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Off-Campus Student Services

Searching for Housing

Students searching for fall, spring, or summer housing should plan ahead of their moving needs, and make priority checklists before checking out an apartment and signing a lease.

Plan Ahead

Most students are interested in September leases, which start to become available in mid- to late March.

Consider researching the neighborhood 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 location.

Cost of Living

Expect to pay between $600 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

Area/Location

  • How far is the building from public transportation?
  • 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?

Building Condition

  • 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?

Utilities

  • 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.)