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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It is fairly hard to get good off campus housing given the demand— most students only receive three years of guaranteed housing so thousands of students NEED off campus housing any given year.

5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Fantastic experience living off campus. Will be living near BC next year as well.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Landlords can be difficult about parties, but people who live off campus like it.

College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I have four years of housing, so I can't speak from personal experience on the quality of off-campus housing. There is definitely a range of how convenient and high-quality the housing is, and it mostly depends on how much you are willing to pay.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are plenty of places to live off campus, whether in an apartment or a house. The properties are generally very nice and safe. Many of the parties are held off campus.

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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 68 responses

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

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 68 responses

  • 29% Extremely helpful.
  • 49% Somewhat helpful.
  • 21% Not very helpful.
  • 1% The school does not allow students to live off campus.

What is the off-campus housing selection like near campus and is it worth it?    Based on 68 responses

  • 21% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 56% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 19% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 4% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
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