Help me find a place to live in Cambridge MA (2012 edition)
August 10, 2012 3:46 PM Subscribe
As seems to be yearly tradition, I'm asking the hivemind for help moving to the Cambridge area. I've just been offered a job at MIT that starts Oct 1, and will be moving from the west coast but leaving most everything behind.
posted by cuetip to Work & Money (10 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Specifically, I'm looking for tips on how to find an affordable (1500/mo) 1 br apartment in Cambridge, Somerville, or wherever else is a good place to live within a 30 min public transportation commute to MIT. Previous askmefi's have given some ideas, but given that it's been a year since the last one, I'm sure much has changed.
I like more of the city feel (lived in Berkeley, CA for 10 years now); what neighborhoods should I be looking in? I'd really like to avoid undergrad-heavy areas if possible as well.
Is a broker absolutely necessary to find a decent apartment? If so, have you had good experiences with one you'd like to recommend?
I'll be staying in NYC early September while I look for a place (and doing 4-hour buses to see apts), will 1-2 weeks be sufficient?
Any and all advice you can give me is much much appreciated, especially from people who've done a cross-country move like this before!