Spring Break hasn't been much of a "break"
Because it's admissions season, some advice for today regarding housing:
Visit the neighborhoods around campus and take a walk. Management companies often post their phone numbers on the sides of their building complexes, and you can save some money by contacting them directly and thereby avoiding paying a realtor a finder's fee.
If you'd like to talk to current Simmons graduate students about how they obtained housing and what they would recommend, contact the Graduate Admissions office. Personally, I know that there are current students--at least in the GCS program--who are more than happy to talk with prospective students.
If you do choose to use a real estate company, I very highly recommend Boston Property Services. My family and I used this company to find the apartment that I currently live in, and they were wonderful. They are friendly, efficient, and will do everything they can to help you find exactly what you're looking for in an apartment. Check out their website to search for rentals, and to find their contact info.
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It's somehow March already, I'm marching endlessly along on my thesis. I've got to step it up--the first complete draft is due on the 25th!
I applied to two graduate programs this year--one in health policy and one in social policy with a focus on health--and I've been rejected by one program. So I'm biting my nails waiting to hear from the second program. I should hear literally any day now, so either way I'll soon be put out of my misery, though if I don't get in I'll be very disappointed....