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Off-Campus Housing


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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Finding an apartment close to campus can be pretty expensive considering that it's in the city. But if you're willing to travel a little on public transportation then you can surely find a suitable apartment.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is bad in the sense that you are paying for way more than what you get. Boston is an expensive city to live in, so even a tiny apartment will be more than it would be in another location. The pros are that you save money by living off campus, and you will most likely be close to shops that you will use, but the cost is very high.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I don't imagine myself ever living off campus simply because the cost is extremely high and the distance to campus isn't all that great. Most students who live off-campus are in the Mission Hill area, which isn't terribly far, but not terribly close either. I think that it's more cost-efficient to tough it out and live on-campus in the dorms.

5 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: Boston is expensive...

I'm pretty sure you're okay as long as you stay on campus, but I;m not even going to start worrying about the hole in my pocket when I move out...

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Expensive for what it is

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Boston is one of the most expensive housing markets in the nation, but if you can afford it, off-campus housing may be the right choice. It is fairly easy to find housing off campus on your own, but many students look to realtors for assistance. The bulletin boards on the main campus often have posting about people looking to rent an apartment or sublet their apartment. Word of mouth and online boards like Craigslist are great for finding a roommate or even a room.

Living on a student budget, many students end up moving far from campus in order to afford their apartment. Unfortunately, the Fenway area that Simmons is in is one of the most expensive and coveted neighborhoods for real estate, so many students look at housing near other colleges for more reasonable rates. These areas also have the most competition for apartments. Students can find themselves living as far out as Allston or Somerville, which may require an extra bus stop or a line change on the T. Most students end up looking at areas like Mission Hill, Beacon Hill, or Jamaica Plain. Sublets are popular for the summer, but be aware of shady roommates and devious landlords—it is very easy for students to fall into tricky situations.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
End of each semester, summer
Popular Areas
  • Allston
  • Beacon Hill
  • Brookline
  • Fenway
  • Jamaica Plain
  • Mission Hill
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $1,100
  • 2 BR: $1,400
  • Studio: $950

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 30 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 30 responses

  • 7% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 60% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 30% 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 31 responses

  • 10% Extremely helpful.
  • 39% Somewhat helpful.
  • 52% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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