Frequently asked questions

Sign-up here. Nesterly is currently operating in the greater Boston area in partnership with the City of Boston. If you’re based elsewhere you can still sign up now for free through our launch promotion. We are working around the clock to scale Nesterly to additional cities and hope to be in your neighborhood soon. If you think your city needs Nesterly, let us know at the bottom of the homepage!

Nesterly is a digital community that enables households with extra space to connect with trusted, vetted people who are seeking a place to stay for longer than one month. Renters can exchange help around the house for lower rent.

Yes. Please sign up here. We welcome anyone and everyone who commits to support the Nesterly values of increasing access to affordable housing and enabling greater neighborhood stability to join our growing community. See our Terms of Service for more information.

Nesterly is designed to empower users to make informed decisions about sharing a home. As such, everyone you meet on Nesterly’s site has been vetted. We build trust and transparency through the following mechanisms:

  • Detailed application
  • Identity and address verification
  • Reference checks
  • Optional credit & background checks (coming soon!)

Exchanging help around the house for reduced rent is not a required component of participating in a Nesterly homesharing match. As part of the signup process, you are asked to indicate whether or not you’re interested in incorporating tasks into your exchange, and you can then connect with others looking for similar arrangements.

Nesterly is designed to foster open, productive communication between community members. Once Guests create their profiles, they can search available rooms by location, dates, and price. Hosts and Guests can then communicate securely through the platform to determine compatibility. The last step is to walk through a homesharing agreement together to clarify expectations and ensure everyone is happy.

Nesterly was born out of a commitment to alleviating the affordable housing crisis and helping households remain in their homes for as long as possible. Accordingly, our fees are designed to be accessible while still ensuring we can offer a stellar level of service and support.

You can create your profile and search our site for free. Only when a successful Nesterly match is confirmed do we charge a Match Fee to both Host and Guest. The Fee ranges from $95 – $195 depending on the length of the stay. We then charge a monthly service fee of 2% for the Host and Guest to facilitate automated rental payments and for our ongoing support throughout the length of the match.

We’re always looking for passionate, talented people to join our team. If you think you’re a good fit or if you’d just like to learn more, send your resume to and tell us how you’d like to contribute.