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Old 12-08-2013, 10:04 AM
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My boyfriend and I are planning on attending Massachusetts College of Art and Design and UMass Boston within the next few years from a small town in Michigan. He is half Asian and I am a girl, so I would like to live somewhere safe for both of us that isn't too far from both schools. We'll be renting an apartment, too, so I want to live somewhere as affordable as possible.

Two additional questions:
- Is it easy to find a decent part-time job in the city?
- Do most apartment complexes have parking lots? I am just wondering, because we'll probably have a car to share between us.
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Old 12-08-2013, 10:25 AM
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People can give you more specific suggestions on housing based on your estimated budget. You will get a lot less for your dollar than in MI. Parking is expensive or annoying depending on where you end up and you may want to consider selling the car.

There are many interracial couples here and you should feel safe mostly everywhere. As someone in a similar situation who came from a small town, Boston is a breath of fresh air.
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Old 12-08-2013, 03:51 PM
Location: Boston, MA
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Interracial relations are very common here in Boston. You should fit in quite well. Depending on the neighborhood, you might be able to find parking available with an apartment though probably not in the area around Mass College of Art which is a very built up area. For more affordable but diverse places, you'll have to look further than the city center nowadays. Try Malden or Quincy perhaps. A lot of diversity in both places and easy access to rapid transit. Unfortunately Dravogadro is right, rent and cost of living here is much more expensive for the most part than anywhere in Michigan but you should find excitement here. Welcome!
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Old 12-08-2013, 05:51 PM
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Nobody will care that you are dating someone who is half Asian, full Asian, or whatever else.
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Old 12-08-2013, 08:13 PM
Location: Boston, MA
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I'm dating an Asian. No problems. She's a girl too. No problems. I think you'll find that people in Boston are remarkably uninterested in these kinds of things. They'll choose to dislike you for reasons completely unrelated to who you choose to date.
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Old 12-09-2013, 10:10 AM
Location: MA/NH
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No one cares. You can live anywhere you want with your interracial relationship.
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Old 12-09-2013, 10:22 AM
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Huh, I don't know about apartment complexes. There are buildings here, but not what I think of as complexes... but few outside of some upper end ones (not student focused) have parking lots/garages. Parking is an issue in the city. Part time jobs aren't hard, I see tons of help wanted signs around all the time.
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Old 12-10-2013, 10:31 AM
Location: Camberville
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You are likely not going to be looking at any complexes unless your budget is upwards of $2000 a month. There are probably some cheaper complexes, but in the Boston area, complexes tend to be mid to higher end housing. You can find housing with driveway parking, but you might have to share (tandem parking) with your neighbors. Street parking is also an option - it's easier in some neighborhoods than others.

What is your budget?
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Old 12-12-2013, 02:28 PM
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You can try living in North Quincy or North Dorchester near JFK train stop, which is much more affordable and has lots of diversity (e.g. lots of Asian restaurants). I have many friends that live in apartment complexes in Quincy with parking. I think a good studio could cost around $1300 in Quincy. In Dorchester, you will find more three-decker apartments and probably street parking. There's also a Crosstown Bus (CT3) that runs from Andrew Station on the Red Line to the Longwood area, where MassArt is located. I have to warn you though. Comm Ave and Huntington Ave near Mass Art are extremely busy during rush hour. Your car would be competing with street trolleys, MBTA and shuttle buses, bikes, pedestrians, taxis, and other cars, so you might end up preferring public transit.

You can also look in the area closer to MassArt like Roslindale, Jamaica Plain, Mission Hill/Longwood, or Brookline but they might be much more expensive and and parking for routine errands will be trickier, so you'll end up wanting to walk instead. If you live in Quincy, I think you might save more on car insurance rates. You should see if there's any on campus parking for MassArt. The MassArt/Longwood area is packed with hospitals, schools, and tourist sites, so land and parking is at a premium. The UMass Boston campus is much more spread out and is more likely to have parking facilities.

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Old 12-13-2013, 05:26 PM
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No one will care that you are an interracial couple. Boston is a pretty liberal city. Also, Asian/white couples seem to attract less attention then black/white ones, for some reason. Quincy has a large Asian population, apartment complexes with parking lots, and is near the red line (which goes right to Umass.)

Part time jobs are a problem...there are a lot of college students competing for them.
Most apartment complexes in the city don't have parking. In the areas you would likely be looking there aren't many complexes, most apartments are in old houses. The suburbs (and Quincy) have apartment complexes with parking.

One problem you will have is that, while your two schools aren't far in miles, they are o different branches of the subway system. Dorchester would be the place to look for some place equidistant. You might consider biking.
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