New Students Moving to Medford/Somerville Campus 

New students participating in a pre-orientation program can move in on Friday, August 23, 2024. Check is in scheduled from 9AM-3PM.  

New students will check in at the Joyce Cummings Center (177 College Ave., Medford, MA) to pick up their Tufts ID and key, if applicable, and then go to their residence hall to move in.  

Pre-orientation participants are assigned a check in time based on their pre-orientation program. Students should make every effort to arrive during their assigned check in time. If a student arrives before their assigned check in time, they may be asked to wait to check in until all students who have arrived on time are checked in. More information about check in times will be available after students are assigned to a pre-orientation program.  

New students who are not participating in a pre-orientation program can move in on Wednesday, August 28, 2024 between 9AM and 3PM checking in at the Joyce Cummings Center.  

During past move ins, the check in line has been longest when check in opens, so we recommend coming later in the day if you would like to avoid a line at check in.  

New students assigned to a residence hall on the Medford/Somerville campus who arrive after check in ends, should go to Tuft University Police on the ground floor of Dowling Hall (419 Boston Ave., Medford, MA) to pick up their Tufts ID and key, if applicable.  

New Students Moving to SMFA Campus on Beacon St 

New students participating in a pre-orientation program can move in on Friday, August 23, 2024. 

New students assigned to a Beacon St. residence hall will check in 1047 Beacon St, Brookline, MA to pick up their Tufts ID and keys and then go to their residence hall to move in.  

All pre-orientation participants living on Beacon St. will move in between 9AM-11AM.  

New students who are not participating in a pre-orientation program and assigned to a Beacon St residence hall can move in on Wednesday, August 28, 2024 between 9AM and 11AM checking in at 1047 Beacon St.  

New students assigned to a residence hall on Beacon St. who arrive after check in ends, should go to the security desk in 230 Fenway to pick up their Tufts ID and keys.  

Early Arrival for New Student Athletes 

New students who are part of a fall varsity sports team can move in 1 day before their first practice. Athletics and Residential Life will communicate directly with student athletes via their Tufts email regarding their assigned move in date and check in location.  

Returning Student Move In 

Returning students can move in on Sunday, September 1, 2024 between 9AM and 3PM checking in at the Joyce Cummings Center.  

Students will check in having their card access confirmed and pick up their key, if applicable, at the JCC and then go directly to their residence hall to move in.  

All returning students are able to request an early arrival and move in on Friday, August 30, 2024 and Saturday, August 31, 2024 for any reason. There is an additional cost for early arrival: $50/night that will be applied to student accounts through SIS. To request an early arrival, please log into you housing portal and submit the early arrival request form by 5:00PM on Wednesday, July 31, 2024. Late requests received between Thursday, August 1 and 5:00PM on Wednesday, August 7, 2024 will incur a $50 late fee. Early arrival requests will not be accepted after August 7.  

Some returning students are able to arrive early due to their involvement in a student group or organization such as Athletics, pre-orientation, orientation, etc. Approved student groups can move in 1 day before their on-campus obligation begins. Students who are part of a group arriving early should coordinate with their group leader to ensure they are listed on their groups’ early arrival roster; they should not submit an early arrival request form in the Housing Portal. Residential Life will communicate with students regarding their approved early arrival date for their group affiliation via students’ Tufts email.  

Graduate Student Move In

All graduate students can move in on Friday, August 23, 2024 between 9AM-3PM checking in at the Joyce Cummings Center (177 College Ave., Medford, MA). 

All graduate students will pick up their key and then go to their residence hall to move in. New graduate students will also pick up their Tufts ID. Returning graduate students should bring their previously-issued Tufts ID to campus with them. 

Residential Life is not able to accommodate any early arrival requests for graduate students.  

Additional Important Information 

Much planning and organization goes into move in; Student Affairs, On Campus Life, Orientation and New Student Programs, Residential Life & Learning, Residential Facilities and C&W Cleaning plan many details in advance to make move in a great experience for all Tufts students. We need students’ consideration and cooperation to help everything run smoothly. Therefore, it is not possible to accommodate requests to arrive before your assigned move in date.  

Students who arrive before their assigned move in date may not be able to be accommodated, especially if their room/apartment is not ready. If their space is ready, they will be charged a $150.00 improper check in fee and a $50/night fee for each night they are approved to stay on campus prior to their assigned arrival date.  

Please make every effort to arrive on time. If you believe your need to arrive early to due exceptional circumstances beyond your control, please submit an Exceptional Summer Housing request.  

If you have questions or need more information about move in, please contact: studentservices@tufts.edu  

Leaves of Absence

If you leave the University, for any reason, you need to complete the room check-out process.

  • If you take a leave of absence, you will need to remove all personal items from your assigned room within 48 hours of the effective date of leave. If you don’t remove personal items by the deadline, we will hire professional movers to pack and ship items to your permanent address at your expense.
  • We do not assume responsibility for any personal items left in your university housing assignment, or for the safety and security of personal belongings being packed or shipped.