Tufts is in a unique position to provide graduate students with the vibrancy of metropolitan Boston and the close-knit on-campus community of the Medford campus. Graduate students enjoy easy access to Cambridge and Boston, ranked by Forbes magazine as ninth among the 20 coolest cities in America in 2014. Additionally, the surrounding neighborhoods of Medford and Somerville afford students with a myriad of cultural, artistic, and community-friendly events and activities.

If you haven't had a chance to visit Tufts, please feel free take a virtual tour of the Tufts Medford campus and Davis Square. Although this tour features undergraduate guides, graduate students take courses and research in the same spaces featured in the tour.

Medford and Somerville

With weekly farmers markets, regular live music shows, and a variety of festivals and other cultural events, Somerville and Medford have much to offer in Tufts’ back yard. Browse an event calendar for the Medford/Somerville area for events less than a 20 minute walk from campus.

Annual events in Medford/Somerville include:

Points of Interest

While there are many resources on campus – including dining, banking, copying, and mailing – dozens more are available to students within one mile of campus.

Explore our favorite places


With students, professors, professionals, and families moving to Boston from all over the world, on any given day the city is host to dozens of events for any interest. Browse a publicly-curated calendar of events and the Boston city calendarto see some of what’s happening today.

Never visited the city of Boston? Take a virtual tour here, and get a feel for one of America’s oldest cities.


Every Bostonian has their own top attractions list, but while you plan your move to the area we wanted to give you some of our own highlights. Below, explore the highlights as curated by the Tufts University Admissions team, featuring restaurants, institutions, and other places that simply defy categorization.

Many local public libraries provide access to discounted museum passes to many Boston attractions. Browse the Somerville, the Medford, Cambridge, or the Boston Public Library museum pass options.

Suggested trips include lunch at Redbones Barbeque followed by a visit to the Museum of Bad Art in Davis Square, or travel to Boston to see the USS Constitution followed by lunch, shopping, and sight seeing in the Back Bay neighborhood.


The Boston/Cambridge/Somerville area is home to several new malls and shopping centers, with diverse food, shopping, and entertainment options. West of the Charles River, the new Assembly Row in Somerville and the CambridgeSide Galleria in Cambridge are both within a 20 minute drive of the Medford campus and offer a variety of stores, outlets, and restaurants. East of the Charles, the Prudential Center and Copley Place are home to over 100 shops and the famous Top of the Hub restaurant, while Faneuil Hall Marketplace hosts events amongst its many shops daily.

New England

While it is the largest city within the New England region, Greater Boston is certainly not the only attraction in the Northeast. Tufts is within a three hour drive of some of the best beaches, skiing and snow boarding, and cultural sites in the United States. Tufts students have incredible access to unique sites and events throughout the year.

Some year-round highlights include visiting Acadia National Park during the summer or early fall, taking a trip throughout the New England countryside to see the leaves change or going apple picking during the fall, visiting Magic Mountain for skiing and snowboarding during the winter and early spring, and visiting Cape Cod or another of the many surrounding beaches during the summer.

In accordance with both federal and state law, the university maintains information concerning current security policies and procedures and prepares an annual crime report concerning crimes committed within the geographical limits of the university. Upon request to the Office of Public Safety, 617.627.3030, the university will provide such information to any prospective student. The report is also available online.