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I've lived in Boston my whole life, and NONE of the five apartments I've lived in were gotten through a realtor... I always try tem, but have always ended up finding something better or cheaper on my own.

I've had good luck with craigslist, and one apartment came through MIT's housing board.  otherwise it has just been looking through the Boston Globe and word of mouth.

I've never heard of grandcentralapartments.com either, and it sounds a little sketchy... What neighborhood are you looking at?

 
Yeah, anything that sounds too good to be true probably is.

I'm looking around the Beacon Hill, Fennway, Jamica Plain area.

I was a bit wary of this agency because when I told the person that I would look into it and get back to them she was trying to sign me up right there; she started pressuring me to get in touch with her by the end of the day because my move in date is so close (6/1).

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The person I spoke to at this place said there are no broker's fees and that they can typically also get you out of the security deposit.

Does all this sound better than a broker??

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Hey all,
I'm moving to Boston in June and am looking for a place and came across this company that gets people in touch with unlisted apartments for rent without brokers fees.
They also:
-Guarentee an apartment by your move in date.
-Get you set up with owners that have great deals but don't list them (so that they don't get overwhelmed with bad applicants).
They charge a $275 fee. 

Please help, I'm in Pittsburgh and finding an apartment here is not nearly as complicated.
Is this kind of thing a good idea or is this company just trying to shake some money out of an ignorant out-of-towner?

The website is grandcentralapartments.com

Any advice would be great!

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Minority Topics / Re: GLBT
« on: April 19, 2005, 04:01:32 PM »
Thanks for the input...I'm looking for places right now (will be moving next month).  If you have any other suggestions I'd appreciate it.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Smoking in law school
« on: April 06, 2005, 10:04:55 AM »
Let me just say that I will miss California's harsh anti-smoking laws. I wish people could only smoke inside their own home or their own car with the windows closed. If you want to do it to yourself, be my guest but don't give me cancer while you're at it. For goodness sake, the innocent passerby doesn't even get the filter!

It doesn't seem like a big deal until I go to another state where people smoke in restaurants and bars--then I remember how thankful I am for CA's laws.

You're from California and you're worried about second hand smoke?!?!  I'd probably be a little bit more concerned that you live in a state with one of the highest levels of air pollution.  You should be complaining to your state representative about our president's environmental policy. 

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Boston Bound?
« on: April 06, 2005, 09:35:22 AM »
Anyone Boston Bound? Post your school here and why you chose it.  :)

I'm going to BC, and am happy that a decision has been made.
I will bring my car, and am living with someone near Harvard Square in Cambridge (soldiers field won't take too long in the morning, I hope!). Prices are a bit high, but I would pay double to live in Cambridge over roach-infested Allston or Brighton.

Roach infested??  Yuck.  I'm going to NESL so need to live on a T line.  Allston and Brighton were areas of the city that people were suggesting to live.  Do you have any other thoughts about good areas that maybe don't have roaches (never been to Boston, would love some advice).

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Boston Bound?
« on: April 05, 2005, 07:38:30 PM »
Hehe.. thanks. Something else good about Boston: Beacon Hill!

Yeah, just wish that area wasn't so pricey.  Have found some places there that might be do-able.  Check out www.botson.com/realestate; some pretty nice places on there.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Smoking in law school
« on: April 05, 2005, 04:14:44 PM »
I plan on cutting back through the summer until I'm only smoking say three or four cigs a day (from my current 10 a day, many, many more while drinking). I'd quit all together except i really do like smoking. A lot.

I agree....part of me would like to quit but it is just too damn nice.   :D

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Smoking in law school
« on: April 05, 2005, 01:34:28 PM »
Painting: It's worth mentioning that the nicotine-memory connection has only been demonstrated using rodent studies. Further, it has been hypothesized that any positive effects on memory are highly limited by encoding specificity. ie, you can only recall the information you memorized while smoking with added efficiency if you're smoking during recall. Also, if I recall correctly, they only demonstrated a correlation in procedural memory, not episodic or semantic memory, so the positive effects on recall of facts would be minimal at best.

I'm an extremely occasional smoker for an entirely different reason. Nicotine causes serotonin release. I smoke irregularly enough that I've never felt addicted, but when I do smoke I feel mildly euphoric. I keep myself in check by only budgeting one cigarette for each time I work out. If I want to smoke more than seven cigarettes per week, I have to start hitting the gym twice a day. No stress.

The exception to that during undergrad was midterms and finals. I might go all month without smoking more than half a pack on average. During finals week I'll blow through two packs pretty easily.

-Ty

Wow, and I thought I was the only neuroscience major going to law school.

I would have to pretty much agree with Ty however there have been studies in humans that working memory is increased by smoking and that smokers may be slightly less prone to dementia or Alzheimer’s (good for those of you planning to retire late I guess).
But he is right about smoking having more of a link to recall memory than actually learning.  So unless your professors are going to let you smoke during the test, I don't think it's going to make a huge difference either way.
  

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / Re: Boston Bound?
« on: April 05, 2005, 08:07:29 AM »
Heading to BU in August. Honestly, BU was on my competitive-ish list of schools that I kind of wished I wouldnt be attending. I would KILL to be at GULC or NYU right now, but that's life. Admissions season was a rude awakening, but I guess its always good to get a dose of humility before this craziness starts. A shallow little pick-me-up came when I found out that now we're T20.

I visited a few weeks ago and I had a great impression of the city. Its smallish and easy to get around. I had the T pretty much figured out by the end of the weekend. A problem: I was just looking at rents on craigslist like two minutes ago.. its not cheap. At ALL. Boston seems to rival NYC prices and destroys Pittsburgh prices. :( Oh well.. thats not going to break any deals. Just something new to whine about.

My goal is to end up in DC or NYC, but if I do end up living in Boston for a few years after law school, I definitely can see myself settling down and really enjoying myself there.

I'm a fellow Pittsburgher and feel your pain about the Boston rents, especially after living in the cheap old 'Burgh for so long.  Good luck with finding a place.

PS--Love the t-shirt!   ;D

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