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176 Apartments for rent in Somerville, MA

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Last updated January 22 at 11:42pm UTC
93 Moreland St
Winter Hill
Somerville, MA
Updated January 17 at 1:46am UTC
2 Bedrooms
187 Highland
Powder House
Somerville, MA
Updated January 10 at 2:20am UTC
5 Bedrooms
326 Broadway
Winter Hill
Somerville, MA
Updated January 18 at 10:55am UTC
2 Bedrooms
22 Grand View Ave #2
Prospect Hill
Somerville, MA
Updated January 11 at 10:58am UTC
3 Bedrooms
379 Broadway
Winter Hill
Somerville, MA
Updated January 20 at 11:48am UTC
3 Bedrooms
18 Laurel Ter
Spring Hill
Somerville, MA
Updated January 14 at 9:17am UTC
2 Bedrooms
8 Park Ave
Davis Square
Somerville, MA
Updated January 22 at 9:57am UTC
3 Bedrooms
501 Assembly Row Unit 837B
Mystic River
Somerville, MA
Updated January 22 at 11:42pm UTC
1 Bedroom
383 Broadway
Winter Hill
Somerville, MA
Updated January 22 at 5:53pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
202 Elm Street 2
Porter Square
Somerville, MA
Updated January 3 at 3:50pm UTC
5 Bedrooms
315 Broadway
Winter Hill
Somerville, MA
Updated January 22 at 9:52am UTC
3 Bedrooms
80 Governor Winthrop Road
Ten Hills
Somerville, MA
Updated January 3 at 11:46am UTC
2 Bedrooms
158 Walnut St
Winter Hill
Somerville, MA
Updated January 20 at 2:25am UTC
4 Bedrooms
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City Guide
Moving to Somerville

This urban community is one that attracts a wide range of people. The charming architecture and the proximity to the various larger cities in the area, including Cambridge and Everett, make it a desirable place to look for an apartment for rent. This younger community is also home to a wide range of college students, as well as young professionals. So really, no matter who you are, there is a place for you here -- unless you are a zombie or something. But, seriously, this area has a great mix of people. Heck, even Dirty Dan McBride from Sha Na Na once lived here. If you don't know who that is, you must be a yungin.

Renting in Somerville

With 62 percent of the city's residences being rentals, there is no doubt you will find a place to call home here at some point. However, the city has a low unoccupied rate, at just four percent. This makes it more challenging to find high end apartments. You will need to have a high level of income and good credit to find the best apartments for rent. Keep in mind, you are competing with college students for these apartments, so if you are out of college, you have a leg up on a lot of the competition. Sorry all you college kids out there; it's just the way it is. Most landlords in this area would prefer almost anyone over a college student. So, if you're in college and looking for a place to rent, be prepared to use your smart brain to do some fast talking and convince the landlord that you are extra responsible. Having good references will help you to secure the property you want to have.

Neighborhoods in Somerville

Somerville has a lot of old buildings, but it also has some very nice community neighborhoods with various amenities throughout them. The following are some of the largest neighborhoods in the area.

Broadway: Located in the near heart of the city, Broadway is home to Tufts University Educational Center and Hodgkins Curtin Park. Overall, this is a densely populated region. There are plenty of townhomes, condos and apartments for rent in this region. If you're interested in renting a single family house, you will have to search long and hard, because although one pops up for rent from time to time, it doesn't happen often. Most single family houses in this area are owner occupied.

West Somerville: West Somerville is another densely populated neighborhood. Here you will find a variety of homes and commercial establishments. Towards the north is Minuteman Trail Extension. You will find most of the commercial businesses along Highland Avenue and Elm Street. With a wide range of historic buildings, this area is a popular area for those who are looking for charming townhomes and remodeled lofts for rent. Many of the houses are on the smaller side.

Alewife Brook: In this area, which lies right to the west of Dilboy Stadium, you will find the Dilboy Field Pool and the North Street Playground. You will find mostly single family homes sitting on large lots in this area. Many of the streets here are one-way, which can get frustrating at times. Miss your turn and you will have to drive in circles to try and get back to your intended destination. At least you can always use the one-way streets as an excuse for being late to work.

Tufts: This area is most well known for Tufts University, which is located just to the northeast of this community. Ellis Oval is a larger subdivision area that is established here, too. The Voute Tennis Courts are towards the north. Some larger homes are in this area, but historic charm is found on nearly every building you will find in this region. A few other attractions here include Fletcher Field, Triangle Park and Kraft Field. As you can tell, this area is definitely an outstanding region with all of the parks, soccer fields and baseball diamonds throughout it.

Boston Avenue: This area of Somerville is home to Powder House Square, a larger square dominating the region with small artisan shops, coffee houses and a few business offices. The Morrison House Bed and Breakfast is located here. This area is well known for its historic charm (again, it is all those old buildings that make this community so special.) The homes for rent here include some apartments, a few lofts and townhomes. Overall, this area is well established and easy to walk through if you want to navigate the region by foot.

Union Square: Union Square is known for its history, but it is also an ideal residential area. A variety of locations here are worth a visit, including the Veterans Memorial Park and Market Basket, a traditional shopping center. This is a central location in the city, but there are only a handful of subdivisions here. In these, most of the households are single family homes, though you will find a duplex or two for rent in this region. And, it is pet friendly. Nunziato Field Dog Park is located towards the western portion of this community. Yay for Fido.

Holland: When you move towards the Holland area, homes become slightly larger and the area becomes much more residentially focused, rather than focused on commercial businesses and squares. Home lots are on the smaller side here, but that is more common than not no matter where you go in Somerville.

Washington Street: Also known as Ward 2, this community region is just off Beacon Street. It is a small area without a lot of commercial aspects to it at all. You will find Concord Square in this area. Lincoln Park (the neighborhood, not the band) is nearly the center of this neighborhood. What's nice is that it is a very walk friendly area with mostly single family homes, condos, townhomes and apartments for rent. You will find many one way streets, which seems to cut down on traffic congestion some. At least that's what the city planners tell us.

Rent Report

January 2018 Somerville Rent Report

Welcome to the January 2018 Somerville Rent Report. Somerville rents declined over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Somerville rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

Somerville rents declined significantly over the past month

Somerville rents have declined 0.5% over the past month, but are up moderately by 2.4% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Somerville stand at $1,610 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,990 for a two-bedroom. This is the fourth straight month that the city has seen rent decreases after an increase in August. Somerville's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 1.9%, but trails the national average of 2.8%.

Rents rising across the Boston Metro

Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of Somerville, 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.

  • Lawrence has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 5.3%. The median two-bedroom there costs $1,660, while one-bedrooms go for $1,340.
  • Over the past month, Framingham has seen the biggest rent drop in the metro, with a decline of 1.8%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $1,810, while one-bedrooms go for $1,460.
  • Haverhill has the least expensive rents in the Boston metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,460; rents went down 0.2% over the past month but rose 2.4% over the past year.
  • Newton has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the Boston metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,210; rents fell 1.0% over the past month but rose 2.0% over the past year.

Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Somerville

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

  • Somerville's median two-bedroom rent of $1,990 is above the national average of $1,160. Nationwide, rents have grown by 2.8% over the past year compared to the 2.4% rise in Somerville.
  • While Somerville's rents rose moderately over the past year, the city of DC saw a decrease of 0.3%.
  • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Somerville than most large cities. For example, Philadelphia has a median 2BR rent of $1,160, where Somerville 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 $1,660 $2,050 -0.3% 1.9%
Lowell $1,210 $1,500 -0.0% 2.1%
Cambridge $1,760 $2,180 0.0% 1.0%
Brockton $1,300 $1,610 -0.4% -0.2%
Quincy $1,460 $1,810 -1.3% 3.6%
Newton $1,780 $2,210 -1.0% 2.0%
Lawrence $1,340 $1,660 0.4% 5.3%
Somerville $1,610 $1,990 -0.5% 2.4%
Framingham $1,460 $1,810 -1.8% 2.0%
Haverhill $1,180 $1,460 -0.2% 2.4%
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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.


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.