If you are living off campus during the academic year and have not
secured housing arrangements in advance, or have a housing assignment
from the Office of Housing and arrive before the opening of the residence
halls, you may have to spend a few nights in a hotel or hostel. You
will need to make your own arrangements to do so.
You may also contact the Greater
Boston Visitors Bureau at 1.800.888.5515 to help you find appropriate
accommodations at different price ranges.
Information on temporary on-campus housing for those participating
in Orientation for International
Graduate Students can be found on the Orientation Office's Web site.
If you will be living off campus during the academic year, you must
secure your own housing accommodations.
Finding an Apartment
There are two types of permanent housing:
- on-campus and nearby apartments owned and operated by Boston
- off-campus facilities (houses or apartments) owned and operated
by private individuals or companies. Because of limited space,
Boston University does not guarantee on-campus housing to graduate
students. You may contact the Office of Housing to inquire about
the possibility of on-campus apartments, but such units are
very limited and it is likely that you will be told that you
must make your own arrangements to live off campus.
Please note that the housing market in Boston is somewhat limited.
Finding an apartment in Boston can be challenging, especially in late
summer or early fall when thousands of students return to the city
for the beginning of classes, and rent is high. Unfortunately, ISSO
is unable to provide housing placement for international students
and scholars. However, we can make some suggestions to make your search
easier. It is a good idea to begin researching apartments as far in
advance as possible.
If you will search for an off-campus room or apartment, be sure
to bring enough money with you to pay for (1) temporary housing
until you can move into your permanent housing, (2) the first month's
rent, (3) the last month's rent, (4) a security deposit, and (5)
a possible realtor's fee. If, for example, you rent an apartment
for $1,000 per month, this means you should bring with you about
$4,000 for one-time rental expenses. This figure, of course, does
not include the cost of temporary accommodation, tuition, fees and
- Use Boston University resources!
Contact the Office
of Off-Campus Housing at 617-353-3523 for information about
their resources and listings. Their Web site has apartment listings,
roommate listings, a list of local real estate agents and links
to other helpful website. This office also provides information
about leases and tenant rights. You may also contact the Boston
University Office of Rental Property Management by telephone at
617/353-4101 or by facsimile at 617/353-3737. This office manages
apartments owned by Boston University.
- Check the Internet!
Some helpful websites that have listings for apartments and roommates
- Discount Realtors
There are some realtors in Boston who have agreed to offer discounted
services to Boston University students, faculty, staff and alumni.
When you contact any of these agents for assistance YOU MUST
TELL THEM YOU ARE A BOSTON UNIVERSITY AFFILIATE in order to
receive the discount on their services. A list of these realtors
is included in your admissions packet.
- Use Personal Connections
Apartments are often found by word of mouth. Make sure to ask
friends, relatives, classmates, people from your academic department,
etc. if they know of any available apartments or of people that
- Keep Your Eyes Open
Individuals often post notices for apartments or roommates on
community bulletin boards in Laundromats, grocery stores, or in
different buildings of the university.
If you are unable to make permanent housing arrangements before
your arrival on campus, we suggest that you arrive at least a few
days early and use that time to find a suitable place to live. It
is difficult to find appropriate, affordable housing in the Boston
area. If you have friends or relatives living in Boston, you may
want to seek their advice regarding housing.
If you plan to have your family live with you, we suggest that
you either secure housing arrangements before arriving in Boston,
or to arrive first to find housing and later send for your spouse
and/or children to join you. If you wish to ship any personal belongings,
please make arrangements to have them sent after you have arrived
and have a permanent address.
You will also most likely need to purchase furniture and other
household items for your apartment. To do this cheaply, one good
idea is to check newspaper ads and notices on community bulletin
boards for "moving sales," "tag sales" or "yard sales." It is often
possible to find household items at very low costs at these sales,
usually held at people's homes. Also, look in the phone book to
find shops that sell used furniture or appliances.