Prospective Student

Where do students live?

Freshmen are required to live in on-campus housing.  Requests for exceptions to the on-campus residency requirement will be considered by the University Housing Committee only for residence with a spouse, parent or guardian, or minor child; or if freshmen are 21 years of age or older by October 1 of their entering year.  For more information, please visit the Office of Housing website.

Allston and Brighton, two distinct communities on the western edge of the Charles River campus, are especially popular with our undergraduate students. Brookline, which borders BU to the south, is also home to many of our undergraduates. Students enrolled in the School of Medicine and the Goldman School of Dental Medicine typically prefer to live in the South End, Back Bay, and South Boston, neighborhoods surrounding BU’s medical campus.  While many graduate students are clustered in the Back Bay, South End, Brookline, and the Kenmore/Fenway area, some commute in from the suburbs. Cambridge, Somerville, and Arlington to the north of Boston and Newton to the west are often good options for graduate students.  Descriptions of these and other Boston neighborhoods can be found here.

What is the cost for housing?

Rent prices can vary greatly between neighborhoods in Boston. The rent comparison chart shows a range of what, in general, you should expect to pay in monthly rent relative to apartment size and neighborhood location.

How do I search the listings?

Access to our listings is restricted to the Boston University community. You must have a valid BU login name and Kerberos password to view postings.

**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.