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267 Units Available
Bower
771-775 Beacon St, Boston, MA
Fenway - Kenmore - Audubon Circle - Longwood
Studio
$2,400
563 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,900
796 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$4,450
1190 sqft
Last updated September 22 at 09:36 AM
Find studio, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments for rent at Bower in Boston. View photos, descriptions and more!
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15 Units Available
160 East Berkeley Street
160 East Berkeley Street, Boston, MA
South End
1 Bedroom
$2,740
780 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,200
1073 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$4,125
1317 sqft
Last updated September 22 at 09:36 AM
Premiere South End Location 160 East Berkeley Street is the premiere location in the South End.
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17 Units Available
8 Winter Street
8 Winter Place, Boston, MA
Readville
Studio
$2,650
404 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,800
602 sqft
2 Bedrooms
Ask
Last updated September 22 at 09:36 AM
8 Winter Street Apartments offers studio, one and two bedroom apartment rentals in the vibrant and dynamic heart of Boston's revitalized Downtown Crossing.
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82 Units Available
The Smith
89 E Dedham St, Boston, MA
South End
Studio
$2,250
534 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,708
702 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$4,042
1076 sqft
Last updated September 22 at 09:36 AM
We are temporarily ceasing in-person tours with prospective residents. Virtual tours are available. Call us today for more information! Now preleasing for 8/15 move-in!
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52 Units Available
CityView at Longwood
75 St Alphonsus St, Boston, MA
Mission Hill
Studio
$1,750
561 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,122
771 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,800
1056 sqft
Last updated September 22 at 09:36 AM
Wood flooring, private balconies and ample closet space. Community amenities include outdoor grilling area, fitness center and swimming pool. Easy access to retail, restaurants and entertainment.
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186 Units Available
The Andi
4 Lucy St, Boston, MA
Columbia Point
Studio
$2,019
547 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,305
806 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,513
1076 sqft
Last updated September 22 at 09:36 AM
The Andi is now offering socially-distant in-person tours by appointment only as well as virtual touring options! Call us today for more information! At The Andi, no matter who you are or where you're going, you' ll feel right at home here.
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6 Units Available
150 Camden
150 Camden Street, Boston, MA
Lower Roxbury
1 Bedroom
$2,850
779 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,225
831 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$4,600
1054 sqft
Last updated September 21 at 03:33 AM
Luxury new construction, located in the heart of Boston's historic South End- Camden Street Apartments, 150 offers modern living and premium access to all that Boston has to offer; close transit access, countless restaurants and shops, with a
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5 Units Available
The Courtyard at North Beacon
140-154 North Beacon Street, Boston, MA
East Watertown
1 Bedroom
$2,525
1025 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,325
1150 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$3,075
1200 sqft
Last updated September 22 at 09:36 AM
An attractive central in-ground pool surrounded by abundant patio space defines the Courtyard at North Beacon.
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7 Units Available
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530 Western Ave, Boston, MA
Allston
Studio
$2,358
520 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,899
685 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,199
895 sqft
Last updated September 22 at 09:36 AM
We are currently offering in-person tours by appointment! Virtual tours are also available.
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78 Units Available
Lantera at Boston Landing
125 Guest Street, Boston, MA
Allston
Studio
$2,342
528 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,895
871 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,980
1144 sqft
Last updated September 22 at 09:36 AM
Brighton Music Hall and Portsmouth Playground are convenient to this community. The property features a swimming pool, cabanas, virtual concierge and covered parking. Apartments include in-unit laundry, walk-in closets and kitchen islands.
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30 Units Available
Serenity
101 S Huntington Ave, Boston, MA
Mission Hill
Studio
$1,947
509 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,508
714 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,149
970 sqft
Last updated September 22 at 09:36 AM
Luxury 1-3 bedroom apartments in a community boasting exceptional views of Olmsted Park. Each apartment features a contemporary kitchen with energy-efficient appliances and stone countertops. Residents enjoy relaxing in the communal lounge and courtyard.
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40 Units Available
The Eddy
10 New St, Boston, MA
Central Maverick Square - Paris Street
Studio
$2,250
490 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,550
625 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,650
846 sqft
Last updated September 22 at 09:36 AM
Modern homes with views of the Boston skyline. Bike storage and parking available. Tenants get access to a pool, fire pit and gym. Easy access to Logan International Airport. Near Lo Presti Park.
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3 Units Available
40 Malvern Street Apartments
40 Malvern Street, Boston, MA
Allston
1 Bedroom
Ask
2 Bedrooms
$2,950
820 sqft
Last updated September 22 at 09:36 AM
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20 Units Available
Watermark Seaport
85 Seaport Blvd, Boston, MA
D Street - West Broadway
Studio
$2,571
407 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,849
618 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$4,745
968 sqft
Last updated September 22 at 09:36 AM
Situated in the center of Seaport Square. All apartments feature oversized windows, stainless steel appliances, and an in-unit washer and dryer. Community amenities include a Skydeck and wellness center. Multiple shops and restaurants located on-site.
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51 Units Available
Radian
120 Kingston St, Boston, MA
Chinatown - Leather District
Studio
$2,442
564 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,101
743 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,672
1095 sqft
Last updated September 22 at 09:36 AM
Modern high-rise living near Downtown Crossing and Chinatown. New apartments are bright and feature modern kitchens and hardwood floors. Pet-friendly community with garage, gym and conference room. Green community.
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9 Units Available
Dustin Street Apartments
122 Dustin Street, Boston, MA
Oak Square
1 Bedroom
$1,700
725 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,825
1000 sqft
Last updated September 22 at 06:33 AM
An ideal blend of quality, convenience, and value awaits at Dustin Street Apartments.
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35 Units Available
Hamilton Union
435 Cambridge Street, Boston, MA
Allston
Studio
$1,500
400 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,725
525 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$1,850
750 sqft
Last updated September 22 at 09:36 AM
Newly renovated homes with open-layout kitchens, spacious closets and modern appliances. Residents have access to on-site laundry and assigned parking, among other amenities. Five minutes from MBTA Green Line.
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21 Units Available
Lofts At Atlantic Wharf
530 Atlantic Ave, Boston, MA
Downtown Boston
Studio
$3,682
587 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,380
1016 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$4,967
1220 sqft
Last updated September 22 at 09:36 AM
Luxurious apartments with hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances and full-size washer/dryer. Amenities include 24-hour concierge and gym, plus a stunning location on the beautiful Boston waterfront.
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26 Units Available
Gardner Street Apartments
90 Gardner Street, Boston, MA
Allston
1 Bedroom
$1,550
661 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,050
730 sqft
Last updated September 22 at 06:08 AM
Located on a tranquil side-street just one block from the corner of Commonwealth Avenue and Brighton Avenue, the Gardner Street apartments offer convenient city access while maintaining a quiet and supremely livable atmosphere.
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3 Units Available
34 Gardner Street Apartments
34 Gardner Street, Boston, MA
Allston
Studio
$1,450
392 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,750
604 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,100
800 sqft
Last updated September 22 at 06:35 AM
These one- and two-bedroom homes feature spacious floor plans and in-unit dishwashers. Residents have access to 24-hour emergency maintenance services. Brighton Avenue is just a block away.
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2 Units Available
Centre Street Apartments
1799 Centre Street, Boston, MA
West Roxbury Center
Studio
$1,600
390 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,700
600 sqft
2 Bedrooms
Ask
Last updated September 22 at 06:24 AM
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5 Units Available
26 Allston Street Apartments
26 Allston Street, Boston, MA
Commonwealth
1 Bedroom
$1,750
550 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,000
825 sqft
Last updated September 22 at 09:36 AM
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10 Units Available
601 Albany St
601 Albany Street, Boston, MA
South End
Studio
$2,625
565 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,825
744 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,350
1164 sqft
Last updated September 22 at 06:08 AM
Constructed in 2009 and boasting a desirable South End location close to Boston Medical Center, the Boston University medical campus, and Route 93, the residences at 601 Albany Street offer the very best in city living.
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126 Units Available
62 on the Park
62 Boylston Street, Boston, MA
Chinatown - Leather District
Studio
$2,050
419 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,300
507 sqft
Last updated September 22 at 11:41 AM
An impressive location, modern apartments and first-class tenant services combine to make 62 Boylston Street one of Boston's most convenient locations to experience true city living.
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How much is rent in Boston?
In Boston, the median rent is $1,471 for a studio, $1,679 for a 1-bedroom, $2,082 for a 2-bedroom, and $2,616 for a 3-bedroom. For more information on rental trends in Boston, check out our monthly Boston Rent Report.
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Median Rent in Boston

Last updated Aug. 2020
The median rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in Boston is $1,679, while the median rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $2,082.
Studio
$1,471
1 Bed
$1,679
2 Beds
$2,082
3+ Beds
$2,616
City GuideBoston
"Boston is actually the capital of the world. You didn't know that? We breed smart-ass, quippy, funny people." (-John Krasinski).
"Boston is actually the capital of the world. You didn't know that? We breed smart-ass, quippy, funny people." (-John Krasinski).

Boston is on the A-list of American History, the site of seminal showdowns in the revolutionary and evolutionary charge for American independence. Go ahead, ask any Bostonian, they'll tell you. After they spend the first 45 minutes talking about the Red Sox. Beantown, as it is called by so many (not one of them a local) is small by world-class standards, but titanic in offerings. Of course one could get by on clam chowder (cream based - mention the other kind and you'll start a fight) and lobster rolls seven days a week, but the restaurant scene is kaleidoscopically magical. The Boston Symphony, The Pops, the Theatre District, the beach, the sports, and the sites are all in remarkably manageable, compact reach. You’ve made a good choice with Boston, let’s get you into an apartment.

Having trouble with Craigslist Boston? Can't find that special apartment for rent on Apartment Finder or Zillow? Apartment List is here to help!

Zakim Bridge crosses the Charles River in Boston

Harvard Yard

What to Expect:

Big complexes with sprawling courtyards, dog parks, and pools? Nope; Bostonians, and even those in neighboring suburbs would scoff at that vision. It’s high rises, duplexes, triplexes, and multi-unit buildings comprising dozens of architectural styles that illuminate the Boston renter's scene. Like many historic cities, these buildings often possess some features that would be considered outdated by many of today's construction standards, but are grandfathered under historic commission rules and/or practical limitations. With such an array of rental choices, policies vary widely. Terms, deposits, pets, and inclusions are anybody's guess and can diverge even within an individual building. Ask, ask again, and then make sure you get it in writing. Bostonians are a colorful folk with a deserved reputation for…let’s just say, “business playfulness”.

Parking: One word of wisdom - fugeddaboutit. If your building includes parking, it's probably going to be for a vehicle that sees the valet more than its owner, so bully for you. The rest of Boston must jostle, cajole, sneak, and strategize for their rare parking pearls. Thus, Boston is one of the nation's premier cities in which to ditch the ride. Between the costs of renting a space, the meters and tickets if you don't, the snow removal, the traffic, and the higher than average automobile user fees (inspection, registration, and that festering little disease called excise tax - a recurring annual charge based on you car's estimated value), and an exceptional and far reaching public transportation system, get rid of it - more money for Sam Adams and steamers.

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Big complexes with sprawling courtyards, dog parks, and pools? Nope; Bostonians, and even those in neighboring suburbs would scoff at that vision. It’s high rises, duplexes, triplexes, and multi-unit buildings comprising dozens of architectural styles that illuminate the Boston renter's scene. Like many historic cities, these buildings often possess some features that would be considered outdated by many of today's construction standards, but are grandfathered under historic commission rules and/or practical limitations. With such an array of rental choices, policies vary widely. Terms, deposits, pets, and inclusions are anybody's guess and can diverge even within an individual building. Ask, ask again, and then make sure you get it in writing. Bostonians are a colorful folk with a deserved reputation for…let’s just say, “business playfulness”.

Parking: One word of wisdom - fugeddaboutit. If your building includes parking, it's probably going to be for a vehicle that sees the valet more than its owner, so bully for you. The rest of Boston must jostle, cajole, sneak, and strategize for their rare parking pearls. Thus, Boston is one of the nation's premier cities in which to ditch the ride. Between the costs of renting a space, the meters and tickets if you don't, the snow removal, the traffic, and the higher than average automobile user fees (inspection, registration, and that festering little disease called excise tax - a recurring annual charge based on you car's estimated value), and an exceptional and far reaching public transportation system, get rid of it - more money for Sam Adams and steamers.

Boston's Wicked Cool Neighborhoods

Boston is not a large city geographically, but like any major metropolis, it houses a lot of hoods. Home to a (measly) forty-three colleges and universities, you can plan on your neighbors being students, really smart, or both. Using the diminutive downtown as the "hub" (that's the single word real Bostonians call their city) and in basic descending order of price (with as many exceptions as there are politicians with cocktails), here’s a renter’s look at Boston’s historic nabes:

Back Bay: Nestled between the public garden (Boston Common), The Charles, and Kenmore Square, the Back Bay is home to Newbury Street, Boston's most fashionable district. Take a leisurely two-mile stroll from the western outskirts of the Back Bay and you'll reach Brookline, the very tony, upscale "village" where you can expect to pay around $1,750 - $2,500 for a 1 BR apartment. The Fenway and The South End are subsets of the Back Bay and are exciting urban areas with just as much in the way of public transit. Expect to pay around $200 - $700 less for comparably sized apartments.

Charlestown: Possibly Boston's most insular neighborhood. Charlestown steadfastly holds on to its roots in history and is the home to Bunker Hill and The U.S.S. Constitution - the U.S. Navy's oldest commissioned ship. Charlestown wasn't always the most welcoming place but has seen fierce upscale redevelopment in the past two decades. Now Charlestown is a sort of bedroom community to Downtown Boston - which happens to be just about a mile away. $1,700 - $2,400 for a 1 BR.

Beacon Hill: Home to some of Boston's most exclusive addresses. Private parks, gas lamps, wrought iron gates, tree lined streets, and meticulously maintained homes really do exude the "George Washington Slept Here" feel of America's earliest days. Think Epcot meets The American Revolution. $1,600 - $2,200 for a 1 BR.

Cambridge: Harvard, MIT and Squares galore (of both the library lounger and geometric variety – we’re referring mostly to the latter). That's how Cambridge is divided - Harvard Square, Kendall Square, Inman Square, and Central Square. The Cambridge neighborhoods are the most ethnically diverse in all of Boston, with throngs of the world’s brightest students and teachers mingling with one another in America's intellectual Hippodrome. As such, expect the widest variety of food, markets, cultural activities, and languages spoken. $1,600 - $2,200 for a 1 BR. Inman and Central squares are nominally less as they are slightly farther from their respective mega-institutes of higher learning.

South Boston: The home of the best Bawstuhn accents and many legendary and/or infamous members of Boston's political, religious and business realms, South Boston is a tough yet forgiving place. Its roots are mostly Irish, and Southie is supremely proud of that heritage. Churches, corner shops, kids playing in small parks and the iconic working class life you know from the movies – these are the pictures of Southie. These images are quickly changing though as gentrification is having it’s way with Southie at a rate more rapid than in any other Boston ‘hood. $1,500 - $2,100 for a 1 BR. 2 BR apartments here are comparatively more reasonable than most other sections of Boston.

North End: Boston's predominantly Italian neighborhood, where the language can still be heard on street corners and in the dozens upon dozens of Italian specialty shops, cafés, and restaurants. The North End is quaint and is within easy walking distance to Boston's financial district, Faneuil Hall, and City Hall. $900 - $1,100 for a studio (common in the North End), $1,400 - $1,900 for a 1 BR.

East Boston: Located close to the airport with easy access to Massachusetts' North Shore, Eastie has long been the spot where Boston's newest immigrants first settle. This part of the city has less entertainment and dining than the other ‘hoods, but boasts wonderful views of the harbor and skyline as well as some of the most affordable rents in the city. $1,000 - $1,400 for a 1 BR.

Boston's Wicked Cool Neighborhoods
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Boston is not a large city geographically, but like any major metropolis, it houses a lot of hoods. Home to a (measly) forty-three colleges and universities, you can plan on your neighbors being students, really smart, or both. Using the diminutive downtown as the "hub" (that's the single word real Bostonians call their city) and in basic descending order of price (with as many exceptions as there are politicians with cocktails), here’s a renter’s look at Boston’s historic nabes:

Back Bay: Nestled between the public garden (Boston Common), The Charles, and Kenmore Square, the Back Bay is home to Newbury Street, Boston's most fashionable district. Take a leisurely two-mile stroll from the western outskirts of the Back Bay and you'll reach Brookline, the very tony, upscale "village" where you can expect to pay around $1,750 - $2,500 for a 1 BR apartment. The Fenway and The South End are subsets of the Back Bay and are exciting urban areas with just as much in the way of public transit. Expect to pay around $200 - $700 less for comparably sized apartments.

Charlestown: Possibly Boston's most insular neighborhood. Charlestown steadfastly holds on to its roots in history and is the home to Bunker Hill and The U.S.S. Constitution - the U.S. Navy's oldest commissioned ship. Charlestown wasn't always the most welcoming place but has seen fierce upscale redevelopment in the past two decades. Now Charlestown is a sort of bedroom community to Downtown Boston - which happens to be just about a mile away. $1,700 - $2,400 for a 1 BR.

Beacon Hill: Home to some of Boston's most exclusive addresses. Private parks, gas lamps, wrought iron gates, tree lined streets, and meticulously maintained homes really do exude the "George Washington Slept Here" feel of America's earliest days. Think Epcot meets The American Revolution. $1,600 - $2,200 for a 1 BR.

Cambridge: Harvard, MIT and Squares galore (of both the library lounger and geometric variety – we’re referring mostly to the latter). That's how Cambridge is divided - Harvard Square, Kendall Square, Inman Square, and Central Square. The Cambridge neighborhoods are the most ethnically diverse in all of Boston, with throngs of the world’s brightest students and teachers mingling with one another in America's intellectual Hippodrome. As such, expect the widest variety of food, markets, cultural activities, and languages spoken. $1,600 - $2,200 for a 1 BR. Inman and Central squares are nominally less as they are slightly farther from their respective mega-institutes of higher learning.

South Boston: The home of the best Bawstuhn accents and many legendary and/or infamous members of Boston's political, religious and business realms, South Boston is a tough yet forgiving place. Its roots are mostly Irish, and Southie is supremely proud of that heritage. Churches, corner shops, kids playing in small parks and the iconic working class life you know from the movies – these are the pictures of Southie. These images are quickly changing though as gentrification is having it’s way with Southie at a rate more rapid than in any other Boston ‘hood. $1,500 - $2,100 for a 1 BR. 2 BR apartments here are comparatively more reasonable than most other sections of Boston.

North End: Boston's predominantly Italian neighborhood, where the language can still be heard on street corners and in the dozens upon dozens of Italian specialty shops, cafés, and restaurants. The North End is quaint and is within easy walking distance to Boston's financial district, Faneuil Hall, and City Hall. $900 - $1,100 for a studio (common in the North End), $1,400 - $1,900 for a 1 BR.

East Boston: Located close to the airport with easy access to Massachusetts' North Shore, Eastie has long been the spot where Boston's newest immigrants first settle. This part of the city has less entertainment and dining than the other ‘hoods, but boasts wonderful views of the harbor and skyline as well as some of the most affordable rents in the city. $1,000 - $1,400 for a 1 BR.

Last bits of advice

Until you learn the neighborhoods, don't talk politics, sports, or religion. Once you do, talk away, you're expected to have an opinion - as long as it's the right one.

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Until you learn the neighborhoods, don't talk politics, sports, or religion. Once you do, talk away, you're expected to have an opinion - as long as it's the right one.

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City GuideBoston
"Boston is actually the capital of the world. You didn't know that? We breed smart-ass, quippy, funny people." (-John Krasinski).
"Boston is actually the capital of the world. You didn't know that? We breed smart-ass, quippy, funny people." (-John Krasinski).

Boston is on the A-list of American History, the site of seminal showdowns in the revolutionary and evolutionary charge for American independence. Go ahead, ask any Bostonian, they'll tell you. After they spend the first 45 minutes talking about the Red Sox. Beantown, as it is called by so many (not one of them a local) is small by world-class standards, but titanic in offerings. Of course one could get by on clam chowder (cream based - mention the other kind and you'll start a fight) and lobster rolls seven days a week, but the restaurant scene is kaleidoscopically magical. The Boston Symphony, The Pops, the Theatre District, the beach, the sports, and the sites are all in remarkably manageable, compact reach. You’ve made a good choice with Boston, let’s get you into an apartment.

Having trouble with Craigslist Boston? Can't find that special apartment for rent on Apartment Finder or Zillow? Apartment List is here to help!

Zakim Bridge crosses the Charles River in Boston

Harvard Yard

What to Expect:

Big complexes with sprawling courtyards, dog parks, and pools? Nope; Bostonians, and even those in neighboring suburbs would scoff at that vision. It’s high rises, duplexes, triplexes, and multi-unit buildings comprising dozens of architectural styles that illuminate the Boston renter's scene. Like many historic cities, these buildings often possess some features that would be considered outdated by many of today's construction standards, but are grandfathered under historic commission rules and/or practical limitations. With such an array of rental choices, policies vary widely. Terms, deposits, pets, and inclusions are anybody's guess and can diverge even within an individual building. Ask, ask again, and then make sure you get it in writing. Bostonians are a colorful folk with a deserved reputation for…let’s just say, “business playfulness”.

Parking: One word of wisdom - fugeddaboutit. If your building includes parking, it's probably going to be for a vehicle that sees the valet more than its owner, so bully for you. The rest of Boston must jostle, cajole, sneak, and strategize for their rare parking pearls. Thus, Boston is one of the nation's premier cities in which to ditch the ride. Between the costs of renting a space, the meters and tickets if you don't, the snow removal, the traffic, and the higher than average automobile user fees (inspection, registration, and that festering little disease called excise tax - a recurring annual charge based on you car's estimated value), and an exceptional and far reaching public transportation system, get rid of it - more money for Sam Adams and steamers.

What to Expect:
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Big complexes with sprawling courtyards, dog parks, and pools? Nope; Bostonians, and even those in neighboring suburbs would scoff at that vision. It’s high rises, duplexes, triplexes, and multi-unit buildings comprising dozens of architectural styles that illuminate the Boston renter's scene. Like many historic cities, these buildings often possess some features that would be considered outdated by many of today's construction standards, but are grandfathered under historic commission rules and/or practical limitations. With such an array of rental choices, policies vary widely. Terms, deposits, pets, and inclusions are anybody's guess and can diverge even within an individual building. Ask, ask again, and then make sure you get it in writing. Bostonians are a colorful folk with a deserved reputation for…let’s just say, “business playfulness”.

Parking: One word of wisdom - fugeddaboutit. If your building includes parking, it's probably going to be for a vehicle that sees the valet more than its owner, so bully for you. The rest of Boston must jostle, cajole, sneak, and strategize for their rare parking pearls. Thus, Boston is one of the nation's premier cities in which to ditch the ride. Between the costs of renting a space, the meters and tickets if you don't, the snow removal, the traffic, and the higher than average automobile user fees (inspection, registration, and that festering little disease called excise tax - a recurring annual charge based on you car's estimated value), and an exceptional and far reaching public transportation system, get rid of it - more money for Sam Adams and steamers.

Boston's Wicked Cool Neighborhoods

Boston is not a large city geographically, but like any major metropolis, it houses a lot of hoods. Home to a (measly) forty-three colleges and universities, you can plan on your neighbors being students, really smart, or both. Using the diminutive downtown as the "hub" (that's the single word real Bostonians call their city) and in basic descending order of price (with as many exceptions as there are politicians with cocktails), here’s a renter’s look at Boston’s historic nabes:

Back Bay: Nestled between the public garden (Boston Common), The Charles, and Kenmore Square, the Back Bay is home to Newbury Street, Boston's most fashionable district. Take a leisurely two-mile stroll from the western outskirts of the Back Bay and you'll reach Brookline, the very tony, upscale "village" where you can expect to pay around $1,750 - $2,500 for a 1 BR apartment. The Fenway and The South End are subsets of the Back Bay and are exciting urban areas with just as much in the way of public transit. Expect to pay around $200 - $700 less for comparably sized apartments.

Charlestown: Possibly Boston's most insular neighborhood. Charlestown steadfastly holds on to its roots in history and is the home to Bunker Hill and The U.S.S. Constitution - the U.S. Navy's oldest commissioned ship. Charlestown wasn't always the most welcoming place but has seen fierce upscale redevelopment in the past two decades. Now Charlestown is a sort of bedroom community to Downtown Boston - which happens to be just about a mile away. $1,700 - $2,400 for a 1 BR.

Beacon Hill: Home to some of Boston's most exclusive addresses. Private parks, gas lamps, wrought iron gates, tree lined streets, and meticulously maintained homes really do exude the "George Washington Slept Here" feel of America's earliest days. Think Epcot meets The American Revolution. $1,600 - $2,200 for a 1 BR.

Cambridge: Harvard, MIT and Squares galore (of both the library lounger and geometric variety – we’re referring mostly to the latter). That's how Cambridge is divided - Harvard Square, Kendall Square, Inman Square, and Central Square. The Cambridge neighborhoods are the most ethnically diverse in all of Boston, with throngs of the world’s brightest students and teachers mingling with one another in America's intellectual Hippodrome. As such, expect the widest variety of food, markets, cultural activities, and languages spoken. $1,600 - $2,200 for a 1 BR. Inman and Central squares are nominally less as they are slightly farther from their respective mega-institutes of higher learning.

South Boston: The home of the best Bawstuhn accents and many legendary and/or infamous members of Boston's political, religious and business realms, South Boston is a tough yet forgiving place. Its roots are mostly Irish, and Southie is supremely proud of that heritage. Churches, corner shops, kids playing in small parks and the iconic working class life you know from the movies – these are the pictures of Southie. These images are quickly changing though as gentrification is having it’s way with Southie at a rate more rapid than in any other Boston ‘hood. $1,500 - $2,100 for a 1 BR. 2 BR apartments here are comparatively more reasonable than most other sections of Boston.

North End: Boston's predominantly Italian neighborhood, where the language can still be heard on street corners and in the dozens upon dozens of Italian specialty shops, cafés, and restaurants. The North End is quaint and is within easy walking distance to Boston's financial district, Faneuil Hall, and City Hall. $900 - $1,100 for a studio (common in the North End), $1,400 - $1,900 for a 1 BR.

East Boston: Located close to the airport with easy access to Massachusetts' North Shore, Eastie has long been the spot where Boston's newest immigrants first settle. This part of the city has less entertainment and dining than the other ‘hoods, but boasts wonderful views of the harbor and skyline as well as some of the most affordable rents in the city. $1,000 - $1,400 for a 1 BR.

Boston's Wicked Cool Neighborhoods
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Boston is not a large city geographically, but like any major metropolis, it houses a lot of hoods. Home to a (measly) forty-three colleges and universities, you can plan on your neighbors being students, really smart, or both. Using the diminutive downtown as the "hub" (that's the single word real Bostonians call their city) and in basic descending order of price (with as many exceptions as there are politicians with cocktails), here’s a renter’s look at Boston’s historic nabes:

Back Bay: Nestled between the public garden (Boston Common), The Charles, and Kenmore Square, the Back Bay is home to Newbury Street, Boston's most fashionable district. Take a leisurely two-mile stroll from the western outskirts of the Back Bay and you'll reach Brookline, the very tony, upscale "village" where you can expect to pay around $1,750 - $2,500 for a 1 BR apartment. The Fenway and The South End are subsets of the Back Bay and are exciting urban areas with just as much in the way of public transit. Expect to pay around $200 - $700 less for comparably sized apartments.

Charlestown: Possibly Boston's most insular neighborhood. Charlestown steadfastly holds on to its roots in history and is the home to Bunker Hill and The U.S.S. Constitution - the U.S. Navy's oldest commissioned ship. Charlestown wasn't always the most welcoming place but has seen fierce upscale redevelopment in the past two decades. Now Charlestown is a sort of bedroom community to Downtown Boston - which happens to be just about a mile away. $1,700 - $2,400 for a 1 BR.

Beacon Hill: Home to some of Boston's most exclusive addresses. Private parks, gas lamps, wrought iron gates, tree lined streets, and meticulously maintained homes really do exude the "George Washington Slept Here" feel of America's earliest days. Think Epcot meets The American Revolution. $1,600 - $2,200 for a 1 BR.

Cambridge: Harvard, MIT and Squares galore (of both the library lounger and geometric variety – we’re referring mostly to the latter). That's how Cambridge is divided - Harvard Square, Kendall Square, Inman Square, and Central Square. The Cambridge neighborhoods are the most ethnically diverse in all of Boston, with throngs of the world’s brightest students and teachers mingling with one another in America's intellectual Hippodrome. As such, expect the widest variety of food, markets, cultural activities, and languages spoken. $1,600 - $2,200 for a 1 BR. Inman and Central squares are nominally less as they are slightly farther from their respective mega-institutes of higher learning.

South Boston: The home of the best Bawstuhn accents and many legendary and/or infamous members of Boston's political, religious and business realms, South Boston is a tough yet forgiving place. Its roots are mostly Irish, and Southie is supremely proud of that heritage. Churches, corner shops, kids playing in small parks and the iconic working class life you know from the movies – these are the pictures of Southie. These images are quickly changing though as gentrification is having it’s way with Southie at a rate more rapid than in any other Boston ‘hood. $1,500 - $2,100 for a 1 BR. 2 BR apartments here are comparatively more reasonable than most other sections of Boston.

North End: Boston's predominantly Italian neighborhood, where the language can still be heard on street corners and in the dozens upon dozens of Italian specialty shops, cafés, and restaurants. The North End is quaint and is within easy walking distance to Boston's financial district, Faneuil Hall, and City Hall. $900 - $1,100 for a studio (common in the North End), $1,400 - $1,900 for a 1 BR.

East Boston: Located close to the airport with easy access to Massachusetts' North Shore, Eastie has long been the spot where Boston's newest immigrants first settle. This part of the city has less entertainment and dining than the other ‘hoods, but boasts wonderful views of the harbor and skyline as well as some of the most affordable rents in the city. $1,000 - $1,400 for a 1 BR.

Last bits of advice

Until you learn the neighborhoods, don't talk politics, sports, or religion. Once you do, talk away, you're expected to have an opinion - as long as it's the right one.

Last bits of advice
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Until you learn the neighborhoods, don't talk politics, sports, or religion. Once you do, talk away, you're expected to have an opinion - as long as it's the right one.

Rent Report
Boston

September 2020 Boston Rent Report

Welcome to the September 2020 Boston Rent Report. Boston rents declined over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Boston rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

Boston rents decline sharply over the past month

Boston rents have declined 0.7% over the past month, and have decreased significantly by 3.1% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Boston stand at $1,679 for a one-bedroom apartment and $2,082 for a two-bedroom. This is the fourth straight month that the city has seen rent decreases after an increase in April. Boston's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of -1.5%, as well as the national average of 0.3%.

    Rents falling across the Boston Metro

    Rent prices have been decreasing not just in Boston over the past year, but across the entire metro. Of the largest 10 cities in the Boston metro for which we have data, 7 of them have seen prices drop. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

    • Over the past year, Cambridge has seen the biggest rent drop in the metro, with a decline of 4.2%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $2,224, while one-bedrooms go for $1,794.
    • Lawrence has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 2.9%. The median two-bedroom there costs $1,824, while one-bedrooms go for $1,471.
    • Lowell has the least expensive rents in the Boston metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,537; rents increased 0.1% over the past month but fell 1.2% over the past year.
    • Newton has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the Boston metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,227; rents went down 0.8% over the past month and 1.0% over the past year.

    Similar cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Boston

    As rents have fallen significantly in Boston, a few similar cities nationwide have also seen prices fall, in some cases substantially. Compared to most other large cities across the country, Boston is less affordable for renters.

    • Although rents across cities in Massachusetts have been moderately on the rise, the state's growth as a whole has held steady over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 2.0% in Worcester.
    • Boston's median two-bedroom rent of $2,082 is above the national average of $1,195. Nationwide, rents have held steady over the past year.
    • While rents in Boston fell significantly over the past year, many cities nationwide also saw decreases, including San Francisco (-5.6%), New York (-3.3%), and DC (-2.2%).
    • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Boston than most similar cities. For example, Philadelphia has a median 2BR rent of $1,180, where Boston is more than one-and-a-half times that price.

    For more information check out our national report. You can also access our full data for cities and counties across the U.S. at this link.

    City
    Median 1BR Rent
    Median 2BR Rent
    M/M Rent Growth
    Y/Y Rent Growth
    Boston
    $1,680
    $2,080
    -0.7%
    -3.1%
    Lowell
    $1,240
    $1,540
    0.1%
    -1.2%
    Cambridge
    $1,790
    $2,220
    -1%
    -4.2%
    Brockton
    $1,250
    $1,550
    0.4%
    -2.5%
    Quincy
    $1,550
    $1,920
    0
    -1.4%
    Newton
    $1,800
    $2,230
    -0.8%
    -1%
    Lawrence
    $1,470
    $1,820
    0.5%
    2.9%
    Somerville
    $1,750
    $2,170
    -1%
    0.3%
    Framingham
    $1,570
    $1,950
    0.3%
    1.1%
    Haverhill
    $1,250
    $1,550
    0.4%
    -1.3%
    Waltham
    $1,750
    $2,170
    0.5%
    -2%
    Malden
    $1,520
    $1,890
    -0.4%
    2%
    Brookline
    $2,160
    $2,680
    -0.8%
    2.2%
    Medford
    $1,670
    $2,070
    -0.9%
    -9.1%
    Revere
    $1,370
    $1,700
    0.8%
    -6%
    Peabody
    $1,570
    $1,950
    0.7%
    3.6%
    Salem
    $1,460
    $1,810
    1.2%
    1.3%
    Beverly
    $1,380
    $1,710
    0.2%
    4.9%
    Marlborough
    $1,310
    $1,640
    0.2%
    -3.7%
    Woburn
    $1,590
    $1,970
    0
    -1%
    Chelsea
    $1,640
    $2,030
    0.4%
    0
    Melrose
    $1,400
    $1,740
    1.1%
    -9.9%
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    Methodology - Recent Updates:

    Data from private listing sites, including our own, tends to skew toward luxury apartments, which introduces sample bias when estimates are calculated directly from these listings. To address these limitations, we’ve recently made major updates to our methodology, which we believe have greatly improved the accuracy and reliability of our estimates.

    Read more about our new methodology below, or see a more detailed post here.

    Methodology:

    Apartment List is committed to making our rent estimates the best and most accurate available. To do this, we start with reliable median rent statistics from the Census Bureau, then extrapolate them forward to the current month using a growth rate calculated from our listing data. In doing so, we use a same-unit analysis similar to Case-Shiller’s approach, comparing only units that are available across both time periods to provide an accurate picture of rent growth in cities across the country.

    Our approach corrects for the sample bias inherent in other private sources, producing results that are much closer to statistics published by the Census Bureau and HUD. Our methodology also allows us to construct a picture of rent growth over an extended period of time, with estimates that are updated each month.

    Read more about our methodology here.

    About Rent Reports:

    Apartment List publishes monthly reports on rental trends for hundreds of cities across the U.S. We intend these reports to be a source of reliable information that help renters and policymakers make sound decisions, and we invest significant time and effort in gathering and analyzing rent data. Our work is covered regularly by journalists across the country.

    We are continuously working to improve our methodology and data, with the goal of providing renters with the information that they need to make the best decisions.

    Read More

    September 2020 Boston Rent Report

    Welcome to the September 2020 Boston Rent Report. Boston rents declined over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Boston rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

    View full Rent Report

    September 2020 Boston Rent Report

    Welcome to the September 2020 Boston Rent Report. Boston rents declined over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Boston rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

    Boston rents decline sharply over the past month

    Boston rents have declined 0.7% over the past month, and have decreased significantly by 3.1% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Boston stand at $1,679 for a one-bedroom apartment and $2,082 for a two-bedroom. This is the fourth straight month that the city has seen rent decreases after an increase in April. Boston's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of -1.5%, as well as the national average of 0.3%.

      Rents falling across the Boston Metro

      Rent prices have been decreasing not just in Boston over the past year, but across the entire metro. Of the largest 10 cities in the Boston metro for which we have data, 7 of them have seen prices drop. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

      • Over the past year, Cambridge has seen the biggest rent drop in the metro, with a decline of 4.2%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $2,224, while one-bedrooms go for $1,794.
      • Lawrence has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 2.9%. The median two-bedroom there costs $1,824, while one-bedrooms go for $1,471.
      • Lowell has the least expensive rents in the Boston metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,537; rents increased 0.1% over the past month but fell 1.2% over the past year.
      • Newton has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the Boston metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,227; rents went down 0.8% over the past month and 1.0% over the past year.

      Similar cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Boston

      As rents have fallen significantly in Boston, a few similar cities nationwide have also seen prices fall, in some cases substantially. Compared to most other large cities across the country, Boston is less affordable for renters.

      • Although rents across cities in Massachusetts have been moderately on the rise, the state's growth as a whole has held steady over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 2.0% in Worcester.
      • Boston's median two-bedroom rent of $2,082 is above the national average of $1,195. Nationwide, rents have held steady over the past year.
      • While rents in Boston fell significantly over the past year, many cities nationwide also saw decreases, including San Francisco (-5.6%), New York (-3.3%), and DC (-2.2%).
      • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Boston than most similar cities. For example, Philadelphia has a median 2BR rent of $1,180, where Boston is more than one-and-a-half times that price.

      For more information check out our national report. You can also access our full data for cities and counties across the U.S. at this link.

      City
      Median 1BR Rent
      Median 2BR Rent
      M/M Rent Growth
      Y/Y Rent Growth
      Boston
      $1,680
      $2,080
      -0.7%
      -3.1%
      Lowell
      $1,240
      $1,540
      0.1%
      -1.2%
      Cambridge
      $1,790
      $2,220
      -1%
      -4.2%
      Brockton
      $1,250
      $1,550
      0.4%
      -2.5%
      Quincy
      $1,550
      $1,920
      0
      -1.4%
      Newton
      $1,800
      $2,230
      -0.8%
      -1%
      Lawrence
      $1,470
      $1,820
      0.5%
      2.9%
      Somerville
      $1,750
      $2,170
      -1%
      0.3%
      Framingham
      $1,570
      $1,950
      0.3%
      1.1%
      Haverhill
      $1,250
      $1,550
      0.4%
      -1.3%
      Waltham
      $1,750
      $2,170
      0.5%
      -2%
      Malden
      $1,520
      $1,890
      -0.4%
      2%
      Brookline
      $2,160
      $2,680
      -0.8%
      2.2%
      Medford
      $1,670
      $2,070
      -0.9%
      -9.1%
      Revere
      $1,370
      $1,700
      0.8%
      -6%
      Peabody
      $1,570
      $1,950
      0.7%
      3.6%
      Salem
      $1,460
      $1,810
      1.2%
      1.3%
      Beverly
      $1,380
      $1,710
      0.2%
      4.9%
      Marlborough
      $1,310
      $1,640
      0.2%
      -3.7%
      Woburn
      $1,590
      $1,970
      0
      -1%
      Chelsea
      $1,640
      $2,030
      0.4%
      0
      Melrose
      $1,400
      $1,740
      1.1%
      -9.9%
      See More

      Methodology - Recent Updates:

      Data from private listing sites, including our own, tends to skew toward luxury apartments, which introduces sample bias when estimates are calculated directly from these listings. To address these limitations, we’ve recently made major updates to our methodology, which we believe have greatly improved the accuracy and reliability of our estimates.

      Read more about our new methodology below, or see a more detailed post here.

      Methodology:

      Apartment List is committed to making our rent estimates the best and most accurate available. To do this, we start with reliable median rent statistics from the Census Bureau, then extrapolate them forward to the current month using a growth rate calculated from our listing data. In doing so, we use a same-unit analysis similar to Case-Shiller’s approach, comparing only units that are available across both time periods to provide an accurate picture of rent growth in cities across the country.

      Our approach corrects for the sample bias inherent in other private sources, producing results that are much closer to statistics published by the Census Bureau and HUD. Our methodology also allows us to construct a picture of rent growth over an extended period of time, with estimates that are updated each month.

      Read more about our methodology here.

      About Rent Reports:

      Apartment List publishes monthly reports on rental trends for hundreds of cities across the U.S. We intend these reports to be a source of reliable information that help renters and policymakers make sound decisions, and we invest significant time and effort in gathering and analyzing rent data. Our work is covered regularly by journalists across the country.

      We are continuously working to improve our methodology and data, with the goal of providing renters with the information that they need to make the best decisions.

      Boston Renter Confidence Survey
      National study of renter’s satisfaction with their cities and states

      Here’s how Boston ranks on:

      A
      Overall satisfaction
      A
      Safety and crime rate
      A
      Jobs and career opportunities
      A+
      Recreational activities
      D
      Affordability
      C+
      Quality of schools
      A+
      Social Life
      D
      Weather
      A-
      Commute time
      C+
      State and local taxes
      A+
      Public transit
      B-
      Pet-friendliness

      Overview of Findings

      Apartment List has released Boston’s results from the third annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. This survey, which drew on responses from over 45,000 renters, provides insight on what states and cities must do to meet the needs of 111 million American renters nationwide.

      "Boston renters expressed general satisfaction with the city overall," according to Apartment List. "However, ratings varied greatly across different categories, indicating that even though renters love Boston, some aspects can be better."

      Key findings in Boston include the following:

      • Boston renters gave their city an A overall.
      • The highest-rated categories for Boston were public transit, social life and recreational activities, which all received A+ grades.
      • The areas of concern to Boston renters are affordability and weather, which both received D grades.
      • Millennial renters are very satisfied with their city, giving it an overall grade of A-.
      • Boston did relatively well compared to other cities in New England, including New York, NY (C+), Philadelphia, PA (C+) and New Haven, CT (D).

      • The top rated cities nationwide for renter satisfaction include Scottsdale, AZ, Irvine, CA, Boulder, CO and Ann Arbor, MI. The lowest rated cities include Tallahassee, FL, Stockton, CA, Dayton, OH, Detroit, MI and Newark, NJ.

      Renters say:

      • "Boston is a city with a sense of community I haven’t seen anywhere else. It takes a while to make friends with the locals because they’re such a tight group, but it’s a great place." – Jonathan M.
      • "It’s clean, safe, has great restaurants, and is accessible to all of New England." – Nicole C.
      • "Love the culture of the city. It’s very walkable and there’s lots to do. My one dislike is that the city’s too cold!" – Kieran
      • "I love the convenience to everything like bars and transportation. But the cost of rent keeps going up without apartments getting upgraded, and there’s a disappointing lack of dog-friendly places." – Shaun K.

      For more information on the survey methodology and findings or to speak to one of our researchers, please contact our team at rentonomics@apartmentlist.com.

      View our national survey results here.
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      Renter Confidence Survey

      Apartment List has released Boston’s results from the third annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. This survey, which drew on responses from over 45,000 renters, provides insight on what states and cities must do to meet the needs of 111 million American renters nationwide.

      "Boston renters expressed general satisfaction with the city overall," according to Apartment List. "Howe...

      View full Boston Renter Survey

      Here’s how Boston ranks on:

      A
      Overall satisfaction
      A
      Safety and crime rate
      A
      Jobs and career opportunities
      A+
      Recreational activities
      D
      Affordability
      C+
      Quality of schools
      A+
      Social Life
      D
      Weather
      A-
      Commute time
      C+
      State and local taxes
      A+
      Public transit
      B-
      Pet-friendliness

      Overview of Findings

      Apartment List has released Boston’s results from the third annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. This survey, which drew on responses from over 45,000 renters, provides insight on what states and cities must do to meet the needs of 111 million American renters nationwide.

      "Boston renters expressed general satisfaction with the city overall," according to Apartment List. "However, ratings varied greatly across different categories, indicating that even though renters love Boston, some aspects can be better."

      Key findings in Boston include the following:

      • Boston renters gave their city an A overall.
      • The highest-rated categories for Boston were public transit, social life and recreational activities, which all received A+ grades.
      • The areas of concern to Boston renters are affordability and weather, which both received D grades.
      • Millennial renters are very satisfied with their city, giving it an overall grade of A-.
      • Boston did relatively well compared to other cities in New England, including New York, NY (C+), Philadelphia, PA (C+) and New Haven, CT (D).

      • The top rated cities nationwide for renter satisfaction include Scottsdale, AZ, Irvine, CA, Boulder, CO and Ann Arbor, MI. The lowest rated cities include Tallahassee, FL, Stockton, CA, Dayton, OH, Detroit, MI and Newark, NJ.

      Renters say:

      • "Boston is a city with a sense of community I haven’t seen anywhere else. It takes a while to make friends with the locals because they’re such a tight group, but it’s a great place." – Jonathan M.
      • "It’s clean, safe, has great restaurants, and is accessible to all of New England." – Nicole C.
      • "Love the culture of the city. It’s very walkable and there’s lots to do. My one dislike is that the city’s too cold!" – Kieran
      • "I love the convenience to everything like bars and transportation. But the cost of rent keeps going up without apartments getting upgraded, and there’s a disappointing lack of dog-friendly places." – Shaun K.

      For more information on the survey methodology and findings or to speak to one of our researchers, please contact our team at rentonomics@apartmentlist.com.

      View our national survey results here.