16 Apartments under 1200 for rent in Boston, MA

Last updated September 26 at 5:36AM
6 Pine St
Stony Brook - Cleary Square
Boston, MA
Updated September 26 at 3:59AM
2 Bedrooms
$1,100
67 Lambert Ave
Highland Park
Boston, MA
Updated September 2 at 9:54AM
5 Bedrooms
$1,000
76 Verndale
Coolidge Corner
Brookline, MA
Updated September 21 at 7:23PM
1 Bedroom
$875
Results within 1 miles of Boston, MA
7 Parkdale Street
Ward Two
Somerville, MA
Updated September 21 at 7:23PM
1 Bedroom
$900
Results within 5 miles of Boston, MA
275 Market St
, MA
Updated September 15 at 4:19AM
1 Bedroom
$1,000
Results within 10 miles of Boston, MA
17 Winthrop Street
North Abington
Abington, MA
Updated September 26 at 2:25AM
1 Bedroom
$900
Results within 20 miles of Boston, MA
11 King Street
North Wilmington
Wilmington, MA
Updated September 26 at 3:58AM
3 Bedrooms
$1,000
40 COCHITUATE RD
Framingham
Framingham, MA
Updated September 26 at 5:35AM
Studio
$1,150
20 Gibbon St
French Hill
Marlborough, MA
Updated September 23 at 3:14AM
1 Bedroom
$1,150
587 Haverhill Street
Tower Hill
Lawrence, MA
Updated September 26 at 5:36AM
1 Bedroom
$975
145 Highland St
Somerset
Taunton, MA
Updated September 26 at 3:14AM
1 Bedroom
$1,124
13 Proctor Street
Central Gloucester
Gloucester, MA
Updated September 11 at 2:59AM
1 Bedroom
$1,100
23 Bradlee St
Codman Square - East Codman Hill
Boston, MA
Updated September 26 at 1:33AM
Studio
$700
Main St
Marlborough Junction
Marlborough, MA
Updated September 26 at 3:03AM
Studio
$875
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Rent Report
Boston

September 2017 Boston Rent Report

Welcome to the September 2017 Boston Rent Report. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Boston rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro and nation.

Boston rents increased marginally over the past month

Boston rents have increased 0.2% over the past month, and are up moderately by 2.3% in comparison to the same time last 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 3.8%, as well as the national average of 3.0%.

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

  • Somerville has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 8.0%. The median two-bedroom there costs $2,110, while one-bedrooms go for $1,700.
  • Over the past year, Marlborough is the only city in the metro that has seen rents fall, with a decline of 2.9%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $1,510, while one-bedrooms go for $1,200.
  • Brookline has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the Boston metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,630; rents decreased 0.3% over the past month but were up 4.0% over the past year.
  • Haverhill has the least expensive rents in the Boston metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,460; rents increased 0.8% over the past month and 2.3% over the past year.

Similar cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Boston

Rent growth in Boston has been relatively stable over the past year - some other large cities have seen more substantial increases; in contrast, rents in a few cities have actually declined. Compared to most other large cities across the country, Boston is less affordable for renters.

  • Massachusetts as a whole has logged 3.8% year-over-year growth, while rent trends across other cities throughout the state have seen both increases and decreases.
  • Boston's median two-bedroom rent of $2,090 is above the national average of $1,160. Nationwide, rents have grown by 3.0% over the past year compared to the 2.3% increase in Boston.
  • While rents in Boston remained moderately stable this year, similar cities saw increases, including Seattle (+5.4%), Los Angeles (+5.0%), and Chicago (+3.8%); note that median 2BR rents in these cities go for $1,710, $1,740, and $1,290 respectively.
  • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Boston than most similar 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 0.2% 2.3%
Lowell $1,240 $1,530 -1.0% 4.0%
Cambridge $1,820 $2,260 1.0% 3.3%
Quincy $1,500 $1,860 0.5% 1.9%
Somerville $1,700 $2,110 0.5% 8.0%
Framingham $1,490 $1,850 -0.1% 0.8%
Haverhill $1,180 $1,460 0.8% 2.3%
Waltham $1,710 $2,110 -0.7% 3.1%
Brookline $2,120 $2,630 -0.3% 4.0%
Marlborough $1,200 $1,510 -0.9% -2.9%

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.