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Off-Campus Housing


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1 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Almost no one lives off campus. The only person I know who does has a medical reason.

1 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There is no place to rent around Wellesley! It's extremely expensive and if you manage to find a place, it'll be far from campus. Better off living in Boston and making the commute (if you're a senior with 1 or 2 Wellesley classes).

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The houses in Wellesley town are really expensive.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The town is too expensive to live off campus.

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2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I know three upperclassmen who live off-campus. The off-campus housing selection is too expensive and too far for most people to live there.

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Wellesley guarantees four years of housing, and most students can't think of a reason to live anywhere else. Students question whether it's possible to really be a part of campus life and live somewhere else, and it is true that a large part of the Wellesley experience is chance chats in the dining hall that turn into long conversations, all-house meetings that go on way too long, or study breaks organized by RAs. There are a variety of dorm-related activities, and although first-year students may seem perky and annoying to the jaded senior, having all years living together is beneficial to everyone.

However, some students do decide to move off campus—some to live with significant others, others because they feel suffocated by the on-campus atmosphere—and fare well. Commuting from Boston can be a hassle, but there is some affordable housing available in Natick and Framingham. The Housing Office posts availabilities on a bulletin board, but there are no college-owned apartments off campus or centralized services for students searching for off-campus housing.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Freshmen Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Popular Areas
  • Allston
  • Natick
  • Wellesley
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $1,200
  • 2 BR: $1,700

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 47 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 48 responses

  • 0% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 4% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 29% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 67% 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 48 responses

  • 6% Extremely helpful.
  • 15% Somewhat helpful.
  • 69% Not very helpful.
  • 10% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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