Life On Campus
At Tufts, we offer a rare combination: a beautiful residential campus and easy access to an exciting metropolis. The minute you step on campus, you will feel at home. Envision yourself crossing the academic quad on your way to class, reading a book under an enormous tree or playing a pick-up soccer game on the residential quad. Welcome to life at Tufts.
Where the Action is
- Office for Campus Life
- Tufts University Art Gallery
- Drama and Dance
- Tufts University Athletics
Walk or take the shuttle: either way, it's just a few minutes to get from Tufts to Somerville's Davis Square, one of the hippest neighborhoods in the Boston area. If you're hungry you'll find crepes, Indian, Thai, Italian, ice cream, Tibetan and Mexican options. Cupcake craving? We've got you covered. Seeking some shopping? No problem. Concerts? You bet. And there's much more: coffee shops, bars and Boston's only Museum of Bad Art.
Our health sciences campus is located in downtown Boston's Chinatown, a bustling city center and cultural hub offering an eclectic mix of restaurants, theaters, stores and family-owned and operated businesses. The vibrant, historic neighborhood is nestled between the city's main commercial, financial and theater districts. Boston's many attractions and amenities, ranging from the spacious Common to the famous swan boats, are just blocks away.
On campus, there are several cafes, lounges and other spaces for students to congregate for studying or socializing. In 2008, the Sackler Center underwent a series of renovations that improved the Hirsh Health Sciences Library space and created new collaborative learning spaces and a health-conscious café, Food 4 Thought. In addition, a campus green space was added to the outdoor area outside the Jaharis café, abutting Posner Hall. With grass, plantings and benches, this area has been designed as an inviting place for members of the health science campus, an outdoors oasis in the middle of downtown Boston.
Many activities and opportunities are arranged by student organizations at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, the School of Dental Medicine, the School of Medicine and the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences.
The elliptical machines are whirring and the grill is sizzling at the Agnes Varis Campus Center, which opened in 2008 at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. The new center—borne out of a $6-million renovation of a nurses' dormitory of the former Grafton State Hospital—features a cafeteria and bookstore space, as well as faculty offices, meeting areas, student lounges and a 1,000 square-foot fitness center.
The Webster Family Veterinary Medical Library, located in the Franklin M. Loew Veterinary Medical Education Center, is the largest veterinary library in New England. This modern, well-lit building, with spectacular views of the countryside, is a gathering place for students to study, attend sessions on navigating the World Wide Web in the library's computer laboratory and learn about other ways to access information.