Most students live in the neighboring streets of Highland, Cedar, Murtle and Pearl. These streets are directly across from the main campus and are only a 5- to 10-minute walk to the main academic buildings. It is roughly a 15- to 20-minute walk to McKay Campus School. Living off campus, even in this vacinity, does register these students as commuters, not residents, in the school system. Many students find available apartments on their own and rent them out with groups of friends. Many of the apartments just off campus have signs on their buildings with all the information you would need to contact the landlord. However, there are listings in the local newspapers and on Craigslist and other online sources.
The apartments tend to be what you make of them. If you keep your doors locked and are very careful about who you room with, you shouldn't run into too many problems with the locals. It is highly recommended that you read through your lease carefully because sometimes landlords may slip a few clauses into their documentation that you need to be aware of, such as video surveillance in "public rooms," such as the living room or kitchen. Fitchburg State has a commuter affairs office on campus for anyone who may have questions about their leases, or for someone looking for roommates. Parking is all on the street, but some students take advantage of the school's parking lots when they can.