On-Campus Graduate Housing
Wheelock offers on-campus housing for graduate students in Colchester House, located in Brookline. All students interested in living on campus must submit an Application for On-Campus Housing with a $100.00 deposit. Rooms in the graduate residence hall are awarded on a lottery-based system, which is conducted during the month of May. Students will be notified by June 1, if they are selected as part of the lottery process. Download a copy of the Application for Graduate Student Housing. (Please note that housing dates and fees are subject to change with each academic year.)
Questions about housing prices, move-in dates, and meal plans should be directed to the Office of Residence Life by phone at 617-879-2258 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Fenway/Kenmore Area of Boston
Before beginning your housing search, it helps to understand the area. Wheelock is located in the Fenway/Kenmore section of Boston. More specifically, the school is in the Longwood Medical Area, also known as the Hospital District. Many students live in either this immediate area, downtown Boston, or in the neighborhoods of Brighton and Allston. Other large student communities exist in the neighboring towns of Brookline, Cambridge, and Somerville.
The most popular form of public transportation in the Boston area is the subway, known as the T. Wheelock is located on the Green Line, D train, between the Fenway and Longwood stops.
Off-Campus Housing Near Wheelock
For students moving to the Boston area, we encourage you to secure housing early. For those opting to live off-campus, we suggest you look at apartment listings online or contact a local real estate agent.
There are an unlimited number of real estate brokers in the Boston area. You can make an appointment with them and tour the rental properties available on their listings. Average rents in the area can range from $900 to $1,500 for a studio apartment, $1,800 to $2,000 for a one-bedroom apartment, and $910 and up (per room) for a two-bedroom apartment.
ApartmentList.com - www.apartmentlist.com
Boston Apartments - www.bostonapartments.com
Zero Fee Apartments - www.zerofeeapts.com
The Roommate Connection - www.roommateconnection.com
Just Rentals - www.justrentals.com
Craig's List, Boston - http://boston.craigslist.org
Boston Studio Search - www.bostonstudiosearch.com/
My Cheap Apartments - www.mycheapapartments.com
How to Find Roommates
You may want to place and/or respond to an advertisement for a roommate or apartment in the local city and school newspapers. A great first step is to download Roommates! Developed by ApartmentList, this free app (available on iPhone and Android) allows you to select your monthly budget, the areas/neighborhoods you'd prefer to live in, as well as different hobbies and interests you have, and then browse other people who selected the same things! If you see someone who you think you'd like to live with, just tap the big blue checkmark. If they "check" you back, you'll be notified, and the two of you can start talking from there! If you see someone you're not interested in living with based on the information provided, just click the gray X. Even if they're interested in you, no contact can be made unless you both "check." The Roommates App is an easy, safe, and convenient way to find the roommate(s) most suited for you!
Two other good places to start are www.boston.com/realestate/regions/renting/metroboston and www.bostonapartments.com. Wheelock bulletin boards, as well as those at other schools, have "wanted" fliers advertising roommate or apartment options.
There are also several services in town which, for a fee, will match you with a list of potential roommates. You will specify criteria (for example, 30-year-old professional female who likes cats...) and receive a list with phone numbers and profiles of those who may be a match. These services can be found in the Yellow Pages and in newspaper advertising.
Remember—it is a good idea to meet with all potential roommates in person and see the housing arrangements prior to making a decision.