I’m thinking about moving to Boston and wondering if it’s better to live in the city or outside the city and commute in? 23 yr old single female, and I’m just not wanting to pay astronomical prices in rent. Any suggestions? Maybe less expensive neighborhoods in the city to look into?

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Rent in many neighborhoods are quite less in the city due to high availability. Check south end, southie and east Cambridge. Also depends where would you work post covid and commute etc.

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Get ready for sticker shock coming from ATL

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I’d say $1400-$1700 for a decent room in a decent apartment in back bay or south end

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Sorry yes - you’re right. I wasn’t clear - my comment is referring to a room within a 2 bed or 3 bed apartment

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There is no justification for the ridiculous prices to live downtown: unless you've never lived in a metro city your entire life and you're just a rube who doesn't know any better. Save your money and take the 25 minute train ride in. Your future self will thank you from whatever great vacation spot you're able to afford with the money you saved.

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North end is super fun, lots happening. You can get a spot for around 1200-1500

A roommate (or more) is a good idea, especially if you’re moving to Boston now - it’ll be more difficult to meet people due to COVID. If you move into a one bedroom outside the city you’d probably have a very hard time building a social circle. There are Facebook groups dedicated to Boston roommate searches.

City is great (southie, north end, JP). Would not go to suburbs - it will making the hard task of making friends in Boston even tougher

Alternatives - Somerville, Cambridge, Brookline (Coolidge)

If you are a 23 year old, like binge drinking, eating at restaurants and socializing with people in your demographic, then Southie (south Boston) is the only possible answer

Only if your demographic is white and straight 🙃

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