Bayridge is an independent student residence and cultural center, which offers off-campus housing for university women around Boston and Cambridge. 

Bayridge is ideally located on Commonwealth Avenue, between Massachusetts Avenue and Charlesgate East. More than a dozen higher education institutions are within walking distance, including Berklee College of Music, Boston University, Northeastern University, Emerson College, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Simmons College, Boston Architectural College, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, New England College of Optometry, New England Conservatory, New England School of Photography and Boston Conservatory.

We are mere blocks from the Green Line T stops at the Hynes Convention Center and Kenmore Square; as well as several bus routes along Massachusetts Avenue.

Cultural sites are also easily accessible from Bayridge. The magnificent Public Gardens and Boston Commons are less than a mile away. A running track along the Charles River is three blocks from the front door.

395 Commonwealth Ave. Boston, MA 02215


Director/Alumnae Relations: Irene Dorgan lived here at Bayridge while she was obtaining her masters in music at the New England Conservatory. After a few years of teaching music and working in music publishing, Irene began dedicating herself full time to her passion: fostering development and leadership in young women. She has held a number of positions, including director of Petawa Residence in Milwaukee, WI; director of Alderton House in New York City; and director of Rosedale Achievement Center in the Bronx, NY. Then, in 2003, she returned to her beloved “home away from home” and has been the director ever since. She enjoys organizing jam session with the musically-inclined residents and has a special love for book clubs and discussion-worthy movies.


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Assistant Director/Programming: Originally from Nigeria, Osede Osezua moved to St. Louis in 2009 to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Saint Louis University. After graduation, she gained experience in the private sector through her work in the North America Development office of Oxford University (yes, the one in the UK) located in New York City, before coming to Bayridge to put her business skill set at the service of supporting university residents from all over the world. Osede enjoys getting to know each and every resident through conversation and cultural events.


Coordinator, Advancement & Alumnae Relations: Angela Lee graduated from Wellesley College in 2013 with a B.A. in History and was a friend of Bayridge during her undergraduate years. Before working at Bayridge, she was at the New York District Attorney’s Office, where she gained valuable experience in the public sector. Although her work at Bayridge now is far from criminal law, she enjoys the diversity of her tasks and the people she encounters within and outside of Bayridge. Among many of the weeknight study breaks, Angela enjoys learning about the different countries and cultures that the residents are from, and on the weekends, she likes to keep up with her favorite college football team. 


Built between 1899 and 1902 for businessman and art collector Frederick Ayer, the Ayer Mansion is the country’s only surviving residence created entirely by famed American artist and designer, Louis Comfort Tiffany. Named a National Historic Landmark in 2005, the Ayer Mansion exemplifies Tiffany’s astounding versatility.  At the Ayer Mansion, Tiffany-designed stone and glass mosaics, graceful metalwork, Favrile glass, custom woodwork, intricate plaster work, and elaborate stained glass windows all work together to create a masterpiece.

For more than 12 years, the Campaign for the Ayer Mansion has been restoring and preserving this rare, national treasure.

To learn more about the Ayer Mansion, visit


A not-for-profit women’s student residence and cultural center, Bayridge first opened its doors in 1959. It was initially located on Exeter Street in the Back Bay of Boston.  In the early '60s, because of growing demand for student housing for women, Bayridge relocated to a larger, two-building facility at 395 Commonwealth Ave. Bayridge has always been open to women students who aspire to do well in their studies and develop themselves as persons of moral and ethical integrity in a family-like environment of academic enthusiasm and social outreach. As a cultural center, Bayridge seeks to strengthen and support that part of today's culture which is eminently positive, pro-woman, and pro-community, and it opens its doors to the public for frequent lectures, conferences and concerts. Speakers have included:

  • Joseph Brodsky Andrew Mellon Professor of Literature, Mt. Holyoke College, 1991 Poet Laureate of the United States, 1987 Nobel Prize of Literature
  • Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen, Ph.D. Curator of American Decorative Arts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York
  • Mary Ann Glendon, J.D. Learned Hand Professor of Law, Harvard University
  • Patricia Albjerg Graham, Ph.D. Charles Warren Prof. of the History of American Education, Harvard University Former Dean of Harvard Grad. School of Education
  • Stanley L. Jaki, Ph.D., S.T.D. Professor of History and Philosophy of Physics, Seton Hall University
  • Josefina Magno, M.D. Founder of the Hospice Movement in the United States
  • Jonathan L. Fairbanks Artist and curator of the American Decorative Art and Sculptor department at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • Susanna Salk Designer, Stylist, Home Décor Expert fot NBC’s Today Show
  • Elliot Bostwick Davis John Moor Cabot Chair for the Art of the Americas Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • John Loring Design Director Emeritus Tiffany & Co.


Opus Dei is a personal prelature of the Catholic Church. It was founded in Spain on October 2, 1928 by St. Josemaria Escriva with a simple yet profound message that everyone is called to be holy and to serve others in and through his or her work. “It is in the midst of the material things of the earth that we must sanctify ourselves, serving God and mankind.” (St. Josemaria, Conversations #113) Today, Opus Dei has over 90,000 members in more than 66 countries. The spiritual formation offered at Bayridge Residence is entrusted to Opus Dei. The Residence is open to university women of all creeds, races and ethnic origins.

To learn more about Opus Dei, visit