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Off-Campus Housing

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I love living off-campus. It is super expensive and prices continue to rise, but it is totally worth it.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I don't live off campus so I have no Idea what It's like

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I haven't had the experience of moving off campus yet but from what I've seen with my friends, it's fairly easy and can be cheaper than on-campus housing.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Haven't had much experience with it really. Have heard of many fires though...

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The off-campus housing is not rate-able for me because I have not participated in off-campus housing.

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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 149 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 148 responses

  • 8% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 68% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 21% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 3% 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 146 responses

  • 10% Extremely helpful.
  • 54% Somewhat helpful.
  • 34% Not very helpful.
  • 1% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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