RedGiant wrote:I realize that you don't _need_ a car at BU. But I have a 4WD car, it's paid for, and I don't have anywhere to put it , so I am planning to bring it with me. (I will probably need it for my internships, so it just doesn't make sense to sell it.)
Therefore, can anyone elaborate on which neighborhoods might have better parking or any specific buildings or mgmt co's that have parking near them? I won't be driving to school on a daily basis--just using it for runs to the market and whatnot, every now and then. I'm thinking Brookline, but I know really nothing about Boston other than a few visits to Logan (I went to school elsewhere in New England and really only came into Boston to fly out). Any help appreciated.
Also, any reason why Craigslist seems to be so useless for finding apartments? The ones on there are INSANE price-wise. Is the BU housing exchange the way to go? I really want to go to BU, but am riding out one WL, so I might be looking at an early July search...is this a terrible idea?
Plenty of buildings in Allston/Brighton have parking lots, but a parking space will normally cost you $100-$150 a month. There's street parking, but you'll have to move you car when it snows and during street cleaning and on moving days and street parking is generally quite rare, so where will you move it to? If you end up living with a bunch of students in a house in Brookline or Allston/Brighton, there'll be a driveway to the house and you could always keep your car there.
Honestly, the car will be more hassel than its worth. But if you have to have it, then see what you can do about renting a room in a house and/or renting a parking spot. Also, most people just take the T to get to their internships. Parking downtown sounds expensive and difficult.
The prices are insane in general, so I'm not sure that Craigslist is necessarily any more expensive than elsewhere. If you want something decent, you'll probably have to go through a realtor, which can be expensive, but finding things on your own is so annoying. And apartments go so quickly like if you find something Monday and plan to visit it by Friday, too bad, it'll be gone. That being said, there are some apartments that are tenancies at will, and for those, management doesn't know if there'll be a vacancy until 30 or 60 days before the tenant plans to move out -- so there will be places like this that'll open up later in the summer.