Fletcher students have several options for housing. Blakeley Hall is a very popular location for many of our students. In addition, Fletcher is surrounded by several convenient suburbs where students take up residence. Please be sure to make your housing arrangements in advance as the housing market in the Boston area is quite tight.
BLAKELEY HALL– THE FLETCHER SCHOOL'S RESIDENCE HALL
Blakeley Hall is The Fletcher School’s co-educational dormitory for newly admitted single students or married students attending school without their spouse and children. On-campus housing is not available for couples or families. Residence at Blakeley Hall is especially useful for students who cannot arrive early to look for housing or who do not want to commit to a 12-month lease (a requirement of most off-campus housing).
Located next to The Fletcher School, Blakeley Hall is a non-smoking residential facility which houses 83 students. Residents occupy suites with one or two other students and share a common living room. Each student has a separate bedroom, equipped with a bed, mattress, dresser, desk, and chair. Residents will need to provide all other furnishings, including their own bed linens, blankets, towels, fan, lamp, telephone, and bookcases. Residents share bathrooms with three or four other students. The dormitory also has a communal kitchen, coin-operated laundry facilities, and a lounge with email, cable, and a DVD player. Because kitchen space is limited, you may wish to purchase at least a partial meal plan. On-campus parking is available for a fee.
Please note that space in Blakeley Hall is limited and fills up quickly. For more information about Blakeley, visit the Blakeley Hall website, or contact the Blakeley Residence Directors. The deadline to apply for Blakeley Hall is May 1, 2015.
The Fletcher School is located in a densely populated suburban area a few miles northwest of downtown Boston. The communities in which Fletcher students usually live are MEDFORD, SOMERVILLE, CAMBRIDGE, ARLINGTON, and MALDEN. Many apartments in this area are accessible by walking or by public transportation. Students with cars can live farther away from campus where housing is generally less expensive. The student population in the Boston area is enormous, and good housing tends to disappear well before the first of September. We therefore recommend that you visit the area to secure an apartment several months before the semester begins.
With the Tufts University campus located partially in SOMERVILLE and partially in MEDFORD, these two towns are the most convenient options for many Fletcher students. SOMERVILLE is home to Davis Square which features many cafés, restaurants and the Davis Square stop on the Red Line of the “T” (Boston’s subway system). MEDFORD is more residential with the town center slightly farther removed from Fletcher. From there, CAMBRIDGE and ARLINGTON are the next closest options with good public transportation to and from Fletcher. CAMBRIDGE is located closer to Boston and its many bookstores and restaurants create a vibrant student-oriented atmosphere (for these benefits, however, you must pay the price of higher rent and parking fees). ARLINGTON, which is more residential, is another close alternative. BELMONT, WINCHESTER, MELROSE, STONEHAM, WOBURN and LEXINGTON are mainly residential areas. These towns are usually limited to students who own cars, since there are no direct bus routes to Fletcher from these areas.
Rents vary according to the area you choose, but generally a studio/one-bedroom apartment will range from $900 to $1200 a month. Rent often does not include the cost of utilities - a major expense during New England’s cold winters. Utilities can run over $200 a month per apartment, averaged over the 12-month period. Generally, Fletcher students who share accommodations (2, 3, or 4 bedroom apartments) pay an average of $600-$900 a month without utilities.
In addition to the first month’s rent, many landlords require that you pay the last month’s rent plus a security deposit, which is held by the landlord and returned to you when you leave if the property has not been damaged. Massachusetts State Law requires your landlord to deposit this money and to regularly show you the interest statement. Massachusetts State Law also stipulates that the amount of “up front money” cannot exceed 3 months rent. It is wise to get a written, signed statement from the landlord concerning the condition of the apartment before you move in to insure that you will not be charged for damages for which you are not responsible.
Additionally, you may be expected to sign a lease. Before signing anything, read the document carefully to check whether you will be held responsible for rent if you decide to leave before the lease expires (usually one year). Some landlords will negotiate shorter-term arrangements or allow you to sublet for the balance of a lease period. Since a lease is a contract, you may wish to consult legal counsel.
Where to Look
The Tufts Off-Campus Housing Office offers a valuable website that includes complete information on how to find an apartment in the local area, links to area newspaper ads, and a list of available apartments and homes. At The Fletcher School, the Registrar’s Office posts apartment listings and maps.
Another helpful place to look for off-campus housing is the Harvard Off-Campus Housing Office located at 7 Holyoke Street, just off Harvard Square. Since you will not get a Tufts University Student ID card until the first week of school, you will need to take along your letter of acceptance to Fletcher to use that office. Most of the listings are for CAMBRIDGE or SOMERVILLE, and include rentals as well as “roommates wanted.” This office has many listings that are not posted elsewhere.
Online resources that include useful resources for roommates, houses, apartments for rent, etc.:
Local print publications that include useful resources for roommates, houses, apartments for rent, etc.:
- The Boston Phoenix
- The Arlington Advocate
- The Somerville Journal
- The Medford Citizen
For more information, see Housing FAQs