Last updated June 27 at 07:44am
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Medford Street - The Neck
5 UNITS AVAILABLE
Mezzo Design Lofts
30 Caldwell St, Boston MA
Studio
587 sqft
$2,862
1 Bed
801 sqft
$3,183
2 Beds
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🌟Top Amenities: In unit laundry, Patio / balcony, Granite counters, Dishwasher, Pet friendly, 24hr maintenance
🔥24 Other Renters Are Looking Here

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.
Last updated June 27 at 06:25am
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D Street - West Broadway
14 UNITS AVAILABLE
Watermark Seaport
85 Seaport Blvd, Boston MA
Studio
407 sqft
$2,562
1 Bed
618 sqft
$3,704
2 Beds
968 sqft
$5,038
🌟Top Amenities: In unit laundry, Patio / balcony, Hardwood floors, Garbage disposal, Dishwasher, Pet friendly
🔥22 Other Renters Are Looking Here

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.
Last updated June 27 at 06:22am
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Thompson Square - Bunker Hill
5 UNITS AVAILABLE
Harborview at the Navy Yard
250 1st Ave, Boston MA
Studio
560 sqft
$2,544
1 Bed
806 sqft
$3,320
2 Beds
1,388 sqft
$5,349
🌟Top Amenities: In unit laundry, Patio / balcony, Granite counters, Garbage disposal, Pet friendly, Garage
🔥14 Other Renters Are Looking Here

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.
Last updated June 27 at 05:51am
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Downtown Boston
6 UNITS AVAILABLE
One India Street Apartments
1 India Street, Boston MA
Studio
Ask
1 Bed
700 sqft
$3,450
2 Beds
1,000 sqft
$4,025
🌟Top Amenities: In unit laundry, Hardwood floors, Dishwasher, Pet friendly, Parking, Recently renovated
🔥9 Other Renters Are Looking Here

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.
Last updated June 27 at 05:51am
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Chinatown - Leather District
19 UNITS AVAILABLE
660 Washington
660 Washington St, Boston MA
Studio
555 sqft
$3,185
1 Bed
856 sqft
$3,430
2 Beds
1,037 sqft
$4,370
🌟Top Amenities: In unit laundry, Patio / balcony, Granite counters, Hardwood floors, Garbage disposal, Dishwasher
🔥27 Other Renters Are Looking Here

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.
Last updated June 27 at 05:51am
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South End
25 UNITS AVAILABLE
Troy Boston
55 Traveler St, Boston MA
Studio
445 sqft
$2,670
1 Bed
635 sqft
$3,025
2 Beds
871 sqft
$4,100
🌟Top Amenities: In unit laundry, Nest technology, Patio / balcony, Granite counters, Hardwood floors, Garbage disposal
🔥58 Other Renters Are Looking Here

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.
Last updated June 27 at 05:51am
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West End
25 UNITS AVAILABLE
The West End Apartments-Asteria, Villas and Vesta
4 Emerson Pl, Boston MA
Studio
564 sqft
$2,865
1 Bed
833 sqft
$3,270
2 Beds
1,252 sqft
$4,125
🌟Top Amenities: In unit laundry, Patio / balcony, Granite counters, Hardwood floors, Garbage disposal, Dishwasher
🔥49 Other Renters Are Looking Here

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.
Last updated June 27 at 05:51am
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West End
43 UNITS AVAILABLE
Towers at Longfellow
72 Staniford St., Boston MA
Studio
650 sqft
$2,560
1 Bed
982 sqft
$3,035
2 Beds
1,422 sqft
$4,265
🌟Top Amenities: On-site laundry, Patio / balcony, Dishwasher, Pet friendly, Garage, Gym
🔥52 Other Renters Are Looking Here

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.
Last updated June 27 at 05:51am
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South End
5 UNITS AVAILABLE
Girard
50 Malden St, Boston MA
1 Bed
657 sqft
$3,525
2 Beds
951 sqft
$4,690
3 Beds
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🌟Top Amenities: In unit laundry, Hardwood floors, Garbage disposal, Dishwasher, Pet friendly, Garage
🔥11 Other Renters Are Looking Here

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.
Last updated June 27 at 06:26am
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Allston
27 UNITS AVAILABLE
Radius
530 Western Ave, Boston MA
Studio
520 sqft
$2,541
1 Bed
685 sqft
$3,144
2 Beds
895 sqft
$3,784
🌟Top Amenities: In unit laundry, Patio / balcony, Hardwood floors, Dishwasher, Pet friendly, Garage
🔥43 Other Renters Are Looking Here

Your new Brighton apartment home awaits, designed for an active urban lifestyle and conveniently located at the gateway to a burgeoning neighborhood full of possibilities.
Last updated June 27 at 07:03am
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Columbia Point
32 UNITS AVAILABLE
Harbor Point on the Bay
24 Oyster Bay Rd, Boston MA
1 Bed
678 sqft
$2,300
2 Beds
923 sqft
$3,350
3 Beds
1,295 sqft
$4,250
🌟Top Amenities: W/D hookup, Patio / balcony, Garbage disposal, Dishwasher, Pet friendly, 24hr maintenance
🔥70 Other Renters Are Looking Here

Easy access to I-90 and I-93. Walking distance to JFK Redline T Stop and Carson Beach. Amenities include two swimming pools, gym and athletic courts. Apartments feature washer/dryer hookup and patio.
Last updated June 27 at 06:25am
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Downtown Boston
7 UNITS AVAILABLE
Lofts At Atlantic Wharf
530 Atlantic Ave, Boston MA
Studio
Ask
1 Bed
1,016 sqft
$3,310
2 Beds
1,220 sqft
$5,590
🌟Top Amenities: In unit laundry, Hardwood floors, Dishwasher, Pet friendly, 24hr maintenance, Garage
🔥10 Other Renters Are Looking Here

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.
Last updated June 27 at 12:20am
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Jamaica Hills - Pond
19 UNITS AVAILABLE
Bell Olmsted Park
161 S Huntington Ave, Boston MA
Studio
541 sqft
$2,490
1 Bed
737 sqft
$2,925
2 Beds
976 sqft
$4,260
🌟Top Amenities: In unit laundry, Patio / balcony, Granite counters, Hardwood floors, Garbage disposal, Dishwasher
🔥32 Other Renters Are Looking Here

Beautiful apartments with great location. Adjacent to Olmstead Park, Jamaica Pond and downtown Centre Street shopping. Spacious units with stainless steel appliances and granite counters. On-site amenities include specialty concierge services, gym and cyber cafe.
Last updated June 27 at 12:20am
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D Street - West Broadway
43 UNITS AVAILABLE
VIA
5 Fan Pier Blvd, Boston MA
Studio
453 sqft
$2,447
1 Bed
717 sqft
$3,345
2 Beds
1,115 sqft
$5,303
🌟Top Amenities: In unit laundry, Patio / balcony, Hardwood floors, Dishwasher, Pet friendly, Garage
🔥37 Other Renters Are Looking Here

Prime Seaport location with access to the MBTA Silver Line Courthouse Station and District Hall. Units have modern floor plans, eco-friendly appliances and chef-inspired kitchens. Community has a roof deck living room with fire pit.
Last updated June 27 at 12:20am
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St. Elizabeth's
4 UNITS AVAILABLE
286 Chestnut Hill Ave
286 Chestnut Hill Ave, Boston MA
Studio
430 sqft
$1,975
1 Bed
508 sqft
$2,185
2 Beds
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🌟Top Amenities: On-site laundry, Hardwood floors, Garbage disposal, Dishwasher, Pet friendly, Smoke-free units
🔥80 Other Renters Are Looking Here

Located just minutes from local grocery shops and public parks, this beautiful complex offers a variety of floor plans, hardwood floors, large windows, fully equipped kitchens, on-site laundry, and more.
Last updated June 27 at 12:19am
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Brook Farm
28 UNITS AVAILABLE
Hancock Village
298 Independence Drive, Boston MA
1 Bed
794 sqft
$2,060
2 Beds
974 sqft
$2,710
🌟Top Amenities: In unit laundry, Patio / balcony, Hardwood floors, Pet friendly, 24hr maintenance, Garage
🔥86 Other Renters Are Looking Here

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.
Last updated June 27 at 12:19am
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West Roxbury Center
30 UNITS AVAILABLE
Ridgecrest Village
5120 Washington St, Boston MA
Studio
Ask
1 Bed
741 sqft
$1,695
2 Beds
1,033 sqft
$1,995
🌟Top Amenities: In unit laundry, Patio / balcony, Hardwood floors, Dishwasher, Cats allowed, 24hr maintenance
🔥272 Other Renters Are Looking Here

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.
Last updated June 27 at 05:51am
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West End
13 UNITS AVAILABLE
Avenir
101 Canal St, Boston MA
Studio
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1 Bed
948 sqft
$3,295
2 Beds
1,184 sqft
$3,735
🌟Top Amenities: In unit laundry, Patio / balcony, Granite counters, Hardwood floors, Garbage disposal, Dishwasher
🔥35 Other Renters Are Looking Here

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.
Last updated June 27 at 06:26am
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Columbia Point
103 UNITS AVAILABLE
The Andi
34 District Avenue, Boston MA
Studio
547 sqft
$2,410
1 Bed
806 sqft
$2,990
2 Beds
1,076 sqft
$3,880
🌟Top Amenities: In unit laundry, Patio / balcony, Granite counters, Hardwood floors, Garbage disposal, Dishwasher
🔥65 Other Renters Are Looking Here

At The Andi, no matter who you are or where you're going, you' ll feel right at home here. Step off the red line at Andrew Square, and in 8 minutes you're at home.
Last updated June 27 at 06:25am
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Allston
50 UNITS AVAILABLE
Lantera at Boston Landing
125 Guest Street, Boston MA
Studio
528 sqft
$2,497
1 Bed
871 sqft
$2,995
2 Beds
1,144 sqft
$4,000
🌟Top Amenities: In unit laundry, Patio / balcony, Garbage disposal, Dishwasher, Pet friendly, New construction
🔥47 Other Renters Are Looking Here

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.
Last updated June 27 at 03:39am
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Downtown Boston
15 UNITS AVAILABLE
One Greenway
99 Kneeland St, Boston MA
Studio
535 sqft
$2,967
1 Bed
717 sqft
$3,394
2 Beds
1,163 sqft
$3,944
🌟Top Amenities: In unit laundry, Patio / balcony, Granite counters, Hardwood floors, Garbage disposal, Dishwasher
🔥34 Other Renters Are Looking Here

Pet-friendly studios and 1-3 bedroom apartments where Leather District, Chinatown and Theater District come together in Boston, MA. Modern kitchens, granite counters, hardwood floors, in-unit laundry, patio/balcony. Fitness center and terrace.
Last updated June 27 at 12:20am
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Coolidge Corner
30 UNITS AVAILABLE
E3 Apartments
65 Brainerd Rd, Boston MA
Studio
546 sqft
$2,253
1 Bed
781 sqft
$2,868
2 Beds
963 sqft
$3,743
🌟Top Amenities: In unit laundry, Patio / balcony, Hardwood floors, Dishwasher, Pet friendly, Garage
🔥58 Other Renters Are Looking Here

Smoke-free units available. Recently renovated, furnished apartments with in-unit laundry, hardwood floors and private balcony. Swimming pool, 24-hour gym and outdoor grill. Green community with gardens and dog park.
Last updated June 27 at 12:20am
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Jamaica Central - South Sumner
25 UNITS AVAILABLE
MetroMark
3611 Washington St, Boston MA
Studio
501 sqft
$2,369
1 Bed
683 sqft
$2,650
2 Beds
999 sqft
$3,673
🌟Top Amenities: In unit laundry, Patio / balcony, Granite counters, Hardwood floors, Garbage disposal, Dishwasher
🔥41 Other Renters Are Looking Here

Make MetroMark Apartments your next stop for hip community living. Enjoy courtyards with barbecue areas and a bike repair shop, all within easy access of the Orange Line.
Last updated June 27 at 12:20am
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South End
19 UNITS AVAILABLE
Ink Block
300 Harrison Ave, Boston MA
Studio
553 sqft
$2,859
1 Bed
763 sqft
$3,696
2 Beds
1,073 sqft
$4,593
🌟Top Amenities: In unit laundry, Patio / balcony, Garbage disposal, Dishwasher, Pet friendly, 24hr maintenance
🔥24 Other Renters Are Looking Here

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.

Average Rent in Boston

Last updated May 2019
The average rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in Boston is $1,715, while the average rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $2,127.
Studio
$1,504
1 Bed
$1,715
2 Beds
$2,127
3+ Beds
$2,673
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.

June 2019 Boston Rent Report

Welcome to the June 2019 Boston Rent Report. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Boston rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

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June 2019 Boston Rent Report

Welcome to the June 2019 Boston Rent Report. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Boston rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

Boston rents increase sharply over the past month

Boston rents have increased 0.6% over the past month, and have increased moderately by 2.1% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Boston stand at $1,720 for a one-bedroom apartment and $2,130 for a two-bedroom. This is the fourth straight month that the city has seen rent increases after a decline in January. Boston's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 2.2%, but exceeds the national average of 1.5%.

    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, 9 of them have seen prices rise. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

    • Newton has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 8.7%. The median two-bedroom there costs $2,280, while one-bedrooms go for $1,840.
    • Over the past month, Brockton has seen the biggest rent drop in the metro, with a decline of 1.5%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $1,550, while one-bedrooms go for $1,250.
    • Cambridge has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the Boston metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,290; rents were up 1.5% over the past month and 2.4% over the past year.
    • Lowell has the least expensive rents in the Boston metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,540; rents decreased 0.1% over the past month but were up 1.2% over the past year.

    Similar cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Boston

    As rents have increased moderately in Boston, a few similar cities nationwide have also seen rents grow modestly. Compared to most other large 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 2.2% over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 1.9% in Worcester.
    • Boston's median two-bedroom rent of $2,130 is above the national average of $1,190. Nationwide, rents have grown by 1.5% over the past year compared to the 2.1% increase in Boston.
    • While Boston's rents rose moderately over the past year, many cities nationwide also saw increases, including DC (+2.2%), Atlanta (+2.1%), and New York (+2.0%).
    • 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 price
    Median 2BR price
    M/M price change
    Y/Y price change
    Boston
    $1,720
    $2,130
    0.6%
    2.1%
    Lowell
    $1,240
    $1,540
    -0.1%
    1.2%
    Cambridge
    $1,850
    $2,290
    1.5%
    2.4%
    Brockton
    $1,250
    $1,550
    -1.5%
    0.1%
    Quincy
    $1,530
    $1,890
    0.7%
    2.3%
    Newton
    $1,840
    $2,280
    2.5%
    8.7%
    Lawrence
    $1,440
    $1,790
    1.3%
    2.7%
    Somerville
    $1,710
    $2,120
    1%
    1.8%
    Framingham
    $1,530
    $1,900
    0
    2.2%
    Haverhill
    $1,240
    $1,540
    0
    -0.1%
    Waltham
    $1,750
    $2,180
    3.2%
    3.3%
    Malden
    $1,470
    $1,820
    1.7%
    3.5%
    Brookline
    $2,130
    $2,640
    1.1%
    1.5%
    Medford
    $1,750
    $2,170
    1.4%
    4.5%
    Revere
    $1,390
    $1,730
    1.2%
    2%
    Peabody
    $1,510
    $1,880
    2.9%
    2.6%
    Salem
    $1,410
    $1,750
    1.6%
    2.9%
    Beverly
    $1,340
    $1,660
    1.7%
    0.3%
    Marlborough
    $1,320
    $1,650
    1.8%
    4.7%
    Woburn
    $1,610
    $2,000
    1.9%
    3.2%
    Chelsea
    $1,620
    $2,010
    3.6%
    5%
    Melrose
    $1,460
    $1,810
    0.8%
    5.7%
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    Methodology - Recent Updates:

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    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.

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    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...

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    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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