Not many students live off campus, and there are several good reasons why. First, Wellesley is a very expensive small, suburban town. Wealthy locals living in huge mansions envelop the Babson College campus, so this is the price range of the off-campus places within a radius of approximately two miles from campus. Obviously, whoever decides to live off campus will have a car and could rent an apartment on Washington or Linden streets in Wellesley. But, besides high rental prices, students should also consider the time it'll take to travel back and forth for group meetings and other activities. It's true that many international students live off campus, but most international students don't participate in team sports or other on-campus activities. It takes a lot of patience, time, and some good cooking abilities to reside happily outside of campus.
There are also many restrictions that accompany rent in the Wellesley area, one of them being age. If you are not over 21 and sometimes if you mention the word "student," the landlord automatically decides that he actually does not have any available housing for the school year. After all, who wants their nice apartment to get abused by a group of college students? Finding affordable housing in Boston is even harder, since the social scene is the reason why most students relocate into the city. The average cost for living in the downtown area in a one-bedroom apartment is a lot, not to mention utilities and other expenses. This may seem like a good idea at first and could be a good option for students not involved in any on-campus activities. Overall, the Boston housing option is overrated by most and disliked by many of those who have tried it.