by Amy Scheuerman
Cheap rent is without a doubt the most attractive thing about North Cambridge. While the fancy, amenity filled apartment buildings near the main entrance to Alewife Station can be expensive, the house based apartments near the Russell’s Field entrance are relatively low cost. The rent for a two bedroom apartment in a duplex averages $1300, and even more fantastic deals can be found if you search.
North Cambridge is close to Alewife Station, the furthest stop on the Red Line. It’s about 45 minutes total, with 30 minutes spent on the train, to get from North Cambridge to Jaharis. It’s a 30 minute walk to the Medford campus with no convenient busses in between. North Cambridge is also connected to the rest of Cambridge by the 77 bus, which travels up and down the length of Massachusetts Ave., the 83 bus which goes from Russell’s field into Central Square via Somerville Ave., and the plethora of buses to Greater Boston Area towns and cities such as Lexington, Belmont, and Arlington.
The area is cheap to live in, which is a huge boon for a graduate student. It’s also a quick 15 minute walk to Davis Square and all it’s attractions. On top of this there is a Whole Foods and a Trader Joe’s both within walking distance of the neighborhood.
Not many students choose to live in North Cambridge, so you’ll end up spending a lot of your time visiting people in other neighborhoods if you live here. Also, North Cambridge is not glamorous and has some issues with petty crime. Be cautious when walking alone and don’t use headphone or a cell phone, which can distract you. Finally, be careful to lock your doors and windows if you live on the first floor and be careful to keep valuables out of sight if you leave them in your car.