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Short Term Stays: 

  • 9flats (less expensive alternative to hotels, privately owned short-term stays)
  • 40 Berkeley Hostel (Boston’s newest hostel, located just outside of Copley Square downtown)
  • Abercrombie Farrington Inn (short-terms stays, lower rates, located just past BU’s West Campus near Commonwealth Ave in Allston)
  • AirBNB (privately owned short-term rentals, some rent by the night, the week, or the month – hundreds of cities across the world, including Boston)
  • FlipKey (privately owned short-term rentals, mentioned by Travel and Leisure magazine as “top vacation rental site” two years in a row)
  • FurnishedQuarters (Short-term, fully furnished and serviced apartments for those needing accommodations for thirty-days or more within walking distance of BU)
  • The Inn at Longwood Medical (Hotel-style accommodations, with the option for apartments and suites, as well as long-term stays. 15% discount to all affiliates of BU, BC, Newbury College, and Northeastern University)
  • Oakwood Temporary Housing (fully furnished, short-term temporary housing options)

Alternative housing options: 

  • At Home in Boston (arranges affordable, high quality 1-9 months homestays in Boston and Boston’s suburbs for graduate students, research scholars and fellows, medical doctors, and ESL students)
  • Bayridge Residence (An independent student residence and cultural center situated in the heart of Boston’s Back Bay. The dorm-like facility houses nearly 60 undergraduate and graduate women from more than a dozen schools in the area.)
  • Krash (Krash is a growing network of shared furnished living spaces where members immerse themselves in the culture of innovation and entrepreneurship for connections, learning, and fun.)

Long-term options and rental market information: 


Tenants’ Legal Rights and City/Town Specific Information

**The City of Boston’s Zoning Code prohibits 5 or more undergraduate students from living together in the same dwelling.  As you search our listings for Boston, please be aware that any units with 5 or more bedrooms should not be comprised solely of all undergraduate students.  Exceeding the five-person limit in violation of the Boston Zoning Code could put your lease at risk and result in higher costs, especially if you or a roommate is forced to move out to bring the dwelling into compliance.  For full details of this City Ordinance, please visit the Massachusetts Law Library resource page.