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Everything is happening so fast

moyru

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So now it's hit me - this is for real.

I'm moving across the country to study at HARVARD.

If someone had told me this when I was a kid, I wouldn't have believed me. I was still in my mother's womb when she came to this country. We lived out of a car and in crummy motels. I even lived in foster care for a bit. I never would have thought someone from my background would achieve something like this.

I'm excited - no doubt about that - but I'm also starting to stress out. I am receiving some financial aid, which I am grateful for - but I'm still going to have to take out some loans to cover living expenses and whatnot. I'm also stressing out about the move there - are we going to be able to find a place that accepts 3 animals (turns out my mom can't watch my cat after all)? How is the move going to be on them? How will we even secure housing from over here? Do we have someone do it on our behalf? SO MANY QUESTIONS.

My boyfriend's parents invited us to stay with them during the summer so we can save up some money by not spending it on rent, which is awesome. The only thing is their place will already be a full house with five dogs, and my boyfriend's mom is allergic to cats. Now I'm frantically trying to find someone in the LA who can watch my cat during the summer. (if anyone out there can help, let me know!)

I'm going to the open house events this week so that will give me an idea of what Boston is like, and maybe I'll be able to talk to people who can point me in the right direction.

I know things will work out in the end, but I wish I had an answer to these things already.

Anyone who has done cross country moves....your advice is much appreciated!




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Personally, I just rented a place in my new city over email and site unseen. I would've preferred to go look at places but it wasn't feasible. Thankfully, I have a friend in the area where I'm moving that has lived there for 6 years and she was able to suggest some places she knows well and I ended up renting an apartment in a complex where one of her friends has lived for 4 years and loved. The process of signing a lease remotely was new to me but actually ended up being pretty easy.

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I think it's really hard to move cross-country but not impossible! We (my SO and I) did it twice (west-east in Canada in 2010 for my MSc and then from eastern Canada to western US in 2012 for my PhD!).

 

In both cases, we decided that although expensive, it was worth it to fly out ahead of time and actually see the places we are living. We were glad we did this for the 2010 move because it turns out the town we were moving into was very much a college town and if you arrived in late August looking for housing, you would end up paying $300 or so more per month for a decent place!! Boston/Cambridge should not have the same challenges for you, hopefully! For the 2012 move, the cost of 1 month's rent is already way more than the flight out to see the places, so we decided it was worth it than to be stuck for a whole year in a place we were miserable in. But that's just our priorities--we consider our home our sanctuary from our life stresses so we would gladly cut other parts of our budget to have a nice place to live!

 

I would say that if it's available, grad student housing might be the best idea if you need to get a place sight unseen. At my school, you can break your student housing lease early with only a small penalty so you can move whenever you find something better. 

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I currently live in Boston and could tell you a thing or two about hosing. Cambridge is quite pricy but hey it's a good little town. If you're looking for cheap accomodation you could look at other nearby towns like Someville. But isn't Harvard showering you with a wonderful package to handle any of these housing expenses?

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I currently live in Boston and could tell you a thing or two about hosing. Cambridge is quite pricy but hey it's a good little town. If you're looking for cheap accomodation you could look at other nearby towns like Someville. But isn't Harvard showering you with a wonderful package to handle any of these housing expenses?

hahahaha I wish. 

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