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Old 04-25-2009, 08:29 PM
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My girlfriend and I plan to sublet a students place for 3 o 4 months starting June 1.

----What are our chances of finding jobs for that time period as wait staff, bar work, or security jobs? Just looking to support ourselves for that time period..

----Is Boston a good time during the summer or dead?

-----Does anyone recommend in Boston, an area for that time ,to sublet ? )(Walkable and an area of higher summer employment)

Thanks for your time
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Old 04-26-2009, 10:53 PM
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Good time during the summer? Yes. Boston is a big city. It's never really dead there, and summer offers some additional recreation options not available as much during winter--whale-watch tours, sailing, street performers, outdoor concerts here and there.

I don't have inside knowledge of the local food service industry, so I'm making an educated guess here, but I would think that summer would be a good time to find restaurant and bar jobs. In some sections of the city, business would most likely pick up due to tourist traffic, and a fair number of college students are away for the summer, so it would seem that there would be fewer young people in town competing for these jobs. I would suggest searching for restaurant jobs in downtown, the North End, and the waterfront area to have the best chance of finding a job in a busy tourist spot. Also, the Back Bay and South End sections will have a lot of small local nightspot venues, though parts of the South End are not the most accessible by public transit. You might also look for jobs around the Harvard Sq. neighborhood in Cambridge--bunch of steadily busy small clubs, coffee shops, and ethnic restaurants in that area.

You also asked about security jobs. Security companies always seem to be hiring, so there would most likely be a good chance of finding this kind of work, if you just needed a job of some sort for some steady income, but the security companies also seem to pay poorly, and to treat their employees like dirt, so, from the standpoint of both income and the atmosphere at work, you'd probably want to look at food-service jobs first.

I'm not sure that you necessarily want to choose a place to live on the basis of proximity to work. It depends on your specific situation, such as work hours and how important it would be to you to have work around the corner from your residence. Boston is a relatively compact city, covered pretty well by public transit, so you can live in many sections of the city and have a fairly quick commute to most areas where you'd be likely to look for work. However, the transit system shuts down officially at 1AM, and earlier in many spots, depending on where you are located along the last run of the night on each line, so getting to and from a late-night job by public transit wouldn't work.

You might want to focus on the Allston and Brighton sections in your search for a place to live. It depends on your preferences. These sections have a large student population, so you'd find quite a few other young people around (even during the summer there will still be students in town). However, though these sections have a variety of housing, there is an emphasis on single houses, which means you'd have to sublet a space in a house you'd be sharing with several other people. Maybe you would have a problem with this idea or maybe not. If not, another advantage to Allston and Brighton is that there are small clubs and eateries around, which could be another source of possible employment, though some of these will not be as busy as the downtown, North End, and Back Bay places, so you'd make less in tips. Depends on the individual business, though, so keep Allston and Brighton in mind. These areas also are a little bit out away from downtown, so you would be looking at a bus or trolley/subway ride to get to the centers of greatest activity, so again, it depends on your preferences.

Back Bay, the North End, etc., are more active areas, where you'd find apartments rather than houses, but these sections are expensive, so again there are tradeoffs in any neighborhood. You might also want to check out Cambridge, where you'll find nightlife in the form of small local businesses (also a possible source of employment), a young population around the Harvard Sq. and Kendall Sq. neighborhoods, associated with Harvard and MIT as well as there being some young professionals around Cambridge, and ready access to downtown and vicinity via a quick ride on the red line. In fact, if you don't mind a mix of housing options, including single houses you'd be sharing, Cambridge might be the area you want to check out first, especially the Harvard and Kendall Square neighborhoods, and other spots along Mass. Ave. as a secondary consideration. Unless you feel you absolutely have to be living very close to the highest level of activity--and can afford the rents in the vicinity of downtown--Cambridge might offer the best combination of relatively modest rents (by Boston standards), local/neighborhood nightlife, and fairly quick access to downtown.

So . . . a few possibilites. Which is best depends on your situation--housing budget, importance of being really close to work, importance of being near the centers of most activity, etc.
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