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Old 08-07-2017, 09:50 AM
 
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Welcome to Boston --

If your husband is working at the Boston University Medical Campus, you want to live SOUTH of the Interstate 93 tunnel due to traffic.

QUINCY is a good choice for commuting on the MBTA's Red Line. A bus will take him from Andrew Station to campus.
MBTA > Schedules & Maps > Subway > Andrew Station

Moving away from the city does not always save money on living costs.

Besides traffic as yaeger07 mentioned above, parking at BUMC requires a parking permit--monthly costs begin at $200. You will need to factor that cost into the cost of your apartment and utilities (heating) if not included in your rent.
Rate Structure for BUMC Garages (DOB & 710 Albany) Parking & Transportation Services | Boston University

If you're not working in the US, you may be home all day. Being near community and people will be important to your well-being.

Good luck on your move - Boston is a great city.
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Old 08-07-2017, 10:18 AM
 
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You're trading one of the most beautiful cities in the world for Boston out of all places? Please don't, you will regret it!
He's moving to a city with a functioning economy.
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Old 08-07-2017, 10:43 AM
 
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Welcome to Boston --

If your husband is working at the Boston University Medical Campus, you want to live SOUTH of the Interstate 93 tunnel due to traffic.

QUINCY is a good choice for commuting on the MBTA's Red Line. A bus will take him from Andrew Station to campus.
MBTA > Schedules & Maps > Subway > Andrew Station

Moving away from the city does not always save money on living costs.

Besides traffic as yaeger07 mentioned above, parking at BUMC requires a parking permit--monthly costs begin at $200. You will need to factor that cost into the cost of your apartment and utilities (heating) if not included in your rent.
Rate Structure for BUMC Garages (DOB & 710 Albany) Parking & Transportation Services | Boston University

If you're not working in the US, you may be home all day. Being near community and people will be important to your well-being.

Good luck on your move - Boston is a great city.
Thank you very much for your kind respond.

We saw some affordable places in Quincy and the Subway monthly price is fine too.

About the utilities bills, could you tell me more or less how much could it be for a 1bd apartment? I know depends on lot of things but just to have an idea before moving there.
And yes, I won't work until I don't get the work permision but I really want to do something as I can't be all day at home.
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Old 08-07-2017, 11:26 AM
 
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Could you tell me more or less how much could it be for a 1bd apartment? I know depends on lot of things but just to have an idea before moving there.
And yes, I won't work until I don't get the work permision but I really want to do something as I can't be all day at home.
Utilities depend on the apartment's age, what's included and the heating type... and if heating is included in the rent.

Natural gas (cooking, hot water, and/or heat) $25+ to $100+ (with heat) month
Electric (cooking, appliances and/or heat/air conditioning) $40+ to $120+ (with heat) month
Oil (heat) $1,000 + a year
Internet $60-90 a month

MBTA pass (husband's will be subsidized at BUMC + yours) $50+ month

Auto Insurance is based on where you live -- some neighborhoods are more expensive to insure than others if you plan to buy and use a car. (Auto insurance is required in Massachusetts.)

Last edited by flowbe202; 08-07-2017 at 11:27 AM.. Reason: grammar :)
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Old 08-07-2017, 11:38 AM
 
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Utilities depend on the apartment's age, what's included and the heating type... and if heating is included in the rent.

Natural gas (cooking, hot water, and/or heat) $25+ to $100+ (with heat) month
Electric (cooking, appliances and/or heat/air conditioning) $40+ to $120+ (with heat) month
Oil (heat) $1,000 + a year
Internet $60-90 a month

MBTA pass (husband's will be subsidized at BUMC + yours) $50+ month

Auto Insurance is based on where you live -- some neighborhoods are more expensive to insure than others if you plan to buy and use a car. (Auto insurance is required in Massachusetts.)
Ok, perfect I can have an idea about the bills, you are helping me a lot!!!

I don't understand about the MBTA pass, I mean I just check online on the website and I saw It was 87$ or so per month.

About the car, we though we won't need it, basicaly we wanted for him to go to work but many people told us it's not necessary.

And my last question that I don't know if you will know is what I will need to work as teacher as in Spain I studied for that.
Also about if in Boston is normal to have a Nanny(not au pair) as I worked more than 2 years as Nanny in Ireland and there there is a high demand so I don't know how is in US.
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Old 08-07-2017, 12:00 PM
 
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Nannies are definitely popular here. You'll need to have good references, but people do use them a lot.

If you find a family willing to pay "under the table" (and I'm not necessarily recommending this), you won't need to wait to get work permission. It is illegal to do this, but I'm sure it's common. You'll be passing on any social security contributions, workmans comp insurance, unemployment protection, etc. You could also market yourself as a back-up childcare option at first, so people could just call you for a day or so if they need alternate childcare--daycare is closed, nanny is sick, etc. People would probably be more willing to pay straight cash for this. That would help you build some references and might turn into longer term work.

What kind of teacher? If you speak Spanish you might be able to find work as a Spanish teacher. If you look at a private school you won't need any kind of certification. It may be difficult to get certified to teach in a public school.

Your husband probably won't drive to work. You may want a car for yourself, though, if you're not working. You could probably find a family in Quincy to nanny for, so you might not need one for commuting either. I don't know if many families get around in Quincy without at least 1 car though.

Your husband will be able to get an MBTA pass either at a reduced rate or via pre-tax payments (flowbe has more info than me about this, I'm just familiar with the pre-tax option I don't know about a BUMC subsidy), so it will be less than $87/mo. But yours will be $87/mo if you get one.
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Old 08-07-2017, 12:26 PM
 
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Nannies are definitely popular here. You'll need to have good references, but people do use them a lot.

If you find a family willing to pay "under the table" (and I'm not necessarily recommending this), you won't need to wait to get work permission. It is illegal to do this, but I'm sure it's common. You'll be passing on any social security contributions, workmans comp insurance, unemployment protection, etc. You could also market yourself as a back-up childcare option at first, so people could just call you for a day or so if they need alternate childcare--daycare is closed, nanny is sick, etc. People would probably be more willing to pay straight cash for this. That would help you build some references and might turn into longer term work.

What kind of teacher? If you speak Spanish you might be able to find work as a Spanish teacher. If you look at a private school you won't need any kind of certification. It may be difficult to get certified to teach in a public school.

Your husband probably won't drive to work. You may want a car for yourself, though, if you're not working. You could probably find a family in Quincy to nanny for, so you might not need one for commuting either. I don't know if many families get around in Quincy without at least 1 car though.

Your husband will be able to get an MBTA pass either at a reduced rate or via pre-tax payments (flowbe has more info than me about this, I'm just familiar with the pre-tax option I don't know about a BUMC subsidy), so it will be less than $87/mo. But yours will be $87/mo if you get one.
Thank you!!!!
I prefer to work legally,(don't want to get in troble)I will wait for the work permition and while I get It I will get the driver licence. I have very good references from Ireland( working as Nanny and childcare assistant and toddler teacher)

I am Primary school teacher ( from 6yo to12yo) but I never got a job for that position as after finishing my degree I moved to Ireland and there I needed gaelic. However, this year worked as English teacher in Spain.
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Old 08-07-2017, 12:32 PM
 
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If you don't want to FT nanny under the table (which is for the best), definitely try to get yourself some more short term cash work so you can build up local references too. Good luck!
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Old 08-08-2017, 05:13 PM
 
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I cannot believe anybody on here would so much a HINT the idea of working illegally. It is morally wrong, and whoever does puts whatever future they may have here in jeopardy. Shame on you big time.
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Old 08-10-2017, 10:09 AM
 
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What neighborhood do you live in currently?
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