Off-Campus Housing

Medford, MA
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1 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: i think the fact that all upperclassmen live off campus (as only 2 years housing are guaranteed) at such a small school really destroys the 'community' feel of the school. campus is pretty barren much of the winter and you may only see a couple people outside at any given time. the off campus housing spreads out students and ruins student unity

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Due to the lack of on campus housing availability after sophomore year, most students move off campus junior year (if they aren't abroad) and senior year (if they don't have a high number and get a Sophia Gordon suite.) The quality varies based on the previous renters, and many houses tend to stay within a certain group (i.e. a frisbee house, wilderness house, etc). The convenience of having a house cannot be beat, but start early- underclassmen start asking seniors to recommend them to the landlord the first couple weeks of sophomore year. All off campus housing is closer to campus than some other universities' dorms are to classes.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Off campus housing here are so convenient. They're close to campus and lots of restaurants and public transportation options. Rent prices can vary but the houses around here are in pretty good condition and easy to find.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The Boston area is so packed with students, finding housing can be a bit of process. The end of the semester is probably the best time to find and secure a place as someone's roommate or take the place of another student who is on his way out.

Generally, the further you live from campus the cheaper the housing. Also, parking is more easily assessable. Housing close to campus is most feasible if you live with roommates because housing ranges anywhere from $900 (single room/studio) to $2700/month for a three bedroom. Of course, bitter Boston winters will ensure a high utilities bill at least during the winter months. Rooming with other students is the norm but not an absolute must.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The houses are old, and many are not in a good state. But many are, it really depends on how fast you are in the housing process


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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Chris Cote
Ipswich, MA
International Relations
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Moving off campus is both a blessing and a curse for most Tufts students. Every year, about 40 percent of the junior class goes abroad, in part to experience a different culture and in part to avoid searching for an off-campus apartment. As Davis Square becomes increasingly popular, rent prices near Tufts have almost no ceiling and are continually on the rise. More seniors are expressing a desire to move back onto campus for their last year, and this forces juniors to move off campus.

Renting can be difficult—utility bills become a worry, you have to consider the safety of the place you’re living, and you have to deal with often antagonistic landlords. However, many students enjoy the independence of having their own places, and living with friends can add to the comfort level and social dimension of the Tufts experience. Chances are you’ll make friends with at least a few upperclassmen who live on their own, and this can give you a better idea of what to look for when you’re deciding on housing for your later years. If you do choose to go for a house or apartment, it’s important to find roommates early and start looking as quickly as you can—September and October aren’t too soon to consider signing a lease for the coming summer.

Facts & Statistics

Undergrads Living Off Campus
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
Best Time to Look for a Place
First semester of sophomore year
Popular Areas
  • Boston Avenue
  • Bromfield Road
  • Chetwynd Road
  • College Avenue
  • Pearson Road
  • Powerderhouse Boulevard
  • Sunset Avenue
Average Rents
  • 1 BR: $950
  • 2 BR: $1,500
  • 3 BR: $1,950
  • 4 BR: $2,550

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus housing on the following topics    Based on 31 responses

Very poor
  • Availability
  • Cost
  • Ease of obtaining/process
  • Landlords
  • Parking
  • Proximity to campus
  • Proximity to public transportation
  • Proximity to shopping
  • Quality
  • Safety
  • Variety

What is the off-campus housing selection like near campus and is it worth it?    Based on 33 responses

  • 0% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.
  • 3% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 61% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 36% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 33 responses

  • 33% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 48% Somewhat helpful.
  • 18% Extremely helpful.
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