When I first moved to Boston, I remember being unsure of how it would be to live in this city. I did not know where to live, how much to expect to pay, and how the transportation worked, so I thought I would dedicate this blog to that.
Apartment hunting was nerve wracking to say the least. I knew I had to find a place to live in, in just 1 weekend, which I had to be happy in for a year. I had 2 days to look and sign a lease. So I decided to live in Brighton. After all, it was only 3 miles away from school and the T was a block away from my apartment. Not only that, but my rent was over $200 cheaper per month than anything I could find in the Back Bay. Now, don’t get me wrong, the area of Brighton I lived in was very nice, but I realized quickly that the T was not the way I wanted to be getting to school every day for 8 AM labs. While my friends were rolling out of bed and leaving their apartments at 7:55, I had to be out my door at 7:00 or run the risk of being late to class.
Also, going out in the evenings and on weekends was a challenge. It would take me 45 minutes to an hour to get to a friend’s apartment, if they lived near school. Then, the T would close pretty early and I would be forced to either stay at that friend’s place or take a not-so-cheap taxi back home to my apartment. Studying was also difficult if I wanted to go to school, since it added 2 hours to my day on a weekend.
Second year I moved to the Back Bay. Here, I was paying $1200 for a studio apartment, but at least I was able to get an apartment slightly larger than the one I had in Brighton. I was living 3 blocks away from school, which was very convenient. I lived in this place for 2 years. Especially as midterms and finals came around, it was the perfect location for studying at home, school, or a variety of coffee shops and areas in the Prudential Building. However, like I said the rent was much higher. Also, as I got a car in third year, parking was much more difficult in the Back Bay. Sometimes I would drive around for up to an hour trying to find a parking space, even with my resident permit. I enjoyed the ability to spend more time with friends, get to school easier, and also enjoy the night life in Boston easier.
I would recommend to any student who is entering their first year of optometry school at NECO to live within close walking distance to the school. It certainly makes getting to school more convenient, as well as socializing and having more of a life outside of school. In my opinion, it is well worth the extra money that is spent.