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My boyfriend is going to HBS next year (he got admission for this academic year, but deferred till next year because of work) and we're saving up for b-school now. I'm going to transfer to my firm's Boston office. On my income and his savings we could live very comfortably, but since b-school is so expensive most of the money is going into that.

Where do HBS students live to save money but get decent apartments? Most of the people I've spoken to live on campus in dorms, or they live in university housing on Western Ave. But from what I've heard, it's a very "campus" feel and it's not like you have interesting restaurants or music venues right on your doorstep. We're moving from New York, so we definitely don't want to constantly be in a campus environment.

Are there places in Allston that are affordable and where you can find decent-sized 1-bedroom apartments? Or is it just a better deal to live in university housing? Do people tend to prefer Allston or Cambridge?

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Comments (27)

  • trazer985's picture

    Well, we know who your boyfriend isn't.

  • In reply to trazer985
    leveredarb's picture

    trazer985:
    Well, we know who your boyfriend isn't.

    hahahaa

    better marry him quickly without a prenup, after HBS he will be running off with 10 models.

  • WallStreetOasis.com's picture

    biglawgirlfriend:
    My boyfriend is going to HBS next year (he got admission for this academic year, but deferred till next year because of work) and we're saving up for b-school now. I'm going to transfer to my firm's Boston office. On my income and his savings we could live very comfortably, but since b-school is so expensive most of the money is going into that.

    Where do HBS students live to save money but get decent apartments? Most of the people I've spoken to live on campus in dorms, or they live in university housing on Western Ave. But from what I've heard, it's a very "campus" feel and it's not like you have interesting restaurants or music venues right on your doorstep. We're moving from New York, so we definitely don't want to constantly be in a campus environment.

    Are there places in Allston that are affordable and where you can find decent-sized 1-bedroom apartments? Or is it just a better deal to live in university housing? Do people tend to prefer Allston or Cambridge?

    This is a tough one because HBS is a bit isolated...and when it gets cold, you (or your BF) doesnt want to be way off campus away from fun events/parties. I'd suggest right across bridge in Cambridge so you have Harvard Square close by, but that might make it really hard for you to get into downtown unless you are on Red Line?

    Where is your Boston office?...that will likely determine what T line you want to be on (unless you're driving?)

    Also, look forward to seeing you on jdOasis.com with a username like that :-)

    -Patrick

  • GS's picture

    Yeah - I guess that got off track

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    WallStreetOasis.com's picture

    <a href=http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/company/goldman-sachs rel=nofollow>GS</a>:
    I thought Patrick was actually. There's an ACTUAL JDOasis? There are actually people who sit around talking about how to get into law school? I thought the answer was obvious. Law school is a numbers game - GPA + LSAT - That's it.

    4.0 HYPS + 180 = HLS/YLS . And too far away from that equals neither.

    Not just law school...also about different legal careers and all things blawggish. Big Law, public interest, small law, etc...actually not a ton out there about the different options and definitely not as strong a community on the legal side that bridges the gap between law school + law career. That's where JDO comes in.

    We already have a nice line-up of bloggers that are putting out great content and we are seeing some nice traction now...still not over the hump yet, but we are in it for the long haul.

  • In reply to WallStreetOasis.com
    GS's picture

    WallStreetOasis.com:
    <a href=http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/company/goldman-sachs rel=nofollow>GS</a>:
    I thought Patrick was actually. There's an ACTUAL JDOasis? There are actually people who sit around talking about how to get into law school? I thought the answer was obvious. Law school is a numbers game - GPA + LSAT - That's it.

    4.0 HYPS + 180 = HLS/YLS . And too far away from that equals neither.

    Not just law school...also about different legal careers and all things blawggish. Big Law, public interest, small law, etc...actually not a ton out there about the different options and definitely not as strong a community on the legal side that bridges the gap between law school + law career. That's where JDO comes in.

    We already have a nice line-up of bloggers that are putting out great content and we are seeing some nice traction now...still not over the hump yet, but we are in it for the long haul.

    Ah I see. I just visited. You're right - it's a bit sparse right now. I hope it takes off like WSO. You could port this model to a lot of professions actually. Hell , you could make a good tech startup board where people bounce ideas off each other.

    But come on , confusing JDOasis and Jdate was a hilarious freudian slip!

  • happypantsmcgee's picture

    There has to be like 430 better places to ask this question. You might have ~5 people here that went to HBS and would be able to help you. This seems more like a cry for attention than anything.

    If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses - Henry Ford

  • In reply to trazer985
    That_Aston's picture

    trazer985:
    Well, we know who your boyfriend isn't.

    I lol'ed

    Here to learn and hopefully pass on some knowledge as well. SB if I helped.

  • In reply to WallStreetOasis.com
    biglawgirlfriend's picture

    WallStreetOasis.com:
    biglawgirlfriend:
    My boyfriend is going to HBS next year (he got admission for this academic year, but deferred till next year because of work) and we're saving up for b-school now. I'm going to transfer to my firm's Boston office. On my income and his savings we could live very comfortably, but since b-school is so expensive most of the money is going into that.

    Where do HBS students live to save money but get decent apartments? Most of the people I've spoken to live on campus in dorms, or they live in university housing on Western Ave. But from what I've heard, it's a very "campus" feel and it's not like you have interesting restaurants or music venues right on your doorstep. We're moving from New York, so we definitely don't want to constantly be in a campus environment.

    Are there places in Allston that are affordable and where you can find decent-sized 1-bedroom apartments? Or is it just a better deal to live in university housing? Do people tend to prefer Allston or Cambridge?

    This is a tough one because HBS is a bit isolated...and when it gets cold, you (or your BF) doesnt want to be way off campus away from fun events/parties. I'd suggest right across bridge in Cambridge so you have Harvard Square close by, but that might make it really hard for you to get into downtown unless you are on Red Line?

    Where is your Boston office?...that will likely determine what T line you want to be on (unless you're driving?)

    Also, look forward to seeing you on jdOasis.com with a username like that :-)

    -Patrick

    I don't want to get too specific, but my office would be in downtown Boston - which is anywhere from Back Bay to the Seaport district. Yep it's a law firm, funnily enough though I never really looked at jdoasis.

    While I don't use a car in New York, I was going to get one for Boston so I think that won't be an issue. I'm guessing parking in Boston is like $180-$200 a month if you're in Cambridge/Allston/Brookline?

  • In reply to happypantsmcgee
    biglawgirlfriend's picture

    happypantsmcgee:
    There has to be like 430 better places to ask this question. You might have ~5 people here that went to HBS and would be able to help you. This seems more like a cry for attention than anything.

    I dunno, this is like the only Internet forum I visit frequently (apart from Top Law Schools, which is just a whirlpool of neurotic madness). Or do you mean I should just stick to asking people I know in real life? I do that too, but I really don't know that many people at HBS.

  • In reply to biglawgirlfriend
    happypantsmcgee's picture

    biglawgirlfriend:
    happypantsmcgee:
    There has to be like 430 better places to ask this question. You might have ~5 people here that went to HBS and would be able to help you. This seems more like a cry for attention than anything.

    I dunno, this is like the only Internet forum I visit frequently (apart from Top Law Schools, which is just a whirlpool of neurotic madness). Or do you mean I should just stick to asking people I know in real life? I do that too, but I really don't know that many people at HBS.


    I was thinking you should ask people that are familiar with Boston. I guess this isnt as bad an option as I initially thought though an apt broker or similar in Boston would be more helpful.

    If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses - Henry Ford

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  • TheKid1's picture

    So I guess big law girl and banker relationships can lost.

    Never been to Boston- so no help.

  • In reply to biglawgirlfriend
    holla_back's picture

    biglawgirlfriend:
    happypantsmcgee:
    There has to be like 430 better places to ask this question. You might have ~5 people here that went to HBS and would be able to help you. This seems more like a cry for attention than anything.

    I dunno, this is like the only Internet forum I visit frequently (apart from Top Law Schools, which is just a whirlpool of neurotic madness). Or do you mean I should just stick to asking people I know in real life? I do that too, but I really don't know that many people at HBS.

    Be careful about where your info comes from -- people from HLS typically live in a completely different neighborhood than people from HBS.

  • hockey1316's picture

    OK currently living in Boston so I can offer my two-cents. Patrick was right and basically it depends where your office is and how close you want to be to HBS vs. your office. If you are using mainly the T/bus then I would suggest Porter Square area. Its less money than Harvard and you can catch the 77 bus to the bridge and then cross the bridge to HBS. It is also on the red line which serves most of the Cambridge/Boston area that people want to be in (MIT, Downtown, Financial District).

    Hope this helps

  • In reply to hockey1316
    TheKid1's picture

    hockey1316:
    Also if you are getting a car, parking on street in Cambridge is 75 a year

    Thats fuckin CHEAP.

  • In reply to TheKid1
    WallStreetOasis.com's picture

    TheKid1:
    hockey1316:
    Also if you are getting a car, parking on street in Cambridge is 75 a year

    Thats fuckin CHEAP.

    does not include ice pick and shovel to get your car out from behind a 7 foot bunker of snow....

  • hockey1316's picture

    touche... but with global warming and barely any snow last winter in boston ill take my chances...plus its free exercise every morning so you save on the gym too !

  • bearing's picture

    If we have a repeat of last winter then snow should be the least of your concerns. On a side note if you want to get some cheap eats I recommend Fire and Ice in Harvard Square. Crowds young and if I remember correctly they do offer discounts to Harvard students once a week. Get some udon noodles, throw in a little garlic, add the sirloin, if you want add some veggies and have them stir fry in greenberg tereyaki sauce. In no time you'll be gaining that freshman 15.

  • RonBurgandy's picture

    There's always Somerville if you want to save a few bucks. That's not far from HBS. Or just live right in Cambridge, it's quite nice there.

  • seabird's picture

    Id recommend getting a place downtown. The archstone in Boston is reasonable, as are most places in Beacon Hill and near Copley, as well as on Beacon St/Comm ave. This is made much easier if you/he have/are willing to get a car - its about a 10 minute drive from these locations to HBS.

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  • In reply to bearing
    brandon st randy's picture

    Too late for second-guessing Too late to go back to sleep.

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