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Top 15 Student Towns in Boston

Whether you already live in Boston or you’re planning to purchase Boston real estate, it may be helpful to know which of the Boston neighborhoods are most popular with students in the Hub.

Based on numbers provided by the operations manager for the Department of Neighborhood Development, here’s a ranking of Boston’s most popular neighborhoods with students. This includes neighborhoods most popular with undergrads, graduates, renters and those living in dorms. It may or may not surprise you that every neighborhood in Boston has at least a couple hundred students. Even Charlestown has 234 college students. However, some neighborhoods are significantly more popular with students when it comes to where they choose to live.

  1. Allston-Brighton – 7,651 students. A diverse and lively neighborhood.
  2. Fenway/Kenmore – 5,334 students. Primarily undergrad residents and home to major schools such as Emmanuel, Boston University, Simmons and Wheelock college.
  3. Jamaica Plain/Mission Hill – Almost 4,000 students. Home or adjacent to Northeastern University, Wentworth Institute, Massachusetts College of Art and Longwood Medical
  4. Dorchester – 2,765 students. Many students attend University of Massachusetts Boston as it does not have dorms.
  5. South End – 2,067 students. Slightly more grads than undergrads.
  6. Back Bay/Beacon Hill – 1,849 students. Many of the students in these lovely neighborhoods attend Emerson College and Suffolk University.
  7. Central/Downtown Boston – 1,614 students
  8. Roxbury – 1,208 students
  9. South Boston – 748 students
  10. Roslindale – 741 students
  11. East Boston – 669 students. Popular with students due to lower rental rates and great access to public transportation.
  12. Hyde Park – 558 students
  13. Mattapan – 519 students
  14. West Roxbury – 475 students
  15. Charlestown – 234 students

Whether you want to purchase a rental property or you’re hoping to avoid hordes of college students, we are Boston based and well versed in the characteristics of each neighborhood. Contact us today to begin your housing search.

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