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Off-Campus Housing


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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Expensive for what it is

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: It was necessary for me. I have lived on my own for several years, and I do not have access to housing with family. The prices in the dorms were too high for only 8 months out of the year. And, although the school did not help to find housing off-campus, they were accomadating enough to wave my housing requirements.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: It's expensive and, because of that, usually a lot of people will rent a house or apartment together.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I had a good undergraduate experience with off campus housing. It was expensive but it was worth it since I didn't have a car and wanted the freedom of off campus with the closeness of class.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is pricey, especially for college students. Finding housing outside the city may be easier, both in price and options. Renting with roommates though is helpful and makes the cost less of a burden.


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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 22 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 23 responses

  • 9% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 57% 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.
  • 4% 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 23 responses

  • 9% Extremely helpful.
  • 35% Somewhat helpful.
  • 57% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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