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71 Houses for rent in Boston, MA

Last updated September 22 at 1:24pm UTC
160 Saint Botolph St Apt 1
Back Bay
Boston, MA
Updated September 22 at 1:24pm UTC
1 Bedroom
$2,300
43 greenwich st
Lower Roxbury
Boston, MA
Updated September 22 at 2:52am UTC
4 Bedrooms
$4,000
20 Greenwich St
Lower Roxbury
Boston, MA
Updated September 22 at 2:51am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$3,200
47 High View Ave
Upper Washington - Spring Street
Boston, MA
Updated September 21 at 4:52pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
$2,500
46 Radnor
St. Elizabeth's
Boston, MA
Updated September 14 at 10:34am UTC
7 Bedrooms
$9,000
1949 Commonwealth Ave
St. Elizabeth's
Boston, MA
Updated September 11 at 10:47am UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,700
35 Lindsey
Fields Corner West
Boston, MA
Updated September 5 at 3:25am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$2,650
14 Montfern Ave
Oak Square
Boston, MA
Updated September 1 at 10:01am UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,700
1409 Commonwealth Ave - Unit 304
St. Elizabeth's
Boston, MA
Updated September 1 at 9:57am UTC
Studio
$1,520
121 Williams St 3
Jamaica Central - South Sumner
Boston, MA
Updated August 20 at 11:01am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$2,600
153 Bigelow St
Oak Square
Boston, MA
Updated July 4 at 2:23am UTC
4 Bedrooms
$3,600
87 Kiely Road
Riverdale
Dedham, MA
Updated September 22 at 2:51am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$2,400
337 Western Ave
Riverside
Cambridge, MA
Updated September 21 at 9:36pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
$3,800
1 Riverside Pl
Riverside
Cambridge, MA
Updated September 21 at 2:46am UTC
1 Bedroom
$3,850
134 Hanson Rd
Oak Hill
Newton, MA
Updated September 8 at 3:15am UTC
6 Bedrooms
$6,800
25 Mount Hood Road
Commonwealth
Boston, MA
Updated September 21 at 12:58pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
$2,100
40 Newcastle Rd
Oak Square
Boston, MA
Updated September 16 at 1:08pm UTC
4 Bedrooms
$3,400
96 Waumbeck St
Washington Park
Boston, MA
Updated September 11 at 10:48am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$2,750
Results within 1 miles of Boston, MA
10 Brooksdale Rd
Oak Square
Boston, MA
Updated September 8 at 7:07am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$2,300
7 Grimes Street
D Street - West Broadway
Boston, MA
Updated September 1 at 10:03am UTC
4 Bedrooms
$3,600
153 Bigelow St
Oak Square
Boston, MA
Updated August 29 at 10:58pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
$3,500
34 Academy Hill Rd
St. Elizabeth's
Boston, MA
Updated August 23 at 10:17am UTC
4 Bedrooms
$3,000
75 Cottage St
South Brookline
Brookline, MA
Updated September 18 at 1:08pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
$3,500
267 North Beacon St
East Watertown
Watertown Town, MA
Updated September 17 at 3:01am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$2,700

September 2018 Boston Rent Report

Welcome to the September 2018 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.

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September 2018 Boston Rent Report

Welcome to the September 2018 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 rent trends were flat over the past month

Boston rents have increased 0.1% over the past month, and have increased marginally by 0.5% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Boston stand at $1,700 for a one-bedroom apartment and $2,100 for a two-bedroom. Boston's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 1.1%, as well as 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, 9 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 the least expensive rents in the Boston metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,520; the city has also experienced the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 4.0%.
  • Newton has seen rents fall by 0.1% over the past month, the biggest drop in the metro. It's also the most expensive city in the Boston metro with a two-bedroom median of $2,330.

Comparable cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Boston

As rents have increased in Boston, other large cities nationwide have seen rents grow more modestly, or in some cases, even decline. Compared to most similar cities across the country, Boston is less affordable for renters.

  • Boston's median two-bedroom rent of $2,100 is above the national average of $1,180. Nationwide, rents have grown by 1.0% over the past year compared to the 0.5% increase in Boston.
  • While Boston's rents rose over the past year, many cities nationwide saw decreases, including Seattle (-2.4%), Baltimore (-2.1%), and Chicago (-1.6%).
  • 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 $1,700 $2,100 0.1% 0.5%
Lowell $1,240 $1,540 0.4% 0.0%
Cambridge $1,820 $2,260 0.2% -0.0%
Brockton $1,330 $1,650 0.6% 0.8%
Quincy $1,510 $1,870 0.2% 0.6%
Newton $1,880 $2,330 -0.1% 1.7%
Lawrence $1,370 $1,690 0.3% 1.8%
Somerville $1,700 $2,110 0.3% 0.0%
Framingham $1,520 $1,880 0.5% 1.7%
Haverhill $1,230 $1,520 0.2% 4.0%
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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.