Boston, as you will have the opportunity to discover, is one of America's most cultural, stimulating, and livable cities. The American Revolution began in this area and the presence of over 60 distinguished universities and colleges maintain the tradition of openness to new ideas and differing lifestyles. Boston is a multi-cultural city that boasts the largest concentration of international students in the world. The city formed the nucleus of the way towards independence for the United States three-hundred and fifty years ago. It is the American city of many "firsts" with the first public library, the first public schools, and the first subway system. Some of the activities our students have enjoyed are: Boston's historic Freedom Trail; the Black Heritage Trail; a tour of Boston's harbor islands by boat; taking in a chamber music concert at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum; watching a Boston Red Sox game; seeing the street performers at Faneuil Hall; shop the boutiques on Newbury Street; rollerblade on Boston's Esplanade (site of the famous Fourth of July Boston Pops concert and fireworks); strolling the galleries of the Museum of Fine Arts (free for Tufts students). The art, music and theater communities are vibrant. There are many opportunities for community involvement too, with agencies and organizations eager to enlist vibrant and motivated students in their efforts.

Medford and Somerville provide 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. Winding paths, verdant lawns, trees, and architecture that date back more than a century give the hill its old New England ambiance. Less than a mile from campus is the Middlesex Fells Reservation with more than 2,000 acres of woods that contain miles of hiking, biking, and cross-country paths. Mystic Lake, an ideal spot for sailing and jogging, is only two miles from campus. During the local growing season, shop the neighborhood farmers' markets in many of the surrounding communities.

These three communities are only the beginning of the opportunities close by. Within a two-hour drive of the city, you can:

  • Stroll along the sand dunes of Cape Cod
  • Ski the trails of New Hampshire
  • Sample the local organic agricultural offerings
  • Go antique hunting in Vermont
  • Eat fresh seafood by the sea in Maine
  • Explore a submarine museum on Connecticut's seashore

Cost of Living

The cost of living in Greater Boston varies widely among students. An unmarried student can expect basic living expenses (board, room, books, personal) to range from $15,000-20,000 for a full twelve months. If a spouse accompanies a student, an extra $5,000 should be budgeted. An additional $5,000 should be planned for an accompanying child. For each additional child, add $1,000 for a 12-month period.

Relevant websites

You can find many things to do on these websites:

Check out these publications from the Boston area: