International students may apply for on-campus housing or choose to live off-campus in the local community.
Our campus is spread out over several locations in the charming city of Cambridge. Home to world-class universities and multinational corporate headquarters, Cambridge also boasts a vibrant cultural scene, stunning parks and waterfronts, and open spaces. Because of these attractions, the housing market is competitive. We strive to accommodate international students who wish to live on campus, but cannot always do so given limited space. Please visit the Office of Residence Life pages to learn about Lesley's on-campus housing options and policies, especially as they pertain to graduate and exchange students.
Cambridge, Boston and the surrounding areas (including Somerville, Arlington, Medford, Allston, Brighton, Jamaica Plain, Roslindale, South Boston and East Boston) host large and diverse student neighborhoods. You might choose to live with a local family (called a "homestay"), find a shared apartment with other students or young professionals, or rent your own place. Below are suggestions in each category. Searching for a place to live in a new city can be exciting, but it's wise to proceed with safety considerations at the forefront of your planning. See some safety tips in the spotlight on the right side of this page.
Our Home Boston can connect you with friendly, convenient, affordable and safe accommodations with a local family. Homestays offer an excellent balance between experiencing life in a "real" American household while also making friends with American students on campus.
If you're interested in sharing housing with someone from your home country, these websites might be helpful.
Korea: Boston Korea
Sweden: SWEA Boston
Boston Student ApartmentsMassachusetts Apartment GuideOff-Campus Cribs
We strongly encourage you to exercise your own good judgment when evaluating a prospective rental unit or landlord. It might be a good idea to consult with an attorney or adviser before making any financial commitments. Please review the safety tips in the spotlight on the right side of this page.
Lesley University is not responsible or liable for the consequences of any off-campus student housing arrangement, and the University assumes no responsibility for contracts/leases between individuals. Furthermore, the University does not go out and inspect said premises. Inclusion of any property, rental unit, or third-party website in this presentation does not constitute, and shall not be construed or reported as (1) an endorsement or approval by Lesley University of the landlord, its properties, or its business practices, or (2) a warranty or representation by Lesley University as to the quality, safety or other features of such property and/or its owners or management agent(s).
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International Student Services7 Mellen Street, Cambridge, MA, Doble Campus
Laura Covey Kanner, Coordinator+1.617.349.8415
Pan Luo, Graduate Assistant+1.617.349.8865
The Global Guides program matches volunteers with international students to help them get acclimated to
student life at Lesley and to take advantage of Boston's cultural,
recreational, and educational offerings.Contact us to sign up for the program!
German bilingual elementary education exchange student Angelina Knoll found a second home at Lesley. Read more.