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Off-Campus Housing

This page serves as your off-campus housing guide to apartment living in and around the city of Boston. From tips on finding a new place, searching from abroad, or simply knowing your rights as a tenant, you'll be able to find answers to your housing questions here.  If you have additional questions, feel free to email the Office of Student Life with any inquiries.  

Roomate Network
Finding Housing in the Boston Area
Finding a Roommate
Real Estate Agents
Other Housing Information

Roommate Network

The BAC is a proud member of the Professional Arts Consortium (ProArts). The ProArts Consortium is an association of six neighboring Boston institutions of higher education dedicated to the visual and performing arts. Its members areBerklee College of Music, The Boston Architectural College, The Boston Conservatory, Emerson College, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. These institutions came together to form ProArts to promote the interconnectivity of the arts through expanded opportunities for its members and community.

ProArts Connect

The BAC Roommate Network is excited to now be part of ProArts Connect. ProArts Connect is an online community allowing our students to network with students from schools in the ProArts Consortium. Students can connect with each other, discover what's going on around town, and search for a place to live or find a new roommate.

If you are looking for housing and interested in browsing the ProArts Connect website, please contact Erin Paullin at erin.paullin@the-bac.edu or 617.585.0123

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Finding Housing in the Boston Area

Attending college, starting a new program, and moving to a new city can be a very exciting time. When you choose to attend the BAC, we know that finding housing in Boston will be part of the process and it will take time and effort. The Admissions Department has gathered some information which may be helpful in your search.
Finding an apartment in the Boston area can be quite competitive, but there are a number of tools you can use for an apartment search:

  • Signs on bulletin board (at college campuses, grocery stores, community center etc.)
  • ProArts Connect
  • Internet Search
  • Friends
  • Real Estate Agencies
  • Sunday Newspapers
  • Other agencies (roommate matching, homestay, etc.)

You will find that the cost of renting an apartment varies greatly from neighborhood to neighborhood and even street to street. The area around the Boston Architectural College, called the Back Bay, is particularly expensive, and may not be affordable to all students. If you're looking for housing outside of the Back Bay we recommend looking in areas such as:

  • Jamaica Plain
  • Allston
  • Brighton
  • Cambridge
  • South Boston
  • Arlington
  • Brookline
  • Fenway/Kenmore Square
  • Somerville
  • Watertown

To find out more about these, and other Boston neighborhoods, go to cityofboston.gov/neighborhoods.

When looking for a place to live, you want to ensure that it is an area you not only enjoy, but that it is safe and accessible. Think about your commute to and from the BAC, what transportation you will be using, and the times of day you will be traveling. We encourage you to research the areas where you are looking for housing, visit the areas whenever possible, and ask other residents how they feel about their neighborhood.

The following steps may be helpful in looking for an apartment.
The information provided below is merely suggestions. The Boston Architectural College will not endorse or take any responsibility with any of the businesses. Also, some services are NOT free of charge. Please inquire as to whether fee(s) are involved before you order/apply to any service provider. We strongly advise students to take extra caution when you visit an unfamiliar place/person(s).

1.   Check the newspapers or place a classified ad:

- Boston Globe: 617.929.2000 boston.com
- Boston Herald: 617.619.6869 homefind.com
- The Boston Phoenix: 617.859.3300 thephoenix.com/Boston/classifieds

- Purchase a local paper (Sunday's version) and map of the surrounding areas to familiarize yourself with the communities to which you are looking to relocate.

2.   Housing information may be posted on bulletin boards in the BAC. Check the second floor bulletin boards near the elevator.

3.   On-line websites:

4.   Free publications:

- New England Apartment Guide: 617.924.5005
- Just Rentals (JustRentals.com)
- They are located in boxes on the corner of Gloucester and Newbury St.

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Finding a Roommate

Roommate Matching Services:

- bostonapartments.com
- roommateconnection.com
- roommates.com

Short-Term/ or Temporary Housing Possibilities:

International Guest House
237 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02116

Bayridge: A University Residence & Cultural Center
395 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
Female, semesterly residences for students.

Boston International Youth Hostel
12 Hemenway Street
Boston, MA 02115

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Real Estate Agents

A real estate agent or realtor acts as an intermediary between a prospective tenant or buyer and the landowner. Real estate agencies list information about the apartments and houses for rent or sale.

Most realtors charge a "Finder's Fee" of one-half to one month's rent along with first and last month's rent. Sometimes a security deposit is even added to this sum. If you are unfamiliar with the Boston area, an agent can be an invaluable time saver by escorting you to various available units in your search for housing accommodations.

Search out several agencies to inquire about their fees and services. Check the Yellow Pages for a comprehensive listing of realtors.

Alcove Realty
53 Chester St
Somerville, MA 02144-3001

Basch Realty
289 Highland Ave Apt 206
Somerville, MA 02144

Boston Realty Works
252 Newbury St
Boston, MA 02116

The Charles Realty
257 Newbury St
Boston, MA 02116

Harvard Square Realty

Heath Properties
74 Clarendon Street, Suite A
Boston, MA 02116

Hub Realty
971 Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA 02115

The BAC does not endorse any services such as realtors or a referral service mentioned above and accepts no responsibility for the nature of services rendered.

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Other Housing Information

Tenant Rights Information

Knowing your rights as a tenant in and around the city of Boston is key to successful off-campus living. Check out the Boston Rental Housing Center's website for more information regarding your rights as well as reciveing FREE mediation involving housing-related disputes. Also, don't forget to stay up to date about Massachusetts Laws from both a Landlord and Tenant perspective.

Tenant Housing Information and Resources:

State of Massachusetts Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation:

Tips for your Boston Housing Search
The Realty Medics team of property management experts were in college once too, check out the tips and tricks we've put together to help you find the perfect place to rent.

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