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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:

  • 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? Refer to our Roommates page to for some helpful tips.
  • Do I have a co-signor?
  • Do I need furniture?

STEP 2: Find an Apartment

  • Attend an Apartment Fair and/or go to a Living Off Campus Session.
  • Find out when to start looking for an apartment in Boston using the off-campus-timeline.
    • Sublet searches generally start in November for spring and March for summer.
  • Contact our office for advice on realtors and property managers.
  • Use our Housing Database to search for 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.
  • Going outside of Boston for co-op? Check out our Beyond Boston Housing and Resources.
  • Use the City of Boston – Guide to Renting site for additional information.

STEP 3: Understand Your Lease

  • Use our Lease Genius and review your lease! Submit an inquiry if you have questions!
  • Keep a copy of the following for your records if applicable (request if not given):
    • Lease and all addendum
    • Application form
    • Fee disclosure form
    • Due dates for payments
  • Do not complete the application or pay an application fee until you have seen and agree to the lease, all addenda, and applications clauses.
  • 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 find another apartment.
  • Complete the application and co-signer form once everything is reviewed and meets your expectations. 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


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