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Old 11-30-2010, 05:41 PM
Location: philadelphia
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Currently in search of an apartment that is commuteable to the southend. My price range is pretty low(1200 max - obviously have been looking for studios ), and I'm looking for a safe neighborhood ideally a student or young professional neighborhood as I'm a 19 year old undergrad.

I've been looking in Allston/Brighton, and have been crossing my fingers for a studio in Fenway - have seen the odd ad in my price range located in Back Bay, south end, and north end(but have been skeptical especially for that luxury 2 bdrm in the northend for 1000 a month lol ).

I'm coming from the philadelphia area, and am taking a bus up to look at places this weekend. I know that a lot of landlords require co-signers for undergraduates(my parents are kindly supporting me at this time). I'm moving up with one other person who has no problem sharing a studio(even if it's no bigger than a dorm room..atleast we'll have a kitchen and bathroom to ourself).

Recently I've decided to expand the search to Cambridge and suburbs with a reasonable commute time - but I'm a bit stumped on where to look. I'm not bringing my car, so walkability is a plus, and obviously commuteability as well.

Any input or general advice on apartment hunting would be appreciated. Thankyou!
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Old 11-30-2010, 10:48 PM
Location: Dallas
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South End, Lower Roxbury, Fenway, Longwood, Allston, Brighton, Brookline, Jamaica Plain, Back Bay, North End, South Boston, Cambridge ...

in that order to get best combo of proximity, convenience and comfort.
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Old 12-01-2010, 09:38 AM
Location: Brookline, MA
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Fenway/Symphony area would probably be the best fit overall, but you may find an apt in the South End. Something to keep in mind - I think there is a state regulation that if the studio is less than so many sq. feet only one person can officially live. So don't be caught unaware if some landlords won't rent a studio to 2 people.
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Old 12-02-2010, 05:00 PM
Location: philadelphia
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Thanks for the input guys, it's been helping a lot =]

I looked up the minimum square footage, and in a nutshell if we're over 200 square feet total and have atleast 140 square feet designated for sleeping/living, we can legally fit two occupants. We're also looking at one-bedrooms and having someone take the living room and someone take the bedroom, but it's nice to be prepared for possibly being turned down even if the space meets the requirements.

Fenway is definitely the top choice for a variety of reasons, but we can't afford to look in exclusively one neighborhood - particularly THAT neighborhood haha.
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Old 12-04-2010, 04:49 AM
Location: Quincy, Mass. (near Boston)
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You can get a basic older 1BR in Quincy for $900-$1100. I live there. Studios are priced at $759-$950 (?) for a basic studio.

Take one of the Quincy Red Line subways stations to Broadway or Andrew in South Boston, then a quick bus ride to parts of South End. Or take the Red Line 1 more stop to South Station, then the Silver Line to South End.

The weekly pass I buy is $15; monthly perhaps $59?

St. Botolph St., as I mentioned in another recent thread, has basic studios for $1,000 on Craigslist. It's 15-20 minutes walking to the South End. Nice neighborhood in the St. Botolph area.
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