While finding housing in the Boston area can be a competitive game, BU students have a number of resources available to help them find a home in one of the city’s great neighborhoods.

Off Campus Services

BU’s Off Campus Services aggregates information from outside agencies to help the BU students, faculty, and staff find housing and roommates. The site also features message boards where members of the community can discuss ride shares, living on the different university campuses, and post about home goods for sale or trade.

BU Medical Campus Housing Resources

Students looking for housing near the medical campus can avail themselves of resources specific to that area of the city, specifically through the BUMC Housing Resources Office and the Graduate Medical Sciences housing resources website. The Medical Student Residence on the BUMC is available for most first-year medical (MD) students. Most other BUMC students live off-campus, with the exception of a small number who live in graduate housing on the Charles River and Fenway campuses.

Graduate Resident Assistants

Graduate students who hold Graduate Resident Assistant positions are allowed to live in BU dorms. Note that these positions are highly sought-after and very few are available. Check BU Residence Life for more information.

BU Real Estate

Please note: due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Boston University will have a very limited inventory of units for rent through BU Real Estate.  There is currently a very long waitlist to be considered for an apartment or room.  We strongly encourage students to explore off-campus apartments via Off-Campus Services.

The University’s own real estate office leases University-owned apartments to full time graduate students who want to live on campus. Apartments are available across all three campuses, secured by the BU Police Department, and offer 24-hour emergency maintenance by on-campus management staff. BU Real Estate apartments are ideal for people seeking a lease for 12 months at a time.

Further Information

It’s always a good idea to know your rights before renting. The City of Boston provides info on tenant’s rights.