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Housing Options

We all know how difficult it can be to find an affordable and pleasant place to live in Boston; and it can be even harder for someone who is coming from out of state, or is crunched for time between semesters.

D2L Student Housing Section

This Student Housing section is available to ALL students and can be accessed at any time during your matriculation here.

Although we do not offer housing on or off campus, we realize that students may still need assistance finding housing. With this tool students can post notices on: sublets, rental rooms, apartments or houses that are available throughout the school year.

There is also a discussion for those students looking for roommates. In order to get your listing out there you can either email it to studentlife@mghihp.edu or just like with your courses, you have access to post directly in the discussions.

With your listing, please be sure to include the following information:

  • Location of unit
  • Square feet (if known)
  • Number of roommates and gender
  • Total expense per month
  • Any exclusions (pets, smoking, etc.)
  • Parking or public transportation access
  • Contact information

Your listing will be posted in D2L for 60 days. Also please notify us, or remove it from the forum, when you have filled your vacancy.

Mass General Hospital Resources

The Massachusetts General Hospital Multicultural Affairs Office website offers extensive information and tips for living in Boston, including pros and cons of the city's different neighborhoods, housing resources, and other amenities of city living.

Partners HealthCare Resources

The Partners Housing Search Web site is also a great resource to post or find apartments, houses or sublets to rent or share.

The Partners Housing Search Web site accepts listings for available rental properties by owner. The site does not accept listings for sale properties, postings from agents or properties that have a fee associated with them.

Finding a Roommate

Getting yourself a roommate is one way to lower your housing costs. To find a roommate, you can find someone on your own, use the online Orientation 101, or you can use a roommate agency.

Some online agencies include: craigslist.com, bostonforrent.com, or the classified apartment and roommate listings in local media, such as Boston.com.

If you are looking for a roommate outside of the student body, an agency can be beneficial because they screen applicants (to the best of their ability). It may cost you a little though, depending on the agency.

Either way, it's important to choose roommates carefully. Obviously, not all strangers make good roommates, but less obviously, not all friends make good roommates.

In an effort to screen incompatible persons from your search, you should ask all potential roommates the following questions:

  • Have you ever had a roommate before? What, if anything, bothered you about your past roommates? Did you fight with your roommate a lot? About what?
  • Do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend or other friend who will be staying here?
  • Do you smoke? Drink? If yes to any, how often?
  • Do you stay out late on weekdays?
  • Did/do you have any credit problems?
  • Do you have any pets?
  • What is your occupation?
  • What do you like to watch on television? What music do you listen to?
  • What are your cooking and cleaning habits?

Whatever you ask, in the end you should feel very comfortable with your future roommate.

One last note, make sure your roommate co-signs the lease. If your name is the only one on the lease, then you shoulder the entire burden of responsibility for the apartment from a financial standpoint. If your roommate can't afford to pay, you'll be legally responsible for paying his/her share of the rent.

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