Massachusetts

Where to find short term furnished rentals in Boston

by Paul Joseph  |  Published November 26, 2020

The capital of Massachusetts, Boston is one of the oldest and most historically and culturally important cities in the United States. In the 19th century it was dubbed the Athens of America and this reputation lives on today thanks to its dynamic contemporary art, music and theatre scenes. Sports, too, are huge here, while the city’s thriving culinary scene revolves around exceptional locally-sourced seafood.

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Such is the diversity and depth of Boston’s appeal that large numbers of outsiders choose to make the city their home. Many of these arrivals come for temporary periods only and for such people there are plenty of short-term rental properties scattered throughout both the city’s central and suburban districts. To help you find the right one for you, we’ve picked out some of the best resources for finding short-term lets in Boston.

Sonder.com

Book at sonder.com

Sonder is an online platform that hand-picks upscale properties available for short-term rent in cities across the globe. Their properties vary in size and each all rental arrangements include a range of services and amenities, such as concierge, contactless check-in, and 24/7 support. As Sonder’s properties are selected based on their quality, they often have distinctive interiors and stylings, adding to their character and appeal. Sonder also professionally manages and maintains all of its homes, so you can avoid having to rely on a separate management company when you need assistance. They offer significant cost-savings for longer stays too, including 35% off for rentals of a week or more and up to 40% for a month or more. For example, when we searched for weekly rentals in Boston, we found an impressive 105 options, starting at $81 per night for a one-bed studio in the city’s downtown district, which, without the discount would have been nearer to $100.

Booking.com

Book at Booking.com

Booking.com are our preferred pick for choosing a furnished short-term property in Boston for spells of anything from just a handful of days through to a couple of weeks. The internet accommodation giant is known globally and as a result booking through them can be done with plenty of confidence and reassurance in terms of the reliability of your booking. While it’s best known for its hotel listings, it is also increasingly featuring private apartments as a way to challenge the popularity of platforms like Airbnb. When we searched for short stay options in Boston, around 61 apartments were available, starting at just $74 per night for a two-bed studio. Booking.com also offer a Best Price Guarantee as well as a guest feedback section so you can scour the experiences of previous guests before making your choice.

Sabbatical Homes

Book at Sabbaticalhomes.com

When she created SabbaticalHomes.com in 2000, founder Nadege Conger envisioned it as a way for scholars and friends to arrange affordable housing and to find trustworthy tenants for their homes. Today, the website is a thriving hub of home rentals and home exchanges offered by its community of members. With so many universities and teaching hospitals in and near Boston, many of the homes here are near Harvard, MIT, Boston University, Boston College, Northeastern and more. Homes available in Boston range in size from private spaces for rent to studio apartments up to 4+ bedroom homes, with prices starting around $1,000+ a month for smaller homes and $2,000-4,000+ a month for larger homes with home offices. Most home listings are available furnished to ease the transition of relocating, going on leave or traveling.

Stars of Boston

Book at starsofboston.com

STARS of Boston is a flexible-term furnished apartment rental solution in Greater Boston. They pride themselves on being your home away from home, whether you’re visiting Boston on vacation or business, as a traveling nurse or medical professional, touring a university, or just walking the historical freedom trail. STARS offers personable and customised service such as airport transfers and child/pet care, complimentary extras, and a wide variety of fully furnished, fully equipped properties including studios, one, two, three, and four bedroom apartments as well as private rooms and homes. As lifetime residents of the city they have inside information and helpful suggestions for a short visit or a long stay. STARS of Boston offers not just a place to stay but a way to experience Boston like a local.