Boston College Class of 2014

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Re: Boston College Class of 2014

Postby K1988 » Tue Apr 19, 2011 5:27 pm

Perch wrote:Anyone know if we get a confirmation when they receive our deposit?


Yes, I just got mine in an email- but I sent one check with both deposits and the email said "thank you for your second deposit"

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Re: Boston College Class of 2014

Postby ldboston » Tue Apr 19, 2011 5:44 pm

I got an email confirmation, but also it showed up in a new section on Agora. It took awhile to get the deposit confirmation, but I did get one and have only sent in my first deposit.

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Re: Boston College Class of 2014

Postby mettasutta » Fri Apr 22, 2011 9:32 pm

Deposited yesterday and got confirmation email today.

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Re: Boston College Class of 2014

Postby Perch » Sat Apr 23, 2011 11:33 am

mettasutta wrote:Deposited yesterday and got confirmation email today.


So whats next :Riding any wait lists or looking for apartments?

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Re: Boston College Class of 2014

Postby mettasutta » Sat Apr 23, 2011 1:28 pm

Perch wrote:
mettasutta wrote:Deposited yesterday and got confirmation email today.


So whats next :Riding any wait lists or looking for apartments?


I started apartment hunting this weekend! I am on the Vandy WL, but will most likely withdraw because the thought of attending at sticker (most likely outcome if I even got off) would not be appealing when I have money at BC.

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Re: Boston College Class of 2014

Postby tttlllsss » Sat Apr 23, 2011 3:34 pm

How is everyone not from the east coast going about the apt search?

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Re: Boston College Class of 2014

Postby Perch » Sat Apr 23, 2011 4:12 pm

mettasutta wrote:
Perch wrote:
mettasutta wrote:Deposited yesterday and got confirmation email today.


So whats next :Riding any wait lists or looking for apartments?


I started apartment hunting this weekend! I am on the Vandy WL, but will most likely withdraw because the thought of attending at sticker (most likely outcome if I even got off) would not be appealing when I have money at BC.


+1...looks like I will pass on Vandy as well if that becomes an option, like BC too much and good scholly...don't know what I'd do about GULC or Cornell though...anyone passing On G or C for BC?

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Re: Boston College Class of 2014

Postby mettasutta » Sat Apr 23, 2011 5:17 pm

Perch wrote:
mettasutta wrote:
Perch wrote:
mettasutta wrote:Deposited yesterday and got confirmation email today.


So whats next :Riding any wait lists or looking for apartments?


I started apartment hunting this weekend! I am on the Vandy WL, but will most likely withdraw because the thought of attending at sticker (most likely outcome if I even got off) would not be appealing when I have money at BC.


+1...looks like I will pass on Vandy as well if that becomes an option, like BC too much and good scholly...don't know what I'd do about GULC or Cornell though...anyone passing On G or C for BC?


Would you be paying sticker at Cornell/GULC? I'm not sure about Cornell, but GULC sticker would not IMO be worth it over a sizable scholly at BC unless you really want gov't work in DC. There's not a huge disparity between them placement-wise.

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Re: Boston College Class of 2014

Postby tttlllsss » Sat Apr 23, 2011 9:15 pm

Perch wrote:
mettasutta wrote:
Perch wrote:
mettasutta wrote:Deposited yesterday and got confirmation email today.


So whats next :Riding any wait lists or looking for apartments?


I started apartment hunting this weekend! I am on the Vandy WL, but will most likely withdraw because the thought of attending at sticker (most likely outcome if I even got off) would not be appealing when I have money at BC.


+1...looks like I will pass on Vandy as well if that becomes an option, like BC too much and good scholly...don't know what I'd do about GULC or Cornell though...anyone passing On G or C for BC?


I'm currently on the Cornell WL.

Cornell at sticker vs. BC w/ $$$ would be a very hard decision for me. I think BC w/ $$$ has a slight edge

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Re: Boston College Class of 2014

Postby Perch » Sat Apr 23, 2011 10:36 pm

mettasutta wrote:Would you be paying sticker at Cornell/GULC? I'm not sure about Cornell, but GULC sticker would not IMO be worth it over a sizable scholly at BC unless you really want gov't work in DC. There's not a huge disparity between them placement-wise.


Im assuming sticker at both and that's if I got lucky and got in...BC feels right and every day that passes I'm realizing that more and more.

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Re: Boston College Class of 2014

Postby IsleMet » Sun Apr 24, 2011 1:34 pm

Hi All,

So, I was in Boson last weekend and looked at 20+ apartments in Brighton, Allston, and Brookline. Honestly, I only found 3-4 that I would even consider living in (most had at least one significant negative--dirty, tiny bedrooms, bad location, etc.). I found one place in Brighton that is about 2.5 miles from the law campus and about a 4 minute walk to the Sutherland T stop (10 minute walk to the Chiswick shuttle). It was $2900/month and I negotiated with the landlord to get 3 parking included and the fee cut down by 70%. 4 beds, 2 bath, duplex, good condition, back deck. Would I be dumb to not take this place? I'm trying to figure out if I should jump on it or if I should wait and visit again in a few weeks.

Also, if you'd like my impressions of what I looked at, feel free to ask! I have decided that I definitely want to be in Brighton. I plan to either drive or bike to school every day.

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Re: Boston College Class of 2014

Postby mettasutta » Sun Apr 24, 2011 1:55 pm

Perch wrote:
mettasutta wrote:Would you be paying sticker at Cornell/GULC? I'm not sure about Cornell, but GULC sticker would not IMO be worth it over a sizable scholly at BC unless you really want gov't work in DC. There's not a huge disparity between them placement-wise.


Im assuming sticker at both and that's if I got lucky and got in...BC feels right and every day that passes I'm realizing that more and more.


Honestly, I'd pick BC with $$$ over the lower half of the T14 at sticker...it totally outperforms its rank. I think your intuition is right.

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Re: Boston College Class of 2014

Postby Perch » Tue Apr 26, 2011 2:17 pm

IsleMet wrote:Hi All,

So, I was in Boson last weekend and looked at 20+ apartments in Brighton, Allston, and Brookline. Honestly, I only found 3-4 that I would even consider living in (most had at least one significant negative--dirty, tiny bedrooms, bad location, etc.). I found one place in Brighton that is about 2.5 miles from the law campus and about a 4 minute walk to the Sutherland T stop (10 minute walk to the Chiswick shuttle). It was $2900/month and I negotiated with the landlord to get 3 parking included and the fee cut down by 70%. 4 beds, 2 bath, duplex, good condition, back deck. Would I be dumb to not take this place? I'm trying to figure out if I should jump on it or if I should wait and visit again in a few weeks.

Also, if you'd like my impressions of what I looked at, feel free to ask! I have decided that I definitely want to be in Brighton. I plan to either drive or bike to school every day.


wondering if you made a decision. I like the Brighton area- do you absolutely need a car?

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Re: Boston College Class of 2014

Postby IsleMet » Tue Apr 26, 2011 4:09 pm

Perch wrote:
IsleMet wrote:Hi All,

So, I was in Boson last weekend and looked at 20+ apartments in Brighton, Allston, and Brookline. Honestly, I only found 3-4 that I would even consider living in (most had at least one significant negative--dirty, tiny bedrooms, bad location, etc.). I found one place in Brighton that is about 2.5 miles from the law campus and about a 4 minute walk to the Sutherland T stop (10 minute walk to the Chiswick shuttle). It was $2900/month and I negotiated with the landlord to get 3 parking included and the fee cut down by 70%. 4 beds, 2 bath, duplex, good condition, back deck. Would I be dumb to not take this place? I'm trying to figure out if I should jump on it or if I should wait and visit again in a few weeks.

Also, if you'd like my impressions of what I looked at, feel free to ask! I have decided that I definitely want to be in Brighton. I plan to either drive or bike to school every day.


wondering if you made a decision. I like the Brighton area- do you absolutely need a car?



I haven't made a decision on a place yet. I might wait another few weeks to look at more places.

You don't absolutely need a car, but from what I've heard, it raises your quality of life (quicker commute, driving to grocery store, quick trips to the city, etc.). If you're near the B line and BC Shuttle, commuting via public transportation is definitely doable. I'm looking for a spot where I can bike/drive to campus on nice days and take the shuttle/T when the snow if too much. I really like the area near Comm Ave / Chiswick Road.

For those who actually attend BC Law, please correct me if anything I said is off. I went to school for undergrad in the area, so I'm speaking from that experience.

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Re: Boston College Class of 2014

Postby alumniguy » Tue Apr 26, 2011 4:50 pm

Islemet, yes that is a doable area without a car. The only *issue* I see with that location is that you are going to be limited to the B line compared to living somewhere between the B line (Comm Ave) and the C line (Beacon St). It will be a bit of a further walk to the C line if you want to get downtown quickly (and coming from Chestnuthill Ave or Chiswick on the B line will take your 45+ min). I think the area that is north (I believe it is north) of Comm Ave is generally better if you have a car, but that area (in my experience) was much more undergrad heavy than spots slightly further out on the B line/C line (I'm thinking Washington Street and the area further into Boston/Brookline).

Also, I don't think there are many amenities in that area - e.g., the closest restaurants will be in Cleveland Circle (and those restaurants aren't all that attractive in my opinion), there aren't any gyms located less than a 10 minute walk away, etc...

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Re: Boston College Class of 2014

Postby IsleMet » Tue Apr 26, 2011 8:18 pm

alumniguy wrote:Islemet, yes that is a doable area without a car. The only *issue* I see with that location is that you are going to be limited to the B line compared to living somewhere between the B line (Comm Ave) and the C line (Beacon St). It will be a bit of a further walk to the C line if you want to get downtown quickly (and coming from Chestnuthill Ave or Chiswick on the B line will take your 45+ min). I think the area that is north (I believe it is north) of Comm Ave is generally better if you have a car, but that area (in my experience) was much more undergrad heavy than spots slightly further out on the B line/C line (I'm thinking Washington Street and the area further into Boston/Brookline).

Also, I don't think there are many amenities in that area - e.g., the closest restaurants will be in Cleveland Circle (and those restaurants aren't all that attractive in my opinion), there aren't any gyms located less than a 10 minute walk away, etc...


Thanks for the response, alumniguy. I'm considering signing on for a place on Monastery Road, about a 5 minute walk north from the Sutherland B-line stop. It's about a 10 minute walk to Brighton Center and a 12 minute walk to Cleveland Circle. Do you think that would be a good spot for a first year student? I'll have a car and the place I'm looking at is 2900/month, 4 bed, and includes 3 parking. I'd like to be in an active area near public transportation, but somewhere I can have my car. Thanks!!

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Re: Boston College Class of 2014

Postby alumniguy » Wed Apr 27, 2011 10:27 am

IsleMet wrote:Thanks for the response, alumniguy. I'm considering signing on for a place on Monastery Road, about a 5 minute walk north from the Sutherland B-line stop. It's about a 10 minute walk to Brighton Center and a 12 minute walk to Cleveland Circle. Do you think that would be a good spot for a first year student? I'll have a car and the place I'm looking at is 2900/month, 4 bed, and includes 3 parking. I'd like to be in an active area near public transportation, but somewhere I can have my car. Thanks!!


Location, you should be fine. You'll likely find that you're relying on your car more than say if you lived somewhere between the B and C lines, but it is a good option. I am just more partial to the area between the B and C line because it offers better public transportation into the city proper. I also didn't have a car, so that influences my perspective.

$2900 for a 4-bed and 3 parking spots seems like a decent price - curious to know whether heat/hot water are included. If so, I think it is actually a good price (considering that you're getting 3 parking spots that would normally run you about $100/spot. If not included, then it is probably average for the area. I've never heard of anyone reducing the fee by 70%, so I'm also curious about this.

For perspective, I rented a 2bed/1 bath with patio for $1450 about 4 years ago, that included laundry in the basement of the complex as well.

Ultimately, if you've seen the place and you liked it, that is probably the best indicator. It isn't like its the only place you saw.

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Re: Boston College Class of 2014

Postby IsleMet » Wed Apr 27, 2011 10:53 am

alumniguy wrote:
IsleMet wrote:Thanks for the response, alumniguy. I'm considering signing on for a place on Monastery Road, about a 5 minute walk north from the Sutherland B-line stop. It's about a 10 minute walk to Brighton Center and a 12 minute walk to Cleveland Circle. Do you think that would be a good spot for a first year student? I'll have a car and the place I'm looking at is 2900/month, 4 bed, and includes 3 parking. I'd like to be in an active area near public transportation, but somewhere I can have my car. Thanks!!


Location, you should be fine. You'll likely find that you're relying on your car more than say if you lived somewhere between the B and C lines, but it is a good option. I am just more partial to the area between the B and C line because it offers better public transportation into the city proper. I also didn't have a car, so that influences my perspective.

$2900 for a 4-bed and 3 parking spots seems like a decent price - curious to know whether heat/hot water are included. If so, I think it is actually a good price (considering that you're getting 3 parking spots that would normally run you about $100/spot. If not included, then it is probably average for the area. I've never heard of anyone reducing the fee by 70%, so I'm also curious about this.

For perspective, I rented a 2bed/1 bath with patio for $1450 about 4 years ago, that included laundry in the basement of the complex as well.

Ultimately, if you've seen the place and you liked it, that is probably the best indicator. It isn't like its the only place you saw.


Unfortunately, heat and hot water are not included. The apartment did have a washer/dryer though. I'm thinking that heat/hot water/electricity will run 50-75 per person every month, so we're looking at around an $825/month deal. Maybe it would be smarter to wait it out another few weeks to shoot for something closer to 700. Of course, the parking is a huge plus because at least two of us will have our cars.

I looked at a few places on Cummings Road between the B and C lines and they were pretty gross. Is there a nice area that I should check out between the B and C lines?

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Re: Boston College Class of 2014

Postby alumniguy » Wed Apr 27, 2011 11:34 am

You should ask the landlord what the average utilities run for the place. Any landlord that is decent will be able to provide that information to you (again, likely will change depending on the season, but there is no reason why the landlord shouldn't be able to give you a ballpark figure).

The main issue you're going to have is parking. Anything between B/C is likely not going to have included parking. However, if you are paying about 825/month, that means you should be able to find a place for about 700 per month and have 125 for a parking permit. Not sure if it is possible, but if you are not around during the summer you may not have to pay for the parking permit for those months, so it could be beneficial to look around even more.

My general sense is that from Washington Street inward towards Boston has some great places between the B and C line. I'm thinking the geographical area (if you connect the lines) from the B line Washington Street stop to B line Harvard Avenue stop to the Coolidge Corner C line stop to the Fairbanks C line stop. There are lots of single family/duplexes in this area - I have no idea on pricing, but that area of is infinitely better in my opinion. You will be within walking distance of Harvard Ave restaurants/bars and the decidedly more upscale Coolidge Corner. It is less of an undergrad vibe and more young professional/families. You may even find included parking, but not sure. The only drawback that I see is that it will take you slightly longer on your commute (if you take the T). You could probably fairly easily take the C line to Cleveland Circle to catch the morning express buses to the law school (a luxury I didn't have as this route didn't exist when I was a student), which would probably be a pretty fast commute.

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Re: Boston College Class of 2014

Postby Bpobryan » Wed Apr 27, 2011 5:30 pm

Am I the only one who hasn't heard a peep from BC since sending in my deposit, save for a 4 line generic email? What gives? Thought there might be some contact, calendar, information on what happens next, maybe just a more personal acknowledgment... Am I missing something?

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Re: Boston College Class of 2014

Postby tttlllsss » Wed Apr 27, 2011 6:47 pm

Bpobryan wrote:Am I the only one who hasn't heard a peep from BC since sending in my deposit, save for a 4 line generic email? What gives? Thought there might be some contact, calendar, information on what happens next, maybe just a more personal acknowledgment... Am I missing something?


BC admissions kinda sucks in that regard, there's no denying it. I think maybe 25% of my e-mails to them have been responded to

Luckily admissions has no bearing on the quality of the rest of the law school

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Re: Boston College Class of 2014

Postby sullidop » Wed Apr 27, 2011 6:56 pm

tttlllsss wrote:
Bpobryan wrote:Am I the only one who hasn't heard a peep from BC since sending in my deposit, save for a 4 line generic email? What gives? Thought there might be some contact, calendar, information on what happens next, maybe just a more personal acknowledgment... Am I missing something?


BC admissions kinda sucks in that regard, there's no denying it. I think maybe 25% of my e-mails to them have been responded to

Luckily admissions has no bearing on the quality of the rest of the law school


After 1L they send out an email about the admissions process and such. This was my biggest gripe. Srsly, could they take a minute to add a personal touch to the email? The other schools did.

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Re: Boston College Class of 2014

Postby mettasutta » Mon May 02, 2011 11:02 am

If you have committed to BC, please post in the TLS Class of 2014 thread! (viewtopic.php?f=28&t=125921&start=500) I am quite lonely on there...

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Re: Boston College Class of 2014

Postby mettasutta » Sun May 08, 2011 11:19 pm

Got an apt within walking distance of campus. Sweeeeet! :mrgreen:

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Re: Boston College Class of 2014

Postby Perch » Tue May 10, 2011 1:33 pm

mettasutta wrote:Got an apt within walking distance of campus. Sweeeeet! :mrgreen:


already signed a lease? I was planning on waiting until the housing event in June. Is that too late?




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