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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.

Watch our quick Apartment Search video for tips & tricks!

STEP 1: Ask yourself the following questions:

STEP 2: Find an Apartment

STEP 3: Understand Your Lease

  • Request fee disclosure form and due dates for payments.
  • Request a copy of the application and lease (with addendum) for review. Do not complete the application or pay an application fee until you have seen and agree to the lease, all addenda, and applications clauses.
  • Read the lease and ask questions.
  • Send the lease and addendum to OCHSS for Lease Genius review. 
  • Do not sign the lease until you have fully read and understood it. If you do not agree to the clauses in the lease, ask for revisions or do not sign it and find another apartment.
  • Complete the application and co-signer form. Take note of any application fees and/or credit check fees you are asked to pay, and any non-refundable clauses.
  • Make sure all important information is included in the final completed lease.
  • All tenants and the landlord sign the lease.
  • Pay deposits (first, last, security & realtor/broker fee) and obtain receipts.
  • Receive fully executed lease (not just a sample) signed by all tenants and the landlord within 30 days.

STEP 4: Prepare for Your Move

Download these PDFs and use them while you are looking for an apartment:

 Apartment Hunting Checklist

Housing Code Checklist

Apartment Condition Checklist

Lease Genius Checklist

Roommate Selection Worksheet

City of Boston – Guide to Renting

Good Neighbor Handbook


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Mallory Pernaa. Director, Off Campus Housing Support and Engagement

Sonya Cottam, Director of Network Housing

Corrine Condon, Assistant Director of Programming and Education


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