Housing Dates and Costs
Blakeley Hall will open for move-in at 9 a.m. on August 26, 2017 (August 12 for those attending pre-session), and will close at 12 p.m. noon on Tuesday, May 22, 2018. The Blakeley housing fee for the 2017-2018 academic year will be $6,690. Semester exchange students will be billed half this amount, or $3,345.
Living Arrangements and Amenities
Layout of a typical Blakeley suite
(exact dimensions may vary slightly)
Residents live in suites composed of 2 – 3 small private bedrooms that open onto a larger common room. Thus each suite is typically occupied by 2 – 3 residents. Bedroom dimensions are approximately 7 x10 ft (2 x 3 m), while common room dimensions are approximately 14 x 15ft (4 x 4.5 m).
Each bedroom is furnished with a bed and mattress (long-twin size), a student desk and wooden chair, and a 5-drawer dresser. Each suite’s common room is furnished with a coffee table and 2 – 3 lounge chairs. Students may bring in additional furniture, but only if it meets fire code requirements (rooms may be subject to unannounced inspections by the Tufts Fire Marshal throughout the year).
Each suite has a free cable TV connection and a working phone line. Local phone service (encompassing the Boston metro area) is provided free of charge, and long-distance calls (including international calls) can be made using a pre-paid calling card. Residents in each suite will need to provide their own phone. The entire building is configured for free wireless internet access; each bedroom also has an Ethernet connection.
Common room in a typical Blakeley suite
Bathrooms are located on each floor and are shared by 4 – 5 people of the same gender. Each bathroom has one shower, one toilet, and two sinks. The shower and toilet are each enclosed in stalls so that more than one person can use the bathroom at a time. Bathrooms are cleaned daily.
Kitchen and Meals:
Blakeley has one kitchen shared by all residents who choose to use it. The kitchen has 7 refrigerators, 3 stoves, 3 sinks, 3 microwaves, and ample cupboard space. Residents are responsible for providing their own cookware and dishes and are also responsible for maintaining the cleanliness of the kitchen.
All cooking must be done in the kitchen – no cooking is permitted in the suites. Residents are permitted to bring small dorm “cube” refrigerators. Residents may also choose to rent the Tufts MicroFridge, which is a combination refrigerator/microwave designed for dorm use. It can be rented from Tufts Student Resources. This is the only type of microwave permitted in the suites. The presence of any other microwaves or other cooking appliances in suites will result in confiscation and a fine by the Tufts Fire Marshal.
Bedroom in a typical Blakeley suite
Many residents choose to purchase partial or full meal plans from Tufts Dining, usable at a variety of locations on campus.
The Blakeley lounge is available for the use of all students. It is a social area that is equipped with a TV (with cable), couches, and vending machines.
Blakeley has on-site laundry facilities. The cost is $1.25 per load to wash and $1.25 per load to dry.
Resident parking is available near Blakeley Hall. For more information on parking areas and the cost of parking decals, see here.