wonka wrote:So, I know this is probably played out and TCR is don't take a car to HLS. . .but the closer I get to selling my car, the more I feel like I want to keep it. Having the option to get out of the Boston area when I want to seems pretty great, and I feel like at any rate I'll likely want it when I'm finished. I'm contracted in a dorm for next year, and I've read here that street parking around the law school can be a nightmare, but does anyone have any leads on parking spaces in the burbs? I was thinking there may be apartment complexes at the end of the red line that have extra parking spaces I could rent. Has anyone done this?
As someone who grew up in the suburbs and was completely incredulous to the idea of ever not
having a car: you will not regret selling your car and just using public transportation or walking to get everywhere.
Cars can be useful a few times a year to go on a road trip out of state, perhaps, but you can rent a car for a whole weekend every month for the same price you'll pay for a parking spot within a few miles of the law school. (I actually do this; the Army sends me to a base thirty minute drive north of Boston every few months and renting a Zipcar parked at the law school is infinitely easier than managing my own vehicle would be.) You won't be able to use your own car for things like getting groceries since, as you already pointed out, the car would be farther away from you than the grocery store.
If you haven't, check out Zipcar
. You can rent a car for $7/hr or $80/day (they have a dozen within a few blocks of the law school) and not pay a car payment, insurance, or for a parking spot. I think a traditional rental car would be cheaper for longer trips (e.g. weekends), but nothing beats the simplicity of the wireless electronic reprogrammable card you get with Zipcar so you can randomly decide you want a car at 3am and have one available.
BUT to answer your actual question, there are always a handful of spots available from students or companies in Cambridge. Most of them are $100-$120/month depending on where they are. Don't count on street parking, especially long term. Even if you consistently found a spot you'd have to constantly pay close attention to the street cleaning schedule or get towed. (This sounds simple, but from everyone I know who has had a car near campus this has been a constant source of stress in their life.)
The end of the red line
is about two miles from the law school. It's not the "burbs," but you could try it. In order to get to an area where the price for parking is significantly cheaper you would have to go far enough out that you would need to take a taxi to get to your car.