Residence Adviser

Apartment-style dorms—boasting full kitchens and living rooms—are the hottest thing to hit residential life since the six-pack. Chuong Vu of Allston-based NextGen Realty grades three of the area’s fanciest on how they’d compete on the rental market.

Tufts’s Sophia Gordon Hall, 15 Talbot Ave., Somerville
1,200 square feet, four beds, one bath; singles
Perks: Green dorm, which uses a third less energy thanks to solar panels and automatic lights; lots of windows; dishwasher
Cost: $2,542 a month/$635 per student
“Actually, a pretty good price. Close to school like that is usually $700 to $900 a bedroom. That sounds really good.”


Northeastern’s West Village, Building F, 40A Leon St., Boston
1,200 square feet, three beds, two baths; doubles
Perks: Honors housing (low probability of raging keggers); steps from the T; downtown views; disposal and dishwasher; 10 meals per week
Cost: $6,690 a month/$1,165 per student
“That’s comparable. Living in that area is expensive, $800 to $1,000 per bedroom. You can’t find a studio there for under $1,200.”

BU’s Student Village, 10 Buick St., Boston
1,100 square feet, four beds, two baths; singles
Perks: 24-hour security and 18-hour café/market downstairs; disposal; Charles River views; roomy closets
Cost: $4,933 a month/$1,230 per student
“Are you crazy? You’re still pretty much living in Allston.”