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:
- Go to aptsearch.northeastern.edu.
- Click on Sign Up in the upper right-hand corner; Select Northeastern Student, Staff, or Faculty.
- Use your myNortheastern credentials to login; you will receive a confirmation link in your inbox.
- Don’t have Northeastern credentials yet? Sign up as a Guest.
To find a roommate:
- Review the Roommate Selection Worksheet.
- Log into your account on the Housing Database.
- Click on the Roommates tab at the top of the page.
- Make a roommate profile for yourself and list your social habits, cleanliness, and other preferences.
- Search for roommates who Have a Place or who Need a Place depending on what you need.
- Message students you think would be a good roommate match for you. Other students can also message you or reply to your roommate profile.
- 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:
- Watch our Apartment Search video.
- Contact a realtor/property owner/property manager listed on the Housing Database.
- Make a list of questions using the Apartment Hunting Checklist as your guide.
- Read and understand what is being expected of realtors/property owners/property managers in the Database Program Policy Statement and Expectations of Good Practice.
- Visit several apartments in person with a realtor until you find one that meets your needs. Be sure that the realtor/property owner/property manager:
- shows you only actual and available properties
- provides you with honest and timely responses to your questions
- does not misrepresent demand for the property or time restraints to sign a lease
- Ask for the name of the landlord and/or property manager of any property that you are considering.
- Research the property and property owner on the following resources:
- Boston Assessing
- RentSmart Boston
- MySmart Renter
- Problem Properties in Boston
- Tell the realtor which apartment you like and ask about next steps.
- Ask for copies of all application, co-signer, fee schedule, lease and other tenancy forms prior to application completion, signatures or making any payments
- Read all application terms and understand the fee payment schedule to know what you are paying and what is refundable/not refundable.
- Send lease documents to OCHSS for review.
- Learn about your lease and the lease genius review program here!
- Contact Off Campus Housing and Support Services with any questions or concerns at offcampus@northeastern or 617-373-8480.
Find temporary housing:
- 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.”
- 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 services will place you in a furnished room or apartment with other roommates. You will have a contract between yourself and the company that manages (master leases) the unit/building. 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.
- 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
- Roostup – All-Inclusive Shared Apartments, RoostUp offers apartments which include all of the amenities you need to make urban living simple and affordable.
- June Homes – A co-living company that offers furnished apartments & rooms in Boston. Apartments & rooms are available for flexible stays of any duration between 1 and 18 months. All accommodations are in move-in ready condition, and are deep cleaned by professionals twice a month.
Other housing options in Boston:
- LightView – Located right next to campus, visit their leasing center at 744 Columbus Ave to take a tour and see all that LightView has to offer. LightView is a convenient alternative to on campus housing.
- Homestays: Participate in a unique inter-cultural experience by living with an American Family in the Greater Boston area. You will be placed within a household that will provide you a furnished room and many included amenities (wifi, laundry, utilities, some meals may be included).
- 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
Disclaimer: Off Campus Housing and Support Services provides information to Northeastern University students, faculty and staff members solely as a courtesy. Northeastern does not endorse any of the housing options listed. Northeastern University accepts no responsibility for the accuracy or reliability of housing listings with the office. Contact with persons listed herein must be conducted independently and at your own risk. The university does not screen, recommend, vouch for, or take responsibility for the condition or safety of housing arrangements made by students.
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