Campus Housing

Location
Medford, MA
Undergrads
5,167
Tuition
$44,666
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Depending on your fellow residents and your RA, living on campus can be fairly nice. I remember a few of the all-freshmen dorms had quite a cozy atmosphere. However, the lottery process is unnecessarily confusing, and it is notoriously difficult for upperclassmen (especially juniors) to acquire on campus housing. That can be pretty stressful if you don't really have the economic means to live off campus.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The buildings are pretty old and could definitely be renewed. However, it's a great way to make new friends.

3 College Student

Campus Housing: Some dorms are much better than the others. Not much of a social scene...

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Most dorms are fairly old and quite frankly, disgusting. Luckily, I live in a newly renovated dorm, so it's pretty nice and clean. I would say that rooms tend to be average size, nothing special. As a sophomore, best options are Wren (where I live) or West (if lucky enough- it's super nice and big). For freshman, definitely Houston! It's super fun. Social atmosphere is meh at best. People are awkward and not used to such a social environment such as college and just can't deal. For me, it's definitely lackluster. Cost is $61,000 so yeah that says enough. Housing process is terribly because ResLife is so incompetent. Not saying that because I've had a bad experience (I actually haven't), but they are painfully slow and seem to mess everyone's housing up. The staff also don't know anything....I worked for them for a year so I can claim this.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I was fortunate to get a "good" dorm my freshman year, with a huge room in a relatively new building. But many people in Houston or Tilton get less impressive rooms, and it smells terrible in Hodgdon. While I could live there happily, I think most dorms are generally pretty average at best.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 202nd
    Best Dorm Atmosphere
  • 799th
    Cleanest Dorms
  • 878th
    Shortest Walk to Class
  • 1180th
    Most Spacious Dorms

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Chris Cote
Hometown
Ipswich, MA
Major
International Relations
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Tufts dorm rooms aren’t the size of hotel lobbies, but they aren’t the size of hotel closets, either. Some dorms are slightly better than others, but most rooms are medium-sized, and living in any one of them is a similar experience. Students will exhibit a preference for newer or recently renovated dorms like South and Miller. West, Stratton, and Metcalf have an old, historic building style, but they also have larger rooms. Most students will say that the worst dorms are Haskell and Wren, which were built in the 1970s and haven’t really been renovated since. The fact remains, however, that no matter what dorm you’re assigned during your first year, the differences are going to be small.

There are more options for juniors and seniors, but there's also a higher chance that you will live off campus then—housing is only guaranteed for freshmen and sophomores. There is, however, a definite distinction between uphill and downhill dorms in terms of convenience. Once you live in one location, you can never really move to the other without changing your view of Tufts. Overall, housing isn’t too much of a concern during your first year because you don’t really have any control over where you stay. The silver lining is that none of your classmates will either. Furthermore, you’ll all get at least two semesters to check out what areas you like the best before you choose your housing for the years to come.

Facts & Statistics

On-Campus Housing Available?
Yes
Campus Housing Capacity
3,492
Average Housing Costs
$6,450
Freshmen Required to Live on Campus?
Yes
Undergrads Living On Campus
66%
Number of Dormitories
23
Number of Campus-Owned Apartments
1
Best Dorms
  • Hillside Apartments
  • Miller
  • South
  • West
Worst Dorms
  • Haskell
  • Wren
What You Get
  • Bed
  • Closet or wardrobe
  • Desk and chair
  • Dresser
  • Ethernet access
  • Local telephone service
Also Available
  • Cable television
  • Healthy-living options
  • Special-Interest Housing: In addition to the regular student housing, there are 15 special-interest housing units which offer undergrads the opportunity to live and further integrate with students who have interests similar to their own. Interested students must take the time to stop by the house they intend to live in and speak with students living there to demonstrate their interest. Students then apply for their particular house in the Office of Residential Life and Learning in South Hall.
Available for Rent
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Did You Know?
  • Freshmen, as well as sophomores, are required to live on campus at Tufts.
  • Students recieve their requested housing based on a lottery system-which means that after freshman year, where you end up living may depend on how lucky you get with your lottery number that particular year.

DormitoriesWhat's This?

10 Winthrop Street
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 6
Bathrooms: Shared by suite/floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Three-person suites with single rooms
Special Features: Each floor has its own bathroom and kitchen, two first-floor living rooms.
12 Dearborn Road
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 15
Bathrooms: Two shared by house
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Furnished, common room, kitchen, laundry.
176 Curtis Street
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 10
Bathrooms: Two shared by house
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Four singles, three two-person apartments
Special Features: Furnished, common kitchen, laundry.
9-11 Sunset Road
Floors: 2
Number of Occupants: 6
Bathrooms: Shared by suite/floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Three-person suites with single rooms
Special Features: Each floor has its own bathroom, kitchen, and living room.
92-94 Curtis Street
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 18
Bathrooms: Shared by suite/floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Four- and six-person suites with varying single and double bedrooms
Special Features: Each floor has its own bathroom, kitchen, and living room (some have two living rooms), storage spaces, each room is different.
Bush Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 105
Bathrooms: Eight single-sex bathrooms per floor shared by four to six students
Coed: Yes
Residents: Mostly freshmen and sophomores
Room Types: Three singles, doubles
Special Features: Common room, study lounges, first floor kitchen, bike storage, laundry, vending machines.
Carmichael Hall
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 256
Bathrooms: Two single-sex bathrooms and shower rooms (four showers each) per floor (but none on the fifth floor)
Coed: Yes
Residents: Mostly freshmen and sophomores; some juniors
Room Types: Singles, doubles, five triples
Special Features: Carmichael dining hall, first floor is Healthy Living, common room, study lounges, bike storage, laundry, vending machines, surrounds courtyard (the green).
Carpenter House
Floors: 3
Number of Occupants: 40
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, one triple
Special Features: Common room, two single-sex floors, kitchen, Ping-Pong table, laundry.
Haskell Hall
Floors: 4 + basement
Number of Occupants: 90
Bathrooms: Shared by suite (two showers, toilets, and sinks each)
Coed: Yes
Residents: Mostly freshmen and sophomores; some juniors
Room Types: 10-person suites (four doubles, two singles)
Special Features: Common room, study lounges, kitchen, bike storage, laundry, vending machines.
Hill Hall
Floors: 5
Number of Occupants: 164
Bathrooms: Shared by floor (except fifth floor)
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and sophomores
Room Types: Singles, doubles, one three-person apartment
Special Features: Mail services, aerobics studio, floors three, four, and five are Healthy Living, common room, study lounges, second floor kitchen, bike storage, laundry, vending machines.
Hodgdon Hall
Floors: 3 + basement
Number of Occupants: 152
Bathrooms: Shared by floor or wing
Coed: Yes
Residents: Mostly freshmen and sophomores; some juniors
Room Types: Singles, doubles, one two-person apartment
Special Features: Hodgdon Take-It-Away, common room, study lounges, two kitchens, bike storage, laundry, vending machines.
Houston Hall
Floors: 3 + basement
Number of Occupants: 256
Bathrooms: Four single-sex bathrooms shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles, one four-person apartment (two double bedrooms)
Special Features: Common room, study lounges, Ping-Pong and air hockey tables, a TV, kitchen, bike storage, laundry, vending machines, Scholar-in-Residence, surrounds courtyard (the Green).
Latin Way
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 216
Bathrooms: Shared by suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Four-person suites
Special Features: Apartment-style, common room, study lounges, kitchens, laundry, vending machines.
Lewis Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 205
Bathrooms: Four single-sex bathrooms shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and sophomores
Room Types: Singles, doubles, three triples, one four-person and two two-person apartments
Special Features: Crafts Center, common room, study lounges, first floor kitchen, bike storage, laundry, vending machines.
Metcalf Hall
Floors: 3 + basement
Number of Occupants: 111
Bathrooms: Shared by wing
Coed: Yes
Residents: Mostly freshmen and sophomores; some juniors
Room Types: Singles, doubles, one sophomore triple
Special Features: Bridge Program (organized faculty presentations to stimulate intellectual discussion), common room with TV and Ping-Pong, study lounges, second floor kitchen, bike storage, laundry, Scholar-in-Residence.
Miller Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 194
Bathrooms: Four single-sex bathrooms shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Oxfam Café, Ping-Pong, common room, study lounges, kitchen in dorm, bike storage, laundry, vending machines, surrounds courtyard (the Green).
Richardson House
Floors: 3 + basement
Number of Occupants: 43
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: No, women only
Residents: Freshmen and sophomores
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Common room with TV, study lounges, ground floor kitchen, bike storage, laundry, vending machines, hardwood floors, former private residence, so all rooms are different.
South Hall
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 367
Bathrooms: Shared by four to six students on floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen and sophomores
Room Types: Singles, doubles
Special Features: Electronic card access, healthy living floor, elevator, common room with TV, study lounges, first floor kitchen, bike storage, laundry, points transfer machine, rooms have adjustable heat, located next to student parking lot.
Stratton Hall
Floors: 3 + basement
Number of Occupants: 85
Bathrooms: Floors two and three share one bathroom; ground and first floor share two bathrooms
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, one three-person apartment
Special Features: Study lounges, common rooms, laundry, hardwood floors, first floor kitchen, bike storage.
Tilton Hall
Floors: 4 + basement
Number of Occupants: 144
Bathrooms: Shared by floor
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen
Room Types: Doubles
Special Features: Common room with TV, study lounges, ground floor kitchen, bike storage, laundry, vending machines, Scholar-in-Residence.
West Hall
Floors: 4 + basement
Number of Occupants: 115
Bathrooms: Shared by floor, some floors have more than one bathroom (first floor has no bathrooms)
Coed: Yes
Residents: Freshmen, sophomores
Room Types: Singles, doubles, triples (with common room), quads (with common room), one two-person apartment
Special Features: Common room with TV, study lounges, kitchen, bike storage, laundry, hardwood floors, vending machines, host of "December Naked Quad Run."
Wilson House
Floors: 4
Number of Occupants: 55
Bathrooms: Shared by floor (third floor female bathroom only has one shower and one toilet)
Coed: Yes
Residents: Mostly upperclassmen
Room Types: Singles, doubles, and 5 triples
Special Features: Two common rooms (one with TV), first floor kitchen, Ping-Pong, laundry, basement mailboxes.
Wren Hall
Floors: 4 + basement
Number of Occupants: 252
Bathrooms: Shared by suite
Coed: Yes
Residents: Mostly upperclassmen
Room Types: 10-person suites (four doubles, two singles)
Special Features: Common room with TV and Ping-Pong, study lounges, common kitchen, bike storage, laundry, vending machines.

Campus-Owned ApartmentsWhat's This?

Hillside Apartments
Floors: 5
Number of Units: Houses 216 students
Bathrooms: Private by unit
Coed: Yes
Residents: Upperclassmen
Room Types: Six- and 10-person suites
Special Features: Common room, study lounges, kitchens, laundry, vending machines, parking lot.

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