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Frequently Asked Questions

When were prices and availability in Cambridge, MA last updated?

Prices and availability in Cambridge, MA were last updated on 25 Jan 2021.

What are the best apartments in Cambridge, MA?

The best apartments in Cambridge, MA are: Chroma, 434 & 440 Massachusetts Ave., Brattle Arms Apartments, Luxe at Alewife and 7 Cameron.

What is the average rent in Cambridge, MA?

The average rent in Cambridge, MA is $2,974. Start your search for apartments in Cambridge, MA now.

What is the price range for a studio apartment in Cambridge, MA?

The price range for a studio apartment in Cambridge, MA is between $1,650 and $4,435. View all studio apartments in Cambridge, MA.

What is the price range for a 1-bedroom apartment in Cambridge, MA?

The price range for a 1-bedroom apartment in Cambridge, MA is between $1,950 and $4,570. Browse all available 1-bedroom apartments in Cambridge, MA now.

What is the price range for a 2-bedroom apartment in Cambridge, MA?

The price range for a 2-bedroom apartment in Cambridge, MA is between $2,266 and $7,338. Browse and find a 2-bedroom apartment in Cambridge, MA.

What is the price range for a 3-bedroom apartment in Cambridge, MA?

The price range for a 3-bedroom apartment in Cambridge, MA is between $1,925 and $6,211. Browse all available 3-bedroom apartments in Cambridge, MA.

Renter's Guide to Cambridge

Cambridge is home to two of the world’s most prestigious universities: Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). These two schools along with their students and staff fill this town that lies just north of Boston. Cambridge’s name is fitting, since its origins come from a prominent university in the UK based in Puritan theology. This city carries a small town flair that is both unique and appealing.

Cambridge is the fifth most populated city in Massachusetts. Some refer to Cambridge as, the “City of Squares,” due to the sheer number square-shaped neighborhoods and communities. The city is a quick 15-minute drive from Boston, an hour-and-a-half from Concord, New Hampshire, and three-and-a-half hours from New York City. If you don’t like the cold, Cambridge might not be the best place for you. The area experiences very cold winters, with most winter days at or below freezing. Summers are humid and warm, not usually getting much hotter than 80°F but with a high level of humidity.

Cambridge is ranked number one by Sperling’s Best Places for “Most Competitive Private Colleges,” which makes sense due to Harvard and MIT being located in Cambridge. Sperling also ranked Cambridge as the number one “Safest City for Families with Young Children”.

Cambridge, MA Demographics

  • Total Population115,665
  • Female 57,088
    Male 58,577
  • Median Age30.4

Cost of Living in Cambridge, MA

Being close to Boston and on the east coast, Cambridge has a higher cost of living than many other cities of similar size. A one-bedroom apartment in a less expensive area will run you about $1,555 or more. Utilities are reasonable, costing about $140 per month, but groceries and gas are more expensive. A gallon of milk costs $3.36. A cheap meal for one in Cambridge would cost $15 and a three-course menu for two is about $65 in a sit-down restaurant. A one-way public transportation ticket in Cambridge costs $2.50 and a monthly pass is $75.

Average Rent in Cambridge, MA

  • Cambridge, MA Average Rental Price, December 2020 $2,974 /mo

    Cambridge, MA Apartment Rent Ranges

    • $1,501-$2,0006%
    • > $2,00094%

    Cambridge, MA Rent Trends

    Average Rent Jul / 2017 Nov / 2017 Mar / 2018 Jul / 2018 Nov / 2018 Mar / 2019 Jul / 2019 Nov / 2019 Mar / 2020 Jul / 2020 Dec / 2020
    Cambridge, MA $3,047 $3,022 $3,001 $3,107 $3,067 $3,044 $3,236 $3,172 $3,200 $3,101 $2,974
    National $1,373 $1,378 $1,381 $1,418 $1,428 $1,432 $1,468 $1,475 $1,477 $1,464 $1,462

    Living in Cambridge, MA

    Cambridge is very close to Boston, but still manages to have a small and tight-knit feel. The Boston metropolitan area has done a wonderful job at preserving the history of different localities, as well as the original housing structures. This makes housing in Cambridge very appealing, but also more expensive. Cambridge has a lot to offer in terms of arts and culture, as well as a highly educated populace. A few drawbacks to living in Cambridge is the high cost of living, the constant traffic and city sprawl, and an economy that ebbs and flows.

    Cambridge is predominantly white and is also one of the most liberal-leaning cities in the nation. The city is about two thirds white, 15% Asian, 11% African American and 7% Hispanic. Livability named Cambridge #2 on “The Top 10 Healthiest Cities,” based on the city’s walkability rating, recreational opportunities and the doctor-to-patient ratio.

    Things to do in Cambridge

    Cambridge is a city full of culture and class, and you’ll easily find places to visit, especially if you love early American history—it’s saturated with it. One of the most popular places to check out are the campuses of Harvard University and MIT. The grounds are spacious and beautiful, filled with grand old buildings and vast lawns. In addition, you can go to Harvard Square, which has been around since 1630. It’s a gathering place near campus with cafes, bars, and bookstores.

    If museums are your cup of tea, you’re going to love the findings in Cambridge. Though a smaller-sized city, Cambridge has a fair number of incredible museums, including Harvard Museum of Natural History, Fogg Museum, MIT Museum, Peabody Museum of Archaeology, Semitic Museum, and the Museum of Comparative Zoology. You can also see Longfellow House Washington’s Headquarters, which is a National Historic site. Finally, the Cambridge Public Library is one of the most beautiful libraries you’ll ever see, with a large modern building completed in 2009 that connects to the original part of the library built in 1888.

    Cambridge has a great comedy and live music scene, with many bars and small concert venues. Check out The Comedy Studio or Improv Boston for some shows full of belly laughs. The Middle East is great spot to check up-and-coming local bands.

    If you like to get outside, you can walk or bike around Cambridge Common. The Charles River is a great place to sail in the warmer months. You could also take a walk or drive during the fall and enjoy the stunning autumn leaves. Mount Auburn Cemetery is a cool historic place to visit-- you can even search for Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s gravestone.

    Employment and Economy

    Today, the biggest employers in Cambridge are educational institutions, but this was a center of commerce and manufacturing at the start of the 20th century. Harvard employs more than 10,000 Cambridge residents and MIT employs another 8,000. Other main employers include the city of Cambridge, Mount Auburn Hospital, and Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research. The city’s brilliance is noted throughout the world, as 129 of 780 Nobel Prize winners have been affiliated with universities in Cambridge at some point during their careers.

    Cambridge, MA Households

    • Total Number of Households46,184
    • Family 19,988
      Non-family 26,196
    • Children 8,672
      No Children 37,512
    • Average People Per Household2.14
    • Median Household Income$95,404
    • Median Housing Costs Per Month$2,056

    Education in Cambridge

    If you’re looking for some of the best education in the country, Cambridge is a great spot. As noted, both Harvard and MIT call Cambridge home, along with Cambridge College, Lesley University, Hult International Business School, Cambridge School of Culinary Arts, Longy School of Music and Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Boston. There are a number of highly ranked private and public schools in Cambridge for elementary and secondary education.

    Cambridge, MA Education Statistics

    • No High School2%
    • Some High School15%
    • Some College8%
    • Associate Degree2%
    • Bachelor Degree31%
    • Graduate Degree43%

    Tips for Renting in Cambridge

    In Massachusetts, landlords must give 30 days’ notice before raising the rent and the tenant has 14 days to pay the rent or be evicted. Tenants may withhold rent if the landlord does not remedy problems with the unit in a timely manner. State law also limits how much money landlords can charge for a security deposit (it cannot exceed one month’s rent). 

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