The best place to start your apartment search is to use Northeastern’s FREE off-campus Housing Database. Northeastern community members can search and post apartment or sublet listings, look for roommates, and find a list of recommended realtors. Parents can sign up as guests to assist with the apartment search too.


Watch our quick Apartment Search video for tips & tricks! 


Follow these steps to register and use the housing database:

  1. 1, Go to
  2. 2. Click on Sign Up in the upper right-hand corner; Select Northeastern Community Member.
  3. 3. Use your Husky email address and create an account; you will receive a confirmation link in your inbox.
  4. 4. Don’t have a husky email address yet? Sign up as a Guest.


To find a roommate:

  1. 1. Review the Roommate Selection Worksheet.
  2. 2. Log into your account on the Housing Database.
  3. 3. Click on the  Roommates tab at the top of the page.
  4. 4. Make a roommate profile for yourself and list your social habits, cleanliness, and other preferences.
  5. 5. Search for roommates who Have a Place or who Need a Place depending on what you need.
  6. 6. Message students you think would be a good roommate match and other students can message you too or reply to your roommate profile.
  7. 7. If you have a place, click on My Account; Click on Edit Listings under Housing and create a listing for your apartment.


To find an apartment:

  1. 1. Contact a trusted realtor listed on the Housing Database.
  2. 2. Visit several apartments in person with a realtor until you find one you like.
  3. 3. Use the Apartment Hunting Checklist as your guide.
  4. 4. Tell the realtor which apartment you want and ask about their next steps.
  5. 5. Contact Off Campus Student Services with any questions or for any advice.
  6. 6. Know the steps to understand your lease. Have another person look it over!


Find temporary housing:

  1.  1. Use the Housing Database to search for sublets using the ‘Sublet’ filter to take over someone’s room or apartment.
  2.   Pro tip: Browse the roommate listings on the Housing Database to see who has an open room. Use the filter “Have a Room.”
  3. 2. Or, use our list of temporary housing locations in Boston that includes hostels, hotels, and residential properties.
  4.    Pro tip: Contact a site on the temporary housing list directly for current availability and rates.


Find co-living options:

  1. 1. PlaceMe offers co-living accommodation that provides living solutions for the global professional looking for flexible terms. All apartments come fully-furnished with utilities included in monthly rent price, as well as bi-monthly cleaning.
  2. 2. RoostUp offers turn-key city apartments which include all of the amenities you need to make urban living simple and affordable. Apartments available in the South Boston, East Boston, and Cambridge.

Other housing options in Boston:

  1. LightView – Opening Fall 2019 at on Columbus Avenue. Visit their leasing office at 840 Columbus Ave. LightView is a convenient alternative to on campus housing. Learn more here.
  2. Homestays: Participate in a unique inter-cultural experience by living with an American Family in the Greater Boston area.
  3. nesterly: Be a part of a new program that pairs local homeowners with a spare room with graduate students willing to exchange help around the house such as walking the dog or helping with groceries for cheaper rent


Co-op Housing Beyond Boston:

Check out the Beyond Boston Housing page for Northeastern University housing in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Washington D.C., Chicago, and Mountain View.