Student Life and Housing


Student Life & Housing strongly believes that you must know your community and be part of your community in order to change your community. The College for Social Innovation works hard to present Social Innovation Fellows with a life-changing, experiential learning opportunity. We know that this type of learning should not end once Fellows leave their internship or the classroom for the day.

Our vision for Fellows who reside in CfSI housing is to gain more self-awareness and confidence towards living on their own in an environment that closely resembles life after college. Whether Fellows live on Park Vale Avenue or Gardner Street, we want all of our Fellows to be invested and contribute to a semi-independent, but well supported living experience that is fun and equally enriching.  Student Life & Housing supports and expects Fellows to be engaged members within the countless communities of Boston. You will be challenged to attend or even host events or activities in the city that will widen your interests and deepen your cultural and social involvement. Living in Boston holds so much potential, so why not make the most of it?



Community Advisers

the neighborhood

what we provide


what to do?

The Apartments

The College for Social Innovation not only works to present Fellows with a life-changing, experiential learning opportunity, but provide a semi-independent, but fully supported living experience that is equally fun and enjoyable. Students who choose to live in CfSI Housing will reside with other Social Innovation Fellows in a shared apartment in Allston. Units are four bedroom, one-and-a-half or two bathroom apartments that include a kitchen with a dishwasher, living and dining room area.

All apartments are furnished and include utilities and wireless internet. 

Community Advisers

Each apartment building will have a Community Adviser (CA) who will organize community activities for Fellows and act as a first responder to any incidents or emergencies in the building. CAs must live in CfSI apartments and will receive discounted housing.

For students interested in serving as a CA during the fall 2018 semester, the application will become available in late April. 


Fellows will live in Allston, a neighborhood in Boston with a large student and young professional population, near Boston University and Boston College. Apartments are located in a safe neighborhood with nearby restaurants, grocery stores, and public transit.


what we provide?

  • Fully furnished apartment
  • Cookware, including plates, drinking glasses, utensils, pots & pans
  • All utilities
  • Microwave
  • High-speed wireless internet
  • MBTA Charlie Card  

You will need to provide your own linens; this includes sheets (twin XL or full-size based on your room assignment), pillow(s), blanket/comforter, etc. Your apartment does include a shower curtain, but you will need to purchase your own toiletries including wash towels. You will also be responsible for purchasing your own cleaning supplies (a broom is provided) for your new place.


All Fellows who reside in CfSI housing are a short 5-7 minute walk from the Harvard Avenue train stop on the Green line or six different bus stops. Every fellow in the Semester in the City program is given a CharlieCard which allows students to travel as much as they need, whenever they need, free of cost, throughout Greater Boston. 

Commutes to internship sites will vary widely for each fellow.

To familiarize yourself with the Boston public transportation system, and riding the T, so that you can plan your commute or other trips, we encourage you to visit Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority website.

The favorite apps of our CfSI fellows and staff for getting around the city are Google Maps, Transit, and the MBTA's Realtime Subway and Bus tools on their website. 


What to do?

Allston is home to multiple live music scenes, and culturally diverse restaurants. You will never run out of things to do in Boston! 

Our top recommendations to find out about upcoming events in Boston are:

The Boston CalendarBoston on a Budget, and Timeout  


More information

If you would like more information, please contact our Interim Associate Manager of Student Experience, Hannah McMeekin.