Off-Campus Housing

Chestnut Hill, MA
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5 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The school has recently purchased 2000 Commonwealth Avenue (an apartment building) in order to rent it out to students and make the off-campus housing process easier. Also certain houses are passed through the years from students to students making them well known as BC houses.

College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I have never lived off-campus (I have 4 years of guaranteed housing), but most places where students decide to live off-campus are all relatively close to campus and to public transportation.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: I lived off campus and enjoyed the freedom, and it didn't take long to get to campus

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It's a bit pricey but it's nice to live in a full-on house. It also makes it difficult to commute to classes sometimes

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: I lived off-campus for both my Junior and Senior years. I originally moved off-campus because most students at BC are only promised 3 years on on-campus housing and those 3 years are freshman, sophomore, and senior with the assumption that most people sutyd abroad in their Junior year. I decided the stay off-campus for Senior year because I enjoyed the freedom and the space - I had a 3 bedroom apartment with a common foyer, kitchenette, and bathroom with washer/dryer in the basement. My bedroom was double the size of the standard dorm room and all mine and the freedom to have people over whenever I wanted and do whatever we wanted without worrying about RAs was worth it. It was also much cheaper even with rent, utilities, and groceries to live off-campus though, depending on which apartment building you choose, this may not always be the case. Most of my friends decided to move back to campus so since I spent so much time with them I didn't miss out on the campus experience at all. I was also walking distance to campus and also had a BC bus stop right at the end of my street.


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  • 677th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

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Samantha Durant
Cheshire, CT
Communications with Women's Studies minor
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Boston College simply does not have enough allocated housing to accommodate all of its students. Most are given only three years of housing, so living off campus becomes a necessity. If you are one of those students, then the best advice is to plan ahead, and start looking for an apartment early. The longer you put off looking, the harder it will be. You will certainly be able to find an apartment no matter what, but the cheapest apartments are the ones that get taken first, and you will literally pay the price if you procrastinate. Having an apartment in Boston can be extremely expensive, as you usually have to pay for so much more than you bargained for, like maintenance. You might also want to make sure that the people you’re living with are responsible enough to have an apartment because no one wants to live with someone who’s constantly late with the rent or sticks you with the whole electric bill.

Some students are given four years of housing, which is truly a convenient asset. However, many individuals love living off campus, as it gives them a dose of city living and quasi-adult behavior. The extra freedom and responsibility of moving off campus can be a great experience, if you’re ready for it. Furthermore, you can always sidestep the off-campus housing obstacle by going abroad for an alternative experience. It’s kind of unfortunate that those are the only two options available to students: living off campus or going abroad. But that is what happens when you go to school in a big city—the school just doesn’t have space to house every student.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
As early as possible - the cheapest places always go first!
Popular Areas
  • Chiswick
  • Cleveland Circle
  • Commonwealth Avenue
  • Orkney
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $1,100
  • 2 BR: $1,400
  • Studio: $900

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 64 responses

Very poor
  • Availability
  • Cost
  • Ease of obtaining/process
  • Landlords
  • Parking
  • Proximity to campus
  • Proximity to public transportation
  • Proximity to shopping
  • Quality
  • Safety
  • Variety

What is the off-campus housing selection like near campus and is it worth it?    Based on 65 responses

  • 5% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 20% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 55% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 20% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 65 responses

  • 20% Not very helpful.
  • 2% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 48% Somewhat helpful.
  • 31% Extremely helpful.
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