In any given semester, some 1,200 of Boston College’s 9,377 undergraduates live off campus. That includes 65 percent of all juniors, many of whom opt to study abroad for one or both semesters. More than 90 percent find apartments and homes within a mile of the Chestnut Hill Campus, in neighboring Newton, Brighton, and Brookline. A vast majority return to the main campus for their final year.
Parents of second-year students can be assured that the University’s Office of Residential Life offers many resources—including a robust website—to make off-campus living seamless and safe.
Sophomores who expect to live off campus the following year should begin by visiting the University’s official off-campus site, offcampushousing.bc.edu. Featuring apartment listings from landlords and realty agencies that have been vetted by Boston College Residential Life staff, a roommate finder database (where students leaving for a semester abroad can also post listings for subletters), and more than two dozen other resources (from roommate agreement forms, to a move-in checklist, to information on off-campus parking, etc.), the site is a go-to guide to finding and securing an appealing place to live.
Whether it’s the September of sophomore year or the following June, your student should search for listings only when they’re ready, Peter Kwiatek ’10, assistant director of Off-Campus Student Living, says. “The right time to sign a lease is after you’ve done your homework.” First, they should decide whether they plan to study abroad. (Those going abroad in the fall can appeal to live on campus in the spring.) Other essentials: finding roommates to search for apartments together, attending one of several off-campus information sessions Residential Life hosts each fall and spring, or signing up for an informal, small-group meeting with a staff member.