Distributive Learning Housing

Starting in the 2014-15 academic year, Distributive Learning students at EDS will be solely responsible for booking and paying for their housing during the January and June terms. This change will allow DL students more options, flexibility, and independence in managing housing costs during intensive sessions. 

To help you plan your stay in the Cambridge area, the EDS Student Services team has compiled the following suggested housing options. This list is not comprehensive, and we encourage you to research other housing options or to speak with fellow DL students about their housing experiences. 

Housing Resources

In addition to the resources below, students are encouraged to explore other housing possibilities such as Airbnb, Trulia, or local real estate agencies that may have short term rental availability.


For the January and June 2015 Sessions, EDS has blocked rooms at the Sheraton Commander and the Best Western Plus Hotel Tria in Cambridge. Please refer to the chart below for rate and reservation information. Remember, you must identify yourself as an EDS student when you make your reservation to recieve the block room rate. 

Dates Hotel Cost Per Night Per Room Number of Rooms Blocked Reservation Deadline Reservation Contact Information
January 2015 Session
Saturday, 1/3-
Saturday, 1/17
Sheraton Commander $139 plus 14.45% tax 30 rooms December 4, 2014 Call 888-627-7121, or click here to reserve online.
  Best Western Plus Hotel Tria

$129 (standard king)
$149 (two doubles)
plus 14.45% tax 

10 rooms December 3, 2014  Call 617-491-8000 or 866-333-8742.

June 2015 Session
Saturday, 6/6-
Saturday, 6/20 

Sheraton Commander $279 plus 14.45% tax 30 rooms  May 7, 2015 Call 888-627-7121, or click here to reserve online.
  Best Western Plus Hotel Tria   $219 plus 14.45% tax (standard king or two double beds)  15 rooms May 4, 2015 Call 617-491-8000 or 866-333-8742.

If you would like to receive financial assistance with your housing costs, please send your reservation confirmation along with the amount of assistance you are requesting to Valerie Paterson (vpaterson@eds.edu) in the Financial Aid Office after you have made your reservation. You will receive a housing assistance notice after you have submitted your request.

In addition to hotels in the Harvard Square/Cambridge area, there are many hotels in downtown Boston that offer easy access to Harvard Square via Boston's public transportation system, the MBTA. A search of any major travel booking website (such as hotels.com, for example) will offer a broad selection of hotel options in the Boston area. 

Housing at Episcopal and Ecumenical Organizations

The Society of Saint John the Evangelist
980 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 02138

Guest rooms are available at the Monastery for The Society of St. John the Evangelist, located a short walk from the EDS campus. All rooms are single occupancy with shared bathrooms. 

For more information or to make a reservation, please contact the Guesthouse Manager at guesthouse@ssje.org, or by phone at 617-876-3037, extension 10.

The Walker Center for Ecumenical Exchange
144 Hancock Street, Auburndale, MA 02466

The Walker Center for Ecumenical Exchange is a dynamic global and multicultural meeting place located in historic Auburndale, Massachusetts, a short commute into Boston, and is comprised of seven gracious homes on a sweeping 2.2 acre campus.

The Walker Center offers several options, from houses to rooms. Book online at walkerctr.org/bed-breakfast-booking, or call 617-969-3919.

Bethany House of Prayer
181 Appleton Street, Arlington, MA 02476

Bethany House of Prayer offers a place of sanctuary for contemplation, refreshment, and creativity in daily living, and shares in a ministry of prayer and hospitality with the Sisters of St. Anne-Bethany, a religious order of the Episcopal Church. Located approximately 30 minutes from the EDS campus by public transportation (and approximately 20 minutes by car), Bethany House offers individual rooms with shared baths and shared kitchen.