Off-Campus Housing

Location
Boston, MA
Undergrads
3,587
Tuition
$34,198
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I love living off campus because on campus housing is really frustrating with restrictions and forced bad meal plans. It's really hard to find affordable housing near downtown Boston though. Most people have to live 25-40 minute commute away to be able to afford Boston off-campus housing.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I haven't lived off campus yet

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: All off-campus housing is a solid T ride away but it's definitely worth the freedom.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: You are forced to live off-campus Jr. year and up.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Find a nice place and you'll be okay

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  • 797th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Vanessa Willoughby
Hometown
Waterford, CT
Major
Writing, Literature and Publishing
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Due to the lack of housing at Emerson, few students stay in the dorms until they graduate. Living in an off-campus apartment provides students with more freedom, virtually no rules, and a fair share of responsibility. Boston is a pricey place to live, but Emerson’s expensive room-and-board rates provide little excuse to stick around. Though Boston has some of the highest rents in the country, it’s definitely possible to find housing that ends up being cheaper than the dorms. Emerson students live all over the city. Those with trust funds, generous parents, or an amazing job find places in Beacon Hill or the North End, both of which are the fanciest areas of Boston, with rents to match. Other Emersonians find housing in the quagmire of college students, better known as the Allston and Brighton areas.

The hunt for cheap and nice apartments is competitive. Leases generally run from September to August, and for smart students, the great apartment search usually begins in February. Emerson’s Off-Campus Student Services (OCSS) is helpful, providing a message board and numbers of local rental agencies for students looking to find a room and those who want to sublet. Usually, the cheapest way to find a place to live is to respond to fliers or Internet message boards because going through an agent almost always has a fee. Of course, responding to roommate want ads has its downsides, too—namely, weirdos and jerks. Though looking for apartments in Boston can feel like a part-time job, the end more than justifies the means. Imagine it: your own bedroom, no parents or pesky RAs, and your very own electric bill.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
51%
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
$13,950
Best Time to Look for a Place
Early spring semester, when other students are moving out.
Popular Areas
  • Allston
  • Beacon Hill
  • Brighton
  • Brookline
  • Cambridge
  • Jamaica Plain
  • Mission Hill
  • North End
  • Somerville
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $1,500
  • 2 BR: $2,250
  • 4 BR: $3,000
  • Studio: $2,050

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 28 responses

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  • 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 29 responses

  • 0% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 28% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 66% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 7% 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 29 responses

  • 48% Not very helpful.
  • 3% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 28% Somewhat helpful.
  • 21% Extremely helpful.
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