Campus Neighbors

Being a Good Neighbor

Tufts is committed to respecting and supporting the quality of life in the neighborhoods that abut its campuses. Our team can help you resolve issues that impact your quality of life, whether you’re having trouble with the behavior of students living off-campus, navigating a parking violation, or you’ve noticed a lawn that needs mowing on the edge of campus. To view active construction projects on campus, please click here.

We will work with you on any campus- or student-related challenges, including noise disturbances, construction concerns, grounds issues, and more. Please contact us for help at 617-627-3780 or If the problem happens after normal business hours and requires an immediate response, please call Tufts Public Safety at 617-627-3030

When necessary, we will work closely with the Tufts University Police Department (TUPD), the Dean of Students, Facilities, and other university departments to help you resolve any challenges. 

Students Living Off-Campus 

We expect Tufts students to be good neighbors as they learn to live on their own for the first time. The university takes steps to educate students about what to expect as renters, and to communicate our expectation that they will act as Tufts ambassadors in the community. University oversight is not defined by geography, but by a student’s enrollment at Tufts. Problematic off-campus behavior can be reported to the Dean of students for disciplinary action. 

Download the Off-Campus Living Guide

Here for Our Neighbors

The Community Relations team knows that living near a university offers many opportunities and sometimes a few challenges as well. We’re here to help you take advantage of everything Tufts has to offer, to represent your interests with university issues that impact you, and to help you address any campus- or student-related concerns that arise. 

Community Impact

Free medical care, millions invested in voluntary PILOT payments and property taxes, thousands of student and employee community volunteers, an innovative COVID-19 pooled testing partnership with neighboring K-12 schools that served more than 8,000 local children, and so much more. Learn more about the university’s community contributions.


Bring your family to free family events like Community Day and Read by the River. Audit a class or encourage your high schooler to take one for credit. Enroll your child in swimming lessons or a children’s theater camp. Be inspired at a free lecture or a musical performance. Access free or discounted health care. Discover everything Tufts has to offer our neighbors.

Construction Projects

Increasing on-campus housing for residential students is a top priority for Tufts. After adding 485 new beds over the past five years, the university plans to add many hundreds more, including a new high-density, on-campus residence hall. Other campus construction projects on each campus will move Tufts closer to its goal of carbon-neutrality by 2050 and support continued health sciences innovations.

Community Presentation Archive

The Government and Community Relations team makes public presentations to our host communities routinely for feedback and input about campus construction projects, public health and safety, community programming, and more. View the Tufts Community Presentation Archives.

President Anthony P. Monaco

Tufts University is fortunate to be located in four extraordinary communities: Boston, Grafton, Medford, and Somerville. Our students, faculty, and staff, many of whom reside locally themselves, are passionate about making the world a brighter place through civic engagement, research, and scholarship. This commitment begins right in our own neighborhoods, where Tufts joins many local partners to create vibrant communities and a better future.

President Anthony P. Monaco

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