I am from MA and rents here can fluctuate a LOT from town to town or metro area to metro area. In the smaller, towns of both Western and Centrall MA I will sometimes see one bedrooms for around $500 or 2-bedrooms around $650-800. Sometimes out in Berkshire County, I have seen places advertised as low as 300 or 400 for one bedrooms. In mid-sized cities like Springfield and Worcester you are looking a little higher than that, and you'll at least double if you go into Boston or the surrounding. If you wanted to live right in Boston I think you're probably looking at least around $1000/month. Of course in any of these places, you can sometimes find better deals if you look around enough. I always check out craigslist!