Graduate Student Housing
This page is dedicated to information regarding on- and off-campus housing options for Graduate AS&E and Fletcher School students. Students in Health Sciences schools should contact that school for more information about on-campus housing availability. All graduate students are welcome to visit our off-campus housing page for more information on resources offered by the University and our department.
School of Arts & Sciences, School of Engineering
On-Campus Housing Options
The Office of Residential Life and Learning has limited available on-campus housing options in smaller woodframe houses on the perimeter of the Medford-Somerville Campus. These locations offer a variety of amenities such as single bedrooms in a shared house with shared laundry and kitchen facilities.
||McCollester House (11 beds)|
||Tousey House (16 beds)|
|159 College Avenue (6 beds)|
|122 Powder House Blvd. (4 beds)|
|126 Powder House Blvd. (5 beds)|
|11 Teele Avenue (8 beds)|
All student rooms are equipped with a twin XL bed and mattress, desk and desk chair, dresser/drawer set, and wardrobe or closet. Common areas in the above buildings are equipped with couches, dining areas, laundry in building, etc. Wireless internet is available for all students living in these areas. Utilities are included in the cost of housing. For a map of where our graduate houses are in relation to the rest of our campus, please check out the following map.
The Fletcher School
The Office of Residential Life and Learning has limited available on-campus housing options for The Fletcher School in the '10s tower of Hillside Apartments as well as ten Walnut Hill properties on the perimeter of the Medford-Somerville Campus. These locations offer a variety of amenities such as single bedrooms in a shared house with shared laundry and kitchen facilities.
This option is available exclusively for Fletcher students, including those enrolled in the CSPP and MAHA programs. Because demand exceeds supply, in the interest of fairness, a lottery will be held to assign the available spaces to incoming first year graduates. Continuing graduate students interested in on-campus housing are welcome to apply, however, will be added to a waitlist. Students with questions about on-campus housing options should be sure to connect with our office by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Full Year Options include:
- Hillside Apartments, Tower 10 (Apartments 110, 210, 310, 410)
- 97 Curtis St (WH, 4 beds)
- 102 Curtis St (WH, 4 beds)
- 146 Curtis St (WH, 2 apartments: 4 beds each)
- 80 Packard Ave (WH, 4 beds)
- 14 Whitfield Rd (WH, 2 apartments: 3 beds, 4 beds)
- 44 Teele Ave (WH, 2 apartments: 4 beds each)
- 50 Sawyer Ave (WH, 4 beds)
*Photos of these spaces are forthcoming
WALNUT HILL PROPERTIES
The apartments are located within a five-to-ten-minute walk to the Fletcher complex. The apartments are either three-or four-bedroom units. Generally, there is only one bathroom per apartment that is shared among all occupants. Each bedroom in the apartment will have the following furniture: a bed with mattress, bureau, desk, and chair. Some units may have additional furnishings, but that is not guaranteed. A washer and dryer are available either in each unit or in the shared basement. Utilities are included in the price of the apartment. Utilities included are heat, water, trash removal (from bins outside), electricity, and internet. Cable TV is not included. These apartments are typical of graduate student housing –not luxurious, but they are convenient to Fletcher and have the basics. Smoking of any type is not permitted both inside the apartment or on the porch/deck of the apartment. Pets are not permitted. Parking is limited to street parking only per the individual city. Please note that these apartments have multiple steps and are not accessible. In addition, none of the apartments have a private bathroom.
General cleaning of the bathrooms and common spaces are the responsibility of the students living in the apartment. Information regarding trash disposal will be shared; it is important to understand that failure to properly manage trash pick up may result in fines from the City of Somerville. Students will be responsible for any fines associated with their residential space. Utilities such as water, heat, and wireless internet are included in the housing cost.
Like all Tufts spaces, there is absolutely NO SMOKING in the building and within 25 feet of a building entrance.
Hillside Apartments are settled within the Tufts campus, steps away from The Fletcher School's main building. Located at 10 North Hill Road, Hillside Apartments are made up of 4 separate apartments housing anywhere from 5-8 students in single rooms with shared kitchen and single-use bathrooms. Shared laundry facilities are located within nearby buildings. For more information, please review our housing page for Hillside Apartments.
All bedrooms are furnished with either a twin XL* bed or a full-sized bed, depending on the size of the room.
All spaces in Hillside apartments are furnished with the below information as well as a twin XL mattress.
Each bedroom space comes with the following:
- Desk Chair
- Under bed drawer sets
- Built in Closet / standalone wardrobe
Each apartment comes with the following:
- Couch and other living room furniture pieces
- Dining table and chairs
- Laundry facilities on site
- Kitchen spaces
Personal items such as kitchen supplies are not provided. Outside furniture is not allowed. Please refer to the Housing Policies and Guidelines page for a list of acceptable items.
Eligibility & Application Process
Who is Eligible to apply?
Full-time students in the first year of their graduate program in the School of Arts & Sciences, School of Engineering, or The Fletcher School are eligible to apply for on-campus graduate housing. This application will be available for new full-year students after acceptance and confirmation of their plans to attend the University as early as April 20, 2023 and will close on June 15, 2023.
Continuing graduate students are eligible to apply to campus housing for the Fall 2023 - Spring 2024 academic year via the Housing Portal. Students will be eligible to select from available options during our online selection process in June 2023. Students who have previously lived in on-campus graduate housing are eligible to apply for on-campus housing, but will be placed on a waitlist until all first-year graduate students have been offered a housing assignment and either accepted or declined their housing offer. Waitlisted students will be contacted based on availability and order of completed applications beginning in late June-early July 2023. Due to limited spaces, it is highly recommended that students begin to seek options for off-campus housing options.
Students who select and later cancel their housing assignments will be assessed a commitment fee.
- For both A&E Students and Fletcher Students, you are required to submit a $1,500 non-refundable commitment fee per semester which will be applied to your overall housing costs.
For more information about housing rates, please visit our Housing Rates Page. (Please note that these rates reflect the 2022-2023 prices)
Glossary & Frequently Asked Questions
Apartment / Unit
The full breakdown of space that you, and any roommates, are renting. This includes bedroom(s), kitchen, bathroom, living area, etc. If your apartment or unit is missing a bathroom or kitchen, it is likely not an approved unit.
Assigning your lease is a different process than subletting. Assigning your lease is turning over your responsibility within the lease to another person. This has to be approved through the landlord prior to making this movement.
The professional person assisting you or the landlord/property manager with finding an apartment or tenants for a given apartment. Broker's do a lot of work to help find suitable spaces or people for a given location. As a result of working with a broker, you may be responsible for covering the costs of the broker's fee, usually no more than one month's rent (i.e. if your monthly rent is $1,000/month, your broker's fee may likely be a flat $1,000. This cost varies based on rent prices).
The process by which a landlord, property manager, or broker will check your credit history to be able to tell if you are a worthy risk to rent to. People who have bad or little credit history may be required to seek a co-signer, or may be denied for the item for which they are applying.
A co-signer is a separate person who may be able to vouch or stand in place for a person who may have bad or little/no credit history. A co-signer is someone who will take responsibility for the cost of your debt should you fail to keep up with payments. Many times, a landlord or property manager will request that a co-signer also complete an application so that a credit check can be completed for them as well.
A deposit is a payment that a tenant places to both hold the unit, as well as cover any damages caused by the tenant during their tenancy. A security deposit must be placed in an interest-bearing bank account prior to occupancy. This information should be shared by the landlord to the tenant at the start of their tenancy. A security deposit cannot be used to cover unpaid rents, or to cover the cost of general wear-and-tear on items in the unit/apartment. A security deposit must be returned to the tenant at the end of their tenancy in addition to any accrued interest on the account.
Tenants who fail to abide by certain stipulations laid out within their lease run the risk of being removed from their unit. This process is called an eviction. The eviction process takes time and must be implemented by certain legal paperwork before it takes effect; however, if you are facing a potential eviction, you should seek professional legal advice regarding next steps or options.
Landlord / Property Manager
The person who owns or manages the space which you are occupying. This person may be the person you sign your lease with, who you pay your rent to, or who you contact in case of a maintenance issue.
Your actual contract held with your landlord or property manager. This document will contact information about the particular stipulations spelled out in your lease: the term of the lease, the price associated with living in the space, what the landlord is responsible for, what you as a tenant are responsible for, etc. This lease should contain certain information that is specific to tenancy laws in the state of Massachusetts, however, it may also contain an Addendum which would cover any additional stipulations that the landlord has requested of people living in their unit. This addendum must also follow Massachusetts law, however, is particular to your particular unit and landlord.
Most leases are 12-month leases, meaning that a tenant is approved and given permission to live in a given unit/apartment for that period of time. Sublets usually occur when that tenant is looking to not live in the given unit/apartment for a period of time during their lease (i.e. study abroad, summer, etc). In these situations, the tenant will need approval from the landlord, and potentially any housemates, to have a subtenant (subletter/sublessee) live in the space for that proposed period of time. Likely, a contract will need to occur between the tenant originally listed on the lease and the subtenant. This is different from an assignment as the original tenant is ultimately responsible for any charges/damages in the event that the subtenant does not carry out the terms of their lease.
Tenant & Tenants Rights
A tenant is a person who has signed a lease with a landlord or property manager and has been given approval to live in a given apartment or unit for a specified amount of time. The lease is something put in place to protect the rights of the landlord as well as the rights of the tenancy should either party default in their responsibilities regarding the unit/apartment. There are certain things that a landlord and tenant are separately responsible for while occupying a space - should there be any issues in the management or living agreement within a space, certain rights and laws are in place to help mitigate the process.
Particular cities or towns have different regulations regarding the amount of people living in a given space. For example, in the town of Medford, no more than 3-non related persons may live in a given unit. In Somerville, the next town over, no more than 4-non related persons may live in a given unit. These regulations are put in place for safety reasons and to protect those living in these areas.
Using our Off-campus Housing "Roommates" page is a great resource for locating people also looking for housing options.
Students can create a profile and share useful information about themselves as a roommate. Students are able to see other students and directly contact them through the site to find the best possible roommate through your own meeting process.
Our website is only accessible to our students and student using a similar website for their off-campus housing pages.
Brokers, Landlords, and Property Managers (PM) are looking for clients/tenants who they can count on to be able to pay full rent for a given lease (approximately 6 month, 12 month, etc.) Credit checks are a way for these business people to see if you are a viable candidate to rent their apartment. If your credit is good, a landlord/PM will likely feel more comfortable renting to you as a tenant. If not, the landlord may not feel comfortable renting, or may ask for a co-signer. A co-signer is someone that can help vouch for you as a tenant. Often, they will also fill out a housing application so that their credit can be checked as well. If a tenant fails to cover the rent for a given period of time, the co-signer is responsible for paying that missed rent.
Students who have little to no credit history may be able to work within this stipulation by showing evidence of their ability to pay. Information may be available from your financial institution regarding your available funds. Check with your landlord, property manager, or broker before submitting this information.
Prepare for off-campus housing costs by thinking of it in terms of the following upfront fees:
- First Month's rent - The first month you will be living in a space;
- Last month's rent - The last month you will be living in the space;
- Security deposit - Usually the cost of one month's rent, should be kept in a separate interest-bearing account; and potentially a...
- Broker's fee - This is the fee associated with the broker who assisted in securing the property. Fee should be not be equal to more than one month's rent.
If the rent for your unit is $4,000/month (approximately $1,000 each for a 4-person unit), each student may be required to come up with $3,000-$4,000 up front to cover the above listed fees.
Some Landlords, PMs, and Brokers may lower the amounts, or spread them out over a period of months. You can also request to negotiate costs with these business people to try and make the load a bit lighter; however, this is not required on their end.
Students will also need to consider other monthly fees in addition to rent costs. Consider the following other associated costs:
- Utilities (gas, electric)
- Other expenses
Be aware that most apartments in the US come unfurnished. Students will be required to cover the costs of furniture in their living space, as well as the cost to deliver/remove these items from the unit upon move in or move out.
There are many difficult situations that you may find yourself in while living off-campus. This includes: roommate personality clashes, non-responsive landlords, maintenance issues, neighbors, etc. It is very important to make sure that you have had necessary conversations with people you are living with and renting from to determine important elements of living together. Use our Housing Resource page to help with navigating some of these difficult situations and find useful resources to help handle tricky issues. You can also reach out to our Off-Campus housing staff to assist with your particular issues by contacting email@example.com.