Moving to Boston: Advice?

  • brain5brawn

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    Aug 17, 2009 3:04 AM GMT
    Heya,

    I've noticed there are a decent number of guys on here from the Boston area, and regardless realjock men seem to be more stable/mature/in control of their lives.

    I'll be moving to Boston in September...my bf is going to BU and I've just graduated from Michigan Tech with Engineering and Sci Tech Comm degrees, and would like to end up in a larger city, so here is to throwing caution to the wind.

    Mostly curious:

    Are there any free/cheap gyms for someone who is looking to workout but will be on a strict budget for a bit?

    Any advice on searching for jobs in Boston while being out and gay? I know its not something that exactly gets brought up in a job interview, but being active in my schools GLBT activism group is a decent part of my resume (PR, photography, graphic design, etc.) so I'm cautious to remove it.

    Thank you for any advice.
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    Aug 17, 2009 11:33 AM GMT
    Welcome to Boston. I just moved out of Cambridge after 3 years. It's a great city for academic types and athletes alike.

    I can't imagine job hunting would be too impacted by being out as gay. It is the first state to legalize gay marriage, and Boston itself is the most liberal area of the state.

    As for gyms, I got to use the MIT Z-Center for free, but that was because I was an assistant coach there for swimming and water polo. Even volunteer assistants got full access to the gym. It's a great facility with the best pool in the city. BU seems to have a nice facility as well, so if you have any interest or experience in coaching anything, you could see if any of the sports there need volunteer assistants.

    You might also check with the YMCA and see what their rates are like... or consider working out from home for awhile and changing up your routines/equipment needs if you have trouble finding a cheap gym... OR find a sport team to train with (softball is huge, rugby, water polo, swimming, running, soccer, etc.. ) and you would get the added benefit of making new friends quickly and networking to help with your job hunt.
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    Aug 17, 2009 11:57 AM GMT
    Your going to love this area. I live in Cambridge and actually work for BU. There are a bunch of gyms in the area. You can try the BSC or Gold's. You can even look into the gym at BU. My gym isnt too expensive but I also get a good discount for being friends with management.

    As far as the jobs go. I know Bank of America (previous employer) is very gay friendly and so is my current job at BU (although I am not out to my department.... I am out to a few people).
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    Aug 17, 2009 12:01 PM GMT
    Lots of gyms in the area, so you should be able to find something reasonable. The gay thing in the resume is fine, just remember to focus on what you did for them, and it happened to be in a gay context. No biggie.
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    Aug 17, 2009 1:54 PM GMT
    Welcome to Boston!

    Looks like you've updated your status already with Boston as your location, so I am curious to know where you've decided on getting an apartment. Here are some tips....

    1. Get over the price of rentals in Boston. Yes... shit's expensive. Expect to pay between 1200-2200 for a 1 bedroom. (ranging in location and 'niceness')

    2. Gyms - there are a million. BSC and Golds are quite popular- though can be pricey. You'd be looking at 50-75/mo. But if you have access to the BU gym, that might be more than good enough. The YMCA is surprisingly expensive here in Boston, I knwo the one in Brighton (has a pool) and is something like 99/mo... disgusting

    3. I assume you'll be living in the BU area. Which means you'll be in Allston, Brighton, Brookline areas. Allston/Brighton is a big 'college' and post-grad area. Many many early 20-somethings in that area. Same with the Cambridge side of the River (Porter and Davis Square). As you get closer to downtown and Back Bay rent will increase, substantially and age will start to go towards more late 20's and 30+ (more experience = more money).

    4. The South End - south of Back Bay area. The 'gay neighborhood'. Tons of apartments, and bars, and restaurants... rent will be crazy high here for small amounts of space. (ie. 1900-2200 for 600-700 sq/ft) Very trendy area, lots of fun. In my opinion, rent elsewhere and just go to the SE for brunch/dinner.

    5. Job hunting - personally if it doesn't come up, i don't bring it up. While Boston is very very liberal, i tend to keep my personal life personal, and my professional life professional. Yes, most people know im gay, proud, and out at the office, but that's not because i took it up mid interview. icon_smile.gif Short: dont take it off your resume, but don't stroll into the interview in a sash and tiara either ;-)
  • brain5brawn

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    Aug 17, 2009 7:29 PM GMT
    Thank you for the advice, and yeah, doing pretty good on the apartment so far, 1100 a month sharing with the bf so it won't be too bad....Just really hoping I find something soon, I have a pretty versatile background (Engineering and Communications work) but ah...icon_smile.gif its troublesome right now.
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    Aug 17, 2009 8:23 PM GMT

    Welcome to Boston.

    The job piece will come right if you keep out their and keep networking.

    As for gyms: as others have pointed out, their "list" prices tend to be expensive and to have joining fees, etc. But gyms are hurting really badly in the recession and it is relatively easy to bargain with them. At a minimum they will drop their joining fee and many are negotiating on monthly rates as well.

    I don't know if there's one near you (and they're pretty basic) but Planet Fitness is offering a $20 membership good at all of their locations with no joining fee.