Student Life

Student life at SMFA at Tufts is complemented by services, resources, and support systems, many of which are handled by the Student Affairs office. Our staff is available to counsel students on a variety of matters pertaining to student life and personal matters. 

In particular, Student Affairs seeks to enrich your educational experience outside of the classroom. We provide a range of co-curricular programs, services, and opportunities meant to promote artistic, personal, and professional development.

Student Affairs supports students in these areas:

•    Housing (on and off campus) and residential life
•    The Career Center
•    Study abroad and exchange opportunities
•    Student Government
•    Counseling and Mental Health Service (CMHS)
•    Health and wellness initiatives
•    Withdrawal information
•    Leave of Absence information
•    International student advising

SMFA Student Affairs
Phone: 617-627-0050

Assistant Dean of Student Affairs
Laura DaRos

Boston & Medford/Somerville Campuses


Home to more than 60 colleges and universities with more than 250,000 students, Boston is a great place to attend school—especially art school.

In addition to being adjacent to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, our neighborhood is also home to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. And just a short distance away is the Institute of Contemporary Art. Explore further and you will find more than 50 museums and dozens of galleries to inspire you.

As one of the oldest cities in America, Boston has an internationally diverse population with abundant culture-expanding opportunities. The urban setting of our campus gives you access to great music venues, classic and experimental theatre, independent film houses and bookstores, great restaurants and farmers markets, bike and walking trails, and of course sports venues, with Fenway Park less than a mile from our front door.


Our Medford/Somerville campus – home to Tufts School of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering – is located just five miles northwest of Boston and may be easily reached by the Tufts shuttle, car, or public transportation.

Boston & Medford Campus Links

Boston Campus Map

Medford/Somerville Campus Map

Getting Around

Tufts Shuttles

Tufts offers shuttle service between the SMFA Fenway campus and the Tufts Medford/Somerville campus Monday - Friday during the academic year. The shuttle schedule and more information can be found on the Public Safety site.

Shuttle App

You can access up-to-the-minute SMFA shuttle information from your mobile device. Download the Tufts Mobile app and click “Tufts Shuttles” to be connected to the shuttle’s GPS tracker, which provides the shuttle’s real-time location. You can also check the map on this website to see where the bus is, to plan accordingly.

Tufts Mobile is maintained by Tufts Technology Services 24/7 and is linked to the shuttle's GPS so you can count on it having the most up-to-date information whenever you use it.   


SMFA is easily accessible by the MBTA or “T”.  SMFA is most easily accessed by the Museum of Fine Arts stop on the Green Line E train or the Ruggles stop on the Orange Line.


The #39 bus to the Museum of Fine Arts stop is the most direct bus. You may also take the #8, #47, or #CT2 buses to the Ruggles stop.  

For information about Boston's public transportation system, including fare information and schedules, visit the MBTA website.

Transportation Between 230 Fenway and 160 St. Alphonsus St.

SMFA studios are located at both 230 Fenway and 160 St. Alphonsus Street in Mission Hill. While many students choose to walk the brief distance between the two buildings, SMFA undergraduate and graduate students may access the Lyft car service, free of charge, to travel to and from the 230 Fenway building and 160 Saint Alphonsus Street (Mission Hill building). You will need to set up an account to receive the ride credits.

  • Download Lyft's mobile app (via Google Play or App Store)

  • If you’re new to Lyft, create an account and add your personal credit card to the app

If you need more info about the app, click here.

To Use Tufts Lyft Credits
  • In the Payment section of the Lyft app menu, enter code the code (2018TUFTS) before you request your first  ride (this is a one-time code entry that you do not need to do each time you request a ride)

  • Credit is applied to rides requested with pick up and drop off locations of either 230 Fenway Boston MA 02115 and 160 Saint Alphonsus Street Boston, MA 02120.

  • Rides must be going between these two locations for credit to apply.

  • Service is available between 11:30am and 5:30pm during the academic year.

  • Rides outside these policies will be charged to your personal credit card.

Contact Lyft Customer Support to report an incident (24/7 critical response).

SafeRide Services – 9:00pm – 5:00am

SMFA students are encouraged to use the SafeRide service as an alternative to walking alone at night. For your personal safety, vehicle transports are available via Lyft.

Policies for using the SafeRide Lyft App:
  • You must be an SMFA undergraduate or graduate student

  • You must request a ride between the hours of 9:00pm – 5:00am Rides must be to or from the buildings at 230 Fenway or 160 Saint Alphonsus St.

  • Rides (pickup and drop off) must be within a 1.25 miles radius of 230 Fenway

Note: If rides do not comply with the policies above, you will be charged for the service.

To Request a SafeRide:
  • Download Lyft’s mobile app (via Google Play or App Store)

  • Enter your Tufts email address

  • Enter profile settings and credit card information*, which is required in order to download the application

  • You will receive an email from Lyft inviting you to the Tufts SafeRide program and asking you to verify your email

  • For individuals who already use the Lyft app and may have created a Business Profile, please ensure you are in “Personal” mode and not “Business” mode in order to use the Tufts SafeRide program

*Lyft rides will automatically be paid for by the Tufts SafeRide program so long as you are in “Personal” mode and your ride fits the policy criteria listed below.

Lyft Customer Support

Contact Lyft Customer Support [to report an incident (24/7 critical response).

Getting Around Links

Tufts Shuttle Services 
SMFA/NEC Shuttle Schedule
SMFA Intra-Campus Shuttle Via Lyft
SafeRide Services


Housing & Dining

SMFA Residence Life

Living in SMFA housing is an integral part of being a student at SMFA. It provides the invaluable experience of living with a community of students who are dedicated to growing and evolving as students and artists. While you will benefit from the proximity to your classes and campus activities, the greatest benefit to living in SMFA housing is the close relationships that you will form with your peers. The people you live with will come from a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and parts of the world. These differences provide a diverse community that will define your student experience and enhance your artistic growth.

The Residence Halls

SMFA housing consists of two historic brownstones—1025 Beacon and 1047 Beacon —located in close proximity to the Fenway campus. Each residence hall provides students with a quintessential college experience in two of the most desirable neighborhoods of Boston. The Beacon Houses are located in the Audubon Circle neighborhood of Brookline.

Each residence hall has a variety of room types and each student is provided with a bed, desk, desk chair, bureau, complimentary Wi-Fi, on-site laundry services, community kitchen facilities, and a large community space.  

The Residence Life Staff

Each residence hall has student staff that are responsible for the student leadership of each hall. 1047 Beacon has two First Year Assistants (FYAs) and 1025 Beacon has a Community Development Advisor (CDA) and a Graduate Resident Director (ARD).  Their duties consist of extra-curricular programming, move-in and move-out facilitation, student counseling, policy enforcement, on-call availability, and assisting in health and safety inspections. 

First Year Assistants and Community Development Advisors are hired through an extensive application process and are required to participate in a week- long training seminar that prepares them for serving in this leadership capacity. The Office of Residential Life and Learning coordinates all aspects of SMFA living in conjunction with SMFA Student Affairs.

Who lives in SMFA Residence Halls?

SMFA housing is required for all first time freshmen who are twenty and below and have not yet completed a full year at another college or university.  

While housing is required for incoming freshmen, we do have additional housing for transfer and graduate students. This limited housing is based on availability and given on a first come first served basis.

Off-Campus Living

After the first year at SMFA, during which housing is required, many students live off-campus in one of Boston's diverse and interesting neighborhoods. Our Office of Residential Life and Learning provides listings of available apartments, roommates, realtors and alternative accommodations; plus office resources to support your search, including telephones, Internet access and bulletin boards. 

If you plan to live off-campus, you should start your housing search three to four months before the fall semester and two months before the spring semester.

Visit ProArts Connect's housing section for a bulletin board of available roommates and housing opportunities.

Dining Options

SMFA Café 
The SMFA Café Express features espresso drinks, coffee, tea, breakfast sandwiches and oatmeal, hot soup of the day, hot panini to order, grab-and-go sandwiches, wraps and salads, fresh fruit, yogurt parfait, cold drinks, and snacks. We accept cash, Master Card/Visa/Discover, JumboCash and Rhino Bucks. More information can be found on the Tufts Dining website.

Café Hours:
Monday - Thursday: 8AM - 7PM
Friday: 8AM - 4PM

Closed weekends, holidays, and during school recess. 

Special 2017-2018 Meal Plan
For the 2017-2018 academic school year, meal plans will be offered at Emmanuel College. For more information on meal plan options, email SMFA Student Affairs.


SMFA students are eligible to participate in our declining balance program (Rhino Bucks) students can use Rhino Bucks at more than 80 businesses in Boston that welcome Campus Cash. To add cash to your Rhino Bucks card, go to  All businesses that welcome Campus Cash have a "Welcomed Sticker" in a visible location. Students can also reference the Campus Cash website for a list of businesses that welcome Campus Cash.

Tufts Dining
Phone: 617-627-3566