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Old 05-23-2009, 04:43 PM
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I am currently living in Cincinnati, but will be moving to Boston at the end of June.

I'm a 23-year-old male, fresh out of college, and need to find a place ASAP. I'm not planning on bringing my car (looking to sell it, actually), so I need a place that is near the T. I'd like to keep my commute under 45 minutes. The company I'll be working for is located in Newtonville on Nevada St.

Also, I am 100% sure I need roommate(s), as I do not want to stretch myself too thin to start off... looking between $500-650 per month for rent. I have no problem having 2-3 other roommates. I've been searching CL so far, and sent out numerous emails... no replies yet (only been a few days). Any other suggestions for places to find roommates?

I'd love to live in Southie, but I have a feeling this will be easier said than done. I absolutely love the urban life and being in the center of it all. I'd prefer a neighborhood with a younger population, with typical age not above 28. I'm a Starbucks Junkie, love sports and running, music, and pretty open to most things. I saw a listing for Watertown Sq. - any insight into these area?

I'm starting to grasp the essense of each neighborhood... and I've found numerous listings on CL and FB, but so far, all but one has been unresponsive after a few days. Is this typical?

Any and all help/advice is EXTREMELY appreciated!
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Old 05-24-2009, 04:27 PM
Location: Brookline, MA
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I'd recommend the Allston and Brighton areas for you (both areas are right next to each other). It would probably be a 15-20 min drive to work in rush hour. These areas are pretty young; heavily populated with college students given the proximity to Boston University and Boston College and young working adults under 30. Lots of restaurants, bars, and coffee shops.

You should be able to find a place with several roommates in your price range. I don't think your job is on the train, so I'm thinking that you'd be taking the bus if you didn't drive. You just want to make sure that you're not too far from the bus stop.

Craigs List is a very popular way to find roommates in Boston. That's how I always used to find roommates and pretty much everyone I know did/does the same. It's a holiday weekend so I wouldn't worry that you aren't getting too many responses; people may be away. Just keep being persistent; although people may be wary of taking on a roommate sight unseen. If you have a hard time finding a place from Cincinatti, consider a summer sublet to get yourself here. It's a pain to move twice, but it could provide a short term solution.
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