Students at SMFA at Tufts divide their time between two campuses: the Boston SMFA campus in the Fenway neighborhood and the Medford/Somerville campus.
The Boston SMFA campus is home to the School of the Museum of Fine Arts studios, classrooms, and workshops. In addition to being right next door 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. It's a perfect place to explore the richness of Boston's art collections (there are 56 museums in the city!) and to make connections with scholars, artists, and art world insiders from across the globe. Whether you're attending a First Friday celebration in one of our many arts districts, or interning at one of the startups in our Seaport Innovation District, you'll feel the same groundbreaking energy that draws tech and design firms, gallerists and researchers, writers and filmmakers to our city.
SMFA at Tufts students also have full access to our Medford/Somerville campus, including the wide array of academic, community, and resource offerings. Located just over five miles northwest of Boston, this campus is home to Tufts' School of Arts and Sciences, School of Engineering, and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Medford/Somerville Campus Map
With dedicated shuttle service between campuses, we make it easy to be engaged with the full range of community, academic, and resource offerings on each. And our location in the Fenway neighborhood of Boston means you'll be able to connect with the larger art community.
Tufts offers regular shuttle service between the Boston SMFA campus and the Medford/Somerville campus during the academic year. The shuttle schedule and more information can be found on the Tufts Public Safety site.
We also provide shuttle service between the SMFA's 230 The Fenway Building and the SMFA Residence Halls. While the shuttle service offers students convenient transportation to and from their dorms, our beautiful, renovated brownstone residences are just a quick 10-15 minute walk from our campus.
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.
For the Spring 2021 semester, masks are required on the shuttle and shuttles will run at 50% capacity to accommodate physical distancing. There will be two shuttles departing Aidekman Arts Center and two shuttles departing 230 Fenway on the hour.
Looking to be a little more environmentally friendly or just don’t want to deal with traffic? You can easily get to SMFA and explore the Boston area via several different modes of public transportation, including on the subway or "T". SMFA's 230 The Fenway Building is most easily accessed by either the Museum of Fine Arts stop on the Green Line E Train or by the Ruggles stop on the Orange Line. The SMFA Mission Hill Building (160 Saint Alphonsus Street) is most easily accessed by the Longwood Stop on the Green Line E Train or the Roxbury Crossing stop on the Orange Line.
If you prefer to take the bus, the #39 bus to the Museum of Fine Arts stop is the most direct bus route. You can 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.
SafeRide Services Available from 9:00 pm to 5:00 am
SMFA students have the option to use the SafeRide service as an alternative to walking alone late at night. For your personal safety, vehicle transports are available via Lyft. Learn more about SafeRide, including instructions and policies.
Discounted Bluebikes Memberships
Tufts students are eligible for a nearly 50% discount on an annual Bluebikes Membership. Bluebikes is a bike share program available in Boston, Somerville, Cambridge, Brookline, and Everett. Learn more about the program and how to get your discount on the Office of Sustainability website.