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4 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: The town is nice, but not completely in the middle of nowhere.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Coming from New York City it's hard to fairly judge the local atmosphere of Tufts, but for a school in a small city with access to a big city it really is a great balance. I wanted to experience campus living which is why I didn't go to a school in the middle of a city, but having Boston and all of the other colleges in the area accessible by the T is an added bonus. If I ever am homesick for city streets it's easy to get to Boston and take advantage of everything it has to offer, although truth be told I don't go very frequently because I'm always so busy with things to do on-campus and in Davis Square.

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5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There is so much to do around Tufts, from Davis square for restaurants and shopping to Boston for museums, the Red Sox, and adventures galore. A 15 minute bike from campus the other direction will take you to the Fells, a gorgeous reserve with trails for running and biking. Everything not accessible by walking or biking can be, thanks to the incredible Mass transit.

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4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There's not a ton to do IMMEDIATELY off campus, but Davis Square and Boston are great for dining, sports, concerts, etc. and totally accessible.


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Chris Cote
Ipswich, MA
International Relations
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If you are venturing off campus for a night, chances are you’ll take the T into Cambridge or Boston—but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t anything going on in Tufts’ hometowns. Whether you pronounce them “Medfuhd and Sumahville” or “Medford and Somerville,” Tufts’ local areas can be accurately categorized as basic college towns. On the Medford side, you’ll find a few local favorite restaurants (Rose’s has the best Chinese around, and Sweet Creams is a tasty favorite with custom-made ice cream flavors), but generally, there is more to do in Somerville’s Davis Square. Sometimes called “the Paris of Boston,” Davis Square is Somerville’s “trendy night spot,” though what you’ll find there is pretty typical of any college town. You’ll find students all over the Square, in Diesel playing pool or sipping a latté, in the Somerville Theater watching second-run flicks at affordable prices, and at Denise’s/JP Licks where they’ll be sampling some of the best ice cream in Boston. Don’t forget to grab extra napkins.

Tufts has the advantage of being just a 15-minute T-ride from the center of a city where there is plenty of nightlife, concerts, and shows to entertain the Tufts student body, as well as those of the other 55 Boston-area schools. Although you won’t find as many Tufts students in the city as you will in Medford and Somerville, it can make for much better variety in nightlife and activities. Once you’ve explored the area, you’ll find there really is something for every taste in this varied, college-friendly region.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Boston has over 55 colleges within a five-mile radius.
  2. When the school year begins, the average age in Boston is 26.
  3. The Big Dig (www.masspike.com/bigdig) is the most expensive highway project in U.S. history-at a cost of more than $1 billion per mile; the city has been building the new underground highway for over 13 years.
  4. The T is the first American subway system, opened in 1898.
  5. Boston Common was the first public park in America.
Notable Natives
  • Samuel Adams
  • Aerosmith
  • Ben Affleck
  • F. Lee Bailey
  • Alexander G. Bell
  • E.E. Cummings
  • Matt Damon
  • John F. Kennedy
  • Jack Lemmon
  • Leonard Nimoy
  • Paul Revere
  • Donna Summer
  • James Taylor
  • Sam Waterston
Local Slang
  • Beantown: Boston, denoting the town's celebrity for baked beans
  • Book it: To get out of some place quickly
  • Bubbla: Water fountain
  • Bulkie Roll: Kaiser roll for a sandwich
  • Chowdahead: Stupid person
  • Hahvahd Sqaah: Harvard Square, spoken with a local accent
  • Jimmies: Sprinkles for ice cream
  • Mass-holes: Boston's bad drivers
  • Rotary: A traffic circle
  • The T: The Boston subway system
  • Wicked: Adverb used to amplify the effect of another adverb i.e. "The Red Sox are wicked good this year!"
Points of Interest
  • Boston Pops
  • Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Davis Square
  • Fenway Park
  • Franklin Park Zoo
  • Harvard Museum of Natural History
  • Museum of Fine Arts
  • Museum of Science
  • New England Aquarium
Shopping Centers
  • CambridgeSide Galleria
  • Copley Place
  • Faneuil Hall Marketplace/Quincy Market
  • Newbury Street
  • Shops at Prudential Center
Movie Theaters
AMC Boston
175 Tremont St.
(617) 423-3499
Movie Theaters
AMC Fenway 13
401 Park Dr.
(617) 424-6266
Movie Theaters
Showcase Cinemas Revere
565 Squire Rd.
(781) 286-1660
Movie Theaters
Somerville Theater
55 Davis Sq.
(617) 625-5700
Major Sports Teams
  • Boston Bruins: hockey
  • Boston Celtics: basketball
  • Boston Red Sox: baseball
  • New England Patriots: football
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Boston: MA: 20 minutes
  • New York City: NY: 3 hours, 30 minutes
Did You Know?
Go to the MIT museum. It is an interactive, hands-on museum displaying Artificial Intelligence, Hall of Holograms, Mechanical Artwork, and other really incredible exhibits. Best of all, it is only $2 to get in with your student ID.

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 41 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 41 responses

  • 46% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 10% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 15% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 27% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 2% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 40 responses

  • 72% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 22% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 5% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 40 responses

  • 30% Totally.
  • 52% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 18% No way.


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