Student Advice on Housing

“I’m glad my roommates and I looked at places more than a 10 or so minute walk from campus. Undergrads seem to think that a 15 minute walk means you’re at the end of the earth, but we found that it meant we had a few more options. We started looking in May for our September 1 lease, and I’m glad we did. So many apartments are on June 1 or September 1 leases, and while we still had to move quickly once we found the place we wanted, we did have a few weeks to check out the market.”

- English Doctoral Student

Boston has many colleges and universities, and they all start school in the fall. Start your housing search early to make sure you can find a place within your budget.

- Occupational Therapy Master’s Student

“Moving can be tough, especially from another state! I found my first apartment through other Tufts students. I lived with three other Tufts first year graduate students; we were all from different departments. It was a great experience because we were all starting at the same time and could empathize with each other. I felt that living with them opened me up to wanting to get to know graduate students in other departments. If you can find fellow Tufts graduate students to live with, it makes the transition into grad school a lot easier.”

- Biology Doctoral Student

“Moving to Tufts from abroad was not as difficult as I thought it would be. An ad for a house up-for-rent came up and I decided to email around to the other admitted graduate students to see if anyone would want to share. Indeed, a student in the same situation needing accommodation emailed me and we were set! We didn’t know each other at the outset, but it worked out! There are a lot of houses in the area that are rented by students, and they are all very close to campus!”

- Biology Doctoral Student

“I moved to Tufts from across the country, and I wasn’t able to come up to Boston to look for apartments. Through my department I was able to talk to second year graduate students who told me more about the area, and made it easier to narrow down the places that I should search for housing.”

- Occupational Therapy Master’s Student

“When I was admitted to Tufts, my first thought was about housing, and my inability to apartment hunt from a remote location.  Luckily I was able to get graduate housing – a dorm-like building for graduate students only offered for one year.  This provided transitional housing for me, but since then, I have still had to move three times in as many years. Finding a good place to live can be difficult, but by far the most effective method is by talking to other Tufts graduate students.”

- Mathematics Doctoral Student