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Off-Campus Housing


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2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It's expensive and the reality fees should be illegal. We are expected to pay at least 4 moths rent up front. My rent is 1400 for a chappy one bedroom 4 miles from my school. The only way to live on mission hill is with other college students. I am older and I don't want to live with 20 year Olds. There needs to be affordable housing and the owners should pay the reality fee.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: All the apartments are right up Mission Hill which is about a 10-15 minute walk depending on how fast you walk uphill. Prices are pretty good through MassArt.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: i wouldn't know i have never tried and live off campus

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Boston apartments are heaper than the dorms

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are good and bad parts of Boston. Places are available but some of the neighborhoods aren't the best.


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To a lot of students, living off-campus is worth the added freedom. Since MassArt has very few spots in the dorms for upperclassmen, many have to live off campus anyway. Finding an apartment in Boston might be hard, not just because there are so many places to choose from, but also because students have a limited budget. This is why a lot of MassArt students live in Mission Hill. Boston is a big city, though, and eventually everyone finds something in their price range.  

It is very popular among people with apartments to host parties. There are no RAs to give noise violations and break the party. However some people forget that if they are loud all the time, neighbors can call the police. Most students at MassArt are commuters, especially since non-freshman students don't need to carry heavy things around and most of them get their own studios.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
Its best to start to look at places during the winter, that way you will have more option in your price range.
Popular Areas
  • Alston
  • Brookline
  • Fenway
  • Mission Hill
Average Rents
  • 1BR Apartment: $2,000
  • 2BR Apartment: $1,800
  • 3BR Apartment: $3,000
Did You Know?
Don't let the realtor pressure you into deciding on the spot.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 33 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 34 responses

  • 6% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 79% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 15% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 0% 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 34 responses

  • 12% Extremely helpful.
  • 35% Somewhat helpful.
  • 53% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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