Life at Tufts is going to be pretty exciting, we know, but you'll have a whole city to explore when you need a change of scenery. The adventures you go on are up to you, but we can promise you'll never run out of things to do.
Davis Square is one of Somerville’s liveliest spots and a favorite destination of Tufts students to eat, shop, and hang out! A hub for young professionals, artists, and Jumbos alike, Davis is home to some pretty unique spots: an oatmeal-devoted restaurant, The Museum of Bad Art, an old garage-turned-coffee-house, and a famous sandwich shop named Dave's after the owner (recipe for a lucky day: when Dave is the one to make your sandwich).
Need something to do on the weekend? Get some friends together and go see a movie at the historic Somerville Theater or go candle-pin bowling (a New England tradition!) at Sacco’s Bowl Haven. Whatever your game plan is, make sure you stop at J.P. Licks for some well-deserved ice cream to take along on your 15-minute walk back to campus. And if you don't feel like a stroll, the free Tufts Shuttle runs back and forth between campus and Davis Square all day.
Or you can always hop on the Red Line and head into Boston! A trip from the Davis Square subway ("T") stop to downtown Boston will set you back twenty minutes—not even half a podcast episode (unfortunately). One of the oldest cities in the U.S., Boston has a rich history to share and is home to countless museums, attractions, and entertainment venues.
Hop off the train at Boston Common, and you can walk almost anywhere in the city of Boston. A stroll down the block will lead you to the theater district, home to off-broadway productions, or to a vibrant Chinatown. If you head towards the harbor, you can visit the Boston Aquarium or explore the city’s seaport. Further north is, appropriately, the North End (Boston’s Little Italy), where every doorway is an opportunity for an amazing meal, and the best cannolis are filled with ricotta. And if you're on the Fenway campus - congratulations! You're already downtown, and all of Boston in on your doorstep.
A quick transfer at the Park Street station will put you on the Green Line and on track to Boston’s Back Bay. Once a literal bay, it was filled in during the 19th century and is now Boston’s shopping hub, home to Newbury Street, the Prudential Center, and Copley Square. You can catch a Sox game at Fenway Park (or "pahk," depending on who you ask), attend the annual Tufts night at the Boston Pops Orchestra or cash in (so to speak) your free admission to the Museum of Fine Arts.
Being so close to campus, many students take advantage of the city to pursue internship opportunities at companies, government offices, and non-profits in order complement their education at Tufts—and prepare for their future careers. You can hear from some students who took advantage of these internships below or browse a list of all the internships students have done for the past two years in Boston (and beyond) through the Career Center here!