Allston and Brighton, two neighborhoods with two zip codes, are nearly always discussed together as an intertwined whole. Encompassing Chestnut Hill (home to Boston College), Cleveland Circle, Allston Village, Commonwealth Avenue and Brighton Center, the area is technically a part of the City of Boston in spite of being mostly cut off from it by Brookline. Situated south of Cambridge and west of Boston, the neighborhood houses many Boston University, Harvard, and other students, boasts a lively music scene (Allston is sometimes known as “Allston Rock City”), and offers a fantastic mix of restaurants, bars, live venues, boutiques and nightclubs.
WGBH, Boston's public television and radio station for arts and culture, also has its headquarters here. Harvard Business School as well as most of Harvard's athletic facilities are in Lower Allston, bordering Cambridge, as is the oldest school for the deaf in the country, the Horace Mann School. With a vibrant mix of students, long-term residents, quieter neighborhoods and bustling activity, the Allston-Brighton area is a popular choice for more affordable housing in an exciting urban atmosphere.