Off-Campus Student Services
Searching for Housing
Students searching for fall, spring, or summer housing should plan ahead for their moving needs and make priority checklists before looking at an apartment and signing a lease.
Most students are interested in September leases, which start to become available in mid- to-late March. Below are some resources to help you get organized for your search and moving day:
- Apartment Hunting 101
- Frequently Asked Questions
- MA Attorney General's Office Student Renters Guide
- Boston Rental Housing Center's Good Neighbors Handbook
- Apartment Abbreviations Guide
- Apartment Search Worksheet
- Renting and Moving Checklists
- Budget Worksheet
- Tenant Rights and Responsibilities
- Landlord Rights and Responsibilities
- Street Occupancy and Moving Permits
Where to Live
Consider researching the neighborhoods in which you are searching for an apartment:
- Boston Neighborhoods: Check out our guide to the most popular neighborhoods for Emerson students.
- Get Your Walk Score: The Walk Score website measures an apartment's accessibility to restaurants, stores, and transportation.
- MBTA Crime Stats: See crime statistics for areas, based on T stop location.
- Trusted Realtors By Neighborhood (Google Map)
Cost of Living
Expect to pay between $700 and $1,400 a month for rent, utilities, transportation, and food. Most students live with at least one roommate to offset the high costs of off-campus living.
Know Your Priorities
- How far is the building from public transportation, grocery stores, pharmacies, etc.?
- Is there an excess of noise? (Traffic, tourists, trains, sirens, bars, etc.)
- What social/nightlife is nearby?
- How long will it take you to commute to campus? Will you be walking alone in your neighborhood late at night?
- How much work will be done/needs to be done before you arrive?
- Are appliances and utilities in working condition?
- Are there enough electrical outlets?
- Does the building have a security system?
- Boston Inspectional Services
- Boston Rental Housing Center
- City Services Reporting BOS:311 Website and App
- What utilities, if any, are included in rent?
- Is there a dishwasher?
- Where are the closest laundry facilities?
- Who has thermostat control?
- Is there adequate closet/storage space?
- Which cable provider, if any, do you have to use? (Some parts of Boston must use specific cable providers.)