Boston Apartments: Cheapest to Most Expensive Neighborhoods to Live In

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Spot Easy knows that moving to Boston can be hard to navigate. Boston has over 20 neighborhoods, and 83 subdistricts, meaning there is a lot to choose from. Each area of Boston is differently priced, depending on location, surrounding areas, and unit perks. When looking for apartments in the city on a budget, you may be overwhelmed with neighborhoods to choose from. That’s why we’ve ranked each area of Boston from least to most expensive, so you don’t need to stress your move!

#19 Mattapan:

Mattapan is south of South Boston, neighboring Dorchester. Mattapan is well known for being a family-friendly neighborhood, with plenty to do in surrounding areas. This is one of the least expensive places to live in Boston! 

Studio- $1000-$1700

One Bed- $1300- $2000

Two-Three Bed- $1700-$2400

Average: $1700

 

#18 Jamaica Plain:

Jamaica Plain, a.k.a. JP is one of the most diverse areas in the city. With Harvard University nearby, and plenty of walking trails, JP is one of the cheapest, yet most eventful places to stay!

Studio-$1000-$1600

One Bed- $1500-$2500

Two-Three Bed- $2200-$3200

Average: $2000

 

#17 East Boston:

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While East Boston, a.k.a. Eastie, is across the water from Boston, this area is filled with waterfront views, beach areas to explore, and is only a few towns over from the rest of the North Shore. Save your money and live across the water in Eastie, you won't regret it!

Studio- $1200-$1800

One Bed- $1500-$2000

Two-Three Bed- $1900-$3000

Average: $2100

 

#16 Brighton:

Brighton is known for its easy commute into the city via. Storrow Drive. Filled with quaint neighborhoods, walking paths and the Charles River nearby, there's plenty to explore in this quiet neighborhood. 

Studio- $1300-$2000

One Bed- $1700-$2200

Two-Three Bed- $2000-$3200

Average: $2200

 

#15 Allston: 

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Nearly tied with Brighton, Allston is one of the best places to stay outside of the city. Next door to the Fenway and Cambridge, there's no shortage of events going on in nearby towns. 

Studio- $1500-$1700

One Bed- $1800-$2100

Two-Three Bed- $2200-$3,300

Average: $2200

 

#14 Roslindale:

Right behind Allston and Brighton is Roslindale, a small town between Dorchester and JP. This town has a commuter rail stop, and T stations nearby. With plenty of churches and parks, there's plenty of opportunity in Roslindale!

One-Three Bed- $1400- $3000

Average: $2200

 

#13 Roxbury:

Next door to South Boston, Roxbury features some of the most inexpensive apartments in the city. With Franklin Park Zoo in town, there's always fun events for the whole family going on!

One Bed- $1500- $2700

Two-Three Bed- $2400-$3700

Average: $2300

 

#12 Dorchester:

Hosting Umass Boston, Dorchester has tons to offer Boston. With the JFK Library, and Franklin Park right next door, apartments here are never too far from all of the action.

Studio- $1700-$2100

One Bed- $2000-$2900

Two-Three Bed- $2300-$3000

Average: $2350

 

#11 Charlestown:

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Next door to East Boston, Charlestown has some of the most gorgeous views of the Charles River. With inexpensive apartments, there's plenty to explore in this neck of the Boston woods!

Studio- $1300-$2000

One Bed- $1800- $2400

Two-Three Bed- $2300-$4000

Average: $2400

 

#10 South Boston:

South Boston, a.k.a. Southie, is one of the most popular areas to live in Boston. Just a hop away is Castle Island, plus various historical monuments and museums, Southie can be one of the best places to reside!

Studio- $1100-$2000

One Bed- $1400- $3200

Two-Three Bed- $2500-$4000

Average: $2500

 

#9 Bay Village:

The smallest neighborhood in Boston at 25 acres is Bay Village. If you want a quaint spot next door to Back Bay, check out this neighborhood!

Studio- $1500-$2000

One Bed-$2400-$2900

Two-Three Bed-$2800-$4100

Average: $2500

 

#8 South End:

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South End is next door to the Fenway and Back Bay. In the center of numerous universities, this neighborhood is known for nightlife, and college students.

Studio- $1200- $2000

One Bed- $1900- $3500

Two-Three Bed- $2000- $4000

Average: $2550

 

#7 Mission Hill:

Mission Hill another popular spot in Boston. Next door to the Longwood Medical Center, this is typically where college students and medical professionals reside.

Studio- $1400-$2000

One Bed- $1700-$2500

Two-Three Bed- $2400-$4500

Average: $2600

 

#6 North End:

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North End, the go-to spot for Italian food in Boston's Little Italy. This is the first Boston city you'll enter when traveling south, and one of the most popular (and expensive) spots in the city. Here you can catch a concert or sports game at the TD Garden, or wander the waterfront.

Studio- $1500-$2500

One Bed- $1600-$2600

Two-Three Bed- $2400- $4500

Average: $2700

 

#5 Beacon Hill:

Beacon Hill is home of the famous Faneuil Hall, the Massachusetts State House, and spunky shops on Charles Street. Next door to Back Bay, you'll never be too far from all of the action.

Studio- $1700-$2300

One Bed- $2200- $2800

Two-Three Bed- $2700-$3900

Average: $2750

 

#4 Fenway-Kenmore:

Fenway-Kenmore is one of the most lively spots in the city. Known for the Red Sox Fenway Park, and museums around the area, this spot is perfect for students and young folk. Nightlife is never hard to find, as well as grocery stores and coffee shops.

Studio- $1500-$2800

One Bed- $2000-$3000

Two-Three Bed- $2500-$4000

Average: $2800

 

#3 Back Bay:

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Home of Newbury Street, Copley Square, the lovely Boston Public Garden and Commons, Back Bay is one of Boston's most popular spots to visit and reside. Coming in third for most expensive in the city, you won't be underwhelmed with the luxury apartments and beautiful views across the neighborhood. 

Studio- $1700-$2100

One Bed- $2200-$2900

Two-Three Bed-$3000-$4000

Average: $2800

 

#2 West End:

Next door to the North End, the West End (I know, strange that they're neighbors) features lovely waterfront views, close by the Museum of Science, and right next door to the TD Garden. With so much to do in surrounding neighborhoods, the West End is on the higher end of the market.

Studio- $1900-$3000

One Bed- $2600-$3400

Two-Three Bed- $3000-$4500

Average: $2900

 

#1 Chinatown- Leather District:

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Ranked number one for its prices, Chinatown sits between Bay Village and Downtown. Chinatown has plenty of authentic food and the scenery around town makes it feel like you may actually be in Asia! Take a trip outside your comfort zone and reside in Chinatown!

Studio- $1800-$3000

One Bed- $2500-$3800

Two-Three Bed- $3000-$5000

Average: $3000

*We have ranked 19/23 neighborhoods since there was not enough data on the other 4 areas.

While navigating Boston may be tricky, there’s plenty of neighborhoods ranging in prices, surrounding activities and apartment features. If you’re still not sold, take a look at the Greater Boston area (Somerville, Cambridge, Watertown, Belmont, Brookline). Boston is one of the most diverse areas in the state, so you won’t regret moving in!

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