A Comprehensive Guide to Off-Campus Housing

The following guide has been constructed mostly with the input of the residents of each house. The final rankings were at the discretion of Maddy McFarland and the board of the Record.

Notes on ranking metrics: Price ranked on a scale of $-$$$$, where $$=the price of on-campus housing; historic party house level, location and overall condition all ranked on scales of 1-10.

71 Hoxsey Street (“71”)

Capacity: 9 people

Price: $$$

Typical lease signing: Sophomore year

Historic party house level: 9

Location: 9

Overall condition: 3

Pros: Location, big rooms

Cons: Number of bathrooms, slanted floors, random people milling about

Superlative: Classic Senior Spot

Resident’s thoughts: “There’s no better place to live senior year than on Hoxsey Street, but in 71 that comes at the price of living in squalor and without any sense of personal space outside of your large room, which may cave in at any moment due to the structural unsoundness of the house.” – Evan Wahl ’17

63 Hoxsey Street. June Han/Photo Editor

63 Hoxsey Street (“63”)

Capacity: 1-4 people per apartment, 5 apartments = 12 people total

Price: $$$

Typical lease signing: Sophomore year

Historic party house level: 5

Location: 8

Overall condition: 7

Pros: Common spaces in each apartment, nice living areas, location

Cons: Small kitchens and bathrooms

Superlative: Up-and-coming Power House

Resident’s thoughts: “The pros are that living with my best friends has been an incredibly powerful bonding experience that was not possible when our living situations were left to the vicissitudes of the lottery. I like the house itself well enough, but it’s really just been about the people I live with.” – Quentin Cohan ’17

66 Hoxsey Street (“66”)

Capacity: 7

Price: $$

Typical lease signing: Freshman year

Historic party house level: 9

Location: 8

Overall condition: 3

Pros:Common spaces in each apartment, nice living areas, location

Cons: House gets dirty because of parties, possibility of strikes, problems physically with the house, can be loud

Superlative: Iconic Social House

Resident’s thoughts: “I think living off-campus has been a unique experience. I love the fact that I’m living with some of my closest friends under one roof. The social scene is awesome, and it’s really just a good time being with the guys. There are definitely some negative aspects, such as the house being trashed after parties, or certain things breaking in the house, but overall, I love living off-campus with the guys!” – Rohan Shastri ’17

70 Hoxsey Street (“70”)

Capacity: 7 (8 beginning next year)

Price: $$$

Typical lease signing: Sophomore year

Historic party house level: 5

Location: 8

Overall condition: 9

Pros: Big driveway, weekly cleaning service, good party potential, large basement

Cons: Expensive oil heating, more expensive house

Superlative: Rookie of The Year

Resident’s thoughts: This is the first year that 70 has been open and available to students as an off-campus housing option. It was renovated and redone in the past year. In terms of price, it’s definitely much more expensive than on-campus housing, understandably, but it has been an incredibly worthwhile investment and experience thus far.” – Luke Hinz ’17

23 Hoxsey Street (“Teal Haus”)

Capacity: 3

Price: $$

Typical lease signing: Sophomore fall

Historic party house level: 4

Location: 9

Overall condition: 8

Pros: A lot of space for three people, fully furnished, nice furniture, good location

Cons: Too much furniture, basement is cramped and has a tendency to flood, animals spotted

Superlative: Hidden Gem

Resident’s thoughts: “Teal Haus is the place for anyone looking to fully embrace swugdom. A pretty good summary of it is that, to our knowledge, only one man has ever lived here in six years, because it’s just too cute for 20-something males. It’s the kind of house that needs pancakes every Sunday.” – Becca Dunwoody ’17

18-20 Meadow Street (“Little Meadow”)

Capacity: 7

Price: $$$

Typical lease signing: Freshman spring / Sophomore fall

Historic party house level: 8

Location: 4

Overall condition: 8

Pros: Perfect sized home, flipped every year so walls and carpets are redone, small and quiet street

Cons: Conflict with parties because quiet street, backyard frequently trespassed by other students

Superlative: Most Spacious

Resident’s thoughts: “I’m incredibly happy that I’m living off-campus. In comparison to living on Hoxsey or on Spring Street, I feel a nice separation from campus. It feels like a real home, and I’m away from school – like an escape sort of thing. And it’s fun to have more college kids living near you” – Gabz Amos-Grosser ’17

11-13 Meadow Street (“Big Meadow”)

Capacity: 11

Price: $$

Typical lease signing: Freshman spring / Sophomore fall

Historic party house level: 7

Location: 4

Overall condition: 5

Pros: Solid living room space, great porch, lovely carpeting

Cons: Farthest off campus house, can be in poor condition from year before

Superlative: Most Social

Resident’s thoughts: “Living on Meadow Street was not much different from living amongst a large group of friends in the dorms. Although the street is typically associated with hosting larger social gatherings on the weekend, 99 percent of our time in the house was spent as a tight-knit group of guys creating lasting memories.” – Jonathan Westling ’16

15 Latham Street (“Latham”)

Capacity: 4

Price: $

Typical lease signing: Sophomore fall

Historic party house level: 4

Location: 5

Overall condition: 6

Pros: Less of a well-known reputation, close proximity to Water Street and Spring Street, big backyard, lots of great parking space, nice veranda and deck, quiet place for hanging out

Cons: Creepy basement, deteriorating condition, farther

Superlative: Quirky Yet Comfortable

Resident’s thoughts: “Latham is a quirky spot. One has to be ‘in the know’ with some of the campus’s biggest weirdoes to find out about its existence. Literally, the school’s official cartoon map doesn’t even include this section of our street. Big shout-out to John Umlauf, our dear next-door-neighbor, who inspires us with his generosity and virtue in every neighborly interaction. Please don’t call the cops on us again.” – Molly Bodurtha ’17

Blue Mango Apartments (“Sushi Thai”)

Capacity: 12 apartments, doubles and singles

Price: $$$$

Typical lease signing: Freshman winter

Historic party house level: 7

Location: 10

Overall condition: 9

Pros: Location, overall condition, size, delicious Asian aromas wafting from the floorboards, very convenient parking

Cons: Most expensive option, smaller number of possible roommates 

Superlative: Reigning Queen

Resident’s thoughts: “‘The Apartments Formerly Known as Sushi Thai’ have an ideal location for class, food, sports and more with a great setup and a large, comfortable space for both occupants and guests” – Tyler Duff ’17

Amy’s Cottage. Janeth Rodriguez/Photo Editor

Amy’s Cottage Apartments (“The Gallery”)

Capacity: 2 person upstairs apartment, 3 person downstairs apartment

Price: $$

Typical lease signing: Junior year

Historic party house level: 7 downstairs, 0 upstairs

Location: 10

Overall condition: 10

Pros: Clean, feels like a real apartment, utilities included in rent, free washer and dryer

Cons: Small capacity

Superlative: Best Value

Residents Thoughts: “Gallery is a hidden gem, especially the two person apartment. A lot of people don’t even know it exists!” – Funmi Adejobi ’17

Pera Apartments. June Han/Photo Editor

Pera Apartments (“Pera”)

Capacity: 6 apartments – 4 doubles, 2 singles

Price: $$

Typical lease signing: Junior fall

Historic party house level: 3

Location: 9

Overall condition: 6

Pros: Bigger rooms than on campus, great location

Cons: Old appliances, cramped, across the street from bookstore construction

Superlative: Solid Spring Street Option

Resident’s thoughts: “Living in Pera is great if you want to be a short walk from campus and enjoy the hustle and bustle of Spring Street.” – Martin Keenan ’17

Goff’s Apartments (“Goff’s)

Capacity: 8

Price: $$

Typical lease signing: Freshman year

Historic party house level: 8

Location: 10

Overall condition: 3

Pros: Price, location (close to class, athletics facilities, food and the Red Herring), good party space

Cons: Condition

Superlative: Best Location

Resident’s thoughts: “Can’t beat the location; we can almost get Purple Air from Morgan. The condition isn’t great – it depends on how much you feel like cleaning and how often you have people over, but some spaces are nicer than others. In my experience, off-campus housing conditions are gonna be a bit grimier than on-campus.” – Luke Stickel ’17

208 Water Street (“Water Street”)

Capacity: 2

Price: $

Typical lease signing: Junior spring

Historic party house level: 2

Location: 4

Overall condition: 9

Pros: Nice condition with a big central studio and living room

Cons: Far, about a 15 minute walk to Paresky

Superlative: Overlooked and Underrated

Resident’s thoughts: “It’s in really great condition inside, lots of open space outside for activities” – John Shuck ’17

13 Grundy Court (“Grundy”)

Capacity: 4

Price: $-$$

Typical lease signing: Junior year

Historic party house level: 1

Location: 3

Overall condition: 7

Pros: Very homey, fireplace, big kitchen, living room good for small gatherings, cheaper, lots of parking

Cons: Far from campus, old house that gets cold in the winter, no washer or dryer in the house

Superlative: Best Aesthetic

Resident’s thoughts: “Escape the intensity of Williams by living in a charming boutique house filled with good vibes!” – Camila Magendzo ’17 

63 North Street. R.B. Smith/Features Editor

Capacity: 6

Price: $$

Typical lease signing: Sophomore fall

Historic party house level: 7

Location: 4

Overall condition: 8

Pros: Close to Stewart’s, good space for parties, pick group size

Cons: Far from center of campus

Superlative: Most Communal Atmosphere

Residents’ Thoughts: “Now that President Trump inhabits the (other) White House, our White House is indisputably the best house not only on campus, but in the world.” – Kit Rosen ’17

Tony’s Sombrero. June Han/Photo Editor

69 Spring Street (“Tony’s Sombrero”)

Capacity: 2

Price: $$$

Typical lease signing: Sophomore year

Historic party house level: 3-4

Location: 8

Overall condition: 7

Pros: Really big living room, Spring Street location, generally spacious

Cons: no dishwasher, no washer/dryer, low ceilings

Superlative: Unfairly Forgotten Spring Street Option

Resident’s thoughts: “We’ve loved living above Tony’s this year: we’ve been so happy with the vibe and location of our space and really feel like it’s been a home for us!” – Rachel Clemens ’17

39 Park Street (“The Rectory”)

Capacity: 8

Price: $$

Typical lease signing: Sophomore year

Historic party house level: 1

Location: 9

Overall condition: 7

Pros: Huge rooms, big yard, garden, location, porch, nice kitchen

Cons: Sometimes freshmen come into the house looking for Greylock quad, interview process with Church to rent, Church-affiliated property

Superlative: Most Wholesome

Resident’s thoughts: “Best yard ever for spikeball!” – Katie Swoap ’17