Best Apartments in Boston for College Students

Boston is home to a whopping 35 colleges, universities and community colleges, which means there are tons of Boston neighborhoods that are student-friendly. If you’re one of the many college students attending school in Beantown, the key is to find a Boston apartment in an area that’s located near class and doesn’t have rent that’s outrageously expensive. Sound impossible? It’s not! You’ll find tons of undergrads living in these Boston neighborhoods:

Back Bay

Back Bay is most well known for its Boston brownstones, but it is also home to some of the city’s most famous landmarks, including Trinity Church and the Boston Public Library. The expansive neighborhood stretches all the way from downtown to Fenway and is packed with amenities like boutique shopping and upscale dining. For college students on a budget, this may not be the ideal neighborhood. However, its close location to the Berklee College of Music makes it an appealing place for many students to live.

Allston / Brighton

Along the Charles River, you’ll find Allston / Brighton, a neighborhood connected to the rest of the city by a narrow strip of land. While Allston and Brighton are technically two distinct areas, most locals group them together. You’ll find active weekend nightlife on Pratt, Ashford and Gardner streets, while Cleveland Circle is a favorite place for Boston College students and young alumni to live. The neighborhood is also home to Boston University and only a 20-minute Green Line ride away from downtown.


If you’re the type of college student that prefers a quieter community, perhaps you should rent a Boston apartment in Brookline. The neighborhood is popular among graduate students attending school in the city and offers an interesting mix of urban and suburban life. If you live in Brookline, the place to hang out is Coolidge Corner–it features plenty of restaurants, book stores and shopping. For a truly affordable apartment, check out the Washington Square area, just one mile south of Coolidge Corner and on the border of Jamaica Plain.


Perhaps best known as the home of Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge is filled with young intellectuals. There are several different communities within Cambridge, but the important thing to remember is that rent decreases as you get further from Harvard Square. The neighborhood is accessible via buses and the Red Line, and is chock full of historic buildings and amenities like retail shops and restaurants. While Cambridge is technically not a neighborhood of Boston, it is part of the metro area, and has easy access to all the cultural happenings in Beantown.

Jamaica Plain

As one of the most diverse neighborhoods in Boston, Jamaica Plain (or JP, as the locals call it), is a cultural hotspot filled with all different kinds of people, including college students. It also happens to be home to some of the city’s best park land, including the Arnold Arboretum and Jamaica Pond. You’ll find an eclectic mix of restaurants here–everything from Cuban and Italian to Middle Eastern and Ethiopian. Rents in JP tend to be a bit more reasonable than other areas of the city.

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Kari LloydKari Lloyd has been a freelance writer for over 15 years. A Chicago native and recent transplant to Atlanta, Kari spent 10 years living in London, UK where she worked as a music journalist and restaurant reviewer.

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