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Old 06-02-2011, 12:11 AM
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I'm new to this but I've found searching through some of the threads and forums to be very helpful.

My husband and I will be moving to the Boston area in a few weeks. I will be attending BU for grad school and he will be working full-time in Watertown. We are thinking about living in Waltham and have found some apartments for about $1000, including heat and hot water, does that seem like a good deal to all of you?

My next question is about commuting. My classes will be from 4-7 pm, Monday through Thursday. I would like to drive in to BU. Roughly how long do you think it will take to make the commute from Waltham to BU at that time of day?

Thank you all in advance!
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Old 06-02-2011, 02:13 AM
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That almost sounds like too good a rent for a place with heat included. I've heard about some good bargains in Waltham, so it's likely that the place is perfectly decent, but I'd suggest doing some checking to be sure.

In general, the area around downtown Waltham is good for a young couple. There are a bunch of young people and a good restaurant scene in that area. Much of the rest of Waltham is standard suburbia.

I checked a mapping website which showed the drive from downtown Waltham to Kenmore Square at one end of B.U. as 23 min. That sounds about right for times of low traffic. You should add a few minutes to that estimate. You'd be making a commute in the opposite direction from traffic, but would probably still encounter some slow local street traffic, at the Boston end and to some degree at the Waltham end. All in all, this should not be a bad commute as commutes go in the Boston area.
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Old 06-03-2011, 12:33 PM
Location: Waltham, MA
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My friend lives in Waltham & she commutes to BU for work. She lives right off the Main St closer to Watertown. She gave up on driving to BU due to the traffic & parking cost issues Her typical commute is like this as she takes public transportation.

Typical Winter route ---

1) Walk out of her apartment complex to the bus stand (4-5 mins)
2) Take a bus to Central sq (70, 70A) (15-25 mins depending on traffic)
3) Take red line from Central sq to Park St. (~ 10 mins)
4) Take a green line from Park St to BU. (~ 15 mins)

All in all, it takes around 1 hour from Waltham to BU for her. In summer she takes a direct bus from Watertown yard to BU.

U can DM me if u have specific questions about Waltham. I live in Newton but i have some close friends in Waltham & we hang out in Waltham/Newton a lot.
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Old 06-04-2011, 10:00 AM
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You can also take a Bus from Central Square and Stop near Hynes convention.There are BU Shuttles running you can also consider that option.
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