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Temporary Lodging
If you have not arranged for housing before coming to Boston, or have arrived before your housing term begins, 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 or, which can 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 at

Permanent Lodging

If you will be living off campus during the academic year, you must secure your own housing accommodations.

There are two types of permanent housing: (1) on-campus and nearby apartments owned and operated by Boston University, and (2) 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.  Please contact the [Office of Off-Campus Housing] for more information regarding off-campus housing arrangements.

Finding an Apartment

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.  Housing in Boston is limited and the rent can be high.   Unfortunately, ISSO is unable to provide housing placement for international students and scholars.  However, the following list may be a helpful starting point for students who wish to find housing off-campus.

  • Boston University resources
    The Office of Off-Campus Services 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 Office of Rental Property Management.  This office manages apartments owned by Boston University.
  • 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 need roommates.

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.

Boston University
March 19, 2013

Boston University International Students & Scholars Office