Finding housing in Boston can be difficult, especially if you're moving here from out of state or from another country. We here in the Office of Student Activities want to help make your move as stress-free and successful as possible.
The best resource we can recommend is ProArts Connect, an online classifieds network available to community members of ProArts Consortium schools, including Berklee, Boston Architectural College, Emerson College, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston—all arts-oriented schools within close proximity to Berklee. The ProArts Connect website includes a marketplace, event listings, and a housing board. Berklee students may access the ProArts website by registering for an account on the site using their @berklee.edu email address. If you have been accepted to Berklee but do not yet have an email account, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for temporary login information.
Jumpshell is a company that strives to make the apartment search process easy, manageable, and enjoyable. They have a wide variety of online tools and interactive maps to help you determine what neighborhood might be the right fit for you based on your lifestyle preferences, desired monthly rent, commute, and so on. Along with the information their website provides on local Boston neighborhoods, they also maintain a list of rental agents. Their pages include the following:
- How to Find an Apartment in Boston is particularly great because it, along with Best Neighborhoods in Boston, offers more detailed profiles of each community.
- The interactive Boston Neighborhoods map can customize your preferences and find out what areas might be within your price range.
Note: Jumpshell is not officially affiliated or partnered with Berklee College of Music or Boston Conservatory at Berklee in any way.
The City of Boston has also recently updated their website with rental information from what to expect to knowing your rights and responsibilities to what fees can and can't be charged, and so on.
Lastly, Rent.com has some great tips on how to avoid scams and fraudulent listings, including example emails for each of the different kinds of traps a new renter could fall prey to, and BostonMove.com has a guide to helping you time your apartment search and upcoming move around peak rental periods in the city.
For more information on off-campus housing in the Boston area, take a look through the resources listed below. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out to us via email at email@example.com.