Boston’s rental scene is as diverse as it is desirable. Yet even after you’ve assessed the unit, you still need to figure out if it makes sense to go for it by yourself or as a group. There’s pros and cons to both living arrangements and only you can know what makes the most sense for you.
Neat freaks and slobs don’t get a long.
While it is expected all who live in the space will help maintain it, there can be drastic differences in the quality of care each tenant provides. If you live with someone who does not live like you do, there can be undue stress involved with that relationship. Before entering into an agreement with a friend or stranger, make sure the clean/messy tendencies match-up, otherwise the stress won’t be worth the money you save by living with an apartment-mate.
Moving in with your significant other for the wrong reasons.
Moving in with your lovely can be a beautiful next step to your relationship. It can also be the nail in the coffin for an average to dying one. If you move in together and breakup, who gets to stay? Will you live together after the breakup? Not all relationships end after moving in together, but if your only reason for moving in together are to save money or “fix” the relationship, then odds are you won’t want to move in just yet.
Two-beds and three-beds are cheaper than one-beds and studios.
Unless you will be sharing the single bedroom, historical pricing trends show that it’s more cost effective to room with friends than to try to find an apartment just for yourself. One-beds are typically 1000-1800 where as two-beds are usually 1500-2200 and generally offer more space. They also tend to be in more convenient areas for young professionals.
Boston can be a lonely city without friends.
While there’s plenty of activity to keep one busy, much of the city is best enjoyed in groups. When you live with people you enjoy, it opens up your social network. You’ll also be more inclined to have social gatherings in the apartment. Living by yourself means you come home to an empty space where you do all the upkeep.