Where in the World is That British Chick? Pt I


Lately I have been doing some snooping around the six cities that I am applying to graduate schools in. Since I am spending time researching these locations I thought it would be fun to share with you in a six installment expose on each of the locations we may be moving to and the type of places we would be looking at living in once we move. If you need a quick refresher on why we are moving etc take a quick look at my About Me page!

Installment I : Boston College

Boston is certainly one of my favored locations of the six I have to choose from (assuming I am accepted to all six schools which is wishful thinking). Boston College is a private college located in Chestnut Hill, MA.  Chestnut Hill is a 13 minute drive from Boston but this slight jaunt does not decrease the cost of living in the area in the least. In short Boston is an EXPENSIVE city to leave in or around. I very almost discounted Boston College from my list of graduate school choices due to the expense of living in the area; however since I had already discounted the majority of California’s schools for this reason I wanted one school that I could attend should money not be an issue.

Boston as a town appeals to me for many reasons but it’s closer ties to the English than many other states is certainly one of my favored points. When contacting an apartment complex in the area I was told that ‘rubbish’ was one of the utilities that was included with rent expense and I have to admit to a warm fuzzy feeling creeping in to my heart. The smaller nature of Boston as opposed to somewhere like Chicago is certainly another selling point for me and the safety ratings of the area are a considerable bonus as well.

Buzz is skeptical about moving from our two bed two and a half bath 1200 sq ft townhouse in North Carolina to a two bed hopefully two bath apartment a short drive from Boston College. We both knew when Boston College was added to the list that we would be downscaling and for at least the first year we would be looking at going back to apartment life but the trade off for the space we have to live in is a closer community and a popular yet not excessively over populated city to live in. The overabundance of seafood is most definitely a selling point for Buzz but when I mention Boston as our next city of choice I see that look in his eyes that tells me that he will go but he won’t particularly enjoy himself, at least not until we branch out and make ourselves some new friends to drag us out on even the coldest nights to go and grab a beer.

With Chestnut Hill being considered one of the most “affluent” communities in the entire country we would certainly not live in the immediate area but we would live close enough that a morning drive to school would not kill me in the snow. Below are some of our options should we wind up in Boston.

$1498 2 Bedroom 2 Bath 1141 Sq Ft <br> (Pet rent not listed)<br>18 minutes from school

$1498 2 Bedroom 2 Bath 1141 Sq Ft (Pet rent not listed) 18 minutes from school

$1342 2 Bedroom 2 Bath 1093 Sq Ft <br> (Pet rent not available)<br>35 minutes from school

$1342 2 Bedroom 2 Bath 1093 Sq Ft (Pet rent not listed) 35 minutes from school

$1575 2 Bed 2 Bath 1112 Sq Ft <br>($350 Pet fee + $50/mo fee)<br>21 minutes from school

$1575 2 Bed 2 Bath 1112 Sq Ft ($350 Pet fee + $50/mo fee) 21 minutes from school

$1456 2 Bed 2 Bath 1031 Sq Ft<br>(Pet rent not listed)<br> 25 Minutes from school

$1456 2 Bed 2 Bath 1031 Sq Ft (Pet rent not listed) 25 Minutes from school

Our biggest obstacle in finding affordable living has been Jet, we do not have a 35lb dog and we do not intend on leaving our baby behind. It has been almost IMPOSSIBLE finding apartments that will accept larger dogs (we’re talking just under 80lbs) regardless of the fact that we are talking about what will be an 8 1/2 yr old black lab. Why aren’t their more big dog friendly apartments?!?! People with Pets has given some assistance but there still aren’t too many options available for big dog loving households!

The draws of Boston: Smaller big town living with close ties to my British genes and an amazingly talented group of staff at a prestigious private school.

The drawbacks of Boston: Cost of living and that darn cold weather.

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2 Responses to “Where in the World is That British Chick? Pt I”

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    Queen Bee says:

    I think we need to find you a contact in the area to help you find a little house somewhere you can rent. 🙂

    • Amy says:

      Lord, if I had the money to afford a house scout for each of the areas I would be in heaven. I wonder if you can get free rent for blogging? LOL

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