Federal Law does not dictate occupancy codes. City laws do.
1br apartments allow two people all the time. Think about married couples. A studio apartment may not have the space for 2 people, but 1br is the standard apartment for young couples just getting started.
Apartment complexes rarely give "vouchers" for students. They may have move-in specials for students, but that's usually where it ends.
You both should also be applying for student loans, grants, and anything else that will help get money in your wallet. Remember, most apartment complexes are going to require that you take home 2.5-3 times the rent. So if an apartment is $1000, between the 2 of you, you need to bring home $2500-$3000 to qualify.
Boston is full of college students looking to survive. Perhaps looking at http://www.roomster.com and http://www.craigslist.org will help you guys find roommates.
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