BC Law does not offer on-campus housing to law students, but off-campus apartments are plentiful. The Off-Campus Housing Office's apartment listing and roommate finder website is a great place to start looking for an apartment. The site includes a link to local apartment listings, roommate finder services, local rental agents, short term accommodations, and other helpful resources.
There are many different types of housing available in a range of neighborhoods close to the BC Law campus. Below are the most popular places for law students to live.
This neighborhood surrounds the intersection of Beacon Street and Chestnut Hill Avenue in Brighton, and it is by far the most popular neighborhood for BC Law students. With easy access to the B, C, and D lines of the T, as well as the BC Law shuttle, living here without a car is no problem. Many of the popular bars and restaurants that BC Law students patronize, such as Cityside Bar, Eagle’s Deli and Pino’s Pizza, are located here. The Commonwealth Avenue side of Cleveland Circle is in Brighton, a neighborhood of Boston, and the Beacon Street side is in the adjacent town of Brookline.
- Distance from BC Law: 3.4 miles (15 minute ride on the BC Law Shuttle)
"I feel like Cleveland Circle is one of the most convenient places to live while going to BC Law."
Down Commonwealth Ave., and a little closer to downtown, Allston is home to a mixed group of hipsters, Boston University students, and a wide variety of ethnic foods. There are interesting delis and Kosher markets to explore, and Kugel’s is a great spot to get a bagel. A highlight of the area is the array of plentiful and cheap ethnic restaurants, including Greek, Middle Eastern, Chinese, Japanese and Korean. Allston offers many more businesses to explore than Brighton, but some people can also find it a bit rougher around the edges. There is easy access to the B line and various MBTA bus routes.
- Distance from BC Law: 4.5 - 6 miles (15-18 minute drive)
"The food is awesome. There are a ton of great Asian restaurants, bagel shops, falafel, and pretty much anything you can think of. It’s also got a lot of good bars, including Tavern in the Square."
Popular with young professionals, this Brookline neighborhood offers an independent movie theater, Trader Joe’s, Brookline Booksmith, and a wide variety of restaurants and nicer bars. Keep in mind that all of these benefits can come with a price—Coolidge Corner can be a bit more expensive than other areas that students tend to live. There is easy access to the C line and it’s within walking distance of the D line.
- Distance from BC Law: 5 - 6 miles (15-18 minute drive, 30 minutes by T and shuttle)
"Super cute and has nice shops. I can walk wherever, including the grocery store, and it’s a good distance from downtown."
The area near BC’s Chestnut Hill campus houses some law students, often in the Towne Estates, which are off of Lake Street. There is easy access to the Law school and the main campus from this area. Many people living around here like to have a car; the parking is often less expensive, and it is a little less convenient to take the T. It is about a 5-minute walk to get to the B line. There are a couple of restaurants in this area, but it is largely residential.
- Distance from BC Law: 2 - 2.6 miles (10-12 minute drive, 10 minute ride on the BC Law Shuttle)
"My apartment has individual parking spots for each apartment." (Towne Estates)
Some BC Law students like to be close to the law school campus in Newton. Newton Centre has a wide range of restaurants and shops, it’s close to campus, and parking tends to be less expensive in Newton. This suburban setting is great if you prize being close to campus over proximity to nightlife and downtown Boston.
- Distance from BC Law: 0 - 3 miles (5-15 minute drive, or walking distance)
"It’s super close to school as well as a lot of great restaurants."