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Housing and Accommodation Information for NEU Fall 2014 If you are reading this document, we hope all of you have got admits, cleared your visa and working furiously in finding a best place to setup your base here at Boston. Provided here are the basic details that, we hope, would streamline your search. This document will serve at its best in answering common questions and doubts. If still you have any questions please feel free to contact anyone of us here, we are here to help you. ___________
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  Housing and Accommodation Information for NEU Fall 2014 Northeastern University Fall 2014 Facebook Group June 2014   If you are reading this document, we hope all of you have got admits, cleared your visa and working furiously in finding a best place to setup your base here at Boston. Provided here are the basic details that, we hope, would streamline your search. This document will serve at its best in answering common questions and doubts. If still you have any questions please feel free to contact anyone of us here, we are here to help you.  _____________________________________________________________________________ Here is the big question: How am I going to find an accommodation? The short answer: Read this document. Northeastern University located at the heart of Boston. For the first year of your stay, we highly   recommend to stay closer to the university. Many students stay around the areas of Longwood Avenue, Roxbury, Symphony, Hemenway St, Park Drive, Fenway, Park Street, Tremont Street, Columbus Avenue & Peterborough St. These places are covered in university‘s shuttle services for  dropping students during the late hours, 6 PM to 6 AM. The CityView Apartment  at Longwood and the Mission Main Apartments  remain the most popular locations near to the University. On the other hand, there are students commuting from areas like Malden, Allston and Cambridge that are some train stops away from University. You can use this alternative for your second year of stay. First thing to look for at any place will be to find its distance and way of commuting to university. Supermarkets, ATMs, and T-Stations nearby will be the next priority in line. We are aware that some of you have already contacted us and many other seniors regarding accommodations. If you haven’t, then there is no more time to waste.  Apartments that are close to the university are generally priced in the range of 1500$- 3300$ depending upon the number of bedrooms and the facilities you get from the place. The apartment prices get cheaper as you move away from the university, but you will have to shed some money for transport. A monthly T-pass will cost $70 and a single ride would around cost 2-2.5$. Boston is a college town. It’s  got around 7- 8 colleges and universities within the city and you can’t expect rents to be any cheaper than they are. Before going any further, we would like to remind you of certain things that you need to keep in mind when leasing an apartment.     According to the leasing terms, upto 4 people can stay in a 2BHK and 6ppl in a 3 BHK.    It is against the law to stay beyond the legal limits. There are places that put a blind spot on this legal limit and might allow more residents.    Generally 6-7 people stay in a 2 BHK to cut the rent around $400- $450 and around 8 in a 3BHK. It’s  highly advisable to look for atleast 1.5 Bath in a 2BHK and 2 full bath in a 3BHK. This plays a big part in forming groups and looking for a place.    There are places that strictly adhere to the leasing conditions. Please contact us or any seniors to know about an apartment before booking it from India. Booking procedure is simple as paying an initial deposit of $200 - $450 to reserve the place and once your application is approved. You pay the deposit along with the first month’s rent.  Housing and Accommodation Information for NEU Fall 2014 Northeastern University Fall 2014 Facebook Group June 2014       You could always reach out to seniors for finding a temporary accommodation for the first few weeks and figure out the scene, then proceed with your accommodation option. This way you can come and see the place and talk out the leasing terms and conditions in person with the leasing office. But you will have to act real fast to settle on a place before the houses run out. It is always better to start early.  You can reach out to leasing Consultants through the realtor ’s websites. Clearly mention your requirements and tell them that you are 4/6 people looking for 2/3 BHK. Six things you have to know when you speak to a realtor/leasing consultant about rental apartments : 1)   Find out if your apartment includes heating and hot water. Boston has very bad winter. You should not compromise on these two things at any cost. 2)   Make sure if the rent includes utilities: AC, microwave and gas. If gas is not included, the place will have an induction stove for cooking. For Example: CityView Apartments have AC and gas included in the rent. Mission Main apartments have Induction stove and does n’t come with an air-conditioning system preinstalled (except for the master-bed) Electricity charges end up a little bit on the higher side , but not too much if you are going to share it. 3)   Clearly ask about Brokerage and other accrued cost on your move in. 4)   Don’t make any financial transaction  before you sign a lease. 5)    You can execute lease from India. To do this, the realtor will be asking your i20, Visa and passport copies. Everything is done electronically. If you are in doubt, don’t proceed any further. Please contact a senior for your aid. We are always here to help you.  6)    You could also find posts on craigslist which has to be handled carefully as some of them are  just scam posts that makes you pay some advance by signing in fake documents. How safe is Boston?   Every fresher who contacts us have this question regarding the safety around northeastern university. Every streets near the university are under constant surveillance of northeastern university police, 24X7. The downtown Boston has fewer crimes than any other place. Boston is a small city, and unless you are planning to wander around the streets irresponsibly having cash more than you need, you don’t have to be too worried. Everybody’s safety is in their own hands. So be sensible and you will have the best time here. There hasn’t been any alarming number of theft incidents near the university over the past year and Northeastern police are quick in updating the students on any suspicious activities in and around the campus. Remain aware of your surroundings and you should have no problems whatsoever. The 75 St. Alphonsus Street. Cityview would probably be a luxurious option considering the amenities and facilities you would enjoy. The rent in this apartment covers Gas, Heating/AC, Security, 24*7 Concierge service, swimming pool and gym. If you find other apartment you will have to make a trade-off for AC/gas that will eventually spike your expense and would bring the price comparable to CityView. From our findings, the bed rooms and the living room at 75 St. Alphonsus are larger than any apartment closer to NEU. You might find reasonably priced apartments in Mission Main, Hemenway, Symphony or South Huntington. But the living rooms are not that big. Final Note:  Always reach out to as many people as possible before you finalize a place. Please don’t get swayed by a convincing opinion of a single person. We cannot say what works out for that person would work for you too.

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