Off-Campus Housing

Boston, MA
Tuition (in-state)
$27,500 ($10,400)
Admission Difficulty
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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are good and bad parts of Boston. Places are available but some of the neighborhoods aren't the best.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Mission Hill can be both beautiful and a darn mess. Since most of your neighbors are college students, that most likely go to your school, it's easy to make friends with the neighbors. However, they are still college students. Loud parties are a constant, no matter what the weather, and the police are ever present pseudo-neighbors. There is very little parking, and most students bike and/or walk to campus, since its not that far. Another great option is to use the T, but that's getting to be expensive. Landlords can be iffy at times, you just need to do your research. Apartments on the hill are expensive, but hopefully sharing the rent will make it an okay option for you.

College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I don't use off campus housing at this time

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Not many dog friendly locations

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing prices vary depending on where you find an apartment. You could definitely get lucky and find an apartment with a manageable price.


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  • 544th
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Daria Bukesova
Architectural Design
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To a lot of students, living off-campus is worth the added freedom. Since MassArt has very few spots in the dorms for upperclassmen, many have to live off campus anyway. Finding an apartment in Boston might be hard, not just because there are so many places to choose from, but also because students have a limited budget. This is why a lot of MassArt students live in Mission Hill. Boston is a big city, though, and eventually everyone finds something in their price range.  

It is very popular among people with apartments to host parties. There are no RAs to give noise violations and break the party. However some people forget that if they are loud all the time, neighbors can call the police. Most students at MassArt are commuters, especially since non-freshman students don't need to carry heavy things around and most of them get their own studios.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Its best to start to look at places during the winter, that way you will have more option in your price range.
Popular Areas
  • Alston
  • Brookline
  • Fenway
  • Mission Hill
Average Rents
  • 1BR Apartment: $2,000
  • 2BR Apartment: $1,800
  • 3BR Apartment: $3,000
Did You Know?
Don't let the realtor pressure you into deciding on the spot.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 23 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 23 responses

  • 0% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 13% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 78% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 9% 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 22 responses

  • 59% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 27% Somewhat helpful.
  • 14% Extremely helpful.
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