These are resources that can, and will help you with your housing search. We recommend that students read through each of these handouts to become educated on what it means to search for an apartment in the city, as well as become informed commuters!
Tenant (YOUR) Rights Brochure
Become familiar with your rights as a tenant while renting an apartment, as well as look up specific laws that will benefit you as a renter.
Although sometimes not required, we highly recommend you acquire renters insurance for your apartment either way!
How to Avoid Scams
Places like Craigslist are hot spots for scams. Read through our suggestions on how to avoid any scams you might come across throughout your housing search.
MA Subletting Agreement Form
Use this form as an outline for you and the person you are subletting with. It will help with organizing payments, fees, and responsibilities while you are subletting.
Furniture Options : Rent OR Buy
There are many options when it comes to furniture. You can buy or rent from various companies in the Boston area. Most students who are only renting an apartment for a semester, will rent their furniture.
Looking for a roommate? Find out what other students have found to be useful, as well as some helpful tips from the OCSS!
Moving & Storage Options
Unfamiliar with neighborhoods in and around the city of Boston? Or maybe just want a refresher as to how far away some town are from Campus? Read through our lengthy list of area neighborhoods to familiarize yourself potential neighborhoods!
Boston’s “No More Than 4” Rule
Did you know that Boston has a law in place that does not allow more than 4 undergraduate students to live in the same apartment?
A few items that we believe are important to make sure you “crossed off the list” before signing a lease, and moving into your apartment.
Emerson Off Campus FAQs
Read through what other students are asking about the off campus housing search, and find answers to the most frequently asked questions.
Temporary Housing Options
A list of accommodations that offer nightly and weekly options for your to stay.
Massachusetts Accessible Housing Registry (MassAccess)
If you require accessible housing, the Accessible Housing Registry can link you with property owners and managers of accessible housing.
Service + Emotional Support Animal Info
Information pertaining to your rights as a tenant regarding service and/or emotional support animals inside the confines of your apartment.
City of Boston Resources
Want to learn more about Boston, and what it means to be a resident in this wonderful city? Browse through the links below to find more information!
- City of Boston Information
- City of Boston Public Works & Utilities
- City of Boston Fire Department
- Boston Police Department
- Boston Transportation
- Boston Parking
- Boston Parks & Recreation
- Boston Neighborhood Information
How to Read Your Electricity Bill
Bills, especially electricity bills, can sometimes be hard to understand. Read through this great resource to fully comprehend what ou electric bill is telling you!
- Boston Electric & Telephone
Mass Save : Savings Through Energy Efficiency
Mass Save® is an initiative sponsored by Massachusetts’ gas and electric utilities and energy efficiency service providers. We work closely to provide a wide range of energy efficiency services to help residents and businesses manage energy use and related costs.
Energy Efficiency Tips
Detailed information on how to reduce your living costs, while at the same time minimize your impact on the environment!
- National Grid