boston's public transportation system is amazing. do not buy a car for living in boston its a town made for people to walk around in. the T (the subway) will take you where ever you need to go. and if the subway doesnt go there, then you dont need to be there. if you take a car itll get snowed in, towed, and youll never be able to find a parking space. as far as places to live, south boston is cheaper like dorchester or even places into quincy and braintree, the college kids like to live in the city, but those places are pretty pricey. poorer students live in people's basement apartments. you just have to look around in ads and stuff.