Off-Campus Housing

Cambridge, MA
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: If you count fraternities, almost half of us live off campus. Extra freedom is nice.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Generally it's better to live on campus for proximity to everything.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing is great if u can afford it. There are off campus living groups that are affordable but private housing is expensive.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Most people who live off-campus live at their fraternity/sorority house. Independent options are limited, and Boston is on the expensive end.

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College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I don't have too much experience with off-campus housing. I answered the above questions to the best of my ability based on what I've heard.

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  • 1152nd
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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Sun Kim
Duluth, GA
Mechanical Engineering
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For MIT students, off-campus housing means not living in a dorm or FSILG (Fraternities, Sororities, and Independent Living Groups). Although FSILGs aren’t exactly on-campus housing, they are affiliated with MIT, and most of the houses are in Boston. Only a small percentage of MIT students live in what is considered true off-campus housing, but a good percentage of students—mostly men—live in FSILGs. They provide a relatively inexpensive and well-located alternative to on-campus housing. For more information, check out the Greek Life section.

True off-campus housing means living in an apartment or house that is not affiliated with MIT, and the bottom line is don’t do it. Not only is rent expensive, but actually finding an apartment is a hassle. Off-campus housing also means you will be farther away from your classes and almost all your friends. Do yourself a favor: Save the “I want my own apartment” phase until after graduation.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Best Time to Look for a Place
The best time to look for a September rental is in mid to late July. The best time to look for a January rental is late November or early December. The best time to look for a summer rental is April or early May.
Popular Areas
Anywhere that is reasonably priced since there is very little in terms of off-campus housing
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $1,400
  • 2 BR: $1,750
  • 3 BR: $2,200
  • Studio: $1,100

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 21 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

  • 13% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 39% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 35% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 13% 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

  • 55% Not very helpful.
  • 5% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 32% Somewhat helpful.
  • 9% Extremely helpful.
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