BUGS

Biology Union of Graduate Students

Life

Here, you will find information and links on getting around, places to eat and socialize (both on and off campus), and living options.

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Getting around

Public Transport

  • Joey schedule -- shuttle from main campus to Davis Square (Red line) (free)
  • MBTA -- Boston's public transit system includes the subway (T), buses, and commuter rail
  • Boston Ave shuttle -- shuttle from main campus to 200 Boston Ave (free)
  • Amtrak train from Boston to other East Coast cities. Buses (Peterpan, Megabus , GoBus, Bolt bus,etc) are cheaper, but slower
  • Zipcar -- $8-12/hr plus monthly or annual fees, includes gas and insurance
  • Campus Police will drive you home late at night, 617-627-3030

Parking

  • FREE: 200 Boston Ave, along Boston Ave near campus, Packard Ave below Talbot Ave
  • Tufts commuter parking permits can be purchased and used for daytime parking at designated spots around campus
Where to Eat

On-Campus

  • Mugar Cafe in the Fletcher school -- breakfast or lunch
  • Campus Center -- sandwiches, paninis, snacks on Professor's Row
  • GCS lounge -- cheap coffee, tea, soda, snacks and ramen

Off-Campus

  • Whole Foods -- (Mystic Ave) salad bar, sushi, soups, closest to 200 Boston Ave $$
  • Starbucks -- (inside Whole Foods) coffee $$$
  • Tasty Gourmet -- (Boston Ave & Winthrop) sandwiches $$
  • Danish Pastry -- (Boston Ave & Winthrop) boutique coffee shop with pastries, crepes, sandwiches, and soups
  • Helen's Roast Beef -- (Boston Ave & Winthrop) sandwiches
  • Tenoch -- (Medford Sq) mexican food
  • Emiliano'z -- (Boston Ave otherside of Mystic Ave) really good mexican food, lunch on Fridays only, closest to Boston 200
  • Go to the North End for some Italian food, or Cannoli at Mike's or Modern Pastry

Free Food Possibilities

  • Seminars on Fridays -- chips and cookies before; beer and chips after
  • Molecular Joint Meetings -- breakfast/doughnuts every Thursday morning
  • Lunch with Seminar Speaker on Fridays, usually pizza or sandwiches/salads
  • GSC Meetings & Events -- pizza during the GSC meeting on the first Monday of each month
  • BUGS Events!
Hanging out
  • Find the latest Boston news and events at Boston.com
  • GSC lounge for cheap junk food, hang out space, etc

Outdoors & Sports

Educational

Theatre & Music

Nightlife & Bars

  • Paint Nite!
  • Salsa dancing and lessons at the Havana Club in Central Square, and/or Salsa Fridays at Fire + Ice in Harvard Square
  • Check out Harpoon Brewery -- tours cost $5 and include a beer tasting!
  • Davis Sq -- Mike's, The Burren, Joshua Tree, Sligo's, Foundry
  • Porter Sq -- Toad (live music nightly, no cover)
  • Union Sq -- Bantam Cider
  • Harvard Sq -- Grendel's Den (half price food Sun-Thu w/ drink order)
  • Inman Sq/Kendall Sq -- Lord Hobo, Mead Hall, Cambridge Brewing Company, Flat Top Johnny's (pool)
  • Central Sq -- Asgard (10 cent wings Mon)
Living Situation

On-Campus

There are 36 single occupancy rooms that are available first come-first serve for FIRST YEAR graduate students. To apply for on-campus housing, visit the Office of Residential Life online or in South Hall.

Off-Campus

  • Tufts Off-Campus Housing -- what to look for, neighborhoods nearby, cost, landlord issues, etc
  • Craigslist -- apartment, room, and cheap furniture listings
  • Jumpoffcampus.com -- contact landlords directly
  • Padmapper.com -- Craigslist ads aggregated on a map
  • ApartmentList -- pulls apartment listings from over 100 different sources
  • Zumper -- map-based search for apartment rentals (with real-time updates)
  • Trulia -- Tufts-specific rentals page with in-depth neighborhood information
  • Zillow -- Medford apartments page with listings close to campus