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Old 10-02-2010, 11:28 PM
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So I’m planning on moving to Boston in mid-January (I know best time to move huh? Lol), before the spring semester for Harvard. Can anyone give me some advice as to a good place to live? I know that I will want to use the T, so what areas are good for walking, say ten minutes to a T stop and then commuting to Harvard?
I am looking for a studio or 1 bedroom, basically something not outrageously priced-I’m from the southwest (Arizona) so I can easily get a nice one bedroom for $500. I know Boston prices are much higher and will definitely give me a “sticker shock” but I’m trying to figure out a decent place to live for not a ton of money-hopefully I can stay around or under $1000. But I do want to be in a safe environment so let me know if this price range is unrealistic.
So what would be a good neighborhood to live in that I could use the T and commute to Harvard? I don’t have a job or anything else lined up so getting to and from the campus is my main priority.
Thanks in advance for all the help!!! =)
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Old 10-03-2010, 04:47 AM
Location: Quincy, Mass. (near Boston)
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Cambridge and parts of Somerville are the obvious cities to target on Craigslist for you, but do consider convenient Belmont and Arlington also. You'll need a bus to Harvard Square for the latter two, but no more than a 20-min. ride.

You'll likely find older buildings and units in the Boston area vs. Arizona -- older does not imply charming with character...sometimes it means dumpy! Modern on Craigslists means a 1970ish brick building. Some listings I checked require 1/2 to 1 month finder's fee to you.

Some studios and 1BRs are available for $1000 in the above areas, but few listings may mean fierce competition.

January does not automatically mean snow on the ground in Boston, but cold wind is often present.
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Old 10-03-2010, 06:22 AM
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Watertown and even Lexington might be an option for you. There was a one-bedroom in Lexington for $1100 on Craigslist. So you may find a decent one-bedroom to rent for around $1000-1200. You never know.

From Watertown Square, it's a 15-minute ride on the bus (#71) to Harvard Square.
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Old 10-03-2010, 10:05 PM
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What's the longest commute you'd like to deal with? What kind of general character would you like in the neighborhood? The feel of the area varies some between the areas that have been suggested. Somerville and most of Cambridge have an urban look. Arlington, Watertown, and Belmont are inner suburban, with some areas that are a little urban, and one section of Belmont that has somewhat of a lower-density suburban feel.

The residents of most of the areas already suggested, with the possible exception of some neighborhoods in Cambridge, are largely either families or young professionals, rather than concentrations of students. If you want more of a student kind of neighborhood, you might look in Allston, or around the Cleveland Circle neighborhood in Brighton.

If you don't mind a commute of 45 min. or so, you might check Quincy. Quincy is a mix of urban and suburban in character. It's pretty much a basic small city, without gobs of nightlife, not a mecca for either students or young adults, but it's on the same subway line as Harvard, and may have more rental properties at relatively modest cost than you'll find in most of the other areas suggested, since Quincy is farther from downtown, so it may be an option to consider if keeping housing costs down is the highest priority.
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