Off-Campus Housing

Location
Wellesley, MA
Undergrads
2,368
Tuition
$39,420
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: I have had friends live off-campus or live in the Wellesley housing that's not on the main part of the campus. The quality is pretty good; the houses look like or better than the dorms on-campus. Most of the housing is pretty close to the campus, but science majors are luckier as the Science Center is on the side of campus closest to the town of Wellesley. For those residing in local housing, it's incredibly expensive (but so is room and board at Wellesley). The savings are minimal, and unless you are vegan, you might as well live on-campus, where dining is unlimited.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I have not lived off campus.

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College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I have never asked about off-campus housing, so I don't know much about this.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Most people live on campus for all 4 years. You can apply to live in French House which is just off campus, but looking for a place in the Ville is impractical and extremely expensive.

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1 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There is quite frankly no such thing as off-campus housing. The town of Wellesley is very much catered (in all aspects including night life) to its extremely wealthy population. There is no such thing as affordable off-campus housing. However, some students will live in Boston, which is a very big hassle considering Wellesley in +45 minutes away from Boston. Usually students who do such, however, do so because they are not fond of their experience at Wellesley and hope that living in Boston will make them happier. Don't be fooled by the brochure and campus tour guides. You will not be popping into Boston unless you really have some time on your hands.

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  • 1359th
    Best Off-Campus Housing Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Lauren Foster
Hometown
Safety Harbor, FL
Major
English & Cinema and Media Studies
Grad Year
2014
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Wellesley guarantees four years of housing, and most students can't think of a reason to live anywhere else. Students question whether it's possible to really be a part of campus life and live somewhere else, and it is true that a large part of the Wellesley experience is chance chats in the dining hall that turn into long conversations, all-house meetings that go on way too long, or study breaks organized by RAs. There are a variety of dorm-related activities, and although first-year students may seem perky and annoying to the jaded senior, having all years living together is beneficial to everyone.

However, some students do decide to move off campus—some to live with significant others, others because they feel suffocated by the on-campus atmosphere—and fare well. Commuting from Boston can be a hassle, but there is some affordable housing available in Natick and Framingham. The Housing Office posts availabilities on a bulletin board, but there are no college-owned apartments off campus or centralized services for students searching for off-campus housing.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
8%
Freshmen Living Off Campus
0%
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
$1,800
Popular Areas
  • Allston
  • Natick
  • Wellesley
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $1,200
  • 2 BR: $1,700

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 32 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 33 responses

  • 64% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 30% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 6% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 0% 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 32 responses

  • 59% Not very helpful.
  • 12% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 19% Somewhat helpful.
  • 9% Extremely helpful.
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