Living in Boston

Downtown Boston, MA - Tufts University Campus

Our home campuses of Boston and Medford/Somerville offer different opportunities for students. Boston is one of America's most cultural, stimulating, and livable cities. The presence of over 60 distinguished universities and colleges maintain the tradition of openness to a diversity of ideas and people.

The Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy is located at 150 Harrison Avenue in Downtown Boston, a thriving city with a rich array of social, cultural, academic, and outdoor activities. From historical attractions, to iconic sporting events, to great urban hiking, there's always something to do. Our campus is adjacent to Boston's Chinatown neighborhood and the Theater District, where you can enjoy delicious chinese faire and see exciting new performances before they hit the Broadway stage.  

We are also on the university's Medford/Somerville campus at 114 Curtis Street, Somerville, Massachusetts, home of the Feinstein International Center. The Medford and Somerville campus provides a backdrop of tranquility, friendliness, and residential student life of a small-town college with Tufts' 150-acre campus sitting atop lush Walnut Hill overlooking the cities. Degree program students at Friedman can use Medford campus facilities such as the fitness center and the main Tisch library.

Neighborhoods of Boston

Finding a place to stay is usually the first task and due to the large amount of college students in the area it can sometimes be a challenge. There is limited On-Campus housing available, but most students live Off-Campus, in different areas of town. Take a look at the following housing resources to research apartments, neighborhoods and suburbs where students live and commute to Friedman:

  • Off Campus Housing Resource Center: This service from the Office of Residential Life and Learning covers ways to find a place to live, rentals in the area, discusses costs of living in the Boston area, and also lists important safety information
  • Renting in Boston: Visit or other real estate apps to check out apartment rental options throughout the city and surrounding areas. You can also work with a local realtor, but be aware that there are usually fees associated with using an agent, which can sometimes equal the price of a full month's rent.
  • City of Boston Housing & Property: This resource from the City of Boston's website offers valuable information on your rights as a renter, lists contacts for questions, and has information about the different neighborhoods that make up Boston. They also provide a Student Guide to City Services
  • Boston Neighborhoods: Boston neighborhood descriptions, including transit time to campus (courtesy of Tufts Dental School)

Getting Around

Most people use the easy-to-use public transportation system, MBTA, or simply the "T" as it's represented on maps, to get around Boston and its surrounding suburbs. Students are eligible for discounted MBTA passes. Parking can be very difficult, but limited on-street and garage parking is available.

Learn more about transportation and parking


Boston is a large city and like most major urban areas, you should be aware of your surroundings and safety.  

Tufts Department of Public and Environmental Safety 

Annual Safety Report

Tufts Threat Assessment and Management

Tufts Police Twitter

Tufts Office of Emergency Management Twitter