Housing Network

The Longy Housing Network provides useful resources that will help guide your housing search. Please keep in mind that Longy is not an official roommate or apartment referral service. Students are expected to take the initiative in securing their own housing and roommates. 

 

Guidelines

The following information is intended to give you a head-start on your move by providing you with basic information about getting settled in the Greater Boston Area.

Please be aware that while affordable housing is possible to find in the city, there are many scams artists in operation. We advise all our students to be wary of extremely low rental prices, especially when considering online listings. 

Arranging for Utilities

Often your apartment will only be set up for one provider of each type of utility, so be sure to check with your landlord as to which utility company you should use before contacting a company. Also, companies usually offer discounts for combined phone, cable, and internet services.

Electricity or Gas 
NStar 800-592-2000
National Grid, 800-322-3223

Cable/Internet 
Comcast 800-COMCAST
RCN 800-RING-RCN
Verizon 800-870-9999

Heating

Costs can be included in your monthly rent or can be charged to your apartment every quarter. Heating costs during the winter months are naturally much higher than in other seasons, and are often separate from electricity charges.  Be sure to ask what the average cost for heating is per quarter/month if applicable.

Renter's Insurance

You may want to invest in an insurance policy that provides coverage for your personal property from loss due to theft, fire, or flooding. These policies are relatively inexpensive, especially considering how useful they can be in the event of a major misfortune. They also generally include protection from personal liability if a visitor is injured while in your apartment. It would also be a good idea to look into a policy that provides coverage for your instrument(s). Policies can be obtained through a private insurer or through the Massachusetts Property Insurance Underwriters Association (MPIUA), also known as FAIR Plan.

MPIUA/FAIR Plan
2 Center Plaza, 7th Floor
Boston, MA 02108
www.mpiua.com

Housing Rights & Responsibilities

Information on tenant rights, laws, and protection within the state of Massachusetts can be accessed here.

As a student you need to consider the following when deciding to rent an apartment or room:

  • Distance of the apartment from Longy
  • Accessibility to public transportation
  • Rent and other costs, such as security deposits and/or realtor fees
  • Cost of utilities and whether heating is electric or gas (electric heat is far more expensive)
  • Conditions of the lease that the landlord will require. These include time of payment, proper use of the apartment, maintenance and repair, subletting, and ending the lease
  • Cost of furnishing the apartment in the way you prefer to live

 

The Lease

Although it is possible to find apartments which are rented on a month-to-month basis, the vast majority of renters sign leases. The lease is a legal agreement between the tenant and the landlord that the tenant will stay in the apartment for a certain amount of time and pay the landlord a certain amount of money per month. It is meant to protect you as the renter as much as it is to protect the landlord, so make sure that everything that is agreed upon is in writing and that the landlord gives you a copy of the lease for your records. Also, be sure to read the lease thoroughly before signing it. If you would like to make any changes, discuss them with the landlord before you sign your name. The most common lease term is one year (12 months), not the 9-month academic year. If you rent an apartment in September and do not expect to stay in the apartment during the following summer, it is common for students to find people to sublet the apartment temporarily. Please keep in mind that when subletting your apartment to someone, you are responsible if that person does not pay the rent.

Follow these lease guidelines:

  • Read everything carefully.
  • Be sure the form is complete before signing.
  • If you have made special lease agreements with the landlord, make sure they have been added and are signed by both you and the landlord.
  • Find out how the lease can be renewed when the term is finished.
  • Keep a copy of the lease signed by you and the landlord.

Your lease should include:

  • Beginning and ending dates of the contract
  • Amount of the rent
  • Security deposit cost and what it covers
  • Furniture and appliances included with the apartment or house
  • Procedures for subletting
  • Party responsible for yard and shoveling of snow, trash removal, etc.
  • Whether utilities are included in the rent
  • Whether there is a parking space included

Common Lease Requirements:

  • Amount of Rent – When you sign a lease you promise to pay the entire amount, not just the monthly amount. This means that if you leave the apartment before your lease expires, the landlord may require you, by law, to pay the rest of the rent due.
  • Amount of Security Deposit – The landlord is required to pay you interest on this amount. You should ask the landlord what the interest rate is equal to.
  • Rent Due Date – Rent is usually due on the first day of each month. If the rent is not paid on time, there is usually an extra charge you must pay.
  • Length of Lease – Most leases are for one year. You may be able to sign shorter leases at some apartments, although the rent may be higher.
  • Maintenance requirements – You are expected to keep the apartment clean and free of excess garbage. If you break anything in the apartment, you are expected to pay to have it repaired. Normal wear is expected. However, grease on kitchen walls, for example, is not considered normal wear and a landlord may deduct from your security deposit to have the walls painted.
  • Breaking the contract – If you leave the apartment before the end of the lease, you may still be required to pay the remaining months’ rent if you cannot find another renter.
  • Subletting – With many apartments, you will not be allowed to rent the apartment to another person without the owner’s written permission. Be sure that you understand this if you think you may want to leave before your lease ends.

Please note:

Rents usually do not include utilities. It is common for landlords to require you to pay the first month’s rent, the last month’s rent, and a security deposit, which is usually the equivalent of one month’s rent. Make sure you get a receipt for every payment made to the landlord. If there is no damage to the apartment while you are living there, the security deposit will be refunded to you when you move out. As a result, the initial costs of moving into an apartment are high but become more affordable after the initial deposit.

Roommates

The Office of Admission and Student Services offers you the opportunity the fill out a Roommate Request Form. We will distribute a list of requests to Conservatory Students before the start of each semester. Students can use this list to contact individuals requesting roommates directly. 

Housing Available

Please contact the poster directly. Longy does not serve as an intermediary service.

PLEASE EXERCISE REASONABLE CAUTION DURING THE HOUSING PROCESS.

Be cautious of rental rates that are far below market value. Rates typically range from $500-600 or higher for a shared apartment in the metro Boston area. There are many scams in operation, especially on third party sites.

Please DO NOT send any money via wire transfer or check to a landlord or realtor sight unseen. Consult the Housing Guidelines for more information on finding an apartment.

Postings

January 11th, 2017

Name (First and Last): Tiffany Taghabon
Email: ttaghabon(at)hotmail.com
Phone: 4379912022
Age : 23
Gender: Female
Instrument: Piano
Program: Master of Music
Describe your housing search:: I currently have housing and I am looking for potential roommates to fill a vacancy in a room/apartment
Roommate Gender Preference : Femal
Roommate Age Preference : 18-21, 22-26, 26-32
Smoking Preference: No preference
Pet Preference: I have no preference
Additional Comments: I'm a longy student on leave of absence, I'm looking for a sublet for my room from january-august 2017. 12 minutes away from davis square T, very easy to get to Longy. Only 425 a month + utilities (very cheap for the boston area), for a shared room. 4 bedroom house filled with nice Longy graduate students. email or text me for more info :) 

January 2nd, 2017

Name: (Ms )Dal Hucknall
Email: dalh79(at)gmail.com
Phone: 7814246249
Neighborhood: East Arlington
Monthly Rent: 900
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Furnished? : Fully furnished
Nearby Transportation: 77 Bus, Red line MBTA
Amenities include (e.g. parking, laundry, utilities):: Parking, laundry, utilities,porch. Steps from pond and bike path
Can the student practice in the room?: Yes
Additional comments:: This is a unique , sunny and beautiful room in a 2 family house. Fully furnished quiet and peaceful location ,steps away from Spy Pond , the bike path and MBTA
Upfront Costs: First month, Security deposit 

December 14th, 2016

Name: Naomi Sacks
Email: sacks.naomi(at)gmail.com
Phone: 6178725474
Neighborhood: Belmont
Monthly Rent: $925
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Furnished? : Partially furnished
Nearby Transportation: We are about a mile from the Cambridge line, and a few minutes walk to bus to Longy and Harvard Square.
Amenities include (e.g. parking, laundry, utilities):: All utilities are included in the rent, as are wi-fi and cable (Verizon Fios). Renter is welcome to use on-site washer and dryer.
Can the student practice in the room?: Yes
Additional comments:: Rental is large, full finished basement in our family's house in Belmont. Private entrance and full, private bath. Great, convenient neighborhood about 1 mile from Fresh Pond and the Cambridge line with easy access to Longy. Available furnished, as needed.
Upfront Costs: First month, Security deposit 

December 5th, 2016

Name: Sharon Jasminez
Email: sharonjasminez(at)gmail.com
Phone: 617-800-7116
Neighborhood: Back Bay, Boston, MA
Monthly Rent: $1160
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Furnished? : Fully furnished
Nearby Transportation: Green Line, Bus No. 1 (Harvard/Dudley)
Amenities include (e.g. parking, laundry, utilities)::
Can the student practice in the room?: Yes
Additional comments:: I'm looking for a person who can take my place in a triple room at a residence call Bayridge. It's $1160/month includes 2 meals (Breakfast and Dinner) on weekdays and 3 meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) on weekends. Rent also includes cleaning services, linen services every week. Shared bathroom with the other residence on the specific floor, the staff cleans the bathroom every morning so it's super duper clean!! If you want to know more about Bayridge Residence please visit http://www.bayridgeresidence.org. Please do let me know if you're interested!! Need a person ASAP!! My number is 617-800-7116, send me text messages only please, I don't answer unknown calls. Thank you! :)
Upfront Costs: 

November 16th, 2016

Name: Barbara Bailey
Email: barbarabailey(at)rcn.com 

$1,100 per room, 1 bed/1 bath
Amenities: Convenient for Faculty/Staff, Graduate Students
No Laundry in Unit, Off-Street Parking, On-Street Parking, Pets Not Allowed, Air Conditioning, Carpet, Dining Room, Dishwasher, Fireplace, Furnished, Garbage Disposal, Hardwood Floors, Microwave
Patio, Balcony, Porch or Deck, Private Yard/Garden, Smoke-Free
Utilities Included In Rent: Electricity, Gas, Heat, Internet, Recycling, Trash Removal, Water/Sewer

 

November 16th, 2016

Name: Barbara Bailey
Email: barbarabailey(at)rcn.com 

ONE ROOM IN A LARGE FANCY QUIET VICTORIAN HOUSE
68 Marshall St Watertown, MA 02472
TOTAL MONTHLY RENT:, $1,100 per room, 1 bed / 1 bath
Watertown Neighborhood
TYPE: House
UPFRONT REQUIREMENTS:
First Month Rent, Last Month Rent, Security Deposit
MOVE-IN: Available Now

 

November 16th, 2016

Name: Barbara Bailey
Email: barbarabailey(at)rcn.com 

1 large bedroom available with shared bath in a fancy renovated Victorian house in Watertown. Available 11/01/2016 or later, we are flexible, preferbalyby Jan 1 2017. Many windows. Kitchen privileges. Walk to 71 bus to Harvard Square. Or bike to Harvard Square. Bike storage. Quiet and safe area. $100 for utilities! No laundry in unit, but laundry wash and fold drop off service available -$1 per pound. No smoking, No space heaters, No dorm refrigerators and No room air conditioners. The house has heat, AC, and kitchen refrigerator to share. 1- car parking included. Comes with marble sink, furnished with full/queen bed, new desk, etc.

September 7th, 2016

Name: gloria thompson
Email: glothomp@comcast.net
Phone: 617-784-2424
Neighborhood: central square in cambridge
Monthly Rent: $3,300.00
Bedrooms: 3 plus
Bathrooms: one
Furnished? : Unfurnished
Nearby Transportation: bus and train transportation five minutes to bus and train station. Also the home is a fifteen minutes walking from Harvard university and MIT
Amenities include (e.g. parking, laundry, utilities):: There is on street parking as well as off street parking at an additional cost of $100.00. Utilities are not included. There is coin operated washer and dryer in basement.
Can the student practice in the room?: Yes
Additional comments:: This beautiful well maintained townhouse is near to daycare and elementar y school. The apartment is deleaded with a certificate of deleading.
Upfront Costs: First month, Last month, Security deposit, Additional upfront costs (list below) The security deposit is $500.00 and a key fee of 75.00 

August 22nd, 2016

Name: Gael
Email: sexton781(at)gmail.com
Phone: 
Neighborhood: Cambridge
Monthly Rent: $740
Bedrooms: 1 
Bathrooms: 1 
Furnished? : 
Nearby Transportation: #71 and #73 bus lines
http://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/roo/5739272855.html

 

August 22nd, 2016

Name: Nike Damaskos
Email: nike_damaskos(at)harvard.edu
Phone: 617-875-5276
Neighborhood: Belmont
Monthly Rent: nominal
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Furnished? : Partially furnished
Nearby Transportation: 5 miles from Longy. On 2 bus lines that go to Harvard Sq and pass Longy
Amenities include (e.g. parking, laundry, utilities):: Parking, Laundry & limited kitchen. You would be responsible for your food and keeping the kitchen clean after your use. I have 2 small and friendly dogs so you must like dogs. No smoking or smokers allowed.
Can the student practice in the room?: Yes
Additional comments:: There is a baby grand piano in the house that you could use for practice
Upfront Costs: Additional upfront costs (list below) You would pay a portion of monthly internet use. 

August 17th, 2016

Name: Claire Gilbert
Email: cgilbert242(at)yahoo.com
Phone: 646-453-9107
Neighborhood: West Somerville
Monthly Rent: $850
Bedrooms: 1 bedroom in 4 room apartment
Bathrooms: 1 
Furnished? : 
Nearby Transportation: buses to Davis, T to Harvard, buses to Boston
Amenities include (e.g. parking, laundry, utilities):: Utilities. 
Can the student practice in the room?: Yes 
Additional comments:: Seeking professional woman to share very sunny, spacious, furnished four room apartment, on a quiet side street, 5 blocks from Tufts, one block to buses to Davis Square, T to Harvard Square, and buses to Boston.  The person may be a faculty member, staff, graduate student at local college, university, Public Health/Nutrition Holistic health school, or Music/Arts Conservatory.  The apartment is available for September 1st or 15th (October 1 possibly but prefer earlier).  The rent is $850 per month.  Including utilities, with phone and heating oil additional  A one month security deposit is necessary, and references requested.  House is a non-smoking, no harsh chemical cleaners, green-friendly environment.  Vegetarian or semi vegetarian person is preferred, with healthy, environmentally conscious lifestyle and values.  
Upfront Costs: First month, Security deposit, Broker's fee 

August 17th, 2016

Name: Madeline Ross
Email: madelinelross(at)gmail.com
Phone:
Neighborhood: Somerville (Close to Harvard Campus)
Monthly Rent: $1100
Bedrooms: 1bdrm in a 2 bdrm apartment
Bathrooms: 1
Furnished? : Unfurnished
Nearby Transportation: Close to Harvard transit
Amenities include (e.g. parking, laundry, utilities):: Laundry in building, yard,
Can the student practice in the room?: Yes
Additional comments:: Come share our awesome apartment! Hoping to find a roommate so we can sign the lease together!
Upfront Costs: First month, Security deposit, Broker's fee 

August 17th, 2016

Name: Madeleine Bonn
Email: madeleine.bonn(at)gmail.com
Phone: 4155044875
Neighborhood: Cambridge
Monthly Rent: $825
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Furnished? : Unfurnished
Nearby Transportation: Two blocks from the 73 and 71 bus lines wgich go directly into Harvard Square.
Amenities include (e.g. parking, laundry, utilities):: This is a beautiful, quiet, clean place to live. Not a party zone. I am a quiet, professional ballet dancer. Laundry in building, shared utilities. Here is the link to the craigslist ad: http://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/roo/5725241392.html
Can the student practice in the room?: Yes
Additional comments::
Upfront Costs: First month, Last month 

August 17th, 2016

Name: Mary Starkey
Email: marykstarkey(at)gmail.com
Phone:
Neighborhood: Watertown (10-15 minute bus to Harvard Square)
Monthly Rent: $900 (utilities included)
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1, shared
Furnished? : Partially furnished
Nearby Transportation: #73 Bus to Harvard Square (trip is 10-20 minutes, depending on traffic)
Amenities include (e.g. parking, laundry, utilities):: Quiet & safe neighborhood, Coin-op laundry in basement, AC window unit, dishwasher, garbage disposal, hardwood floors, shops across the street, 1 off-street parking space, street parking (no overnight street parking in winter)
Can the student practice in the room?: Yes
Additional comments:: This is a wonderful neighborhood! I'm a graduate of New England Conservatory and I work full-time for a non-profit. My roommate is musician-friendly and works at a nearby hospital. This is a great spot for a commute to the Harvard Square area!
Upfront Costs: First month, Security deposit 

August 17th, 2016

Name: MinYoung Song
Email: belmont37oxford(at)yahoo.com
Phone: 4133740659
Neighborhood: Belmont
Monthly Rent: $800
Bedrooms: 1 private room
Bathrooms: Shared full bath
Furnished? : Unfurnished
Nearby Transportation: Harvard Square is 10min. by the 73 or 71 bus.
Amenities include (e.g. parking, laundry, utilities):: 
One parking space, Wi-fi, heat,hot water, electricity included. Laundry in the basement
Can the student practice in the room?: Yes
Additional comments:: Supermarkets, CVS, restaurants and bars all walking distance. Looking for 1st/last/security to move in. Prefer a non-smoker but there is back yard if you do, just not inside.
Upfront Costs: First month, Last month 

July 28th, 2016

Name: PA KIM
Email: kimpa(at)theacademy.ac
Phone: 6174922722
Neighborhood: 6 Manassas Ave, Cambridge. 10 minutes walk to Harvard Square
Monthly Rent: $1,250
Bedrooms: 9
Bathrooms: 5
Furnished? : Fully furnished
Nearby Transportation: Public transportation #72, #74, #75, #78
Amenities include (e.g. parking, laundry, utilities):: Coin Laundry, Free wireless Internet, All utilities are included
Can the student practice in the room?: No
Additional comments::
Upfront Costs: First month, Last month, Security deposit