by Amy Scheuerman
The lower cost of housing is one of the primary reasons that Friedman students choose to live in Teele Sq. rather than Davis. The majority of rental units are two bedroom one bath apartments in a duplexed house. These rent for between $1300-$1400 a month without utilities.
Teele Square is a fifteen-minute walk from Davis and the Red Line. It’s a pleasant stroll in summer, but can feel far on a snowy winter day. In addition to its proximity to the Red Line and Davis, Teele also has several bus lines—the 87, 88, and 89—that go right through the square.
Although not as convenient as the subway in terms of speed or a warm underground waiting area, these three buses can be quite helpful. The 87 and 88 buses will take you to Lechmere Station on the Green Line, while the 89 bus will take you up Broadway to Sullivan Station on the Orange Line. This can be helpful since the Davis Square T Station is at the extreme end of the Red Line and thus far from other subway connections.
Pros of the Area
If you live in Teele Square you’ll be living in good company. Many Friedman and Fletcher students choose to make the neighborhood their home. The area is more residential than Davis Square, but you can still find a number of restaurants and shops including the Teele Square Café (Coffee and sandwiches), Amelia’s Kitchen (Italian), Tip Top (Asian/Thai), Rudy’s (Mexican), and PJ Ryan’s (Irish).
You’ll also be in walking distance of Davis Square, which has many other options for food and entertainment.
Teele Square is also incredibly convenient to the Tufts Medford Campus. If you think you may take many classes there (normally true of FPAN students or students doing the UEP dual degree program) you should definitely consider how long you want your commute to take. The Medford campus also offers amenities such as free access to wifi, the on-campus gym, and the Tisch Library.
Cons of the Area
Teele Square isn’t as hip as Davis, although it seems to be up and coming in that respect. It’s also home to many undergraduates, which means it can occasionally be noisy or dirty. I used to live on what was apparently an extension of frat row when I lived in Teele and my smallest gatherings would get broken up by the police or campus security. This may happen to you too because over the years non-Tufts residents have grown sick of the “undergrad inconvenience.”
Another issue I had with Teele was the lack of a very convenient shopping center. For groceries I choose between walking 15-20 minutes to the Food Master, which was cheap but had little selection; taking the T to the Shaws at Porter Square, which had better selection but took much longer to get to; or stopping at Dave’s Fresh Pasta on my way home from Davis Square, which was pricey but delicious. Without a car grocery shopping can be difficult in this neighborhood.
Take Away Message
Teele Square has reasonable rent, a nice contingent of Friedman neighbors, and a definite advantage if you want to take classes on the Medford campus. Just keep in mind that a car (or a Zipcar account) can come in very handy if you do much bulk shopping.