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Old 04-03-2013, 12:33 AM
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I am hoping to go to school in Boston at Berklee College of Music. I am from California and have never been to Boston. I am currently living in Georgia as an Intelligence Analyst with the US Army and I plan to get out and use my GI benefits while I go to school in Boston.

Question: which neighborhood/suburb should I be looking for? I have 3 daughters and a son all in elementary school, and I have a $2000-$2400 budget for rent. Id like to be as close to the school as possible, but a safe neighborhood and good quality public schools are my biggest must-haves.

Ive been searching Craigslist and Ive found homes in all kinds of different areas but have no clue what they are like.

Any advice/recommendations would be greatly appreciated.


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Old 04-03-2013, 03:06 PM
Location: Framingham, Mass
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The best advice I could give you is to map out your possible rental areas versus an MBTA map. Parking is very tight everywhere in the Back Bay, but especially in that area, so plan to take the T. Berkeley is right by the Hynes Convention Center T stop on the Green Line, which gives you a few options in Allston and Brighton (the latter of which has fewer students and more young professionals).

On the Orange Line, you have towns like Malden and Somerville--you can take the Orange to Back Bay station and walk from there on nice days, or change to Copley and go one stop to Hynes.

Another option is the Red Line--parts of Somerville and Cambridge to the North and Quincy and Braintree to the South are accessible on that line... you could switch at Park Street to pick up the green line. Any of the areas listed above would give you some good rental options with a manageable commute in your price range.
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Old 04-03-2013, 09:21 PM
Location: Dallas
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