I think its safe to say the riding is a bit better on the north of riding if you're not bringing a car. Did you also consider - cambridge, somerville, or medford? Most of which can be had near the orange line and are much closer to Tufts and MTBing.
Oh, I will not be at the main Tufts campus but at the Tufts Medical/Dental center in Chinatown. I liked Cambridge, but riding the red line and having to make transfers sounds like it would just complicate the communte, but once again I don't know enough about transit to know if it would take more/less time to get to the med center from Cambridge vs. the South End. And are you saying there is riding that I would be able to reach on the North side of the city using transit?agabriel said:I think its safe to say the riding is a bit better on the north of riding if you're not bringing a car. Did you also consider - cambridge, somerville, or medford? Most of which can be had near the orange line and are much closer to Tufts and MTBing.
Thanks for the comparison, it definitely puts it in perspective! And from what I can gather, would you say that the South End is comparable to Fremont, and Somerville is more like Queen Anne (not comparing location relative to city but just the style of neighborhood)? The only comparison I've had is that Jamaica Plain is like Shoreline, which is definitely not the type of place I'm looking to live in.onobed said:Congrats on grad school. That is great. I lived in Seattle before grad school in Boston and returned to Seattle afterwards. It has been ten years, but here is my take:
Parking in Boston, or anywhere near Boston, is among the most frustrating experiences ever. It is easier to park in the U district during a football game than anywhere in Boston.
I would absolutely go car-less. Put the money you save towards the closest apartment you can get to the orange line because after parking, the second most difficult thing to get used to in Boston is how much colder 20 degrees is than 40 degrees. On those frigid January days you will appreciate being as close to the T as possible.
The good news is that aside from parking and the frigid winters, Boston is a very cool place to spend some time, especially grad school.
Yeah, they are pretty good for buses. A few glitches, here and there, but about 95% accurate (I use openMBTA on an iPhone). For subways, you'll never get reception in the T station anyway, and they are always coming within a few minutes.woodsguy said:There are apps at the mbta site that give you live gps coordinates of the buses and trains so you know exactly when they will be there.