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Old 03-14-2011, 01:38 PM
 
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Hi, I was wondering where the best place to live in Boston would be for a UMASS Boston student. Me and atleast one other friend will be rooming together, we won't have a car. Where are most of the college students living? We want somewhere safe, fun, affordable,and no higher than $2400 a month. I was thinking possibly the Backbay/fenway area, Cambridge, or Somerville. What are your ideas?
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Old 03-14-2011, 01:48 PM
 
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Hi, I was wondering where the best place to live in Boston would be for a UMASS Boston student. Me and atleast one other friend will be rooming together, we won't have a car. Where are most of the college students living? We want somewhere safe, fun, affordable,and no higher than $2400 a month. I was thinking possibly the Backbay/fenway area, Cambridge, or Somerville. What are your ideas?
All good choices, esp Cambridge and Somerville, since both ( esp Camb) are on the Red Line for mass transit, which will take you to shuttle buses outside the UMass stop on the Red Line, which will then take you to the campus; Fenway wil probably involve using the Green Line to transfer to the Red Line..

I would especially look into Porter and Davis Squares on the Cambridge/Somerville line, as they are largely 20-something neighborhoods and are located on the Red Line ( many will be out of school, though). One other notorious neighborhood for students wil be the Allston-Brighton neighborhood, which is located a ways out on the Green Line, and would make for a much longer commute to school..

Your budget of $2400 will accomodate apt prices well....
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Old 03-14-2011, 04:33 PM
 
Location: Cambridge, MA
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Closer to campus, the Savin Hill section of Dorchester (one Red Line stop away) could be a fun area. There's not a huge student population, but if you're "legal" there are plenty of cool hangouts including the Irish pub "Banshee." One of my favorite breakfast places in the entire area, McKenna's, is a hop skip and jump away from the T station. This brings up an important point: since UMB is an all-commuter school, they don't offer full food service. Coffee shops yes, cafeteria no.

One of my upstairs neighbors, a "professional undergrad" soon to be 26, doesn't mind living near Central Square in Cambridge and doing the Red Line commute thing one bit. What's key is how much you're willing to endure T and shuttle-bus rides back and forth each day of classes. I took a course at UMB a few years back and to me it was no big deal. You learn how to catnap and wake up just in time for your stop pretty fast.
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Old 03-19-2011, 05:33 PM
 
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I'd 2nd the Savin Hill post why live far from the campus? Alot of UMASS students are drive in commuters since they don't have dorms. why live downtown. For 2 people $2400 does a lot. even in Dorchester. Why live downtown. It's crap anyways. Plenty of good drinkin holes between Dot and Southie, Stay close.
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Old 03-19-2011, 06:51 PM
 
Location: Maryland not Murlin
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Hi, I was wondering where the best place to live in Boston would be for a UMASS Boston student. Me and atleast one other friend will be rooming together, we won't have a car. Where are most of the college students living? We want somewhere safe, fun, affordable,and no higher than $2400 a month. I was thinking possibly the Backbay/fenway area, Cambridge, or Somerville. What are your ideas?
UMB students can be found all over Boston and surrounding areas, but without a car I'd go for Cambridge. Most college students live in Allston, Brighton, Cambridge, Somerville, North End, and the Back Bay although the Back Bay is now attempting to push out college students and the North End is beginning to try, too.

If your budget is $2400 a month, you and the roomie(s) can find a decent place almost anywhere.
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