Off-Campus Housing

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

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Prices are so high compared to neighboring areas because landlords assume that we're all wealthy college students who can pay a lot for housing, so they hike up prices. Apartments in nearby areas go for $300 a month, whereas we pay $700 a month or so. It's ridiculous.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are so many houses surrounding the campus and they're all available to college students for a reasonable price.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The houses all look a little sad, but most people who move off-campus seem pretty happy and definitely save money.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Plenty of opportunity and variety!

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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Chris Cote
Hometown
Ipswich, MA
Major
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
34%
Average Off-Campus Room & Board
$4,580
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 26 responses

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  • 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 31 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.
  • 58% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 39% 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 31 responses

  • 32% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
  • 48% Somewhat helpful.
  • 19% Extremely helpful.
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