Personal Survival Guide for Suffolk University Part 2 (Life after dorming)

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So Suffolk University only gives you two years of dorming eligibility  and then you’re basically on your own after that. After living it up at 150 Tremont, or becoming Gregor Samsa at Miller you’re most likely looking to move into an apartment. You have other options like becoming an RA, a great financial decision, but do you really want to be an RA?

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Lip Gallagher became an RA, and bam! was an alcoholic in less than a month ( a story line I HATE by the way. ) So tread lightly when it comes to becoming an RA, joking of course but for the rest of you who aren’t becoming RA’s or as I call them certified snitches I’m here to tell you your best options on where to live.

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The North End

The North End is a great place to live.  You only have a ten minute walk to class, you don’t have to take public transportation ( a must avoid in the winter) and plus you have about 10,000 places to eat. Regina’s pizza is my go to and is absolute fire but there are a million other restaurants to choose from as well. I never went to these since I was just a broke college student at the time but from what I’ve heard they’re fantastic ( if you can afford them.) Speaking of affordable places, Bova’s bakery is the go to after the club drunk munchies place to go. It stays open all night and is definitely one of my favorite gems of the North End. The only thing about living in the North End is the prices. You’re gonna need at least 2 or 3 roommates and will probably each be paying from $1,000 to 1,300 each a month. Another thing to consider is what street to live on. The North End has a lot of residents who have been there the last 40 or so years who aren’t particularly fond of all these new students invading their neighborhood. I lived on Hanover Street my junior year and it was great. Hanover Street is the busiest street with the most restaurants and touristy things to do, and most Suffolk and Emerson students live there. We had pregames almost every week with no noise complaints but eventually got busted for throwing a party but that’s besides the point. Hanover St. is great, your neighbors will be chill, and plus you’re a five minute walk to the Bell and Hand and that little bar strip like Paddy O’s, and across  from that you have Fanuel Hall. If you want to walk the opposite direction and head west you have the TD Garden plus some solid West End Bars like The Harp, and West End Johnnies. So when you’re blacked out after a night out you’ll want to be able to walk back home and crash in your own bed. Hanover Street does get noisy so you may want to invest in a  Dodow  .  You’ll be dealing with drunk people yelling, trash men at random hours, fights outside, so investing in this is definitely worth it. If you decide not to live on Hanover St. you will end up a little deeper in the North End where the locals and fun police are located. My senior year I lived on Endicott St. We had a sick apartment, a spiral staircase, two floors and a huge living room and kitchen. We thought we would be living the life. The first night we attempted to go out we had a little house warming party. We invited about five of our friends. It was a Saturday night at around 10 pm and all of a sudden we hear a bang on out door. We look and its this 5 foot 4 man in his late twenties with the biggest case of Napoleon syndrome since Napoleon himself. ” You guys are way to fucking loud! Keep it down. ” he screamed. Meanwhile all we are doing is playing Beeriocart and listening to music on a SATURDAY night. The next morning we get an email from our Landlord saying we were partying and were way to loud. So yea our neighbor must have been super fun at parties growing up. We ended up keep getting noise complaints throughout the year for just pregames so that kind of ruined the year for us. So before moving in anywhere make sure you know what your neighbors will be like because they will really make or break your experience.

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Beacon Hill

Beacon Hill is another good option to choose from. Suffolk’s classes are located on Beacon Hill so being that close to class is definitely a plus. There are a ton of great coffee shops and places to grab some lunch. You have the Charles River to go running with all the other runners and realize how out of shape you are. You also have the Ridgeway Gym to work out at which is great and convenient. The prices here are similar to the North End, if not a little pricier. This place is also quiet as hell. If you want to have a party at some point do not look into living here. It has a nice community feel. You’re also directly across from the Boston Common and Public Garden which are great to walk through if you’re ever in the mood for a little stroll. The only problem is you have the Miller Gremlins close by so be on the look out for them and avoid them at all costs. Oh yea another plus is that fucking hill is steep as fuck so if those calf’s are looking a little small, you’ll be looking like fucking Lance Armstrong after the Tour De France five minutes after his last doping session once you live there a little over a week.

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East Boston

This photos from the 70s actually but I thought it looked cool so I picked it and it shows what living in East Boston is like, living next to an Airplane station, which will be loud as fuck at times so you might want to invest in some  Ear Plugs. I never lived in East Boston but a ton of my friends live there. I’ll keep the subject of gentrification out of this blog post to keep it light hearted but the the city is up and coming with new properties being built and restaurants opening up left and right. East Boston is only a 10 minute t-ride on the blue line to get to class which isn’t bad at all. Plus you’ll be saving a ton of money. Everyone I know living there is only spending about $600 a month and they have dope apartments with tons of room. The soccer team actually plays in East Boston, and they have a dope park right outside the airport. When one of my good friends was on the soccer team, me and another one of my good friends who lived in East Boston would go to all the home games. We would pregame in the Park with two 40 ounce beers in our hands and even one time got sucked into being the automatic quarterbacks for a game of tackle football between local East Boston fifth graders. ( I’ll save that story for another time.) We were basically the only fans at the game so we just sat up back in the stands drinking our 40’s and watching some good old fashion division 3 soccer. So yea East Boston is a good time. You can definitely have parties there without worrying about the good neighbor policy law that Suffolk apparently has. The only thing that sucks is you can’t walk to other parts of the Boston so you do need to either take an uber or the T to leave Eastie. So speaking of the good neighbor policy law which is written in the Suffolk rule-book which I didn’t know at the time, you are basically not allowed to have fun past a certain time if you live in the surrounding neighborhoods of Suffolk. These neighborhoods are apparently the North End, Beacon Hill, and Downtown. So even when you move out of the dorms Suffolk can still write you up and make you not have fun. A Suffolk PD member actually goes around with members of Boston PD and tries breaking up these parties, so just a little info for you to consider because I’m pretty sure East Boston is a free for all and isn’t included in this policy ( Talk about Suffolk making people living in poorer communities not apparently matter.)

the others

The Others

So The North End, Beacon Hill, and East Boston are the big three where most Suffolk students live. I guess you could throw Downtown in there too but its my blog so I’m not. The other places to live are Allston/Brighton, Southie, Cambridge, Backbay, Somverville, and others I can’t really think of or don’t really care to write about. Allston/Brighton is a long commute but you can host sick parties there and the rent is cheap. Southie is another good option but people generally live there post college and throughout their 20s but Southie is a good time definitely. Cambridge is cool too but MIT kids will probably bully you once you say you go to Suffolk. Thats about it so hopefully this helps you decide where to live. If you like this content please tweet me @jlindahl1, follow me on instagram @somedrunkwriter, share this post on facebook, twitter, and/or tumblr, and give my official blog facebook page a like and review. I’ll also be posting every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Thank you for reading!

P.S. I forgot one more thing, Fuck Emerson!

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