Additional Housing Help
If you are still unable to find any temporary housing, you might want to refer to the Department of Residence Life website. There, you will find additional resources that could help you in your search for a home. You will also find Residence Life contact information should you need to talk to an officer. Keep in mind, though, that the Department of Residence Life does not operate as a real estate office and that it will not show you specific rental units. It will be useful to provide you guidance and answer any questions you may have about the procedure involved in living off-campus.
If you do not have housing arranged before you arrive, there are several options for temporary housing while you look for an apartment. There are several hotels that are relatively close to campus, though not within walking distance.
Another housing alternative is a company called Apartment Resources. They offer short-term and long-term leases for furnished studio apartments. Short-term leases require a minimum of a one-week stay for $500-$600 per week, while long-term leases require a stay of one month or more at a rate of $675-$875. Rent includes heat, electricity and hot water. You should make arrangements with this company well in advance. For an application, you can call 781-893-1130 or fax 781-891-6969.
Hostels and Other Accomodations
The most economical temporary housing would be to make a reservation at a hostel, the YMCA or YWCA. Hostels are located in Boston and its surrounding towns, but the majority of them are near public transportation, which makes it convenient to get to campus.