Though many incoming students have already lined up their housing, I know that other folks are still searching or, even, just kicking off their search. Here’s some advice from Admissions Graduate Assistant Cindy, who conducted her housing search last summer.
During the few months before starting at Fletcher, one of my biggest worries was figuring out where I was going to live. At the time, I was finishing up a teaching job and living with my husband in North Carolina, so I was very anxious about trying to find housing remotely. I could only imagine what that process would be like for students living and working outside of the United States.
I learned very quickly that housing in the Medford/Boston area goes on and off the market at a fast pace, and websites like Zillow were not always helpful. As badly as I wanted to secure housing early on, trying to search for housing in March or April was unrealistic. That being said, I was able to start getting in touch with different realtors and learn about how to find an apartment that suited our needs and budget. After working with a realtor, we ended up taking a weekend trip to Medford in June, looking at a few places within our budget, and submitting an application for an apartment. We eventually moved to Medford in late July.
My situation is not exactly typical of Fletcher students; I wanted to find a one-bedroom apartment for my husband, my dog, and me, which was a difficult task. I would say, however, that it is much easier to find housing if you are open to the idea of roommates, so that you can split the rent. To find out current information about houses or apartments for rent, I would check out the Off Campus Housing Resource Center. On this site, you can click on the apartment listing spreadsheet which is continually updated throughout the year. (Scroll down for the latest listings.) There is also helpful information on trusted real estate agents, but keep in mind you often have to pay realtor fees if you work directly with a broker.
Another way of seeing what is available is getting in touch with current Fletcher students and finding out if they are graduating or relocating. If you’re not already connecting with people on the incoming student Facebook page, it’s not too late. Blakeley Hall, Fletcher’s co-ed dorm for single or married students not living with their spouse/children, is also an option, though by now the rooms will all be taken for Fall 2017. For those who have already reserved a Blakeley room, you’ll find it a great way to remain involved on campus and it has a special culture that its resident have developed over time.
Searching for housing can be stressful, but if you keep in mind the timing of your search as well as the options listed above, I’m sure you will find a great home. Good luck!