Off-Campus Housing

Cambridge, MA
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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I do not live on campus. I find commuting in general very difficult for myself. I hope to live on campus, or off campus housing, next semester.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: It is really expensive to live off campus and you will need to use public transportation!

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I am looking to live off-campus starting next semester. So far things are really great for my friends and upperclassmen living in the area.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: It's easy to find but very pricey near the campuses

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: for the first time, lesley has stopped guaranteeing four years of housing, instead only guaranteeing two. after that youre on your own. before, if you wanted to live on campus you were on your own and had to be responsible in finding an apartment nearby (there are plenty though, it's a huge college town. youve just gotta be quick!)
now since theyre only giving us two years, there are more resources to help you find apartments.

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  • 520th
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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Roxanne Griffith
Amesbury, MA
Secondary Eduction, Literature, Creative Writing
Grad Year
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While Lesley does not provide a service to help students locate off-campus housing, it generally isn’t difficult to find housing in and around Cambridge. Most students looking to live off campus utilize resources like, local realtors, and newspaper ads to find available apartments. However, while not too difficult to find, off-campus housing tends to be expensive. In general, the closer the housing is to Harvard Square, the more expensive it is. Because of this, many students who move off campus tend to look in the neighboring city of Somerville or other parts of Cambridge for housing.

Students who do live off campus usually choose to live near public transportation, as most affordable housing tends to not be within walking distance of Lesley. Most students who aren’t commuting from home tend to live on campus their freshman year, as it's the best way to connect with other students and develop friendships. After freshman year, some students choose to move off campus, but the combination of inconvenience and distance usually keeps students on campus or has them commuting from home.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Students should look for off-campus housing three or four months before they want to be able to move in.
Popular Areas
  • Boston
  • Central Square
  • Somerville
Average Rents
  • Studio - Somerville: $1,200
  • 1 BR - Somerville: $1,400
  • 2 BR - Somerville: $2,000
  • Studio - Cambridge: $2,250
  • 1 BR - Cambridge: $2,725
  • 2 BR - Cambridge: $3,500

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 27 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 27 responses

  • 4% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 19% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 52% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 26% 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 26 responses

  • 54% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 46% Somewhat helpful.
  • 0% Extremely helpful.
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