Living in Worcester

Worcester is truly a “college town” – and our students enjoy all of the benefits of this major urban center.

A place for students to connect and make lifelong memories

Worcester is a city built on industry, and that heritage influences everyday life for its residents, which include more than 35,000 college students. Step off campus to explore diverse cultures, delicious dining, beautiful green spaces, and more. Centrally and conveniently located, Boston, Providence, the Berkshires, and New York City are all easily accessible. Explore the exciting possibilities that Worcester has to offer.
An array of traditional American dinner food, including pizza, a hamburger, shrimp, french fries, and vegetables on a table


There is a thriving food scene in Worcester, providing options to satisfy every palate. Diner's like Lou Roc's offer the best and biggest breakfast spreads. Grab a slice of pizza from Ted's or a hot dog from George's Coney Island for lunch on the go. Then for dinner, there's a spot for every occasion. The best way to taste Worcester, though, is the annual Shrewsbury Street College Shuffle, held every fall.
Three members of an orchestra play a cello and violins


From music, to theater, to comedy, Worcester's performance halls offer a diverse selection of entertainment. Built in 1857, Mechanics Hall was home to a trade organization. Now, it's a venue for performers of all kinds. Steps away is Tuckerman Hall, which is home to the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra. If Broadway is more your style, the Hanover Theater often hosts touring shows.
Three members of an orchestra play a cello and violins
Exterior view of the Worcester Art Museum


This city's rich history and cultural landscape is displayed across four institutions: the Worcester Historical Museum, the Worcester Art Museum, the EcoTarium, and the American Antiquarian Society. Each offers a unique look into the city's past through famous works of art, collections of printed material, and interactive exhibits.
Two Worcester Red Sox Players talking on the field.


Enjoy the best of New England sports and then some. Not only are Fenway Park, the TD Garden, and Gillette Stadium easily accessible from Worcester, the city is also home to the Worcester Railers hockey team and the Worcester Pirates arena football team. Polar Park is now home to the Worcester Red Sox, who are affiliated with the Boston Red Sox and often host players through injury.
Two Worcester Red Sox Players talking on the field.
Fall foliage in Elm Park in Worcester, Massachusetts

Outdoor Spaces

More than 1,300 acres of Worcester is dedicated to parks and green spaces. Elm Park was one of the first purchases of land to be used as a public park, offering picturesque scenes all year long. There are also many outdoor attractions and activities nearby, including Wachusett Mountain and Quinsigamond State Park.
Aerial view of Worcester, Massachusetts with the WPI quad in the forefront


With 12 colleges and universities and more than 35,000 college students, Worcester is a community of like-minded people and no shortage of opportunities for these individuals to come together. The Sprinkler Factory and Clayground are places to explore your creativity. If you're looking for new ways to stay active, check out the Central Rock Climbing Center or Newton Hill Disc Golf Course to create memories and make lasting friendships.
Aerial view of Worcester, Massachusetts with the WPI quad in the forefront