« on: July 24, 2007, 11:51:27 PM »
How far is Newton from Boston, anyway? Does it have more of a small-town or big-city feel?
What's the on-campus law student housing like?
Would you say the student body seems diverse?
How helpful did you find Employment Services?
Just noticing that these questions were never answered, so I can field the first two.
Newton is not that far from Boston. By T it takes probably half an hour to 45 minutes to get to the very heart of downtown but that is kind of touristy anyways. When I lived in Boston last I lived pretty downtown and didn't go out towards Newton much but when I was there for visits and the most recent incoming students events I was surprised about how city-ish the "suburbs" are. Newton is pretty residential, with some huge ass houses, but most law students live in Brighton/ Allston which is still part of the City of Boston (others live in Brookline, which is not Boston but you can't tell the difference). There aren't skyscrapers but it is still an urban environment with stores and bars and stuff lining the main roads. I'm actually really psyched to live in tat kind of in-between environment.
As for "on-campus" law student housing, there is none, at least not like there is at someplace like Cornell. There are like, 3? apartment buildings that BC bought two years ago that are regular apartments for grad students. The general consensus seems to be that these apartments are 1) not that nice and 2) overpriced. They're in a nice area, and the people I met who got them didn't seem too upset ... and it did save them from the awkwardness of the grad student housing fair. But that thing wasn't that awkward anyways.
I just want to follow this up with a comment about living on campus. No matter where you attend, I would think hard about living on campus. I really enjoyed the ability to get away from the law school environment; I would have gone crazy had I been forced to live at school, even at a low pressure school like BC. I really enjoyed having a bit of a life off campus and having a world that didn't involve law school. Just a thought. On a lighter note, I have heard that the BC graduate housing is very nice.
BC grad housing is decent. The small singles and studios are indeed small, the doubles and large singles are bigger. The problems that students complained about during the first year that grad housing was offered (Fall 06-Spring 07) have been attended to
(A few examples: 1) Students complained that the Internet was slow: now the apartments have Comcast, 2) Any and all remaining private tenants have left the grad housing properites leaving only BC grad students, 3) The woman who was in charge of the grad housing process last year has been replaced. It seems that all systems are a go for the coming year (Fall 07-Spring 08).)
Another bonus is that the school lets you sign a 10-month lease as opposed to a 12-month lease if you like - great for those who plan to leave Boston for the summers.
That said, unless you are coming from abroad or simply cannot find the time to search for your own place/get your own furniture, it pays to take the time to look for non-grad-school housing. There are many available apartments, houses, and even rooms you can sublet from local families in Allston, Brighton, Newton and Brookline. It's worth it to look on your own for a variety of reasons, including but not limited to the following:
1. Potential for cheaper rent rates
2. No ugly undergrad-like dorm furniture
3. Potential to stay in the place for all 3 years and fill it with your close friends/find a good landlord and stick with him/her
4. Ability to live as close or as far to the school as you like