To a lot of students, living off-campus is worth the added freedom. Since MassArt has very few spots in the dorms for upperclassmen, many have to live off campus anyway. Finding an apartment in Boston might be hard, not just because there are so many places to choose from, but also because students have a limited budget. This is why a lot of MassArt students live in Mission Hill. Boston is a big city, though, and eventually everyone finds something in their price range.
It is very popular among people with apartments to host parties. There are no RAs to give noise violations and break the party. However some people forget that if they are loud all the time, neighbors can call the police. Most students at MassArt are commuters, especially since non-freshman students don't need to carry heavy things around and most of them get their own studios.