Start your Boston apartment search!
Select how many bedrooms you want.
S
Studio
1
Bed
2
Beds
3+
Beds

540 Apartments for rent in Boston, MA

"Boston is actually the capital of the world. You didn't know that? We breed smart-ass, quippy, funny people." (-John Krasinski). Read Guide >
Featured
Park Lane Seaport
1 Park Ln
Boston, MA
Updated February 20 at 06:38pm
Studio
Ask
1 Bedroom
$3,057
2 Bedrooms
$3,665
Located moments away from the Massachusetts Turnpike, this community is a short drive from shopping and dining options. Recently renovated units feature hardwood flooring. Amenities include gym, clubhouse and beautiful view of the waterfront.
more...
less...
Featured
Harborview at the Navy Yard
250 1st Ave
Boston, MA
Updated February 20 at 06:22pm
Studio
$2,562
1 Bedroom
$2,919
2 Bedrooms
$4,038
Waterfront apartments, studio to three-bedroom, close to Tobin Memorial Bridge. Great options for commuters, as residents have access to a discounted water taxi, shuttle to Government Center, and MBTA just steps away.
more...
less...
Featured
Towers at Longfellow
72 Staniford St.
Boston, MA
Updated February 20 at 05:52pm
Studio
$2,190
1 Bedroom
$2,950
2 Bedrooms
$3,350
Walking distance from the Massachusetts General Hospital. Units are pet-friendly. Includes gym, pool, washer/dryer and on-site laundry. Located close to Charles River and close to bus stations.
more...
less...
Featured
30 Dalton
30 Dalton St
Boston, MA
Updated February 20 at 06:38pm
1 Bedroom
$3,927
2 Bedrooms
Ask
3 Bedrooms
Ask
1-3 bedroom apartments available in centrally located complex, near I-90, Highway 9, Boston Common, Fenway Park and Green Line MBTA stops. In-unit laundry and air conditioning. Parking available.
more...
less...
Featured
Flats on D
411 D St
Boston, MA
Updated February 20 at 06:38pm
Studio
$2,500
1 Bedroom
$3,040
2 Bedrooms
$3,730
Short walk gets you to Seaport and South Boston. Pet-friendly studios and 1-3 bedroom apartments with hardwood floors, granite counters, in-unit laundry, patio/balcony. Covered, gated parking. Walk to Silver Line and Convention Center.
more...
less...
Featured
The Victor by Windsor
110 Beverly St
Boston, MA
Updated February 20 at 04:21pm
Studio
$2,650
1 Bedroom
$3,285
2 Bedrooms
$4,160
Ideally located in Boston's famed West End, these apartment homes feature luxury finishes, full-size washers and dryers, an indoor sports court, and a residents lounge. The pet-friendly apartments are surrounded by trails and parks.
more...
less...
Featured
Boston East
126 Border Street
Boston, MA
Updated February 20 at 04:21pm
Studio
Ask
1 Bedroom
$2,427
2 Bedrooms
$3,696
Wireless entry using smartphones, free Wi-Fi in common areas and storage including refrigeration. Walk to the Blue Line Maverick T stop and the water Taxi. Air-conditioned units with contemporary kitchens.
more...
less...
Featured
Ridgecrest Village
5120 Washington St
Boston, MA
Updated February 20 at 04:21pm
Studio
$1,425
1 Bedroom
$1,765
2 Bedrooms
$1,995
Excellent location for commuters, close to Routes 1, 1A, 93, 128, and I-95. Luxurious homes have energy-efficient appliances, water saving toilets, and chandeliers. Community has on-site management, 24-hour maintenance, and more.
more...
less...
Featured
Hancock Village
298 Independence Drive
Boston, MA
Updated February 20 at 04:21pm
1 Bedroom
$2,510
2 Bedrooms
$2,770
Designed to resemble stately brownstones, these pet-friendly apartments feature a gym, garage parking, hardwood floors and private patios. Convenient to downtown Boston via I-95 and Routes 1, 9, and 128.
more...
less...
Featured
One India Street Apartments
1 India Street
Boston, MA
Updated February 20 at 05:52pm
Studio
Ask
1 Bedroom
$3,025
2 Bedrooms
$3,970
An elegant newly renovated community with views of the Boston Harbor. On-site fitness center, package service, concierge, and Tiki Rock. Apartments feature walk-in closets, stainless steel appliances, and a washer and dryer.
more...
less...
Featured
345 Harrison Avenue
345 Harrison Ave
Boston, MA
Updated February 20 at 06:30pm
Studio
$3,109
1 Bedroom
$3,428
2 Bedrooms
$5,049
Never-lived-in apartment community featuring a sky deck, a resort-style pool, a dog park and an on-site CVS pharmacy. Interiors boast chef's kitchens, keyless entry, in-unit laundry and California closets. Near South End's "Restaurant Row."
more...
less...
Featured
Waverly Apartments
9 Bronsdon St
Boston, MA
Updated February 20 at 02:49pm
2 Bedrooms
$2,510
3 Bedrooms
$3,098
Recently renovated units with ceramic tile kitchens, granite counters and a patio/balcony. Parking and laundry available on site. Easy access to I-90. Close to Portsmouth Street Playground.
more...
less...
Featured
One Canal Apartment Homes
1 Canal Sreet
Boston, MA
Updated February 20 at 02:49pm
Studio
$2,649
1 Bedroom
$3,153
2 Bedrooms
$3,813
Ideally situated apartments in historic district. Excellent links to the rest of Boston. Parking and car charging available. Units feature laundry facilities, walk-in closets, balconies and fireplaces. Rooftop swimming pool and round-the-clock concierge service.
more...
less...
Featured
Avenir
101 Canal St
Boston, MA
Updated February 20 at 05:52pm
1 Bedroom
$2,560
2 Bedrooms
$3,435
Granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, hardwood floors and walk-in closets in every unit. On-site amenities include clubhouse, gym, hot tub and coffee bar. Conveniently located just off I-93 and within blocks of Boston Common.
more...
less...
Featured
660 Washington
660 Washington St
Boston, MA
Updated February 20 at 05:52pm
Studio
$2,740
1 Bedroom
$3,135
2 Bedrooms
$4,715
Recently renovated residences with walnut flooring, granite counters and stainless steel appliances. Enjoy a gym, indoor pool and massage room on site. Close to Orange and Green T-stops and I-90. Right near Boston Common.
more...
less...
Featured
315 ON A
315 A St
Boston, MA
Updated February 20 at 05:52pm
Studio
$2,730
1 Bedroom
$3,320
2 Bedrooms
$4,435
Modern, loft-style apartments with great features including laundry, dishwasher, air-con and walk-in closets. Boston Fire Museum and lots of restaurants, like Pastoral and Menton, are along nearby Congress Street.
more...
less...
Featured
Troy Boston
55 Traveler St
Boston, MA
Updated February 20 at 05:52pm
Studio
$2,840
1 Bedroom
$2,870
2 Bedrooms
$3,745
South End location near theaters, dining and nightlife. Walkable to Tufts Medical Center and transit. Pet-friendly community with dog park. New construction features pool, yoga, game room, bike storage. Granite counters, hardwood floors, walk-in closets.
more...
less...
Featured
CityView at Longwood
75 St Alphonsus St
Boston, MA
Updated February 20 at 05:52pm
Studio
$2,355
1 Bedroom
$2,240
2 Bedrooms
$2,975
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.
more...
less...
Featured
Girard
50 Malden St
Boston, MA
Updated February 20 at 05:52pm
1 Bedroom
$3,505
2 Bedrooms
Ask
3 Bedrooms
Ask
Centrally located 1-3 bedroom apartments in contemporary style. Common spaces feature rotating exhibits from Boston's top modern artists. Gym, garage, bike storage and parking available. Smoke-free community.
more...
less...
Featured
Emerson Place
1 Emerson Place Suite 8N
Boston, MA
Updated February 20 at 05:52pm
Studio
$2,500
1 Bedroom
$2,730
2 Bedrooms
$3,275
Building is on the Charles River with views of Charlesbank Park. Offers community basketball court, bocce court, tennis court and more. Conveniently located next to the Longfellow Bridge and the Massachusetts General Hospital.
more...
less...
Featured
The West End Apartments-Asteria, Villas and Vesta
4 Emerson Pl
Boston, MA
Updated February 20 at 05:52pm
Studio
$2,815
1 Bedroom
$2,765
2 Bedrooms
$4,010
Convenient location near the Thoreau Path. Apartments offer sweeping views of the Charles River and Boston Harbor through large windows and from private balconies. Prepare meals at the kitchen's island while enjoying the scenery.
more...
less...
Featured
Avalon North Station
1 Nashua St
Boston, MA
Updated February 20 at 01:00pm
Studio
$2,525
1 Bedroom
$3,035
2 Bedrooms
$4,165
Studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments centrally located to I-93, highways 28 and 3, and North Station commuter rail. In-unit laundry. Patio and balcony views of downtown skyline. Extra storage available.
more...
less...
Featured
Avalon Exeter
77 Exeter St
Boston, MA
Updated February 20 at 01:00pm
Studio
$2,966
1 Bedroom
$4,407
2 Bedrooms
$7,555
Pet-friendly studios and 1-3 bedroom apartments near Charles River Basin in Boston, MA. Luxury homes in 28-story tower with easy access to Mass Pike, transit, shopping and dining. Modern kitchens.
more...
less...
Featured
Avalon at Prudential Center
780 Boylston St
Boston, MA
Updated February 20 at 01:00pm
1 Bedroom
$3,315
2 Bedrooms
$4,790
Studios and 1-2 bedroom apartments located in the Back Bay. Apartments have great views from their balconies, plus features like granite counters and hardwood floors. Just a block from the Commonwealth Avenue Mall.
more...
less...
Featured
AVA Back Bay
790 Boylston St
Boston, MA
Updated February 20 at 01:00pm
Studio
$2,490
1 Bedroom
$3,180
2 Bedrooms
$5,385
Spacious layouts with beautiful wood flooring, energy efficient windows and ample storage. 24-hour fitness center. Heat, water and air conditioning included. Pet- friendly and eco-friendly living with on-site recycling.
more...
less...
Featured
AVA Theater District
45 Stuart St
Boston, MA
Updated February 20 at 01:00pm
Studio
$2,570
1 Bedroom
$2,870
2 Bedrooms
$3,570
Apartment homes with stunning views, stainless steel appliances and modern hard surface flooring. Fitness center, outdoor patio and rooftop lounge with grilling and entertaining areas.
more...
less...
Featured
Mezzo Design Lofts
30 Caldwell St
Boston, MA
Updated February 20 at 12:37pm
Studio
Ask
1 Bedroom
$2,517
2 Bedrooms
Ask
Apartments offer a location that is close to great universities. They are pet-friendly, offer 24 hour maintenance and a courtyard. Other amenities include controlled access entry, air conditioning and covered garage parking.
more...
less...
Featured
100 Pier 4
100 Pier 4 Blvd.
Boston, MA
Updated February 20 at 06:30pm
Studio
$3,099
1 Bedroom
$3,821
2 Bedrooms
$3,847
Featured
Garrison Square
32 Garrison St
Boston, MA
Updated February 20 at 06:30pm
1 Bedroom
$4,099
2 Bedrooms
$4,399
3 Bedrooms
$6,499
A luxury community in trendy Back Bay. On-site amenities include a rooftop lounge, intimate courtyard gardens and elegant lobby amenities. Apartments feature satin wood flooring, wood-burning fireplaces and a high-end kitchen.
more...
less...
Featured
Trac75
75 Braintree St
Boston, MA
Updated February 20 at 12:03pm
Studio
Ask
1 Bedroom
Ask
2 Bedrooms
$3,515
Thoughtfully designed apartment homes with spacious gourmet kitchens with quartz countertops. In-unit washers and dryers. Ample closet space. Conveniently located with easy access to I-90.
more...
less...
Featured
Peninsula Apartments
401 Mount Vernon St
Boston, MA
Updated February 20 at 04:21pm
Studio
$2,224
1 Bedroom
$2,461
2 Bedrooms
$3,520
Apartment complex right by the University of Massachusetts Boston with pool and gym. Joe Moakley Park is a few minutes away, as is the train station for easy access to South and Downtown Boston.
more...
less...
Featured
Ink Block
300 Harrison Ave
Boston, MA
Updated February 20 at 04:21pm
Studio
$2,866
1 Bedroom
$3,234
2 Bedrooms
$4,189
Commuter's Paradise. Near the intersection of I-90 and I-93. Walkable, with easy public transit. Covered access to Zipcar and grocery stores. Smoke-free and pet-friendly with parking, pool, in-unit laundry, and dog park.
more...
less...
Featured
The Atrium on Commonwealth
1079 Commonwealth Ave
Boston, MA
Updated February 20 at 01:51pm
1 Bedroom
$2,500
2 Bedrooms
$3,400
Located minutes from the MBTA Green Line and I-90. Close to Boston University. On-site pool, laundry facilities and green space. Discounted gym memberships. Homes include hardwood flooring and ample storage.
more...
less...
Featured
Watermark Seaport
85 Seaport Blvd
Boston, MA
Updated February 20 at 05:31pm
Studio
$2,686
1 Bedroom
$3,269
2 Bedrooms
$5,538
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.
more...
less...
Featured
Radian
120 Kingston St
Boston, MA
Updated February 20 at 05:30pm
Studio
$2,802
1 Bedroom
$3,291
2 Bedrooms
$4,225
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.
more...
less...
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 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.

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.

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.

February 2019 Boston Rent Report

Welcome to the February 2019 Boston Rent Report. Boston rents remained steady 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

February 2019 Boston Rent Report

Welcome to the February 2019 Boston Rent Report. Boston rents remained steady 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 held steady over the past month

Boston rents have remained flat over the past month, however, they are up slightly by 1.9% year-over-year. Currently, median rents in Boston stand at $1,690 for a one-bedroom apartment and $2,090 for a two-bedroom. Boston's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 2.3%, but exceeds the national average of 1.0%.

    Rents rising across the Boston Metro

    Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of Boston, but across the entire metro. Of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in the Boston metro, 8 of them have seen prices rise. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

    • Haverhill has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 4.8%. The median two-bedroom there costs $1,540, while one-bedrooms go for $1,240.
    • Over the past year, Brockton has seen the biggest rent drop in the metro, with a decline of 4.8%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $1,540, while one-bedrooms go for $1,240.
    • Lowell has the least expensive rents in the Boston metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,520; rents were up 0.2% over the past month and 1.6% over the past year.
    • Cambridge has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the Boston metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,230; rents went down 0.4% over the past month but rose 2.1% over the past year.

    Similar cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Boston

    As rents have increased slightly in Boston, a few other large cities nationwide have seen rents grow more quickly. Compared to most similar cities across the country, Boston is less affordable for renters.

    • Rents increased slightly in other cities across the state, with Massachusetts as a whole logging rent growth of 2.3% over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 1.4% in Worcester.
    • Boston's median two-bedroom rent of $2,090 is above the national average of $1,170. Nationwide, rents have grown by 1.0% over the past year compared to the 1.9% rise in Boston.
    • While Boston's rents rose slightly over the past year, the city of Baltimore saw a decrease of 0.7%.
    • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Boston than most other large cities. For example, Philadelphia has a median 2BR rent of $1,170, 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 price
    Median 2BR price
    M/M price change
    Y/Y price change
    Boston
    $1,690
    $2,090
    0
    1.9%
    Lowell
    $1,230
    $1,520
    0.2%
    1.6%
    Cambridge
    $1,800
    $2,230
    -0.4%
    2.1%
    Brockton
    $1,240
    $1,540
    1.3%
    -4.8%
    Quincy
    $1,500
    $1,860
    0.1%
    3.2%
    Newton
    $1,750
    $2,170
    -0.3%
    -2.1%
    Lawrence
    $1,400
    $1,740
    -0.8%
    4.7%
    Somerville
    $1,690
    $2,100
    -0.1%
    4.3%
    Framingham
    $1,520
    $1,880
    0.5%
    4.5%
    Haverhill
    $1,240
    $1,540
    0.4%
    4.8%
    Waltham
    $1,700
    $2,100
    -0.9%
    5.3%
    Malden
    $1,440
    $1,790
    -0.9%
    1.3%
    Brookline
    $2,120
    $2,630
    -0.3%
    1.9%
    Medford
    $1,720
    $2,130
    0.2%
    5.9%
    Revere
    $1,370
    $1,700
    0.3%
    -6.1%
    Peabody
    $1,480
    $1,840
    -2.7%
    2.8%
    Marlborough
    $1,270
    $1,590
    0.1%
    8.1%
    Woburn
    $1,580
    $1,960
    -0.4%
    4%
    Chelsea
    $1,570
    $1,950
    -1.1%
    3.6%
    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.

    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