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Old 02-10-2011, 04:48 PM
 
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Hello. I'm a Boston native, but I moved to Miami at the tender age of 17 so I'm a bit clueless about certain things and I'm hoping I can get a little assistance.

How many UMASS Boston campuses are there?

Where are they located?

How much extra is parking?

Do trains ever get stuck underground?

Are the students known for being friendly or is it strictly commuter school style?

I want to be able to make friends if I move back. Most of my childhood friends have moved to California or are not my friends anymore.

Thanks!
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Old 02-10-2011, 10:37 PM
 
Location: Dallas
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Hello. I'm a Boston native, but I moved to Miami at the tender age of 17 so I'm a bit clueless about certain things and I'm hoping I can get a little assistance.

How many UMASS Boston campuses are there? One UMASS Boston. There are many UMASS schools though all over Mass. Largest are in Amherst and Lowell.

Where are they located? UMass Boston is at Columbia Point, Dorchester. It has a Red Line station that you need to hop a shuttle to get to the campus. The red line station is a little creepy - like you might find yourself alone there for quite a while sometimes.

How much extra is parking? $100 per month two years ago.

Do trains ever get stuck underground? They get backed up sometimes, but the T in BOS is largely very efficient, although the Green line is pretty pokey at crush hour.

Are the students known for being friendly or is it strictly commuter school style? I'd say fairly friendly. My wife made a few friends there while she attended. It is a commuter school though.

I want to be able to make friends if I move back. Most of my childhood friends have moved to California or are not my friends anymore. No promises on that Pear. Miami people are very social compared to Bostonians. You'll definitely like the high society culture of Boston though. Far more refined than Miami.

Thanks!
Just keep in mind BOS is quite a bit more expensive than Miami - espescially to keep a car. But they pay a lot more too, so overall, you'll live better. Mainly leaving MIA you'll give up good weather, cleanliness, warmer people, and the partying. You gain on culture, history, safety, diversity.
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Old 02-11-2011, 02:15 PM
 
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Are the people really "warmer" down here? I know you have lived in S.FLA, right?

I alwas thought people down here were really hard to get to know because the people who are actually from here stick together and the people who aren't from here are very transient.
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Old 02-11-2011, 05:29 PM
 
Location: Dallas
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Are the people really "warmer" down here? I know you have lived in S.FLA, right?

I alwas thought people down here were really hard to get to know because the people who are actually from here stick together and the people who aren't from here are very transient.
Well to be honest it has been a long time since I lived in Miami, so I can't say that things haven't changed quite a lot since I left (in 1991). But for me, Miami was one big happy crazy family.

Miami is even built to foster a friendlier atmosphere. Now of course when I say Miami, I mean Miami Beach. The building in MB have common areas, big porches, and of course the weather is usually good. People all sat out on the porches together, people strolled up and down the streets saying hello to neighbors, it was awesome. Everyone didn't know everyone, but everyone knew a lot of people, and everyone knew someone who knew someone. No one was really more than three degrees of separation.

In BOS, the buildings don't have common areas or porches. People in BOS don't want to know everyone in their neighborhood and if you say hello to anyone on the streets of BOS, they assume the next words out of your mouth are gonna be "my car broken down and I need x dollars ...". This is very hard on people from out of town, many get the wrong idea that no one likes them or something, but that's just BOS. It takes a long time to make friends in Boston except within the institutions. Kids who go to college there actually make tons of friends. I assume it's not so much the case at a commuter school as in the Northeastern dorm, but I'm sure you'll be fine. Bored or lonesome is the worst case scenario really. The upside of all this mind your own beeswax business of BOS there's not nearly the trouble in BOS like there is in MIA. You'll feel 10x safer in BOS than MIA.

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Old 02-11-2011, 05:56 PM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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UMASS Boston has one campus, it is a commuter school.
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