The best place to start your apartment search for Boston area apartments is to use Northeastern’s FREE off-campus Housing Database. Northeastern community members can search and post apartment or sublet listings, look for roommates, and find a list of recommended realtors. Parents can sign up as guests to assist with the apartment search too.
Follow these steps to register and use the Housing Database:
- 1, Go to aptsearch.northeastern.edu.
- 2. Click on Sign Up in the upper right-hand corner; Select Northeastern Student, Staff, or Faculty.
- 3. Use your myNortheastern credentials to login; you will receive a confirmation link in your inbox.
- 4. Don’t have Northeastern credentials yet? Sign up as a Guest.
To find a roommate:
- 1. Review the Roommate Selection Worksheet.
- 2. Log into your account on the Housing Database.
- 3. Click on the Roommates tab at the top of the page.
- 4. Make a roommate profile for yourself and list your social habits, cleanliness, and other preferences.
- 5. Search for roommates who Have a Place or who Need a Place depending on what you need.
- 6. Message students you think would be a good roommate match and other students can message you too or reply to your roommate profile.
- 7. If you have a place, click on My Account; Click on Edit Listings under Housing and create a listing for your apartment.
To find an apartment:
- 1. Watch our Apartment Search video.
- 2. Contact a trusted realtor listed on the Housing Database.
- 3. Visit several apartments in person with a realtor until you find one you like.
- 4. Use the Apartment Hunting Checklist as your guide.
- 5. Tell the realtor which apartment you want and ask about their next steps.
- 6. Contact Off Campus Student Services with any questions or for any advice.
- 7. Know the steps to understand your lease. Have another person look it over!
Find temporary housing:
- 1. Use the Housing Database to search for sublets using the ‘Sublet’ filter to take over someone’s room or apartment.
- Pro tip: Browse the roommate listings on the Housing Database to see who has an open room. Use the filter “Have a Room.”
- 2. Or, use our list of temporary housing locations in Boston that includes hostels, hotels, and residential properties.
- Pro tip: Contact a site on the temporary housing list directly for current availability and rates.
Co-living options in Boston
Co-living is a great option for students who are looking for a furnished apartment, flexible lease terms and amenities included in one monthly rate, and sharing common areas with roommates. Below are some co-living solutions that have listings here in Boston.
- 1. Roostup – All-Inclusive Shared Apartments, RoostUp offers apartments which include all of the amenities you need to make urban living simple and affordable.
- 2. PlaceMe – One monthly price includes a fully-furnished bedroom, fully-furnished common areas and fully stocked kitchen, utilities and high-speed internet, bimonthly cleaning, and background-checked roommates
- 3. Bungalow – Another co-living option that provides move-in ready homes with leases ranging from 4 months to 18 months
Other housing options in Boston:
- 1. LightView – Opening Fall 2019 at on Columbus Avenue. Visit their leasing office at 840 Columbus Ave. LightView is a convenient alternative to on campus housing. Learn more here.
- 2. Homestays: Participate in a unique inter-cultural experience by living with an American Family in the Greater Boston area.
- 3. nesterly: Be a part of a new program that pairs local homeowners with a spare room with graduate students willing to exchange help around the house such as walking the dog or helping with groceries for cheaper rent
Co-op Housing Beyond Boston
Check out Northeastern’s Leased Properties in Manhattan & Brooklyn, NY; Chicago, IL; Washington D.C.; and Mountain View, CA