chasefog wrote:Can anyone explain a bit the off-campus housing options in the vicinity of the LS (preferably within walking distance)?
Which neighborhood is relatively safer and quieter?
How did you reserve a apartment and find your roommate before arriving in Boston?
Thank you for your kind reply.
I'm going to try to do this as comprehensively as possible, and hopefully it will be of help tom any students.
Allston/Brighton: It is the most popular area and is by far the cheapest, 1Br's start at around $700 and 2 Br's around $1,000. Just about every bar you will ever want to go to is located there, ie: Joshua Tree, Wonder Bar, Deep Ellum. The downside, the apartments are generally pretty crappy, the area is overrun with college students, and you have to take the B line into school. You will quickly learn that once the Green Line goes above ground, it becomes insanely inconsistent, which means you will need to budget 10 extra minutes to get to class on time. This area is probably your Best value.
Kenmore/Back Bay: The nicest area, and the most expensive. 1Br's start at $1050, 2 Br's around $1,400. Good news, you can walk to school in 5 minutes, bad news, you have to deal with the green line at night when all your friends are out at Whitehorse in Allston.
Brookline (Not on map): As you go further out the C line, the prices drop a little, 1Br's run around 900, 2Br's $1200. The area is as nice as Kenmore, and the best apartments are located here, the downside, you have to go a decent way down the C line before the prices become affordable. Lots of convenient shopping, Trader Joes, Dry cleaners, etc., but now, instead of taking the B line outbound to hang out with your friends in Allston, you have to take the C inbound to Kenmore, then the B outbound.
South End: If you are committed to "City living," this is your best bet. It's a bit more urban without being cost-prohibitive like the North End & Downtown. The downside, long commute. Prices in the area vary widely so be on the look out if you want to live here.
Cambridge (Central/Kendall): Some students just like it, It's like Allston if it had any class, Prices are comparable to Brookline. The upside, lots of coffee shops and small concert venues. Downside? Red Line to park, outbound to BU Central takes about 35 minutes.
Other Areas: No one lives there.