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What is the process of leasing for faculty and staff?
Please click on the following link: Getting Started
. All faculty and staff leases are subject to approval by the Office of the Provost.
Are pets allowed?
Pets are not allowed in our apartments.
When is the best time to begin looking for an apartment for the start of the academic year in September?
Each year is different. However, we suggest that April or May are good time to begin your search as that is when apartments begin to become available as well as throughout the summer months.
Can I extend my rental agreement?
You must come into the office and fill out an extension form if you wish to extend your rental agreement. If we approve an extension, you will be charged for the additional days during which you occupy the apartment. When you complete a rental agreement extension form you will also be required to fill out a vacate notice.
Can I install an air conditioner?
You need to obtain authorization from the maintenance department to install an air conditioner.
Can I sublet my apartment?
No. Subletting is strictly prohibited.
Do the apartment buildings have laundry facilities?
Not all of the apartment buildings have laundry facilities. Please inquire when viewing apartments.
Do you charge a broker’s fee?
How can I view available apartments?
How much is parking?
Please contact the maintenance department at (617) 353-4102 for information about Real Estate office parking.
If I get locked out or need extra keys, whom should I contact?
Please contact the maintenance office at (617) 353-4102 regarding extra keys or lock-outs during regular business hours. If you are locked out during the evening, weekend or a holiday, you should contact your building superintendent. Building superintendent information can be found here
Is cable television available?
Most – but not all — apartments have cable television outlets. You should ask when you are looking at apartments. Cable television is not included in the rent and is provided through a private provider.
Is the rental agreement terms for one year or one academic year?
All rental agreement terms are one full calendar year (12 months).
What is required upon move-in?
Most local private landlords and Realtors will charge – in advance – the first month’s rent, the last month’s rent, and a security deposit equal to a month’s rent as well as a broker’s fee generally equal to a month’s rent. Our office only requires the security deposit upon initial reservation and the first month’s rent upon move-in.
What is the rent for a studio/one-bedroom/two-bedroom?
Rates vary from apartment to apartment. Studio rents range from $1,750 per month and up. One-bedroom apartment rents range from $1,900 per month and up. Two-bedroom apartment rents range from $2,500 per month and up. Please keep in mind that these rates are starting point rents only. Rents vary according to apartment location, size, utilities, amenities, and current demand. The majority of rents will be more expensive than the starting rents listed here. Rents are subject to change. Rents are determined by prevailing local rental market conditions.
What types of apartments are available?
Please see the Apartment Styles
page in the Advantages of BU Apartments section on this site.
What utilities are included?
The utilities included in rent vary between buildings. Please ask when you are looking at apartments.
When is the rent due?
Rent is paid in advance and is due no later than the first day of each month.
Where can I rent furniture?
Most apartments are leased unfurnished. Many of our tenants use AFR
. Please note that there are other furniture rental providers.
Who do I call if something is broken?
For all maintenance problems, please contact the Maintenance Department directly at (617) 353-4102.
Who is eligible to live in BU apartments?
Real Estate apartments are open to faculty and staff who are currently employed by the University. Employees of Boston Medical Center are not eligible. All faculty and staff are required to be approved by the Office of the Provost.
Who owns and manages the apartments?
Trustees of Boston University.
Is smoking permitted in the apartments?
Smoking will not be permitted in apartments. The rental agreement will have the following clause: “Smoking is prohibited in the entire building in which the leased premises are located, including any common areas”.
Is BU Wi-Fi included in the rent?
No. BU Wi-Fi is not available in all of our buildings. Please see the Boston University Information Systems and Technology coverage map