Off-Campus Housing

Boston, MA
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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I had a good undergraduate experience with off campus housing. It was expensive but it was worth it since I didn't have a car and wanted the freedom of off campus with the closeness of class.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is pricey, especially for college students. Finding housing outside the city may be easier, both in price and options. Renting with roommates though is helpful and makes the cost less of a burden.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing is pricey and inconvenient if you have to commute a long way to school

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3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: I don't live off campus, but my friends do and it's oftentimes hard to find any because it is a college city and EVERYONE who isn't a freshman is more than likely looking for the same sort of housing. It's competitive and Boston isn't a cheap place to live.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The cost. Living in the city is extremely expensive, and you're getting charged at a minimum $1000/month, and absolutely no parking. The perk is you'll live close to public transportation. But Simmons guarantees housing for students, so it's much more worthwhile to live on campus.


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  • 1058th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

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Krista Evans
Florence, AL
Political Science/International Relations
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Boston is one of the most expensive housing markets in the nation, but if you can afford it, off-campus housing may be the right choice. It is fairly easy to find housing off campus on your own, but many students look to realtors for assistance. The bulletin boards on the main campus often have posting about people looking to rent an apartment or sublet their apartment. Word of mouth and online boards like Craigslist are great for finding a roommate or even a room.

Living on a student budget, many students end up moving far from campus in order to afford their apartment. Unfortunately, the Fenway area that Simmons is in is one of the most expensive and coveted neighborhoods for real estate, so many students look at housing near other colleges for more reasonable rates. These areas also have the most competition for apartments. Students can find themselves living as far out as Allston or Somerville, which may require an extra bus stop or a line change on the T. Most students end up looking at areas like Mission Hill, Beacon Hill, or Jamaica Plain. Sublets are popular for the summer, but be aware of shady roommates and devious landlords—it is very easy for students to fall into tricky situations.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
End of each semester, summer
Popular Areas
  • Allston
  • Beacon Hill
  • Brookline
  • Fenway
  • Jamaica Plain
  • Mission Hill
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $1,100
  • 2 BR: $1,400
  • Studio: $950

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 19 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 20 responses

  • 5% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 35% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 55% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 5% 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 19 responses

  • 53% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 37% Somewhat helpful.
  • 11% Extremely helpful.
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