Gemini wrote:I'm loOking at craigslist ads but I have no idea whether the apt is close to school or not. I'd like to keep my travel to school to 30 minutes or under. And this is embarrassing to admit but I don't know how to drive and can't afford to get a car within the next few months anyway. Perhaps I should just get a broker.
Can you link me the fb group? Are there people still looking for roommates?
You certainly do not need a car at BC - in fact, for budget reasons, I think you'll actually end up spending less money without a car because there is no gas, parking fees and paying parking tickets. I lived all three years without a car and while it was bothersome at times, it is completely doable (and this was prior to the express shuttle from cleveland circle to the law school campus). Keep in mind that (i) many of your classmates will have cars and carpooling will most likely be an option for you and (ii) you can always rent a car by the hour (zipcar) if you need to get groceries or want to getaway for a day (when I was there it was like $9 a hour to rent a car that included everything - gas, insurance, etc.).
Without a car, I would recommend living along either the B or C green subway line. I found the quality of life to be vastly better as you get further into Boston - i.e., living between the B and C subway lines along the Brighton/Alston/Brookline borders. If you have no idea what I am talking about, open up a google map and look for the two subway lines and see the vast area where one can live in between those two areas. You'll likely need a roommate, unless you can afford to spend $1000+ on a studio. I had one roommate and paid $725 a month for a pretty nice 2-bedroom - nothing extravagant, but entirely nice. You're morning commute will be simply taking (i) the C subway line to cleveland circle (if you live close to the C line) or (ii) the B line to chestnuthill avenue stop. From both of the spots, it is a two minute walk to the shuttle bus stop, which will pick you up and run directly to the law school campus. I imagine a commuting time of 30-45 minutes depending upon where exactly you live.
Another option is to live at the end of the B line, which is closer to the main campus. You'll probably have to walk to the shuttle bus stop near the main gate and then take the shuttle bus to the law school. I found housing to be cheaper in this area, but you are further away from the city and in my opinion, it felt much more isolating that living in the area I suggest above. The reason is that you are pretty much forced to use the B line to get anyway, as opposed to having the option of taking the B or C line into Boston proper (and the C line is much, much quicker).
Finally, don't fret about housing yet. I was out of the country immediately before I started at BC and I am also not from Boston, so I had no housing before I took my flight out to start school. I basically got to Boston a week earlier and was determined to find something. I used Craigslist at first, but ended up walking into brokers' offices and found a place within a few days of arriving. Was it stressful, of course. But it can certainly be done.