Sorry I missed this when it was first posted! I don't have much advice for wood-working in the house, outside of choose a wife that will let you do it, but most people don't think that far ahead, so it's kind of a crapshoot there... I don't think grad-student-level living spaces in Boston are going to accommodate a drill press, band saw or OSS indoors, unless you want sawdust in your dinner. Looking for a communal building space sounds like the ticket. Speaking of which, my most critical bit of advice about Boston is TRY NOT TO EVER DRIVE ANYWHERE.