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Housing FAQs

We’ve listed some of the most frequently asked questions about housing. Please contact the Office of Student Services with any further questions you may have.

Is there housing on campus?

NECO does not provide on campus housing, but provides resources to students to assist them with the process.

What resources are available to help me in my search?

The housing section of the website has been created to assist students in their apartment search. Look through the different pages to find information on Boston neighborhoods, realtors, transportation and tenant rights. You can also contact the Office of Student Services with any questions that you may have.

Do I need a car?

We recommend students, especially in their first year, do not bring a car. Boston is an extremely accessible city, and a car is not necessary to get around. In addition, there is no student parking at NECO.

Is NECO accessible by public transportation?

NECO is accessible by the subway and bus lines. The closest subway stop is the Hynes stop on the Green Line. There are also bus lines that have stops within a few blocks of the college.

Where do most students live?

There are a variety of areas that students live. Students choose to live in the Back Bay neighborhood, since it is within walking distance of NECO. Another popular choice is Allston/Brighton, which is very accessible by public transportation.

How do I choose a neighborhood in which to live?

Start by reviewing the Boston Neighborhoods page to see different areas. You can also check out for more information.

What do apartments typically cost per month?

Rent in Boston and the surrounding areas can vary based on location, size and amenities. The Boston Neighborhoods page provides some information on average rents of different neighborhoods.

How do I find a roommate?

You can find a roommate through your class’s Facebook group or by attending the housing fair.

When should I begin looking for housing?

Most apartments that will be available on September 1st are advertised in the spring. However, it is never too early to start looking and seeing what is available.

How do I find a realtor?

The how to find housing page has a list of realtors that you can contact to start your apartment search.

What kind of questions should I ask a realtor?

Realtors should be able to answer most questions about the apartments that they are showing you. Standard questions include: What are the upfront fees and monthly rent? Are utilities such as heat, hot water and electricity included? Is there laundry in the unit/building? Who manages the apartment and takes care of maintenance issues? Are there any restrictions? Does the apartment come furnished? Is subletting allowed?

How do I find an apartment if I live far away from Boston and cannot visit before classes start?

The best thing to do would be to work with a realtor who can show you apartments virtually. Some realtors will take pictures and videos of listings to give you a good idea of what the apartment looks like. Another option is to arrange short-term housing initially, and then look for an apartment once you arrive in Boston.

When do leases begin?

The majority of leases will begin on September 1st and are usually a yearlong commitment.

Are there other fees on top of the first month’s rent when I sign a lease?

Most landlords will ask for first and last month’s rent, as well as a security deposit. There may also be a credit check fee, a key deposit and a broker’s fee. Make sure to ask about all fees before committing to an apartment.

What precautions should I take in signing a lease if I am not from the area?

Make sure to use a reputable realtor to help you find an apartment. Once you have decided on an apartment, read the lease thoroughly. It is important to understand all of the terms that you are agreeing to. 

How can I find short term housing if I don’t have a lease when I arrive?

Short-term housing is available and is usually rented by the week. One option would be the ESL Townhouses, who rent out rooms that are fully furnished. See Finding Housing in Boston for more information.

What other expenses can I expect besides my rent?

Other expenses can include utilities such as heat, hot water, and electricity. It is important to find out if any of these utilities are included in your rent. Additionally, typical living expenses include groceries, laundry, and entertainment. 

What rights do I have as a tenant?

As a tenant, you have certain rights. This includes having a safe and habitable living space that is structurally sound with heat and water. You should know who to contact in the event of a maintenance issue, and it is the landlord’s responsibility to maintain the property. The landlord must also give you reasonable notice to enter the apartment for repairs, inspections and showings. For more information, review this pamphlet on tenant's rights

What is Renter’s Insurance?

When you rent an apartment, your landlord is responsible for insuring the property against damages in the case of a fire or disaster. This does not include your personal belongings in the apartment. Renters insurance typically covers your all of your personal belongings, provides liability coverage and covers additional living expenses in the case of a disaster. There are many companies that provide renter’s insurance, such as Allstate, Geico and State Farm Insurance.