Joohmahn Kim, a Boston University junior, knows he and six roommates will be violating a city rule banning more than four full-time undergraduates from sharing an apartment, but, like thousands of other students descending on Boston this fall, he’s willing to take the risk to make off-campus housing affordable.
"One of the most notorious landlords of college students, Anwar N. Faisal and his Allston-based company Alpha Management Corp., have been defendants in at least 22 lawsuits and 11 criminal complaints in Boston Housing Court, according to court and city records. In the same period, he has received 469 code enforcement tickets totaling $51,720 for violations outside his buildings, including overloaded trash bins, but paid only $3,010 in fines."
yo shoutout to Alpha, the management company of my terrible summer apartment in Allston- I paid $750 to live with 6 people in a 4 bedroom, 1 bath apartment. Which was infested with roaches, beetles, mice, and of course, bedbugs. The front door to the building had no lock, and the second door (after the little entryway) had no doorknob for quite some time, as well as no glass panel. And Alpha was uncooperative and very difficult to get ahold of re: bedbugs.
people always talk about how expensive DC is, but man, in Boston, to live in off campus student housing, $700 is considered pretty much the cheapest you can get, provided you live with like, minimum 3 roommates. of course it can def be cheaper if you live in other areas in Boston, I guess, but anywhere near BU is expensive and shitty.
So people keep telling me about expensive housing in DC, and sketchy neighborhoods, but I’m not really seeing how its any different from Boston in a lot of these ways, honestly. All areas that are primarily full of young people (college students/early 20s) could be classified as “sketchy” I guess. Idk maybe my standards are low, but I’m pretty excited to be able to afford an actual nice-ish place with 2 roommates maximum. That’s the dream.