It’s a Student Life in Worcester

Exploring Worcester is an adventure and it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Here are some great outdoor and indoor ideas for getting to know our city on a college student’s budget.

Outdoor Fun

The fall in New England is one of the best seasons of the year to spend time outdoors. We’ve pulled together some ideas to get you outside, without spending too much money.

The Worcester Cultural Coalition has free events year-round. Did you know Worcester played an important role in the Revolution? On September 14th and again on October 5th, you can Walk the Streets of Revolutionary Worcester. This one-hour tour meets at the Salisbury Mansion, 40 Highland Street, and is only $10. Take Bus 3 to the Highland and Harvard stop. Call 508-753-8278 to reserve your spot and click here for more information (https://worcesterculture.org/calendar/).

If history is not your bag, how about visiting the awesome outdoor/indoor Ecotarium to view the Transit of Mercury? On November 11th, Mercury will pass across the sun’s surface, which only happens 13 times each century! For a $14 student museum ticket, you can look through a telescope to see something the naked eye can’t. Click here (https://ecotarium.org/visit-us/tickets/) for tickets. To get there take Bus 3 to Harrington Way.

And sometimes, you just need to lace up your sneakers and get outside to enjoy the beautiful fall weather. We recommend the 12-station fitness circuit, installed with the help of WPI and Assumption students in 2015, at Newton Hill at Elm Park. It’s Free and you can get there on the Bus 8 or 31, getting off at the Park Ave & Highland stop. When you finish, there’s also an 18-hole disc golf course to fill the rest of your afternoon. Click here for more information (https://www.friendsofnewtonhill.org/).

Indoor Fun

With the fall and winter coming, colder rainy and snowy weather is on the way. Never fear! There are plenty of indoor activities in Worcester to keep you busy each weekend.

The Worcester Art Museum offers free admission to Institutional Partners including WPI and Clark University. Show your student ID and in addition to getting in for free, you can also take advantage of free docent-led tours, a 10% discount on classes, and discounted admission for special events. Check out this link to learn more about this amazing offer provided for you by your college and the art museum! (https://portal.worcesterart.org/join/institutional-university). The museum is convenient to many bus lines include Bus 3 at Highland & Harvard and Bus 30 at Grove & Concord.

We all need exercise, even on a rainy or snowy day. For the adventure seekers among us, check out Central Rock Gym. You can purchase a $16 student day pass and $8 equipment rental or for an even better beginner deal, grab a class bundle for $25. This includes a day pass, equipment rental, and a belay class.  To get there, take bus 30 or 31 to West Boylston & Barber Avenue and walk south to 299 Barber Ave. Click here for more info (https://centralrockgym.com/worcester/ )

And on a day that you just need to relax, the Worcester North Showcase Cinema is a greatplace to catch a movie. Every Tuesday is Bargain Tuesday. Simply join Starpass (Free) and head over to the theater at 135 Brooks Street in Worcester for a $5 movie on any Tuesday. Catch Bus 14 or 30 to reach the theater. Click here for more information about Bargain Tuesdays. (https://www.showcasecinemas.com/programs/bargain-tuesday)