First things first... let's find a place to live!

Many of our residents and fellows live near the hospital not only because the neighborhood is nice and friendly, but also because trainees often need to be in the hospital early in the morning or late at night! Of course, living outside Boston has its benefits, such as less expensive rent and quiet neighborhoods. See below for some options you may want to consider.


Most popular areas

Charles River Park. Located next to the MGH main campus. CRP rents studio, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom condominiums.

Beacon Hill and Back Bay. Located walking distance to the MGH main campus. For nearly two centuries, Boston's historic neighborhoods of Beacon Hill and Back Bay have maintained their village-like identities within a large, dynamic urban context. Authentic 18th and19th century facades and roadways look much as they did a hundred years ago.
PROS: Close to the hospital, quaint, historical buildings, shops and restaurants nearby.
CONS: Some apts have maintenance problems as they are so old, street parking (no spots assigned)

North End. Located walking distance from MGH, and 5 minute shuttle bus ride from North Station. A traditional Italian neighborhood with small, quaint apartments and many pedestrian streets.
PROS: Near the hospital, quaint, historical buildings, shops and restaurants nearby.
CONS: Some apts are dark and have maintenance problems as they are so old, NO parking!

Charlestown. Located directly across the city of Boston (10 min free shuttle ride from Navy Yard to main campus). Charlestown residents have access to open spaces, the waterfront, and startling skyline views. While Charlestown offers a number of restaurants and shops, you will have the option of traveling to Boston's Financial District, Theater District, museums, in a matter of minutes on a water taxi, or a short car ride.
PROS: Quiet neighborhood, nice apartments, more street parking spots, and free shuttle from MGH to/from Navy Yard every 15 mins
CONS: Not so close to the hospital, street parking (no spots assigned)

Jamaica Plain. Jamaica Plain, or "JP" as the locals call it, is a classic "streetcar suburb" that has evolved into one of Boston's most diverse, dynamic and ethnically diverse neighborhoods. Hyde and Jackson Squares have significant Spanish-speaking populations from Cuba and the Dominican Republic. This blend of cultures is reflected in local businesses, such as the many different restaurants that line Centre Street, one of its main thoroughfares. Residents and visitors enjoy walking, biking, and running along Jamaica Pond situated on the Riverway, part of Boston's Emerald Necklace.
PROS: cheaper than living in Boston proper, larger houses, accessible by bus
CONS: commute, no T-stops, car recommended, difficult to locate street parking

Outside Boston Area. The farther you are from Boston, the less a house will cost. Of course, the key question is where to live? Obviously, that depends on a number of factors, including your price range, how urban or rural a community you'd prefer, how important public transportation or highway access is, etc., etc.

  • Inner suburbs. Boston is physically very small. The inner suburbs (Cambridge, Brookline, Newton and Somerville) offer quick access to the city but with their own unique assets. Newton is the most suburban and expensive, although south Brookline can match it lawn for lawn. Cambridge is Harvard Square but also working class neighborhoods in North Cambridge. Somerville is becoming a sort of Cambridge clone.
  • Outer suburbs. Your basic, classic suburban communities, most with some Ye Olde New Englande touch. They're broadly organized into the North Shore (north of the city), South Shore (south of the city) and MetroWest (the western suburbs).
    RENT: Avg. rents from 700-1400 dls (Studio apt or 1-bedroom)
    PROS: Quiet neighborhood, bigger apts, some of them include parking
    CONS: Far from MGH, car or commute rail needed

Partners Lease Guaranty Program

Housing costs in Boston are quite high and the housing market is tight. We have been looking for ways to ease this burden. The Partners Lease Guaranty Program is intended to help residents and clinical fellows at MGH, BWH and Spaulding when the landlord requires advance payment of up to two (2) months of rent (security deposit and/or last month's payment) as a condition for entering into a lease. Through the Program, Partners will guaranty payment to the landlord under specified circumstances. In return, the resident or fellow agrees to reimburse Partners for any payment Partners is required to make under the Guaranty.

For more information about the Partners Lease Guaranty Program, please click here.


Other Resources:

Partners Office of Resources for Trainees Housing

Partners Housing Search Form


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