Usually it's more expensive to rent in a large city, but the data on My Apartment Map shows that you can find better deals in Worcester (the average price of a two bedroom rental is $1073) than in neighboring Shrewsbury, Auburn, Holden, and Millbury. The high number of college students in Worcester guarantees that there will be cheap housing on the market, and plenty of it too. There are over 120 rental listings within 10 miles of WPI on this site alone. Because of how much selection there is, you should be able to find a great apartment that fits the location, price, and amenities you want. Many college students in Worcester take the MBTA commuter rail to Boston, which is around an hour away, on the weekends. However, all the nightlife you could want can be found in the smaller city of Worcester. In fact, Worcester has more 18+ clubs than Boston. And you don't need to leave the city to see great live music; the Palladium attracts big names and is a great venue, as are the Lucky Dog Music Hall and the DCU Center. Local bars and lounges also have live music, and are usually packed on the weekends. The city knows what college nightlife should be like--after all, there are a lot of students in Worcester with schools like WPI, Assumption, College of the Holly Cross, Becker College, Clark University, and Worcester State College in the area.
We currently have 488 apartments near Worcester Polytechnic Institute available for rent. If you're not sure how much an apartment will cost, the table below shows the average price by size.