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Housing Access and Off-Campus Living

REEF Apartment Search 101 (in-person and virtual)

View our Housing Search 101 presentation for tips and tricks for searching for off campus housing!


Simmons Off Campus Housing Website

For students looking to live off-campus, the off-campus housing website is a great tool. This website helps students connect with Simmons peers and other Boston based college students through roommate searches and house listings. Students can complete a profile including their interests, education, and roommate preferences to find the best matches for their area. Other specifications such as price range, number of bedrooms, and unit features can be filtered in the search process as well.

Additional resources on commuting to campus, commuter services at Simmons, and Commuter Dining Plans can be found on our Commuter Services Page.


Simmons Student Assistance Program

The Simmons Student Assistance Program offers an abundance of helpful resources related to off-campus living and housing. All Simmons students may utilize this platform free of charge via the SAP website, phone number, or chat feature. We recommend accessing housing resources under the Home&Auto Tab. Resources include topics such as:

  • Tenants/renters rights
  • What to look for in a roommate
  • Preparing for a move
  • How to best communicate with your landlord and neighbors

Additional Online Resources

The REEF Beyond Simmons Resource Guide includes many resources within the MA and Boston communities. We recommend the following spreadsheet tabs to support you in your search:

  • Apartment Rentals, Sublets, & Storage
  • Commuting
  • Housing Access and Utility Relief
  • Emergency Housing Resources

Off Campus Housing Access Resources

Like many cities, Boston is in the midst of a housing crisis. With pressures like the continuing pandemic, support around rental relief, utility relief, and other housing access resources have become more important than ever.

List of Young Adult Emergency Housing Options & Supports (ages 24 and under)
Find emergency housing options & support in the Metro Boston area and beyond.

Rental Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT) and Emergency Rental and Mortgage Assistance (ERMA)
RAFT and ERMA provide short-term financial assistance to low-income families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. They can help with costs such as utilities and rent.

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
Known as Fuel Assistance, LIHEAP provides eligible households with help in paying a portion of winter heating bills.

Metro Housing Boston
Mobilizes resources to provide services that lead families and individuals to housing stability, economic security, and an improved quality of life.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Emergency Rental Fund
If you identify as indigenous, you may be eligible for rental funding from the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Emergency Rental Fund.

City of Boston Rental Relief Fund
The city of Boston will provide rental assistance for eligible people within the city of Boston. Fill out the application online to see your eligibility.

Project Home Again
Project Home Again aims to provide access to free furniture and home goods to people in the Greater Boston Area. Check out the website to see how you can access these goods.

Boston Office of Housing Stability
Contact at 617-635-4200 (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.) for assistance surrounding safe and stable housing. For help outside these hours, please contact BOS:311. You can dial 3-1-1 or call 617-635-4500.

City Life/Vida Urbana
City Life is a housing justice organization located in Jamaica Plain, Boston. They offer an eviction emergency hotline, mutual aid resources, tenants rights, as well as other housing related resources.

Asian American Civic Association Boston (AACA)
Connect with a Housing Counselor. They will provide community outreach, case management, stabilization services, housing court assistance and eviction prevention in addition to follow up. Our counselor helps clients to find low-income, elderly and government subsidized housing and assists them in processing their application.