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.