I live off campus in Allston, which is an area near Boston University where plenty of students live from all the colleges and universities in the Boston area. It is funny to note that when I get off the T (Abbreviation for the tramway used in Boston) to get to my apartment), most of the people that are walking on the streets are university students. People in this area are from all over the world and it is common to see people from every nationality all the time.
On the other hand, living as a student can be a challenging experience for those who have never lived outside their home before. It is not the same going to Boston for a few days, renting a car and eating in a restaurant three times a day than actually living in the city, taking public transportation and cooking your own meals every day. For example: some activities such as doing the laundry, making your bed every morning, cleaning the apartment, cooking, and doing the dishes are some responsibilities that I have now that I live in an apartment. Also paying each month for the services used like Internet, electricity, gas, and television are some extra responsibilities that take some time. Also, going to the supermarket every two weeks to buy food was a complete new experience for me as we didn’t know how to select food and cook properly the first months. At the end we learned how to manage our time and organize ourselves better.
Also money is an important issue when you study here at Boston. When I first arrived to the city I didn’t know it was so expensive to live here. I found this after I went to the supermarket for the first time and when I bought my monthly ticket for public transportation.
All in all, it’s been a great learning experience in regards to living on my own for the first time and in a foreign country. I’m just glad I got to learn all this in a great city like Boston.