SMFA's student-produced video of the Beacon House shows what it's like living in a brownstone with other art students

SMFA Residence Life

Welcome to Housing and Residence Life at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts! Living in SMFA housing is an integral part of being a student at SMFA. It provides the invaluable experience of living with a community of students that are dedicated to growing and evolving as students and artists. While you will benefit from the proximity to your classes and campus activities, the close relationships that form with your peers will provide the greatest benefit to living in SMFA housing. The people that you will live with will come from different backgrounds, perspectives, and parts of the world. These differences provide a diverse community that will define your student experience and enhance your artistic growth.

The Residence Halls
SMFA housing consists of two historic brownstones—the Beacon House and the Fenway House—located in close proximity to the School. Each residence hall provides students with a quintessential college experience in two of the most desirable neighborhoods of Boston. The Beacon House is located in the Audubon Circle neighborhood of Brookline at 1047 Beacon Street, and the Fenway House is located in the Back Bay neighborhood of Boston at 26 The Fenway. Each residence hall has a variety of room types and each student is provided with a bed, desk, desk chair, bureau, complimentary wi-fi, on-site laundry services, and a large community space. *Housing fees are located below.

The Residence Life Staff
Each residence hall has two Resident Assistants that are responsible for the student leadership of each hall. Their duties consist of extra-curricular programming, move-in and move-out facilitation, student counseling, policy enforcement, on-call availability, and assisting in health and safety inspections. All Resident Assistants are hired through an extensive application process and are required to participate in a week long training seminar that prepares them for serving in this leadership capacity. The Assistant Director of Housing and Residence Life is a full-time staff member that coordinates all aspects of SMFA living. The Assistant Director supervises the Residence Life staff and provides on-call support for residential issues after-hours.

Who lives in SMFA Residence Halls?
SMFA housing is required for all first time freshmen that are twenty or below and have not yet completed a full year at another college or university. This requirement is waived for students that are able to commute from their home of origin. Any student that wishes to be waived from their housing requirement should contact the Assistant Director of Housing and Residence Life for a housing exception request form.

*While housing is required for incoming freshmen, we do have a limited supply of housing for transfer and graduate students. This limited housing is based on availability and given on a first come first served basis.

The benefits of living in SMFA housing:
**Social programs and events scheduled on a regular basis
**Cost effective, all inclusive price that is part of your financial aid plan. Just show up and move in.
**Walking distance to school
**Resident Assistants on-call for emergencies
**Guaranteed artist community with other SMFA students
**Opportunity to have a Resident Assistant to guide you through your first year away from home
**Not needing to worry about monthly utilities or rent
**Avoiding the stress of searching for an apartment in Boston
**Academic year commitment vs a 12 month commitment to an apartment lease
**Facilities staff that handles maintenance concerns in a timely manner
**An alcohol and drug free environment (per SMFA policy)

We will make every attempt to place you with a student that matches your requests. We have a small number of singles that are assigned on a first-come first-served basis. Make sure to get your deposit and contract in as soon as possible to have the best chance at these rooms!

For more information on housing, visit Tufts Residential Life.

Off-campus Living

After the first year at SMFA, in which housing is required, many students live off-campus in one of Boston's diverse and interesting neighborhoods. Our Student Affairs Office provides current listings of available apartments, roommates, realtors and alternative accommodations; plus office resources to support your search, including telephones, Internet access and bulletin boards.

If you plan to live off-campus, you should start your housing search three to four months before the fall semester and two months before the spring semester.

Visit ProArts Connect's housing section for a bulletin board of available roommates and housing opportunities.

Off-Campus Housing Guides and Forms
Off-Campus Housing Preference Form
Boston Map

Dining Options

Special 2016-2017 Meal Plan

For the 2016-2017 academic school year, meal plan service will be offered at the Massachusetts College of Art.  The Mass College of Art Dining Commons is a short walk from campus, located in the Kennedy Building at 621 Huntington Avenue.  Students may enroll in the Partial Meal Plan which is a declining balance plan.  The cost is $873 per semester plus a $50 Administrative Fee.  

The MassArt meal plan will enable you to access three dining locations near the SMFA campus:

  • The Mass College of Art Dining Commons is located at 621 Huntington Avenue and is open 7 days a week. 
  • Beatty Café at 550 Huntington Avenue on the campus of Wentworth Institute of Technology
  • Crossroads Café at 179 Longwood Avenue in the first floor of the Fennel Building on the campus of Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

A Massachusetts College of Art ID card is required to participate in the Meal Plan.  Information on how to obtain this card is provided to students upon enrollment in the plan.


All SMFA students are eligible to participate in our declining balance program (Rhino Bucks) that can be utilized at a variety of establishments. In addition to Rhino Bucks being accepted on campus at the Café des Arts, students that opt into the Rhino Bucks Program can use their bucks at more than 80 businesses in Boston that welcome Campus Cash.  To place Rhino Bucks on your card go to  All businesses that welcome Campus Cash have a "Welcomed Sticker" in a clearly visible location. Students can also reference the Campus Cash website to identify which businesses welcome Campus Cash.

Tufts Dining
Phone: 617-627-3566