Balch Arena Theater at Tufts University 50 Talbot Ave, Medford, MA02155 This theater is on the Tufts campus within the Aidekman Arts Center. Free parking is available for shows and ticket…More prices are quite affordable, if not free. This specific venue is a theater in-the-round, and is a very common space for Tufts' drama clubs and other student groups. This is the venue for Tufts' improv comedy group Cheap Sox — partly for the willing audience participation, and partly for the spray radius from some of the group's more active (and fluid filled) bits. Check the website for the most up-to-date performance schedules.
Granoff Music Center at Tufts University 20 Talbot Ave, Medford, MA02155 The Granoff Music Center at Tufts University is based on Talbot Avenue and is the home to the Tufts Music Department.…More The location offers various facilities for students and also holds numerous events and concerts annually, including the Tufts Community Music Program for children and adults. Some events include concerts, guest performances, children's concerts, workshops and more. The location offers classrooms, practice rooms and rehearsal spaces, as well as a 300-seat recital hall, box office, faculty offices, a computer lab, storage room, acoustically sealed classrooms and more. The facilities can be rented for events and other occasions, including for companies, ensembles, individuals, Tufts alumni, or other groups. Check the main site for a full schedule of upcoming events or for information on tickets or the facility.
Tufts University Fletcher School 160 Packard Ave, Medford, MA02155 Tufts University Fletcher School is a graduate school of international affairs established more than 80 years ago.…More Degrees offered include master's of arts in law and diplomacy, master's of international business and master's of law in international laws. In addition, a Ph.D. is available for international relations.
Cohen Auditorium at Tufts University 40 Talbot Ave, Medford, MA02155 This hulking auditorium is on Tufts Campus within the Aidekman Arts Center. Cohen is the go-to venue for large freshman…More courses like economics and introduction to astronomy. It is also a favored performance hall for Tufts' dance crews, outside musicians like Billy Joel and comedians like The Office's B.J. Novak. The space is generally open during normal office hours but can be closed during classes. Contact the office for scheduling and rental availability.
When Charles Tufts donated the land around Walnut Hill in 1852, he envisioned a "Light on the Hill." A century and a…More half later, his vision seems to have come to fruition, as those few windswept acres now hold one of the nation's premier universities. With 10 schools ranging from the undergraduate college to the prestigious Fletcher School of International Relations, Tufts has certainly flourished from its humble roots.
Though famous for its elite international-relations program, Tufts is more than esoteric foreign languages and future diplomats. Tufts holds several championship titles across its division, NESCAC. Its on-campus dining facility is ranked among the top three in the nation (usually losing out only to culinary schools), and its study-abroad program is consistently ranked No. 1 in the nation.
Community resources: The university also offers many perks for area residents. Their Tufts Neighbors web page includes a calendar of arts, culture, and sports events, as well as lectures, that are all open to the public. They've made room on their campus for a public community garden, a playground, and the Tufts Playing Field park. Students volunteer in the community, and each year school staff donate to the Tufts Neighborhood Service Fund, which supports programs in their host towns of Somerville, Medford, Grafton and Boston's Chinatown. Residents may use the school's library resources on site (but books may not be checked out). And watch for Community Day each fall. At this on-campus festival, residents are treated to live music and dance as well as school tours and good eats.
Fun fact: After a generous donation from P.T. Barnum early in the school's life, Jumbo the elephant (allegedly Dumbo's friend) became Tufts' mascot, and his visage can be found all over the hilly campus.
Tufts University Art Gallery @ Aidekman Arts Center 40 Talbot Ave, Medford, MA02155 Located on Tufts' campus within the Aidekman Arts Center, the University Art Gallery has free admission and parking.…More Inside, the gallery occupies multiple floors and though several rooms. Guests can meander through the gallery and out into the outdoor sculpture garden. While student artists are sometimes featured, this gallery mostly exhibits major works and artists through seasonal showings. This is a quiet, calm space.
Powderhouse Laundromat 138 College Ave, Somerville, MA02144 Powderhouse Laundromat is centrally located in Powderhouse Square, and is just a few steps from the Tufts University…More campus. This brightly lit Laundromat offers coin-operated washing and drying with a 10 percent discount for Tufts students. A change machine is available inside, as well as a coin operated dispenser offering soap, bleach and fabric softener. Several seats by the large windows offer customers a place to wait for loads to finish. In addition to washing and drying, Powderhouse Laundromat offers drop-off service, dry-cleaning and ironing.
Tufts Tot Lot 74 Powder House Blvd, Somerville, MA02144 Swings, a giant sandbox, and a jungle gym kids can climb all over await at this playground located on the Tufts…More University campus. As part of the college's community outreach efforts, they built this playground for resident use. It's set on Powder House Blvd. next to a dorm and the campus tennis courts. Benches offer caregivers a place to sit back while watching over the kids.
Tufts University generously shares this triangle of land with the public—and we the public make good and full…More use of it. Pointing at Powder House Circle like an arrow, the grounds are simply a wide open green space. Maples and evergreens line the edges as does a chain-link fence. The only "structure" is a single steel trash can.
But on weekends the field fills with young children's soccer teams that bring their own nets. At other times, sunbathers, casual soccer skirmishes and Frisbee fans sprout up. Others simply come to play catch. Though formerly an unofficial dog park, where owners met to let their dogs off-leash, dogs are no longer allowed.