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Off-Campus Housing


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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: It's expensive, especially since you'll need a car to commute to campus. Most wealthy international students live off campus in Cambridge, most domestic students stay on campus.

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2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are not many options close to Babson. The only housing available is usually at least 15 or 20 minutes away, unless you're going to live in Wellesley which is extremely expensive.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are some places that are decently close to campus and buses.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Wellesley is expensive, so off campus housing is not feasible on a college budget.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Wellesley is a very expensive town to live in & as such it's often hard to find off campus living that close enough to commute to Babson for classes.


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Not many students live off campus, and there are several good reasons why. First, Wellesley is a very expensive small, suburban town. Wealthy locals living in huge mansions envelop the Babson College campus, so this is the price range of the off-campus places within a radius of approximately two miles from campus. Obviously, whoever decides to live off campus will have a car and could rent an apartment on Washington or Linden streets in Wellesley. But, besides high rental prices, students should also consider the time it'll take to travel back and forth for group meetings and other activities. It's true that many international students live off campus, but most international students don't participate in team sports or other on-campus activities. It takes a lot of patience, time, and some good cooking abilities to reside happily outside of campus.

There are also many restrictions that accompany rent in the Wellesley area, one of them being age. If you are not over 21 and sometimes if you mention the word "student," the landlord automatically decides that he actually does not have any available housing for the school year. After all, who wants their nice apartment to get abused by a group of college students? Finding affordable housing in Boston is even harder, since the social scene is the reason why most students relocate into the city. The average cost for living in the downtown area in a one-bedroom apartment is a lot, not to mention utilities and other expenses. This may seem like a good idea at first and could be a good option for students not involved in any on-campus activities. Overall, the Boston housing option is overrated by most and disliked by many of those who have tried it.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
End of the last semester
Popular Areas
  • Commonwealth Avenue
  • Linden Street
  • Washington Street
Average Rents
  • Studio: $1,000
  • 1 BR: $1,110
  • 2 BR: $1,575
  • 3 BR: $2,000

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 25 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 25 responses

  • 12% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 8% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 72% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 8% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 25 responses

  • 4% Extremely helpful.
  • 20% Somewhat helpful.
  • 68% Not very helpful.
  • 8% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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