loblaw wrote:Yup, s/o. I found a place in Back Bay that would be a bit more expensive for me but has access to both green and orange, so I could take the T to both school and boyfriend. He's incredibly helpful and awesome, so I think it'd be good in that respect, but it might be too drastic of a change to take on during 1L, and obviously the commuting situation is far from ideal. Do you think Back Bay is too far from school? I know the green line is iffy, and I'd be way back at the Arlington stop. Mapquest says school is 15 minutes away from the Back Bay apt driving via I-90.
Back Bay isn't necessarily too far from school, especially considering the Medford alternative. It is obviously going to take you longer than if you lived in Cleveland Circle, but given the fact that you take the B,C or D lines, you're only looking at maybe 15 additional minutes each morning. It sounds like you'll want to make the Cleveland Circle to Newton Campus express bus in the mornings (although the D line to Newton Centre and then walking/59 bus (I think) to the law school would also work out - probably a better evening plan given the need to change buses at the main campus).
While I don't think living in Medford is necessarily a bad idea, I think you will be either (i) limiting the social experience that BC offers or (ii) need to commit to hassle of commuting and spending additional money on cab fares on a somewhat regular basis. There tends to be quite a few events throughout the year (bar reviews, boat cruise, law prom, informal friend dinners/drinks) and for me, living that far from the law school would most certainly inhibit me from attending many of those functions. If you think that you can compel yourself to attend these functions despite the long commutes to your residence, then you should be fine.
With that said, I think the social aspect of BC is one of the best things about the school and you should definitely factor that into your decision making process. I personally would suggest Back Bay as it is one of the best parts of Boston.