The information below is to help international students and scholars understand the process for finding housing. Housing is usually not guaranteed but is up to each person to find. However, finding adequate and reasonably-priced housing, especially in the Greater Boston area (including Boston, Medford, and Somerville) can be very challenging due to high demand and limited supply.
Student Housing: Undergraduate students are normally required to live on-campus for the first two years of study (exception: SMFA BFA students have a one year live-on requirement) and move off-campus for the final two years. Graduate students, with the exception of limited school-specific options, usually live off-campus for the entirety of their programs.
Undergraduate Students. New undergraduate students are required under Tufts policy to live on-campus in one of the Tufts's residence halls or communities or the first two years of study at Tufts. You will receive information from the Office of Residence Life during the Admission process about on-campus housing options. For more information, go to the Office of Residence Life web site. (Note: BFA-only students attending the School of Museum of Fine Arts are required to live on-campus in Tufts housing near SMFA for their first year only. Combined BFA / BA students are subject to the two-year on-campus housing policy.)
Graduate Students. On-campus housing for graduate students is extremely limited, and will vary depending on your school and campus location. Some of Tufts have limited residence hall opportunities for their graduate students; however, most graduate students and their families live off-campus. Click on the links below for more information about on-campus housing options for graduate students.
Finding housing, especially in the Greater Boston area, is one of the most challenging features of moving to the Boston area. The supply of affordable and conveniently located housing is very limited. The Boston area is home to numerous colleges and universities; as a result, there is a large student population seeking housing within a small geographic area.
If you are new to searching for housing in the US, here are some important things to keep in mind
Once you have decided to come to Tufts, it is important to start researching off-campus housing options early - do not expect to find housing upon arrival. The following are additional suggestions to help you in your move to Tufts:
Below are a variety of resources to help you in your off-campus housing search.
Tufts maintains an Off-Campus Housing resource where you can
If you are renting an apartment, your rental arrangement may be at-will or involve a lease. At-will agreements allows a landlord to terminate the housing arrangement with a certain amount of advance notice. In most cases, you will instead sign a lease, which gives you (the tenant) the right to live at the residence for a specific period of time at an agreed-upon rent. Leases cannot be broken unless you commit a violation of the lease. At the same time, you may face penalties if you attempt to leave the residence before the end of the lease period.
Lease: this is the agreement between a landlord and tenant about the monthly rent, payment methods, move-in and move-out dates, and other fees, charges, and costs. Note that many apartment leases will include restrictions or fees for things such as pets, parking, use of common area or spaces, smoking and tobacco use, and other matters. It is essential that you understand the terms and conditions of your lease before signing it. Your apartment manager or landlord will also tell you if the rent covers utilities such as water, gas, electricity, and trash disposal.
Security Deposit: in many rental situations you will be asked to provide a security deposit, which should not be more than the equivalent of a month's rent. This deposit will be returned to you when you depart the residence, as long as the residence has not suffered any significant damage.
Rental Deposit: you may be asked to pay the first month and last month of rent when signing your lease.
For more information about leases, go to the Tufts Off-campus Housing web site and search under "Resources" for useful guides.
Tufts many graduate schools offer housing information, resources, and guides that may be of use. Please consult the web links below for more information: