As a student with UMass Boston ISSP, you can benefit from living in the metropolitan area or in one of the city's outlying neighborhoods. UMass Boston ISSP has relationships with local apartment complexes and can help you find a safe and affordable place to live.
We would advise any student planning to come to UMass Boston to make their housing arrangements in advance. Read more about on- and off-campus housing in Boston >>
This offers a variety of special housing arrangements like reduced rates, provisions for deposits, and furnished units. The closest housing complexes are Harbor Point Apartments and Peninsula Apartments. Harbor Point offers 1 or 2 bedroom apartments as well as 3 bedroom townhouses. Peninsula offers studio apartments as well as 1-3 bedroom units. Both complexes are between 5-10 minutes walk to campus.
Our partner homestay agency in Boston is called Global Immersions. You can learn more about their services and placement options, and apply online: www.globalimmersions.com
For students interested in a homestay accommodations, UMass Boston ISSP will liaise with a reputable homestay service in Boston. Homestay locations will be within reasonable proximity to the UMass Boston campus using public transportation. Accommodation will include living with a host family, breakfast and dinner each day, a furnished room, and access to public transportation. Monthly costs for Boston homestay are around $900 USD per month and may vary slightly depending on the placement.
Homestay with Global Immersions
This is the recommended choice for students. Locations are always in safe urban and suburban neighborhoods in and around Boston. To apply for a homestay with Global Immersions, please click here. The application fee is $75 for Navitas students and in order to take advantage of this benefit, please fill in “UMass Boston ISSP” on the second to last question (“How did you hear about global immersions homestay?”) when completing the application. This will inform them that you are a UMass Boston ISSP student.
Why should I choose a homestay?
Flexible – you can stay as long or as little as you want.
Most affordable option – $400 a week buys a student a private room with a private bathroom (where available) furniture, laundry, internet and two meals a day.
Cultural immersion – you will be able to practice your English and get an experience living with an American family.
Easy and quick to arrange – you can arrange this a week before you arrive in Boston.
Gives you ample time to adjust to a new country and discover Boston. After your homestay, you will can move to any part of the city that you’d like.
Extra time to meet people – Once you make friends in the UMass Boston ISSP, you can move in with them as opposed to living with a random student.
Consolidating an apartment and roommates in Boston
In order to find an apartment in Boston and have roommates, it is recommended that you check to see if there are any current UMass Boston ISSP students looking for roommates with whom to live. Below, please review the benefits of finding a roommate and apartment on your own, as this is the easiest and most cost-effective way to consolidate an apartment and roommates:
Benefits of finding an apartment and roommates on your own
You can move directly into your apartment as soon as you arrive.
You can talk to the student(s) living in the apartment ahead of time so that you can get to know your future roommates before you arrive.
Your apartment may already have furniture, just ask your future roommates what furniture they have.
Flexible lease dates. Speak with your future roommates to see when the lease ends! (This is ideal if you are looking for a lease that is less than 12 months).
Easy transition to living in Boston.
If you have any housing questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.