Off-Campus Housing

Location
Boston, MA
Undergrads
14,135
Tuition
$40,086
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Boston is an amazing college town. And there are rentals available from the very top end to the lowest hovel. There is certainly something for everyone, though perhaps not for everyone's budget. However, bringing roomates on board helps offset the rental expense and gives you the freedom and easy access to everything found off campus.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: this will be my first year liviing off campus. the cost is very high; nice apartments but had to come up with a great deal of money to put down and that was difficult

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2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Too expensive and nothing near by.

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College Student

Off-Campus Housing: I currently live on campus, and cannot accurately describe living off campus

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Apartments in Boston aren't cheap compared to other cities, but if you have roommates it's MUCH cheaper than living on campus.

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  • 494th
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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jenn Sinrich
Hometown
Swampscott, MA
Major
Journalism
Grad Year
2012
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Boston is an expensive city, and it can be difficult to find off-campus apartments that are within reasonable price ranges; however, that doesn't mean that it's impossible to find good deals. A lot of Northeastern students work for real estate companies in the Boston area, and most real estate agents understand that students are especially under a tight budget. Northeastern also has off-campus housing services where you can work with the school to find a place off campus to live. Getting a cheap deal on apartments really depends on what you're looking for. If you're OK with sharing a bedroom or living farther from campus, then you should have no trouble affording rent in the Boston area. Most of the off-campus housing in Mission Hill and around the suburbs of Boston is very nice and a lot more spacious than the apartments right around Northeastern on Hemenway, Columbus, or Huntington. The few drawbacks to living in these off-campus areas are that they aren't as safe as the areas close to campus and that you are living in close proximity to Boston residents who do not always tolerate college kids. 

Living off campus also means that you're responsible for paying utilities, Internet and cable—all expenses that you don't have to think about when living on campus. Living off campus, you have to deal directly with landlords, and the University cannot help with any living issues that you may have. Most students move off campus during there "middler" or junior years and really enjoy the sense of freedom off-campus housing can provide. In fact, the majority of students chooses not to go back to living on campus after having the off-campus living experience.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
47%
Freshmen Living Off Campus
3%
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
$13,140
Best Time to Look for a Place
Late winter to early spring (December through February)
Popular Areas
  • Allston
  • Back Bay
  • Fenway
  • Hemenway
  • Huntington
  • Jamaica Plain
Average Rents
  • Studio: $1,200
  • 1 BR: $1,400
  • 2 BR: $1,800
  • 4 BR: $2,200

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 129 responses

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  • 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 129 responses

  • 2% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 15% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 77% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 7% 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 128 responses

  • 20% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 60% Somewhat helpful.
  • 20% Extremely helpful.
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