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Best places to find an apartment in Boston for a recent college grad?

Okay, so I'm not officially graduating until May, but I wanted to get a head start on apartment hunting so I can better refine what I'd like. I live about 45 minutes outside of Boston now, so I'm reasonably well familiar with some of the neighborhoods and what they have to offer. Ideally, I will be getting a job at either Boston Children's Hospital or Dana-Farber, so close proximity to the Longwood Medical Area would be highly desirable. I'll be moving with my boyfriend, so here's what I'm thinking will be reasonable for us: -- $2000 or less per month in rent, with as many utilities included as possible -- close to the T (we will likely have our cars -- or at least one of them -- but I'd still prefer to use the T to get to work; close proximity to the Green Line would be even better, though I don't necessarily mind switching lines) -- Pet friendly (I'll be bringing my 2 indoor cats with me). -- SAFETY (especially since I hope to use the T) I'm very familiar with the Fenway/Kenmore area and (from my experience, anyway), it's relatively safe. I've also looked into WEST Roxbury (I know Roxbury is a whole different story) and that seems pretty decent, as well. I'm considering Somerville, though I've heard mixed reviews about this area (and I'm not as familiar with it); and I've heard reasonably good things about the Allston/Brighton area. I'd really love to stay in the Brookline area, but I think that may be slightly out of our price range at the moment and we may have to wait until we save up a little more money to (ideally) purchase a house there one day. I'm trying to stay away from Roxbury, Jamaica Plain, Hyde Park, Southie, & Charlestown, among others. Any other info would be very helpful! Thanks!!

Asked By: - 12/2/2012
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I would also recommend Brighton. It's close to both BC and BU, as well as the Harvard business school, so there are a lot of undergrads as well as recent grads/young professionals. It's on the Green Line and it's a safe area. There are a lot of restaurants and bars, supermarkets, and other businesses in the area... More
Answered By: Mike R - 12/3/2012
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Allston/Brighton sounds like a decent fit, although parking can really suck if you don't get an assigned space... More
Answered By: Jerry - 12/3/2012
 
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