Seasonal Housing

Tufts operations are adjusted annually during Thanksgiving break, winter break, spring break, and summer session. The most significant updates to the student experience for students in the School of Arts & Sciences (including the SMFA at Tufts) and the School of Engineering during these breaks are summarized here.  Students with specific questions are encouraged to contact the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs at 617-627-3158 or

Summer 2022 

All students are encouraged to think creatively about how to use their time over the summer. It can be a good time to take courses, join a faculty member’s lab and conduct research, earn income with a job or an internship, gain life experiences by doing community service or traveling, or any number of other possibilities. Check out the summer academic calendar for important summer dates. 

Summer Housing 

Living on campus over the summer is limited to two groups: 

  • Students who are enrolled in in person summer courses or doing an in-person research experience at Tufts and want to live on campus to participate in that academic program. 
  • Students who are enrolled in spring 2022 and fall 2022, are not taking any summer 2022 courses, but are doing an internship or holding a job in the Boston area over the summer. 

All other students live off-campus during the summer. 

Housing for Students Enrolled in an In-person Summer Course or Research Experience at Tufts 

Summer session housing will be in Lewis Hall, Tilton Hall, and Bush Hall. Students can request from a double or single room. These buildings do not have central air conditioning, but window AC units can be requested from the Office of Residential Life at additional cost. Personal window AC units are not permitted due to facilities limitations. 

Students who live in academic summer housing can expect a familiar on-campus living experience with other Tufts students doing academic work. There are summer RAs in the residence halls who provide social connection and programming opportunity.  

Students are responsible for the cost of their housing during summer break. The below table shows the charge for the room only, and does not include optional window AC units or the cost of a meal plan. 

Session Double Room Single Room

Entire summer 

May 25 to August 14 



Summer Session 1 

May 25 to July 2



Summer Session 2 

July 5 to August 13



Note that summer session 2 is about one day longer than session 1. 

Signup process

  1. Enroll in the coursework in SIS or get confirmation from your research supervisor of your research plan this summer.  Residential Life will verify your enrollment or research status before approving your housing 

  1. Go into the Housing portal and complete the summer housing application 

  • Log in to SIS
  • Click on “Housing” 
  • Log in to the Housing Portal 
  • Click on “Housing Applications” and then “Summer Housing Application” 
  1. Summer housing applications are due April 29. Residential Life will verify your enrollment or research status and contact you with approval for you to live on campus by May 9. Further information about the logistics of summer housing will be sent to those approved. 

Housing for Students Not Doing Coursework or Research at Tufts over the Summer 

Students who are not taking courses or performing research at Tufts over the summer may choose to sign up for summer intern housing. Housing for this group is available May 31 to August 13. Both Tufts students and people who study or attend other universities who are doing internships in Boston are eligible to sign up. Intern housing is available both on the Medford/Somerville campus and on Beacon Street in the Fenway. 

The cost of the program is assessed on a per-night or per-week basis based on the housing option chosen. Cost details hereHousing options here. Students are responsible for the cost of summer intern housing. 

More information about this program is available here. Interested students can sign up for the program here

Summer Dining 

During summer session 1 and summer session 2, Dewick-MacPhie Dining Center will be operating. Any student who is interested may purchase a summer meal plan, whether they are living on campus or not. Students without a meal plan can also purchase meals at Dewick or Hotung Cafe via JumboCash or personal funds. 

More information about summer meal plans, including their costs and how to purchase them, are available from Tufts Dining. If you have questions, please contact Tufts Dining at 617-627-3566 or

Campus Employment Over Summer

Summer is a great time to get experience, apply your skills, and find meaningful ways to contribute. Students who are in the Medford/Somerville area over the summer might be interested in working on campus. 

  • All jobs on campus pay at least $15 per hour. 
  • Certain positions in the Office of Residential Life and in Conference and Event Services include free or reduced-cost summer housing as compensation. 
  • Positions with Tufts Dining include a free meal or snack for every shift of two hours or more worked. 
  • Students who are interested in working on campus over the summer are encouraged to check out: 
  • Summer jobs with Conference and Event Services
  • Tufts dining positions
  • Tufts Handshake – All on campus jobs are listed there 

Exceptional Support Requests

In general, Tufts does not provide housing, dining, or other services to students who are not enrolled and financial aid packages are designed to supports students during the periods of attendance, not including the summer. Students who are not enrolled over the summer are expected to plan ahead to make housing, food access, and other logistical arrangements on their own. 

  • Housing: Many students stay with family or friends over the summer. Sub-leasing a room or an apartment near campus is also an option. Residential Life provides a Canvas site to allow Tufts students who are looking to sub-lease their room or apartment with students who are looking for a place to stay over the summer. More information about sub-leasing is available from Residential Life’s off-campus information page and from the Off-Campus Housing website.
  • Meals: The dining halls are open and meal plans are available for purchase. Many students use their summer income to support their meals and other daily living expenses during the summer. 
  • Financial Aid and Income: Because financial aid is designed to address the cost of attending Tufts, it is targeted to the period of time that you are enrolled and does not cover summer and other periods when you are not enrolled. Accordingly, many students choose to earn income over the summer from internships, jobs, freelancing, or creative work. Students often earn enough to both cover their summer expenses (e.g., housing, food, transportation) and also save some money for the following academic year. Consult with the Career Center and check out the job and internship listings on Handshake to get started. 
  • Medical Services and Health Insurance: Students who participated in the UnitedHealthCare Student Resources insurance plan in the 2021-22 academic year have coverage that will last throughout the summer, and that can be used many places around the country when away from campus. More information here. The Health Service and CMHS are open during the summer, though they occasionally have more limited hours than during the year.  Consult with your clinician to make a plan for any ongoing medical needs over the summer. In some cases, it may be possible to continue seeing them via TeleHealth while you are away from campus. In other cases, it might be more appropriate to be referred to a provider in proximity to where you will be staying over the summer. 

If you have received exceptional support during previous break periods, take stock of the changed circumstances we are now in. Although the pandemic continues, many students are nevertheless now able to travel and make other plans in ways that were not possible during previous breaks. Additionally, the federal funding that was used to provide exceptional support has been exhausted. Given that, take a fresh inventory of personal resources and use the resources on this page to get started building a plan for yourself.

You are welcome to contact the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs at 617-627-3158 or, to consult with our team as you build your plan.