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City Guide for Apartments in Boston
Boston may be one of the United States’ most culturally rich cities. The city dates back to 1630, home to events such as the Boston Tea Party and the Boston Massacre, and being a focal point for immigrants moving to America, Boston is representative of many of America’s most important qualities.

Boston is also one of the United States highest ranked cities in the Global City index as most economically powerful cities, placing at number thirty overall. Obviously, education plays a large part in Boston’s economy, yet Boston is also a hub for biotechnology and government jobs make up a large part of Boston’s workforce.

One of Boston’s nicknames is “America’s Walking City” due to Boston’s excellent public transportation and walkability. Reviewed as having the fifth highest rate of residents that use public transportation to get to work, living in Boston means that you are going to want to get used to walking. This is for the best because it’s a running joke that the streets were designed to move cattle. To make commuting even easier, apartment finders will want to look for their next place near a subway or commuter rail station of Boston’s major public transit MBTA that locals call the T.

Many move to Boston for academic purposes due to some of the most highly rated and prestigious colleges and universities in the country. Two of these, Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, are located in Cambridge, one of the most popular and expensive areas in Boston. With many historical and cultural sites due to the universities coupled with gorgeous, tree-lined neighborhoods, Cambridge has a very unique charm. Sometimes referred to as “Square City,” Cambridge is split into many squares such as Kendall Square, Central Square and Harvard Square (where you find a heavy concentration of Harvard students). Cambridge is one of the most upscale and expensive areas in Boston due to the intense economic environment and the historic atmosphere of the neighborhoods. Also, with new developments and the refurnishing of old apartment buildings, Cambridge is full of luxury apartments for rent.

Living close to the Charles River that runs alongside central Boston offers residents many outdoor activities. With walking and bicycling trails and the waterways to canoe and boat, the Charles River is one of Boston’s unique city amenities and great for those looking for pet-friendly avenues for their companions. In fact, the Charles Regatta takes place every year in October and attracts around 30,000 spectators to watch some of the world’s best rowers compete.

Boston has many unique areas located within its central metropolis. The North End, for example, is known to some as “Boston’s Little Italy” and is a prime location for urbanites wanting to be the midst of Italian culture. During the summers, there are Italian Festivals every weekend such as Saint Anthony’s Feast which has taken place the last Sunday of August since 1919. North End is one of Boston’s oldest neighborhoods, dating back to the 1630s and has several historical sites such as Paul Revere’s House and the Moses Pierce-Hitchborn House. Compared to other areas within central Boston, The North End is less expensive, so finding cheap apartments in this area is more doable.

While North End is one of the more affordable communities within central Boston, East Boston and Charleston are also good alternatives for those apartment searching for areas with easy commutes to Boston’s city and inexpensive homes for rent. East Boston is known for its wide variety of Latin American restaurants and many parks located on the peninsula such as Pier Park and East Boston Memorial Park. Meanwhile, some notable characteristics of Charleston include its historically strong Irish-American population, the Boston National Historical Park and its beautiful waterfront.

Those looking for a younger atmosphere should check out Allston and Brighton and the area that lays between them. Being right between Boston University and Boston College with easy access to the T, these neighborhoods attract a lot of students. Also, tons of living options are available in Allston from studio apartments with all utilities included, houses for rent, townhomes, and more.

Boston experiences all four seasons, though the springs can be on the shorter side. The winters can be very cold while the summertime can get hot and muggy. So, make sure to apartment search for a place with all bills paid to cut down on the heating/cooling bills. Also, using an apartment guide will be a good way to weed out the poor and unreliable listings that can be found on Craigslist.

Are you looking for low income apartments / section 8 apartments in Boston? Check out this page for low income apartments in Boston

For other apartment types such as townhouses / townhomes, go to townhomes for rent in Boston

Average Apartment Rental Prices in Boston, Massachusetts

Studio $1,720
1 Bedroom $2,295
2 Bedroom $2,726
3 Bedroom $3,130

Average rent on Craigslist Boston, Massachusetts: $2,430

User reviews for apartments in Boston, Massachusetts
Rating: 4.1 out of 5 stars, 25 reviews
Boston, Massachusetts Boston, Massachusetts
unknown user
  July 1, 2015
Rated 2.5 / 5 stars
Warning About Property
For the love of all things holy, do not rent 90 Magoun Avenue in Medford. I don't know how else to get this message out, but if you know anyone north of Boston/Cambridge looking for an apartment, PLEASE do not let them rent 90 Magoun Avenue. Here is a brief summary of our time in this horrid place: The landlord lives in the building, and he is not just a jerk, but a harasser, a bully, and a liar. He spent a year terrorizing us, particularly my quiet and sadly unassertive boyfriend. "I love dogs," he chirps, but no, he hates dogs, and he hates our dog. "Have friends over! Have parties in the yard!" Don't. Just don't. Don't walk on the grass, don't laugh to loudly, don't walk down the stairs to meet the deliveryman at the door lest you be besodden with texts about how doing any of those things is the most annoying thing anyone has ever done to him. He's before woken me up from sleep at 11 pm to tell me to stop making noise. He is the master of the microaggression. He smokes, both weed and cigarettes, and I sure hope you like those smells because they are in your apartment whether you like it or not. Also he and his girlfriend routinely scream at each other, to the point that the cops have been called. Multiple times. To make things better, the neighbors like to set off fireworks. Every night. That or they have firefights, I honestly don't know. Also there's an insane old man across the street who takes great joy in watching me carefully every morning as I leave for work, and once came over to let me know he'd been watching and knew I had a hard time unlocking the front door. DO NOT LIVE HERE.
Boston, Massachusetts Boston, Massachusetts
unknown user
  April 4, 2013
Indiana, Goldman Sachs, Bain Capital
Rated 4.0 / 5 stars
South End
Great restaurants and neighborhood
Boston, Massachusetts Boston, Massachusetts
unknown user
  January 30, 2013
Vassar
Rated 4.5 / 5 stars
Good Old Wilson Square
I loved this area. It was close enough to walk to both Porter and Davis, but was out of the way. I frequented Tacos Lupita quite often, along with that Starbucks. I would gladly move back to the Ville.
Boston, Massachusetts Boston, Massachusetts
unknown user
  October 26, 2012
Harvard
Rated 3.5 / 5 stars
Peach Farm (Chinatown)
Best late-night food in boston is found at the Peach Farm. Get there at 1:45am (or earlier) to get in, or else you'll be in line forever. Don't necessarily recommend living in chinatown, but it's fun to visit if you're out in beacon hill or back bay somewhere.
Boston, Massachusetts Boston, Massachusetts
unknown user
  September 28, 2012
Stanford, Swarthmore
Rated 4.0 / 5 stars
Boylston/Hereford Highrise
Great access to the Green Line and the Prudential Center, and a short walk to the South End. A bit touristy though, so you might have to walk an extra couple blogs to find the better restaurants or avoid holiday crowds.
Boston, Massachusetts Boston, Massachusetts
review user
  September 28, 2012
Stanford, Harvard
Rated 4.0 / 5 stars
Great for families!
Chestnut Hill is located between Brookline and Newton, MA. It's very suburban, but is connected to the greater Boston area via the T. There is no parking on street for many blocks, which can be challenging during snow storms. Great grocery stores and mall (best Macy's I've been to)! Very short drive to i95, which is key. Unfortunately, the major street in Chestnut Hill is Rte 9 which can have a lot of traffic. Also home to the smaller and more delicious Oiishi!
Boston, Massachusetts Boston, Massachusetts
review user
  September 27, 2012
Yale
Rated 4.0 / 5 stars
Lovely place
Great apartment, great price, really beautiful neighborhood near the Charles. Darwin's is nearby as well which is a great place.
Boston, Massachusetts Boston, Massachusetts
review user
  August 28, 2012
Harvard, Yale, Brigham & Women's Hospital
Rated 4.5 / 5 stars
Pinewood Apts/ Fenway
Loved this apartment. Well-priced, responsive and friendly landlords (family owned, NOT copley group). Easy walk to Longwood/ Harvard Med as well as Back Bay. 5min walk to the Green Line Fenway stop.
Boston, Massachusetts Boston, Massachusetts
review user
  August 19, 2012
Duke, The Boston Consulting Group
Rated 5.0 / 5 stars
Wonderful neighborhood!
I lived on Clarendon just south of Columbus and it was my favorite neighborhood in Boston. It's quiet with very little traffic and adorable brownstones, while at the same time still close to a lot of fun spots, including the Tremont restaurant and bar scene and the Boston Common.
Boston, Massachusetts Boston, Massachusetts
review user
  August 17, 2012
MIT, Cambridge, Stanford
Rated 4.5 / 5 stars
Love this place!
Adorable house with front and back porch, backyard, sweet kitchen and pantry. Street is very cute, generally a great neighborhood. I'd recommend checking out for breakfast Soundbyte Cafe on Broadway as well as Johnny's. YUM.
Boston, Massachusetts Boston, Massachusetts
unknown user
  August 15, 2012
UChicago, Bain & Company
Rated 4.0 / 5 stars
Enjoyed proximity to so many different areas of Boston / Cambridge
We really enjoyed being able to walk everywhere on weekends, from the South End to the North End, Harvard Square, Back Bay and everywhere in between. The lack of local grocery stores made a car pretty important, however, we really loved the mix of people in our neighborhood and the ability to walk everywhere!
Boston, Massachusetts Boston, Massachusetts
unknown user
  August 10, 2012
Harvard, Bain & Company, Acumen Fund, HSBC, Stanford
Rated 5.0 / 5 stars
Back Bay Apartments
Close to shopping (Shaws or Prudential), some offices nearby, and walking distance/short drive to South End restaurants
Boston, Massachusetts Boston, Massachusetts
review user
  August 9, 2012
Missouri (Mizzou)
Rated 3.5 / 5 stars
Huron & Concord Ave
Great place to live if you don't mind a firehouse two blocks away. Convenience store directly across street and inside the store there is a kick-ass affordable cafe towards the back. Daily specials, delicious wraps and full-on entrees, and quick service too. Dry Cleaners steps away. and adjacent to the Cleaners is a overpriced neighborhood Breakfast/Lunch spot called Hi-Rise Bread Co. Be prepared to be met with snobbery. the workers aren't particularly warm. But then again, no one is in Boston...
Boston, Massachusetts Boston, Massachusetts
review user
  August 8, 2012
University of Florida
Rated 4.5 / 5 stars
Green Street
This is a great location within 10 minutes walk to both Harvard and Central Squares. It is a quiet area and has ample street parking. There are bakeries, coffee shops, restaurants and banks all in close walking distance. The neighborhood is a good mix of families and students. Running/walking paths are available along the Charles River.
Boston, Massachusetts Boston, Massachusetts
unknown user
  August 7, 2012
Harvard, Bridgespan Group
Rated 4.0 / 5 stars
Charming neighborhood
Very quaint and charming neighborhood, easy walking distance to downtown and Back Bay, and easy to hop on the T to Cambridge. Apartments tend to be older, and not a ton of nightlife, but some great restaurants
Boston, Massachusetts Boston, Massachusetts
review user
  August 7, 2012
Harvard
Rated 3.0 / 5 stars
Porter Square
Fun, young area, although more happening in central, davis, and the city.
Boston, Massachusetts Boston, Massachusetts
review user
  August 7, 2012
Harvard
Rated 3.5 / 5 stars
Davis Sq
Fun area but quite a hike from the city. Good, young vibe for people working in cambridge or going to tufts
Boston, Massachusetts Boston, Massachusetts
review user
  August 7, 2012
Harvard
Rated 5.0 / 5 stars
C-house!
Best house at Harvard. Fear the tree!
Boston, Massachusetts Boston, Massachusetts
review user
  August 7, 2012
Harvard
Rated 3.5 / 5 stars
central sq (bishop allen drive)
Some good relatively inexpensive apartments here. Lots of fun bars in central. Less expensive than living in the city, although you need to build in time for the commute (don't recommend if you have a finance or consulting job but otherwise it's great)
Boston, Massachusetts Boston, Massachusetts
review user
  August 7, 2012
Georgia Tech, Bain & Company, Harvard
Rated 4.0 / 5 stars
Great quiet street off Mass Ave
I lived in a house that had been divided into four units and was an AWESOME unit. The area itself is fairly quiet. Street parking is manageable -- we never had a problem finding parking within a couple blocks. This is within walking distance to both the Harvard and Central Square hubs of restaurants and bars. It's also really close to Cambridge Latin High School which has a grassy lawn and tennis courts, which are perfect if you have a dog or need a sunny place to lounge. I was at Harvard Business School, and it was an easy walk or bike over the river but I probably wouldn't live too much further away.
Boston, Massachusetts Boston, Massachusetts
unknown user
  August 7, 2012
Harvard, Duke, Bain & Company
Rated 5.0 / 5 stars
Living near/at HBS
Lived on HBS campus: pretty convenient walk into Cambridge, feels safe. Warning: it's a bit of a food desert at night. Cab stand & zipcar on campus reduce the need for a car. Great running & bike path along the river.
Boston, Massachusetts Boston, Massachusetts
unknown user
  August 6, 2012
Amherst
Rated 4.5 / 5 stars
Brookline Village
"Likes: -tree-lined streets -small parks everywhere -underrated restaurant scene -great running nearby and access to the Charles for longer runs Dislikes: -Green Line is brutal -virtually never went to cambridge because the bus takes so long"
Boston, Massachusetts Boston, Massachusetts
unknown user
  July 19, 2012
Harvard
Rated 4.0 / 5 stars
The South End is an awesome place to live esp for young people. So many great restaurants (esp for brunch) and it's easy to walk anywhere in the Back Bay
Boston, Massachusetts Boston, Massachusetts
unknown user
  July 19, 2012
Harvard
Rated 4.0 / 5 stars
Church Park apartments are nice / higher-end apartments in boston. Big complex with access to a large roof deck area. Popular for finance analysts an dsuch
Boston, Massachusetts Boston, Massachusetts
unknown user
  July 19, 2012
Harvard
Rated 4.0 / 5 stars
Lived here. Great location - easy to walk to anywhere in the back bay. Also easy to get to Cambridge. Loved Cafe 47 and Marlborough Market
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