Cupidity wrote:Anyone who lives in/knows Boston please confirm if this is right:
Trying to find housing to share with a friend going to Brandeis....it looked impossible until today. I realized if we both live in the Northend, IE:North Station area, we can each only have a 30 minute commute + a little walking time to North End, which is acceptable by my standards. I know rent is higher there, but considering its either a 2br there or alone, its still cheaper in this situation for me.
Does that make sense? Northend appx. 30 minute commute by Greenline to BU, 30 minute by commuter rail from North Station to Brandeis Robertson?
The North End is a great neighborhood. Without considering the commute, I would prefer to live there than near campus. The nightlife is better, it's away from the horrible college bars, and is all around pleasant and beautiful. The neighborhood is full of mostly young professionals and the best food in Boston. Brighton is the complete opposite. It's nothing but college bars and ugliness. If you're into the undergrad scene though, it is perfect I guess.
But, I would give yourself about 45 mins from the NE to get to campus. The T can be great some days and a nightmare on others. Also, when you're coming home in the evening, you may have to switch trains or walk from Gov't Center. The B-line inbound only runs to Gov't center.
Another thing to consider is the social aspect. I don't know how much you plan on going out with your section, but most of them will be living in Brighton/Allston/Brookline and hanging out there as well. It's a decent trek from the NE to Brighton.
I doubt your only option would be living by yourself or living in the NE. BU has a roommate matching service and the FB group is helpful as well. I don't know anyone who had a problem finding a roommate.
Sorry if I just muddied the waters a bit. If you have any more questions about Boston or BU in general, let me know.
Oh, and congratulations.