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Off-Campus Housing

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: It can be hard to find a place that is safe and clean.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Even though it's hard to find and the parking situation may be limited, not having to live in a dorm is awesome!

2 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing in the area around campus is pretty much one of two things: extremely small and very expensive, or for slightly less but still way too much money, you can be in a more dangerous area with careless landlords.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I have never experienced it, but I have heard great things about off-campus housing. It is supposedly much cheaper than on-campus.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Rent in Boston is quite expensive. There are cheaper options in the Mission Hill area, but it is not known for being particularly safe. If you are willing to commute you can find better options.

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Boston is an expensive city, and it can be difficult to find off-campus apartments that are within reasonable price ranges; however, that doesn't mean that it's impossible to find good deals. A lot of Northeastern students work for real estate companies in the Boston area, and most real estate agents understand that students are especially under a tight budget. Northeastern also has off-campus housing services where you can work with the school to find a place off campus to live. Getting a cheap deal on apartments really depends on what you're looking for. If you're OK with sharing a bedroom or living farther from campus, then you should have no trouble affording rent in the Boston area. Most of the off-campus housing in Mission Hill and around the suburbs of Boston is very nice and a lot more spacious than the apartments right around Northeastern on Hemenway, Columbus, or Huntington. The few drawbacks to living in these off-campus areas are that they aren't as safe as the areas close to campus and that you are living in close proximity to Boston residents who do not always tolerate college kids. 

Living off campus also means that you're responsible for paying utilities, Internet and cable—all expenses that you don't have to think about when living on campus. Living off campus, you have to deal directly with landlords, and the University cannot help with any living issues that you may have. Most students move off campus during there "middler" or junior years and really enjoy the sense of freedom off-campus housing can provide. In fact, the majority of students chooses not to go back to living on campus after having the off-campus living experience.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
47%
Freshmen Living Off Campus
3%
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
$13,610
Best Time to Look for a Place
Late winter to early spring (December through February)
Popular Areas
  • Allston
  • Back Bay
  • Fenway
  • Hemenway
  • Huntington
  • Jamaica Plain
Average Rents
  • Studio: $1,200
  • 1 BR: $1,400
  • 2 BR: $1,800
  • 4 BR: $2,200

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 156 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 158 responses

  • 8% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 75% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 16% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 1% 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 154 responses

  • 21% Extremely helpful.
  • 59% Somewhat helpful.
  • 20% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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