Off-Campus Housing

The Greater Boston area offers a variety of distinct neighborhoods and transportation options for students seeking off-campus housing. While finding off-campus living accommodations can be challenging, Berklee's Student Activities Office provides resources and counsel to help students find the right fit for their needs. Some things that Berklee's Student Activities Office can help students determine include:

  • Which neighborhood is a good fit
  • If it is better to live within walking distance of the Conservatory or to commute by car or public transportation
  • The ideal number of housemates or roommates
  • What is considered a reasonable monthly rent cost, and what that cost typically includes
  • What types of fees students might expect if moving into a new place
  • Best practices when searching for apartments, including tips on what to look out for

Students wishing to find off-campus housing with other Boston Conservatory at Berklee students are encouraged to create an account on and use the housing forum feature to connect with arts students from the six Pro Arts Consortium schools who may be looking for roommates or offering housing in the area.

When to Start Looking for Off-Campus Housing

Students should give themselves plenty of lead time when searching for off-campus housing and be aware that the rental process and lease terms vary depending on the landlord or management company. For example, some leases are month-to-month ("rolling") and can be renewed or canceled with 30 or 60 days' written notice to the the landlord, while other leases are for a 12-month term that can begin any month of the year (August 1, September 1, and June 1 are popular move-in dates for Boston). Typically, September vacancies will be advertised as early as January or February.

Because finding a room, apartment, or neighborhood in Boston can be difficult if you are not physically in the area, it is recommended that students plan to visit before starting school to search for apartments. If hoping to begin a lease in August or September, students should plan to visit earlier in the summer to begin scouting out apartment options and avoid the late-summer rush.

Subletting a room can also be an ideal option for some students if the terms of the lease allow for it. Students interested in subletting should consult with the landlord and review the prior tenant's lease before committing to anything. Students should also be aware that many people only sublet an apartment for a set period of time, so it is important to find out whether there is a possibility of extending or renewing the lease beyond the sublet period.

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