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Off-Campus Housing

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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: If you want something cheap it's usually cheap. For nicer places, it can get pricy but it's pretty great. Being 15 min walk from school, 5 min to public transportation and being less than 5 min away from Coolidge Corner is pretty amazing.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Better than on-campus! Have your own room, put thumb tacks in the walls, and never look at the terrible plastic-wood dorm furniture again. It's so easy to stay on-campus, but if you are willing to do some work, it's totally worth it going off campus. You will probably save $100-$300 per month. And if you can afford it, get/bring a car. With a car, you won't just live in Boston, but in New England.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I don't live off campus but most of my friends seem happy with it. Can be pricey though.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I like the option of off campus housing here simply because it often ends up being cheaper than on campus housing. I haven't tried it yet but I probably will live off campus some point in my college career.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Eh, not much of the affordable housing in the area is kept up incredibly well, but it works!

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The consensus is that campus life is a benefit to your social life freshman year, but after that, it is time to move out. If freedom is an issue, and you intend to have off-campus visitors for overnight stays, then the visitor policies on campus can be really stifling. Also, partying is notoriously difficult in on-campus living, so if you are looking for privacy, off-campus housing is the only way to go. The discipline for “improper behavior” in on-campus housing, such as neglecting to set up a visitor request three days in advance, typically depends on the RAs, and brownstones are significantly less strictly upheld than the larger dorms. Specialty housing also includes its own specific restrictions concerning residents and guests.

Moving off campus is a completely different lifestyle (read: freedom). But if money is tight or you are supporting yourself, off-campus living is extremely expensive. Rent runs around $700 per month for a room. If you have the means, however, it is well worth it and really easy to find. There tends to be a moving explosion all over Boston on August 31st and September 1st, since that is when all of the leases turn over. If it is at all possible, try to move your stuff the day before the chaos begins.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
35%
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
$13,620
Best Time to Look for a Place
Get yourself organized around February to ensure a spot in a nice place.
Popular Areas
  • Allston/Brighton
  • Boston
  • Brookline
  • Cambridge
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $1,100
  • 2 BR: $1,500
  • 4 BR: $2,800
  • Studio: $950

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 177 responses

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  • Availability
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  • 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 172 responses

  • 8% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 67% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 20% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 5% 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 173 responses

  • 9% Extremely helpful.
  • 54% Somewhat helpful.
  • 36% Not very helpful.
  • 1% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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