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Old 09-03-2008, 12:49 PM
 
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I am looking to relocate in Boston. But need to find a job there first. I have my B.A. in sociology. I am looking for either non-profit work, social or human services, or work with children. Any ideas for places to apply? And apartments too, I want to be on the T. I do not plan on having a car. What are price ranges for apts? I would prefer to live alone in a studio, but am open to roommates as well. I heard the towns right outside of boston are cheaper to live in and I still can get access to the T. Is this true? What are some names of those towns? If possible, I would like to pay under 1000 for an apartment. Even if I have to have roommates. Any thoughts appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 09-03-2008, 01:12 PM
 
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Default RE: relocating to Boston

It all depends on location, rooms and how you obtain the apartment and whether or not you want to sign a lease. The best way imo is that if you don't know anyone is to use craigslist.

I lived right in Copley Square (which is prime real estate) and paid $750 a month for my portion of a two bedroom which was a relative bargain. My friend had already lived there so I just moved into the newly vacated 2nd bedroom. I had to sign the lease though for one year.
After that I moved to Brookline( one of the nicest towns just outside of Boston) into a much cheaper house where I only pay $400 a month which is great value for the location, though I have a lot more housemates. I found this place on craigslist.

If you want a studio or one bedroom expect to pay around $1000 a month.

With Craigslist you obviously don't have to pay all the fees with finding a new place. If that is an issue. You also might want to sublet a room first if your employment situation is not yet stabilized. That way you can live in Boston and still look aorund.
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Old 09-04-2008, 03:51 AM
 
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You will probably want to live close (at least commute wise) to your job so that will be the determining factor. BTW, not all T-lines are created equal. Green line is older and slower than the other three (Red, Orange, and Blue). You can cut your rent and live in a bigger apartment by having roommates but this is a much bigger topic. Check out all the usual places like Craigslist, savvyrent, apartment for rent broker websites, and etc. to get an idea or Boston/Cambridge prices.
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Old 09-04-2008, 09:11 AM
 
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$1000 seems on the very low side to me, if you want close subway access. Of course, the T also includes buses, commuter trains and boats, so if you are expaning your definition of "the T" it might be doable.
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Old 09-04-2008, 12:14 PM
 
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thanks!
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Old 09-04-2008, 12:33 PM
 
Location: Boston, MA
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$1000s fine with roommates (brighton, brookline, cambrdige, fenway), slightly low for a place by yourself
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Old 09-08-2008, 10:35 PM
 
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thanks
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Old 09-17-2008, 07:21 PM
 
Location: Boston
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check out idealist.org Cambridge has a lot of non-profit opportunities that might be up alley. Cheers!
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Old 09-23-2008, 09:11 AM
 
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I use that site all the time. It's my favorite job search site.
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Old 10-20-2008, 08:58 PM
 
Location: Houston, Tx
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thanks melwrite for posting this thread! as i am reading over some of these posts...i find that alot of info is also helping me to start to see where good places to search for jobs....apts.... moving...etc... thanks for being in the same boat as me.... it helps me see it can be done!
best of luck to ya....
kat
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