I'm going to be a 1L at BC and I have been trying to find a place to live. I know that Cleveland Circle/Brighton are popular areas, but are there certain apartment buildings that a lot of students tend to live at. I'm looking for the mix of social and school, so I would like to be around students without spending $2,000/month for a room. Thanks
hey, former BC undergrad here. I lived in Cleveland Circle in a 2bedroom for $1875--this was a few HUNDRED dollars more than what any of my friends were paying. $2000 is a complete rip off. There are a ton of "student apartment buildings" but they're filled with raucous undergrads, and I'm not sure you would even want to consider that kind of lifestyle as a law student. Even as an undergrad when I was writing my thesis I found it hard to live with so many parties going on outside. Cleveland Circle is fun--it's where most BC students might go for drinks, so living close by would provide your "social" request. Given, I'm not familiar with the social make-up of the law school, but I will tell you that taking the newton bus from cleveland circle is the worst most evil thing in the world.
Newton is also nice, though it is suburban and the bars/restaurants lean more towards wealthy and older newton residents than you will find in Brighton. Also, Newton is expensive (I believe much more expensive than Cleveland Circle) because it's in one of the best school districts in the country. This might vary by neighborhood, but from what I understand, it's much more expensive to live in Newton as a general rule.
I forgot to add, start looking YESTERDAY. Cleveland Circle fills up fast, with some leases being signed as early as October for the following September. Start looking ASAP or else you might be stuck with once of the overpriced or otherwise undesirable apartments.