Apartment question for all of you regarding location. For those who lived off-campus your first year, how far away did you live? And how far is too far, if you are walking? In the winter, is a 10 minute or half mile walk a pain (keep in mind coming from California, where cold - 55 degrees)?
I had a 7 minute (if I booked it) to 12 minute (leisurely stroll) walk. In the winter, there were a few days where the sheer cold and wind made my sinuses ache for hours, just from being outside for that amount of time. Thankfully, it was limited to just those few days. But there were many other days when I wore my snow boots. But most of the sidewalks got shoveled quickly, so my walk never turned into like a half hour trek or anything. I would leave five minutes early if the weather got really bad. I'd say a 15-20 minute walk would be my personal outer limit.
I agree. Some days are as cold as everyone says they are in Boston, so even a 20 minute walk might be a bit much. Plus, what if you get stuck with 8:30 a.m. classes 5 days a week?! To be sure, the best sidewalks are near Harvard owned properties--because they shovel religiously when it snows. You may want to invest in a good pair of boots before getting here (maybe they're on sale during the summer?) to avoid the dreaded Boston slush seeping through shoes.
8:30 classes five days a week? That must suck.
Oh section 2.......
See I would LOVE 8:30 am classes 5 days a week. But then I've been working 7:30 am - 4 pm (or 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 pm lol) for a few years now, so an early start would be awesome. Otherwise I'll sleep in and get nothing done. Fingers crossed for section 2 lol.
I'm coming to Boston this Friday to go apartment hunting! Wish me luck
Any current students have favorite realtors you've gone through? I have a few I'm going through as well as craigslist but would love any suggestions.