Bethany House

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are a few of the most frequently asked questions. If you don't find your question answered here, please contact us at 617-236-0727 or email .

How much does it cost to live at Bethany House?
It varies according to what room you have. Currently, the price for a single room is $638 and the price for a double room is $550. New residents are almost always placed in a double room as there are fewer single rooms and usually a waiting list to get one.

Besides a shared room, what does my monthly rent include?

  1. Rent includes breakfast each weekday morning, which consists of one "hot" food (pancakes, eggs, etc.) prepared by a staff member, as well as cereal, fruit, yogurt and more. Breakfast is served from 7:00-8:00 a.m. each morning.
  2. Rent also includes dinner every weekday, which is always a full hot meal including a vegetable, a starch and a main course, cooked by a resident cook. Dinner is served promptly at 6:00 p.m. No meals are served on the weekends.
  3. All utilities, including gas, oil, water and electric.
  4. Cable TV is provided in the common TV room.
  5. Use of a computer with high-speed internet is available in the common area. There is also wireless throughout the house.

Are any meals provided on the weekends?
No. However, while residents do not have access to a full kitchen, there is an area with microwaves, a toaster, a toaster oven and a hot plate for residents to cook their own food during the weekends, as well as a refrigerator in which to store food.

What happens if I cannot attend dinners?
Residents who sign up to arrive late to dinner will be served a portion of food in a food container that is provided by the resident and labeled with her name. This container will be left in the refrigerator in the dining room. Residents can re-heat the food from dinner when they arrive. No such provision is made for those who cannot attend breakfast.

Are the resident rooms fully furnished?
Yes. Each room has a bed, a desk, a chair, a dresser, a mirror and a bookshelf for each resident. All rooms have a sink area and have a full-size closet for roommates to share. There is a full bathroom only a few steps away on each floor.

Are bedding and towels provided?
No. Residents must provide their own sheets, blankets, pillows, towels and any other bed linens they may find necessary.

Will I have a roommate if I live at Bethany House?
Probably. Bethany House only has a few single rooms, and there is usually a waiting list for them. Single rooms are given to residents who have been at Bethany House for a while.

Do all the residents share bathrooms?
Yes. Each floor has one bathroom and five residents who share it. All bathrooms on each floor have a toilet, shower stall, and sink. Each week residents take turns cleaning the bathroom on their floor.

Does Bethany House have laundry facilities?
Yes. Bethany House has a laundry room in the basement where coin-operated washing machines and dryers are available for the residents to use.

Is there a Security Deposit?
Once your application is accepted, you must leave a $595 security deposit to hold a room for you. It will be refunded after you have moved out of Bethany if your room has been inspected and is found to be in good condition AND if all of your keys are returned.

Are there time limits?
The minimum is usually four months (with an exception during the summer months), and the maximum is a few years. The average is anywhere in between. You must give 30 days notice that you will be leaving, or forfeit your security deposit.

Are there any paid "jobs" available at Bethany House?
Yes. Bethany House gives rent reduction for two "jobs": on duty (4 to 5 hours per shift, or $25-$30) and dinner duty (2.5 to 3 hours per shift, or $30). Each of these positions may be filled by residents, but instead of direct payment, the money is deducted from your rent. Please note that while these jobs are provided by Bethany House as a way to help supplement rent, they should not be counted on as "real" or gauranteed jobs. The jobs can also change weekly.

What countries are residents at Bethany House from?
It varies from year to year. In the past, we have had students from Ecuador, Africa, Italy, Taiwan, France, Japan, Brazil, Bulgaria, and Sweden (only a partial listing). The Resident Director is always an American citizen.

May I have guests visit me if I stay at Bethany House?
Residents may have female guests stay for the night in their own room for a fee of $10 per night, which includes meals if they choose to partake in them. No male guests are allowed to stay overnight.

Who runs Bethany House?
Bethany House is a nonprofit organization founded by a group of Universalists. The daily direction of the house is provided by the Resident Director and staff, who live in the house and coordinate activities, etc. The Board of Managers of Bethany House oversees the house by staying in close contact with the Resident Director and holds Board meetings at least four times per year to check on how things are going.

Do I have to be a Christian to live at Bethany House?
No. Bethany House is open to national and international female students and professionals from all and no religious backgrounds and affiliations. We only ask that each resident be respectful of the beliefs, opinions, culture, and religious practices of the other residents.

What are the other benefits of living at Bethany House?
There are many "hidden" benefits of living at Bethany House. There are some organized activities that are planned; however, they do cost extra, but are a great way to get to know the city and the other residents. In addition, your rent includes cable TV in the common area as well as all utilities, including electricity, water, and heat. Bethany House also provides high-speed wireless internet access. But the best benefit of the house is that it is a community of friends. It is a place that offers the potential for family-like atmosphere and friendship, and it is a great place to stay in your first year or so of living in Boston. Additionally, the Resident Director is on-site and is available to answer questions and help in the adjustment to American life and culture.

What are the House Rules?
Residents are required to accept house rules and regulations necessary for safe and harmonious community living. Please email if you have any questions regarding the policies.

Are pets allowed?
No pets are allowed in the resident's rooms.