A reported 70% of housing units in Boston are occupied by renters rather than owners. What does this mean for those on the apartment hunt? There’s good news and bad news. The good news: there are a ton of housing options in the Boston area, ranging from high rise apartments to split family homes, and there is usually a healthy turnover of units every fall as leases begin to expire. The bad news? There are thousands of people searching for the perfect apartment in Boston, which means that competition can be fierce and prices tend to be pretty steep.
Those looking for housing in Boston city proper can expect to pay $1100-15002000+ per person for an one-bedroom apartment in a desirable location; in Cambridge, the number is similarly high, hovering around $20001000-1300 per person; in surrounding cities, such as Allston or Somerville, rent will be a little bit lower, between ranging from $1500 and 2000 if you’re lucky700-1000 per person. As with any city, there is a range of prices across different neighborhoods and rent tends to get cheaper the further outside of the city you’re willing to go. MostMany recent graduates choose to live with roommates to save costs.
Students looking for summer sublets tend to be in luck: with the number of colleges in the city, there are a variety of options for renting dormitory space over the school vacation period. Harvard dormitories, MIT frat houses, and converted hotel rooms downtown are all available for lease over the summer. Craigslist is particularly useful for the summer hunt, as well, as many students sublet their rooms.
Recent graduates or young professionals looking to make a more permanent move to the city should definitely do a bit of research on different neighborhoods before making any decisions. Each area of Boston has a distinct personality and a unique range of resources (and drawbacks) and it will be helpful to gain as much first-hand knowledge perspective as possible. If possible, try to make a visit to Boston while you’re apartment hunting!
In addition, there are a number of websites that can help with the housing search and the move-in process. The Boston Globe Jumpshell (a real estate agent) publishes a “complete moving guide” with real estate listings and tips for how to transition to Boston. Streetadvisor.com is another great resource for gaining background on a neighborhood – it’s crowd-sourced (like Yelp) and therefore hasis a large collection of testimonials and opinions from individuals who have actually lived in eachthe area.
Be sure to pay attention to things like proximity to public transportation (ideally, a T stop rather than a bus stop), density of coffee shops and grocery stores, and availability of parking in a neighborhood; – all of these factors will make a huge difference, especially during Boston’sthe frigidcold winters!