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COVID-19: Off Campus Housing Support and Resources

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Staying Informed

For the most up to date information regarding Northeastern University’s response to COVID-19, please visit

Another great resource for timely and relevant information regarding living off campus during COVID-19 is the Off Campus Housing and Support Services Newsletter, click here to subscribe. Some recent helpful articles are:

Temporary Housing

If you are seeking temporary housing, please utilize our temporary housing list.  When reaching out to one of these properties, remember to mention that you are a Northeastern student.

Avoid scams!

  • If you cannot tour an apartment in person due to COVID-19 restrictions, request a ‘live’ tour which can be done via video chat such as FaceTime. This is more reliable than just photos.
  • Research any potential apartments by using Rent Smart Boston and checking the list of Problem Properties in Boston.
  • Never wire money.
  • Be wary of requests for personal information. The government will not call you to request personal information.

Frequently Asked Questions

The best resource for all of your FAQ’s is Reopening Northeastern: Frequently Asked Questions. Below are some of the questions we found most relevant to students living off campus.

Question: I no longer need my off campus apartment. How can I get out of my lease?

You will need to speak directly to your landlord/property manager as you are still responsible for your contract through the end date. You may have the option to sublet or terminate your lease early for a fee. Send your lease to [email protected] if you would like us to review it and answer specific questions.

Question: I live in an off campus apartment, how often do I need to get tested?

Active, full-time undergraduate students who fall into the following categories are required to get tested at the Cabot Testing Center every three days, regardless of how often they come to campus. This includes:

  • Undergraduate students living in on-campus residence halls
  • Undergraduate students living in LightView
  • Undergraduate students, including those on co-op, living in off-campus residences in the neighborhoods surrounding the Boston campus. This includes students living in the zip codes of 02115, 02118, 02119, 02120, 02130, 02215, and 02121.

If you are regularly interacting with Northeastern community members, on- or off-campus, you should be regularly tested. You should mark yourself as primarily in-person in the COVID-19 Test Scheduler and follow the testing reminders.

Question: What happens if I am a student living off campus and get a positive COVID-19 diagnosis?

A clinician from our Tufts Medical Center telehealth team and a member of our contact tracing team will personally contact you to let you know what you need to do. A clinician from our telehealth team will check in with you regularly to monitor your symptoms and advise you on medical care. Students may also call the telehealth team directly if their symptoms worsen. We will also connect you with We Care and Off Campus Housing and Support Services for additional support.

Question: What do I do if I start feeling sick while living off-campus?

Please refer to Northeastern’s COVID-19 Monitoring Your Health website page and its individual instructions per Northeastern campus region. Please follow all instructions from your primary care physician or hospital. If you have roommates and are concerned about self-isolation, please ask your primary physician or hospital for advice. Please advise Off Campus Housing and Support Services by email at [email protected] of your condition so the university can support you in any way possible.



Northeastern University Resources:

City of Boston and State of Massachusetts Resources:

Contact Us

We are here to assist you with any questions and throughout your search. Advising and support are available by contacting us at [email protected], or calling 617-373-8480. Please let us know if you have any other questions or need clarification, as we are here to help.

We have drop-in office hours every week throughout the academic year. We also schedule individual appointments. More information here.


Disclaimer: Off-Campus Housing and Support Services provides information to Northeastern University students, faculty and staff members solely as a courtesy. Northeastern does not endorse any of the services listed. Northeastern University accepts no responsibility for the accuracy or reliability of listings with the office. Contact with persons listed herein must be conducted independently and at your own risk.