Off-Campus Student Services

Searching for Housing

Students searching for fall, spring, or summer housing should plan ahead for their moving needs and make priority checklists before looking at an apartment and signing a lease. 

Plan Ahead

Most students are interested in September leases, which start to become available in mid- to-late March. Below are some resources to help you get organized for your search and moving day:

Where to Live

Consider researching the neighborhoods in which you are searching for an apartment:

Cost of Living

Expect to pay between $700 and $1,400 a month for rent, utilities, transportation, and food. Most students live with at least one roommate to offset the high costs of off-campus living.

Know Your Priorities


  • How far is the building from public transportation, grocery stores, pharmacies, etc.?
  • Is there an excess of noise? (Traffic, tourists, trains, sirens, bars, etc.)
  • What social/nightlife is nearby?
  • How long will it take you to commute to campus? Will you be walking alone in your neighborhood late at night?

Building Condition


  • What utilities, if any, are included in rent? 
  • Is there a dishwasher?
  • Where are the closest laundry facilities?
  • Who has thermostat control?
  • Is there adequate closet/storage space?
  • Which cable provider, if any, do you have to use? (Some parts of Boston must use specific cable providers.)