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