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room sublet for the rest of the year? [Apr. 14th, 2012|12:29 pm]
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A friend needs a place to stay in Boston for the next 7 months, starting approximately next weekend. It needs to be walking distance from the T, but other than that, all he needs is a room big enough for a bed and a desk, in a place where it's not a problem to keep unpredictable hours, for as low a rent as possible. Any of you got a place like that?
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[User Picture]From: belladonna
2012-04-15 07:59 pm (UTC)
This was posted in davis_square right when you posted! Potential match?

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[User Picture]From: cos
2012-04-16 12:18 am (UTC)
Thanks. I saw that, but it's totally not what he's looking for. It's a very high end rental, apparently a great apartment, for a lot of money. He's looking for the opposite: As little as he can get (as long as he can fit a mattress and a desk in it) for as little money as possible.
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[User Picture]From: belladonna
2012-04-16 12:20 am (UTC)
You may want to specify what "not a lot of rent" is then. As someone who was recently apartment hunting for something with similar requirements, $900 didn't seem too bad.

As for walking distance of the T, did you mean trains or is a bus route okay?
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[User Picture]From: cos
2012-04-16 12:24 am (UTC)
Sure, if you're apartment-hunting, I'd consider $900 to be mid-range. But this isn't apartment-hunting, this is looking for a temporary room to stay in for 7 months, so it's a very different field of search that has only a small overlap with what people who are looking for apartments to move into would be looking at. Did I write the post in such a way that it seems like apartment-hunting? Can you suggest better wording for me?
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[User Picture]From: belladonna
2012-04-16 12:28 am (UTC)
Dude, you're kinda being a dick. I read the post differently and offered a suggestion based on something I would find reasonable with the details offered (7 months, check. Room for bed and desk, check. Walking distance of the T, check. Reasonable rent, subjective but also check). That's all. Good luck to your friend in his or her search.
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[User Picture]From: cos
2012-04-16 12:32 am (UTC)
Sorry about that. I think you took my comment the wrong way. I was honestly asking you a question, and you seem to think I was attacking you or something. I said thank you, I noted the discrepancy between what I meant and what you read it as, and asked for suggestions. Your reaction makes it seem like you assumed negative intent and nothing I could've said would've made it seem otherwise. That's saddening.
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[User Picture]From: belladonna
2012-04-16 12:38 am (UTC)
Well, my apologies. I took "Did I write the post in such a way that it seems like apartment-hunting?" as argumentative, especially after I already provided a suggestion for how to find what your friend is looking for. For tips, I'd really suggest putting what a reasonable rent is. It's different for everyone. I'd also put that he doesn't care if it's nice or not. If I were living somewhere for 7 months, I would be looking for some amenities. For that length of time, I'd consider it a pretty good overlap with apartment hunting, especially if you're looking for something T-accessible, so knowing that the person doesn't mind a tiny room in a crapshack is helpful.
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