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The 5 best affordable Boston apartments this February

At just $1,000 to $2,000 per person, these handpicked Boston apartments are actually worth the money

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114 Union Park St #3

Two-bedroom in SoWa, $2,600/month ($1,300 per person)

Some fool just broke the lease on this unicorn of a South End apartment; their insanity is your gain. First of all, the kitchen looks enormous, with a built-in microwave and a dishwasher. Granted, when you’re within walking distance of a zillion great restaurants, you might not end up cooking much, but there’s plenty of space to enjoy your late-night takeout falafel from Pita. We’re also digging the front-to-back flow of the space, and even the closet space looks decent (attention hoarders: There’s basement storage to boot).

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114 Union Park St #3

Two-bedroom in SoWa, $2,600/month ($1,300 per person)

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114 Union Park St #3

Two-bedroom in SoWa, $2,600/month ($1,300 per person)

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80 Beacon St #7

Two-bedroom on Beacon Hill, $3,495/month ($1,747.50 per person)

Wow. Views of the Common, communal roof deck, double closet, decorative fireplace…chandeliers? We’re leery about the unlisted square footage and absence of kitchen or bathroom pics, but with all these perks (including a dishwasher and heating/hot water included in the rent), who are we to quibble? No one ever said Beacon Hill was a bastion of cool, but you’ll be able to walk to pretty much every esteemed restaurant and open space in the city, and the retail scene on Charles Street is surprisingly good. But no matter how much you want that nightcap, resist stopping by your closest bar—Cheers.

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80 Beacon St #7

Two-bedroom on Beacon Hill, $3,495/month ($1,747.50 per person)

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80 Beacon St #7

Two-bedroom on Beacon Hill, $3,495/month ($1,747.50 per person)

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54 St Stephen St #3-A

Two-bedroom in Fenway, $2,500/month ($1,250 per person)

The listing says Fenway/Kenmore/Audubon/Longwood, but this is really more Symphony. Not that it’s a drawback: You’ll be within walking distance of the Back Bay, Kenmore Square, plus the MFA and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, so there will be no excuse not to get a regular dose of culture. That trio of front windows is crying out for a reading nook, but the kitchen is teeny-weeny, so you may start joining the Northeastern and Berklee students at the area’s late-night Thai spots and $6 Indian buffets. And is that a bidet we spy in the bathroom?

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54 St Stephen St #3-A

Two-bedroom in Fenway, $2,500/month ($1,250 per person)

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54 St Stephen St #3-A

Two-bedroom in Fenway, $2,500/month ($1,250 per person)

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10 Unity St #1

Studio in the North End, $2,000/month

“Huge” isn’t exactly the word we’d use to describe this studio (is that a one-burner stove in the kitchen?!). Never mind, you’re paying for the inimitable charms (and unlimited cannolis) of this highly coveted ’hood. Still, the exposed brick, dishwasher, and stacked washer and dryer are clear kitchen highlights. Having two overstuffed couches in a 265-square-foot apartment doesn’t seem like the best idea, but remove one and push the other to the foot of the bed, and you’ve got the makings of la dolce vita.

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10 Unity St #1

Studio in the North End, $2,000/month

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10 Unity St #1

Studio in the North End, $2,000/month

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10 Auburn St #B

One-bedroom apartment in Charlestown, $1,850/month

That “Boston” pillow is a little heavy handed, but a 575-square-foot city studio for under 2k is a serious deal, so we understand the local pride. Nab this for the modern kitchen and bathroom, on-site laundry and exposed brick. “The Neck” is what originally connected Charlestown to Somerville; today your nearest T stop would actually be Somerville’s Sullivan Square—one stop away from the new Assembly Row mall with its shipping-container beer garden and some surprisingly first-class restaurants.

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10 Auburn St #B

One-bedroom apartment in Charlestown, $1,850/month

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10 Auburn St #B

One-bedroom apartment in Charlestown, $1,850/month

Our rental prices don’t always grab the headlines, but Boston is a tough place to find an apartment without a Brady-Bündchen household income (and as transplants quickly realize after moving here, it's easy to get trapped in a high-rent situation). With the sudden glut of luxury condos, everyone is panicking about their residential ROI, so we’re taking a look at what you can get in this town for between $1,000 and $2,000 per person, per month. Whether you want to live like a Brahmin on Beacon Hill or move into the fashionable South End, check out our rotating selection of reasonably priced Boston apartments fromreal-estate site Zumper’s inventory. But do it quickly, because these will disappear quicker than an Ortiz line-drive homer.

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