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Old 04-05-2013, 10:59 AM
 
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I will graduate from college and got a job offer in either NYC or Boston. I am not sure where to go yet because I don't know where the cost of living is more expensive. I will get paid $60K and if its in NYC the job will be in manhattan and if its in Boston, in 99 high st Boston, Suffolk County. If I went to Boston, what would be a good neighborhood to look for apartments in that is not too expensive say less than $1000 and within 30min commute by public transportation (Maybe even an hour). Also, how much is the cost of living like for example groceries and such. How much should I budget for? I would be mostly interested in a studio or 1 br apartment but rooming with one more person is an option too expect that I don't know anybody there so I don't know how to find someone to room with me. Thank you so much for your input!
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Old 04-06-2013, 12:37 PM
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On your budget, you will probably need to get into an apartment or house share situation. Even though you don't know anyone in Boston ahead of time, I wouldn't worry about it. Just look for room shares on craigslist. When I was your age, I never had any problems with answering ads for a room share situation and finding a decent living situation. People are just people. Be smart about the interviewing process. Find roommates the same age as you with similar lifestyles and interests. If you are a non-smoker, then of course only room with other non-smokers. And be honest about yourself. If you are a neat person, then tell them that, etc...
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Old 04-07-2013, 03:09 PM
 
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I will graduate from college and got a job offer in either NYC or Boston. I am not sure where to go yet because I don't know where the cost of living is more expensive. I will get paid $60K and if its in NYC the job will be in manhattan and if its in Boston, in 99 high st Boston, Suffolk County. If I went to Boston, what would be a good neighborhood to look for apartments in that is not too expensive say less than $1000 and within 30min commute by public transportation (Maybe even an hour). Also, how much is the cost of living like for example groceries and such. How much should I budget for? I would be mostly interested in a studio or 1 br apartment but rooming with one more person is an option too expect that I don't know anybody there so I don't know how to find someone to room with me. Thank you so much for your input!
Boston and New York City are two of the most expensive cities in the country. That said, Boston is a bit more affordable than NYC overall, in terms of both housing and groceries, etc. - but not by an enormous margin. A 30-minute commute radius will definitely give you more flexibility in Boston than it would in NYC, however.

I agree that looking for a shared apartment is a much more feasible option on your budget, unless you're willing to spend a couple hundred bucks more per month. Boston is full of people looking for roommates on Craigslist. Apartment shares in the $700-900 range are plentiful, although less is possible if you persevere (I found a nice place under $650 after looking for about 2-3 months, and having looked at a few places under $600 where I had plenty of competition).

It's hard to find "cheap" groceries in Boston compared to other areas, but after speaking to friends of mine who live in NYC about how much they spend on groceries each week, I feel a little better about my food shopping bills. As with any city, however, prices depend on precisely where you shop. As far as the major supermarket chains go, Stop & Shop is more affordable than Shaw's/Star Market, so living close to one of the former could help your wallet. Market Basket in Somerville provides arguably the best values, but unfortunately it is not (yet) very well-connected to rapid transit.

If you want to live near one of these cheap supermarkets in an affordable neighborhood within 30 minutes of the Financial District, you might consider Mission Hill or the area near Jackson Square in Jamaica Plain. Other potential options, perhaps less desirable (particularly for a recent college grad) are East Somerville near the Sullivan T stop or the northern parts of Dorchester and Roxbury near the South Bay Center. South Boston also has a Stop & Shop but it's generally a more expensive neighborhood. Would be a nice choice though.

Although the commute is less ideal, Allston is also an affordable neighborhood with access to cheap groceries and many young people. There are a lot of students in this area, so house shares are abundant.
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