Moving into your new apartment as a student is an exciting time, but before you get to all the fun, make sure you take care of a few simple things.You will be glad you did later!
Tips for Moving Into Your Student Apartment
- For security, check that all of the windows that can be opened also have locks, especially if you are on the ground floor. If any of the windows cannot lock, tell your landlord immediately.
- Think about a fire escape plan and discuss it amongst your roommates. Know all of the doors and windows suitable for a safe exit from the apartment in the case of an emergency. Make sure that fire-escape windows are not screwed or stuck shut. If they are, have your landlord make them openable immediately.
- Learn where the gas and water shutoffs are. In the case of an emergency or a pipe burst, knowing exactly where to go to shut off gas or water can save lives or at least costly damage to the apartment and your personal property.
- Inspect the apartment and make sure that everything is as you expected and matches the contract. It is good to catch any problems that you may not notice immediately. It is not uncommon that a landlord did not tell you about a problem, either because they wanted to get a tenant or they did not know. If anything is unsatisfactory or does not match the contract, make a note of it and contact your landlord.
- If you and your roommates pay for utilities independently from the rent, record the meter readings as soon as you move in. Tell the utilities companies the readings and the dates you moved in. You would not want to pay for extra utilities that were used when you were not even occupying the apartment. While you are at it, give all of the names of the apartment’s occupants to the utilities companies to avoid any confusion with billing.
Residents of Brookline real estate offered new dining options
On Tuesday, February 15th, the Brookline Board of Selectmen gave the go ahead for three new restaurants, Brother’s Roast Beef & Pizza, Olea Café, and Lucky Wah to join the neighborhood of Brookline, MA.
The family-owned chain of Brother’s Roast Beef and Pizza will take over a 1,200 square foot location at 293 Cypress Street and offer a menu of salads, subs, pasta, and calzones along with the aforementioned pizza and roast beef sandwiches. Those residing in Brookline MA apartments will have a new neighborhood pizza joint to check out! Applicant Melsi Xhengo is adding this Brookline pizzera to his list of other locations in Abington, Quincy, Weymouth, and Malden.
Olea Café will serve breakfast and sandwiches at 195 Washington Street, replacing the 1,000 square foot property, which was formerly Sandwich Works. Applicant Daoud Tayeh will offer a “low-key café serving breakfast, sandwiches, and coffee.” Residents of Brookline MA apartments will be able to try a quick cup of coffee on their way to work at the new café.
Lucky Wah, located at 1391 Beacon Street, will find a new owner in Guang Xiang Zhu. Brookline home owners will be able to sample the Asian cuisine with convenient take out or delivery.
In addition to these three new restaurants, the Brookline Board of Selectmen granted liquor licenses to two other already established Brookline restaurants, The Upper Crust and Osaka Japanese Sushi and Steak House.
In addition to its Coolidge Corner location that already serves beer and wine, The Upper Crust’s 888 Commonwealth Avenue location will now be able to serve beer and wine as well, giving (of age!) Boston University students a new spot to stop in for a casual evening enjoying the classic combination of pizza and beer.
Osaka Japanese Sushi & Steak House has been approved for an all-kinds liquor license at their 14 Green Street location. Offering seating for 140 customers and a staff of 30 workers, residents with Brookline real estate will have a great new option for a fun night of sushi and drinks.
Contact Phoenix Realty if you would like assistance from one of our knowledgeable agents in finding the perfect Brookline Real Estate or Brookline apartment. Our agents are also very well-informed on Boston apartments for rent and Boston homes for sale, so please don’t hesitate to ask us for help in those areas either!
When searching for Boston rental properties, it’s easy to get so caught up in the property itself that one major factor gets overlooked- location! You should have the same amount of criteria for your living space as you do the neighborhood you wish to live in. Each Boston neighborhood is unique and has something different to offer. Even the nicest of properties won’t make you happy if its location is inconsistent with your wants and needs. Finding the right neighborhood for you is crucial in ensuring a pleasant living experience. (The image below is a complex Phoenix Realty has listed with great Allston Apartments available!)
This week’s featured neighborhood is Allston, MA. Located in the western part of the city, Allston has a reputation for being fun and lively, much in thanks to its large population of college students and recent grads. Of course where there are students, there are colleges. Allston is home to parts of the Harvard, Boston University, and Berkley campuses. Boston College is also nearby, just west of Allston. In addition to only being only a short T ride away from downtown Boston, it is conveniently located next to Brighton, Brookline, and the Fenway/Kenmore neighborhoods. Oh, and it’s also bordered by the Charles River!
The main areas are Allston Village and Harvard Ave, which feature numerous shops and eateries. Allston has some of the best ethnic restaurants in the Boston area, with heavy emphasis on Brazilian and Vietnamese food. Popular ethnic restaurants include Pho Viet’s, Taqueria el Carrizal, and Café Brazil, among many others.
As expected with such a large student population, Allston is has an impressive amount of bars. Some of the more notable ones are The White Horse Tavern, which is known for its casual and comfortable environment; and the Sunset Bar and Grill, which has the second largest selection of beer in the country (over 300 varieties!). It is also home to Harper’s Ferry and The Paradise, both of which are music venues that host local and national performers.
Even though Allston has a strong student presence, Lower Allston is one of its smaller areas that is home to mainly young business professionals, homeowners, and older residents. Unlike the rest of Allston, Lower Allston is very quiet, most likely due to its lack of college kids nearby. And for those tamer individuals living in Lower Allston, the city has more to offer than just its lively bar scene.
Many inhabitants and visitors are content with just walking around and taking in the sights that Allston has to offer. There are plenty of quaint boutiques, friendly coffee shops, and interesting people to watch.
Its vibrant and distinctive, yet laid-back atmosphere make it a great place for students to call home. Allston residences are typically brick apartments, especially those on and around Commonwealth Ave.
This fully renovated 3 bedroom 1 1/2 bathroom apartment for rent in Allston, MA won’t stay on the market for long. The apartment features the modern, open concept kitchen and living space that everyone is looking for. Located on the first floor, the rooms are bright from natural light and shiny hardwood flooring.
Even with amenities including central air conditioning, dishwasher, disposal, hardwood floors and new bathrooms this Allston apartment is only $1650.
Not far from downtown Boston, the neighborhood of Allston is perfect for both young professionals and students. This apartment in Allston is close to many forms of public transportation and universities such as Boston University, Boston College and Harvard University. The lively neighborhood of Allston is home to many hip bars and delicious restaurants. It is also conveniently near many grocery and drug stores.
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