emergence of many of the nation’s most influential religious, philosophical, and political movements, Boston offers HMS students a wealth of academic resources. Biotech research also has a formidable presence in the neighborhood alongside HMS’ own renowned research presence.

The HMS campus is located across the Charles River from Harvard University’s Cambridge campus. The travel distance between HMS and Harvard University is minimal with many public transportation options bridging the two campuses.

Around HMS

What’s within a 15-minute walk of Harvard Medical School?

Boston is one of the most walkable cities in the nation. Planned with pedestrians in mind, our city boasts short distances between amenities, pedestrian-friendly walking routes, and a wealth of greenways, including the Charles River Esplanade, the Rose Kennedy Greenway, the Southwest Corridor Parkway (less than 15 minutes on foot from campus), and the historic 1,100-acre Emerald Necklace (just a five-minute walk from campus). Located in the heart of Boston’s Longwood Medical Area, Harvard Medical School is a short walk from Fenway Park, the Museum of Fine Arts and the Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum (HMS students get free admission to these two museums with their University IDs), seven of our affiliate hospitals, and a number of hotels, restaurants, bars, shops, colleges and universities, places of worship, banks, and many opportunities for recreation and entertainment. Take a look at our interactive map to find out what’s within a 15-minute walk of Harvard Medical School.

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