bedefan wrote:I've got kids. My advice: live in Somerville (away from Davis Sq.) or Arlington. Parts of Somerville are a 20-minute walk from HLS. The 77 bus gets you down from Arlington in a hurry -- especially if you live near Mass Ave. in the south end of Arlington, you're not much farther than Davis. Watertown is another possibility that's slightly farther away, and Belmont a little farther than that.
If you can stand an extra 10 minutes by bus or bike, you can save thousands of dollars over the course of the year and get a bigger place. Also, in my experience, there are just more families living in those towns (especially Arlington, Watertown, and Belmont) than in Cambridge. You feel like less of an anomaly.
It's such a pain to move with kids we decided to just stick it out in our Cambridge apartment, but if I could do it again I'd find somewhere in Somerville or Arlington. Just my two cents.
I have a wife and toddler. I'm starting to look on Craigslist to get an idea of price range and location. Some of the places you mentioned look pretty far away (e.g. Arlington, Belmont, Watertown, even west Somerville). How to people get to campus from these areas? I imagine parking on campus is basically nonexistent, and biking is probably not an option in adverse weather. I would love to check these areas out if I knew I wouldn't have to be trudging through snow for 30 minutes each way.
Also, I'm planning on flying up during the summer to look at places- is there a best time of year to look at apartments? I was thinking June or July.
Thanks in advance!