Tufts dorm rooms aren’t the size of hotel lobbies, but they aren’t the size of hotel closets, either. Some dorms are slightly better than others, but most rooms are medium-sized, and living in any one of them is a similar experience. Students will exhibit a preference for newer or recently renovated dorms like South and Miller. West, Stratton, and Metcalf have an old, historic building style, but they also have larger rooms. Most students will say that the worst dorms are Haskell and Wren, which were built in the 1970s and haven’t really been renovated since. The fact remains, however, that no matter what dorm you’re assigned during your first year, the differences are going to be small.
There are more options for juniors and seniors, but there's also a higher chance that you will live off campus then—housing is only guaranteed for freshmen and sophomores. There is, however, a definite distinction between uphill and downhill dorms in terms of convenience. Once you live in one location, you can never really move to the other without changing your view of Tufts. Overall, housing isn’t too much of a concern during your first year because you don’t really have any control over where you stay. The silver lining is that none of your classmates will either. Furthermore, you’ll all get at least two semesters to check out what areas you like the best before you choose your housing for the years to come.