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 Craigslist.com, 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.