Work/Life Resources

Work/life refers to the intersection of your professional life and personal/family life, and to the information, resources, and policies that help you navigate those intersections. The definitive source of information about many graduate student work/life balance policies is the Graduate Student Handbook

Leaves of Absence

There are three types of leaves available to graduate students. Students who are on leave are not charged tuition and fees and are not eligible for stipends. Funding upon return cannot be guaranteed; please speak with your program graduate director if you have questions. Student loan borrowers will receive exit interview and repayment information and may be required to begin making loan payments while on leave. Students must be in good academic standing when taking a leave of absence. 

The time-to-degree clock stops for all graduate students who take an approved leave of absence.

International students may not take a personal leave of absence and remain in the United States. In all cases, the International Center must be contacted before any leave is authorized as there may be impact on visa status.

Child Care

Eliot-Pearson Children's School: preschool (age 2.9 years and up) through second grade education. Part-time preschool, flexible days, modified school calendar. Apply in September the year before you wish to enroll your child.

For toddler and infant care, Tufts families have 10 priority access slots at four Bright Horizons centers. Contact Bright Horizons for availability and cost.

Bright Horizons at Teele Square: preschool (age 2.9 years and up) through Kindergarten. Full-time, 5-day-per-week coverage, limited holidays. Tufts part-time and full-time employees and students receive priority admission. Apply in September the year before you wish to enroll your child. 

Lactation Rooms

To reserve a room, please email and request access to book lactation spaces through the Tufts Space and Resources Reservation System. This will list all the spaces available to you on the Boston and Medford campuses and you will be able to request the time and space convenient for you.  

On the Medford Campus, there are seven lactation rooms open to all members of the Tufts community. The room coordinators below can answer questions about the rooms for you, but all scheduling should be done through the space reservation system. 

View a map of Lactation Spaces on the Medford Campus

Ballou Hall, First Floor Lisa Bloom, Office Assistant, Provost's Office 617-627-4815
Cabot Hall, Room 207 Hall of Flags main reception desk 617-627-3329
Halligan Hall, Room 219 Electrical and Computer Engineering  or Computer Science Administration Office

617-627-3217 (ECE)
617-627-2225 (CS)

CLIC building, 574 Boston Ave., Room 125 Lorin Polidora, Manager of Administrative Services 617-627-1108
Tisch Library, Room 104 Tisch Administration Office 617-627-3345
200 Boston Ave.  Human Resources front desk 617-627-6272
Science & Engineering Complex, Room LL007 Bruce Panilaitis, SEC Director 617-627-3550


Arrange for an ad-hoc space

If none of the dedicated spaces meets your needs, you can arrange to use an ad-hoc space elsewhere on campus. Please contact Amin Fahimi Moghadam, OEO Accommodations Specialist in the Office of Equal Opportunity, 617-627-6363. He will identify a space for you to use and arrange for you to get access to it when you need it.