Looking for an apartment? Wondering what neighborhood to live in? Looking for a roommate? We can help you answer these questions and navigate the process of moving off-campus and all the decisions that come with your off-campus living experience. Use these steps as your guide.
When to Start Your Search – Use the timeline below as your guide!
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Watch our quick Apartment Search video for tips & tricks!
STEP 1: Ask yourself the following questions:
- – What is my budget? How much do I need to pay upfront? View rental costs.
- – What size apartment do I want? (studio, 1 bedroom, 2 bedroom or more)
- – How long do I want to live there?
- – What neighborhood do I want to live in?
- – Do I want to live with roommates? Use the Roommate Selection Worksheet and Good Roommate Doc to find the best roommates for you!
- – Do I have a co-signor?
- – Do I need furniture?
STEP 2: Find an Apartment
- – Attend the Apartment Fair, go to a Living Off Campus Session, and watch our Apartment Search video.
- – Find out when to start looking for an apartment in Boston using the off-campus-timeline.
- Sublet searches start in November for spring and March for summer.
- – Contact Off Campus Student Services for advice on realtors and property managers.
- Going outside of Boston for co-op? Check out our Beyond Boston Housing and Resources.
- – Use our Housing Database to search available apartments in the area and to find roommates.
- – Contact a trusted realtor listed on our Housing Database.
- – Visit several apartments in person with a realtor until you find one you like. Use the Apartment Hunting Checklist as your guide.
- – Tell the realtor which apartment you want and ask about the next steps.
STEP 3: Understand Your Lease
- – Do not sign a lease until you have fully read and understood it.
- – Make sure all important information is included in the lease.
- – Have Off Campus Student Services’ Lease Genius read your lease for you!
- – If you do not agree to the clauses in the lease, ask for revisions or do not sign it and find another apartment.
- – Get a copy of the lease after you sign it for your records.
STEP 4: Prepare for Your Move
- – Review our Move-In step-by-step guide. Many leases start on September 1st, when there are special move-in instructions for Fenway and Mission Hill on September 1st.
- – Before you unpack, take pictures of the condition of your apartment. Send copies of the pictures and a completed Apartment Condition Statement to your landlord within 15 days.
- – Watch our Is Your Apartment Up to Code? video to ensure your apartment is safe.
- – Use our good neighbor tips to keep your neighborhood safe, clean and enjoyable for all.
Download these PDFs and use them while you are looking for an apartment: