Living Off Campus
The Office of Residential Services provides resources for students who wish to live off campus. Our goal is to help members of the WPI community make informed decisions regarding finding appropriate housing, exercising their rights as tenants, and upholding their responsibilities as members of the WPI and surrounding communities. We hope to enhance the quality of life for community members living off campus, and to encourage personal and social development — leading to strong neighborhoods and happy neighbors.
WPI Apartment Finder System
We work with local landlords to maintain a current list of available rentals in the area. The list of available rentals can be searched using the WPI Apartment Finder system or viewed in hard-copy format in our office.
The Office of Residential Services provides information to WPI students as a courtesy service. WPI is not responsible or liable for the consequences of any off-campus student housing arrangement. WPI will not be involved in any negotiations between you (the leaseholder) and any landlord, property owner, student, prospective student or realtor before, during or after any agreement. In addition, WPI does not endorse or sponsor any of the agencies, services, advertisements, properties, or landlords included in this website.
Please be advised that all our apartments are listed to rent for three or less individuals. (This limitation is not intended to restrict occupancy by more than three persons who are related family members.) The reason we are taking this approach is that the City of Worcester has been enforcing a "lodging house" ordinance that prohibits more than three unrelated people from living together. It has been the City of Worcester's position that if you have more than three unrelated people AND the land owner does not have a "lodging house" license (most do not have the license) you are living in an illegal apartment and subject to Worcester Code Enforcement action. The City has cited a number of area property owners and have issued cease and desist orders that require individuals to move out of cited apartments. Further, the City Officials have made it clear that it will focus future enforcement efforts on the tenants if it is determined that it was the tenants and not the property owner who permitted the fourth person in the unit (i.e. where the lease specifies three names but additional individuals are in the unit). Until this matter is resolved with the City of Worcester, Residential Services will not list any apartments for more than 3 residents.