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Sharon, Home Owner in San Francisco, CA

My son and I are looking at some perspective colleges in Boston, what are some important things we should check out on our trip?

Asked by Sharon, San Francisco, CA Mon Sep 24, 2012

He will be a 2013 college student, so college-minded options would be appreciated.

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There are come 200 colleges and universities in the Boston area.
It depends on what he wants to do after college.
There is also a lot of history to see.

OH! You will of course need a place on the Cape when you come out to check up on him, and for him to use while he works here over the summer. :^)

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Sep 28, 2012
The metropolitan Boston area has the most colleges and universities of any place in the world. Where your son would choose to live would completely depend upon which college he chooses to attend. Most colleges recommend or require that an out-of-town freshman reside in a dorm.

But, if you are in this area, you should definitely check out Harvard Square and Beacon Hill and the North End regardless of where your son is going to school. Perhaps a duck tour would be fun.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Sep 27, 2012

What schools is your son considering?
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Sep 26, 2012
Wow huge step to go to school across the country. I would first come out and see if you and your Son like the Boston area and tour some schools. Many of the colleges have housing programs but if you are looking to find housing that is separte from a school you can look at 2 options.

1.) Rent - Rents in Boston are high in comparison to many areas of the US. Some are shocked as the rents can be the price of a mortgage. A studio right across the river in Cambridge would rent for $1500 per month and someplaces downtown could be more.

2.) Buy - Many look at buying a one bedroom or studio condo. This not only has you putting money into your own pocket but you can also sell it after 4 years or keep if your son should decide to stay in the area.

On your trip out here you should speak with a Realtor just to give you an idea of the market and whats available.

Good luck ..
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Sep 26, 2012
Talk to a college recruiter but if you need help in living accommodations talk to real estate professional.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Sep 25, 2012
Please make sure he is near the 'T' Is super cold in Boston one thinh that students tell me all the time if iam not near the 'T' Or walking distance to school I will be late ! Any school in Boston is great
tell him to walk around the schoolthat he will attend and talk to other students at the end he has to be Happy where he goes Good Luck! Linden Realty Rentals,LLC!!!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Sep 25, 2012
Hi Sharon,

This all depends on what your son's major is. If you son is in the city I would recommend to just walk around Back Bay, Fenway & Cambridge and that's where majority of schools are located.

If any questions feel free to call or e-mail at anytime.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Sep 25, 2012
Hi Sharon, I think you should research all the different types of neighborhoods where the colleges of choice are. Boston's neighborhoods are all vey different and some schools might have colleges in neighborhoods that don't match your sons personality or your price range in housing!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Sep 25, 2012
If you are coming soon and have time check the foliage in nh or central/western ma. Drive rt 2 out to the Mohawk trail.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Sep 25, 2012
Hi! College in Boston are great depends on his major! An advice make sure you stay in a hotel near the train this way you were be able to see a lot! Linden Realty Rentals,LLC Good Luck!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Sep 24, 2012

What college are you and your son considering?

Boston College - look into Jamaica Plain, Brookline, Newton, Allston
Boston University - look at Brookline, Allston, Brighton
Wentworth, Northeastern or Berklee - Jamaica Plain, Mission Hill, Fenway

Here are a few.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Sep 24, 2012
North End, Constitution, Fenway Park, Newbury Street, Museum of Fine Arts, Science Museum, Harvard Square to name a few. You and your son will love Boston a great City with great schools.

You probably wont have time, but Lexington and Concord, Salem have much history and interest as well.

0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Sep 24, 2012
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