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Old 04-19-2009, 06:56 PM
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Hi Everyone,

I'm relocating to Boston for work and school.

I'm interested in living in Back Bay, Beacon Hill, or Brookline because of their relative safety and access to the T.

Which of the three is the most ethnically diverse? Are there specific areas of Back Bay, Beacon Hill, or Brookline that are ethnically diverse?

Also, I'm 22. Which of these areas has more students? Again, are there areas of each where there are a large number of students?

How can I avoid housing discrimination? I had trouble renting when I was in college. Should I bring my parents or friends when I meet with relators?

Thanks for your help!
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Old 04-19-2009, 11:19 PM
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All are expensive.
I suspect the most students are in Brookline, especially along the Green Line trains (to get to BU and BC and so on. Brookline is the most diverse, I'm sure.
I assume you're not bringing a car. If you are, parking is impossible in Back Bay and Beacon Hill, and required and expensive in Brookline.
Regarding discrimination, I imagine if there is any, it would be because of your age and/or credit report, not ethnicity. If you're looking for housing shares, there wouldn't be a problem there. If you're looking to live alone, you'll certainly need a hefty amount of money (family help?)
Best wishes. Despite the expense, it's a wonderful area to be 22.
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Old 04-22-2009, 07:15 AM
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Brookline would likely be the most ethnically diverse, although not necessarily a huge population of latinos. Also, more students would be there, and neighboring Allston, than would be in Beacon Hill or Back Bay. Brookline is a great area and it's safe as well. Think about your car situation too. In BB and BH, you can park on the street, but it can be a total pain in the butt. In Brookline, you really can't park on the street overnight, so you'd have to pay for parking most likely.
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Old 04-22-2009, 09:30 AM
Location: Newton, Mass.
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Also, more students would be there (Brookline), and neighboring Allston, than would be in Beacon Hill or Back Bay.
I'm not so sure about this. While Allston is chock full o' undergrads, the students in Brookline are really only in the northeastern corner of the town (on the side streets off Comm. Av.), and near Cleveland Circle. There are maybe some near Washington Square. But the rest of Brookline, though fun and urban, is not particularly student-oriented.

The more affordable part of the Back Bay, bleeding into Kenmore and the Fenway, has a lot of students due to the proximity of BU, Berklee, NEU, and the colleges along the Fenway/Riverway. There are certainly more students hanging out on Mass Av. and the western end of Newbury St than in Coolidge Corner or Brookline Village.

Beacon Hill also has students. There are Emerson dorms, Fisher students, and some grad students from MIT and Harvard prefer to live there and take the Red Line.

All are expensive and not super-diverse residentially, but the Back Bay in particular is more of a place where people from all over the area congregate, so you'll see a lot of different kinds of people.

Where are you going to school? For a (slightly) more affordable area that has diversity, urban feel, and a young/student vibe, you might want to check out near Central Square in Cambridge. Cambridge is a separate city but practically just as city as Boston. Central is a funky area between two large universities, and even has a quick bus (the 47) to BU. 10 minutes on the Red Line to downtown Boston, which is an easier commute than anything on the overcrowded Green Line.
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Old 04-23-2009, 07:14 PM
Location: Boston, MA
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Jamaica Plain should not be overlooked even if the OP did not state it as a choice. It is very diverse and young people oriented with a large Latino population. The OP should check out the area around Hyde Square, Centre Street, and Green Street or around the Stoney Brook T Station. There is more than enough to offer in that neighborhood, access to the T, several beautiful parks (the Arboretum and Southwest Corridor Park/Bikeway), a community center, the oldest public high school in the nation (English High School), and several Cuban, Dominican, and Puerto Rican restaurants and shops. There are not so many college students as young urban professionals and twenty somethings in Jamaica Plain but I am sure the OP will fit right in.
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