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Off-Campus Housing


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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Depends on your landlord. Closer to campus means higher rent.

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2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Because of the addition of the green line right next to campus as well as a crackdown on the number of people able to live in one house, houses around Tufts are becoming more highly-demanded and more expensive. The location is prime, but the houses themselves are not in great shape. A lot of upperclassmen get houses solely to get a non-dorm experience.

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2 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Living off-campus used to be one of the things rising upperclassmen looked forward to because the idea of living in a house with friends is very appealing. The rents and quality of houses near Tufts has been rising and steadily mediocre, respectively. Many students find the process of "house-hunting" and signing leases to be time-consuming and frustrating. They have ideas of what kind of apartment/house they'd like and the rent range, but these might not line up with the availability of houses and the proposed rents of the landlords.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I know friends who live off campus but I dont myself. They're either pretty close or very far from campus.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of options but it's super expensive


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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 53 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 52 responses

  • 27% Totally worth it. It's easy to find a place, and prices are reasonable.
  • 67% Price and availability can vary, but the added freedom is still worth it.
  • 6% High prices and/or limited choices keep most students on campus.
  • 0% Not worth the hassle or expense. Everyone just lives on campus.

How helpful is the school in helping students find off-campus housing?    Based on 50 responses

  • 14% Extremely helpful.
  • 50% Somewhat helpful.
  • 36% Not very helpful.
  • 0% The school does not allow students to live off campus.
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