Off-Campus Housing

Boston, MA
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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Its very expensive if you live immediately by campus and thats where most of the international kids live (back bay, south end and fenway) but if price is the issue, a 5 min car ride or 20 min walk theres mission hill which has a ton of nice houses and is a student neighborhood with friendly prices.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I have yet to live off campus, but the price is certainly up there being in Boston. If you look soon enough and well-enough, though, you can find a reasonably priced good place.

3 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: I live on campus but those I talk to like living off. Some have to as not enough dorms exist to house all students on campus. A new dorm is currently being built.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It depends on what you're looking for, really, there are some pretty bad options but there are also some great ones, as long as you're not paying rent alone it can be pretty affordable.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Boston is very expensive, but there are a good number of housing options.


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Jenn Sinrich
Swampscott, MA
Grad Year
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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
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
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 123 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 124 responses

  • 2% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 14% 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 124 responses

  • 19% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 60% Somewhat helpful.
  • 21% Extremely helpful.
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