1. 230 The Fenway
Located across the street from Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts and just minutes from the acclaimed Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the SMFA’s main building features studio space for a wide palette of disciplines. The Barbara and Steve Grossman Gallery offers a rotating calendar of exhibits, and the airy W. Van Alan Clark, Jr. Library has approximately 32,000 titles, 80 percent of them unavailable anywhere else at Tufts. A free shuttle runs between the building and the Medford/Somerville campus.
2. 160 St. Alphonsus Street
This converted warehouse in Boston’s Mission Hill neighborhood has classroom space, its own art gallery, and a large fabrication studio, but most of the building is dedicated to student workspaces. There are 155 individual studios in all, for use primarily by seniors working on their theses and grad students. It’s a short walk from here to 230 The Fenway, and students can get free rides back and forth via the school’s partnership with the Lyft rideshare service.
3–5. 1023, 1025, 1047 Beacon Street
These historic brownstones, located about a mile from 230 The Fenway, house first-year and returning students. The rooms are fully furnished, and many have their own bathrooms and charming (though nonworking) fireplaces. The residences also offer onsite laundry, shared cooking spaces, and wi-fi. The Green Line train out front means easy access to restaurants, movie theaters, and—of course—lots of museums.