Bayridge is located within the historic Ayer Mansion, the country’s only surviving residence designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany. The building offers residents a number of amenities specifically designed with the life of a student in mind.
Our facilities include:
- dining hall
- library for quiet study
- multi-purpose room with a television and work-out equipment
- common space on every floor
- coin-operated laundry
- study room
- bike storage
- suitcase storage on every floor
- music practice room
Bayridge offers five room types: a triple and four different sized single rooms: mini, small, medium and large. Every room comes fully furnished with a bed, desk, dresser, closet and bookshelf. We also provide every resident with a pillow, comforter and blanket, although students are welcome to bring their own as well.
Estimated room sizes:
- Triple – 200 square feet
- Mini – 75 square feet
- Small - 90 square feet
- Medium - 120 square feet
- Large - 145 square feet
Bayridge Residence offers both a dining room and a student-accessible kitchenette.
Meals served in the dining room are well-balanced and vary from day to day. We eat family style – giving everyone at Bayridge a chance to interact with other residents. The diversity of backgrounds and fields of study make for fun and interesting dinner conversations.
Typical breakfasts served: pancakes and scrambled eggs, hot oatmeal with all the toppings, fried eggs with scones and bacon, quesadillas with eggs and salsa.
Typical dinners served: fried chicken with mashed potatoes and green beans, spaghetti with meat sauce and garlic bread, pork chops with potato wedges and spinach, Chinese stir-fry with rice and snow peas.
In addition to the prepared meals, there is always fresh fruit and cereal served at breakfast as well as a salad bar and homemade dessert at dinner.
Residents are welcome to cook their own dishes in the kitchenette and can store their grocery items in the refrigerator and storage cubbies provided. During the school year, the kitchenette becomes host to many culinary parties and taste-testing opportunities.
The library at Bayridge Residence is open 24 hours a day to offer students a quiet place to concentrate on their schoolwork. The library is also stocked with many classic books and reference materials.
The lower-level study room is an alternative to the quiet library. Students who work there occasionally talk or interact with the others. It is a great place to work on group projects or school assignments that require more than just book learning. Our architecture and art students like to spread out there to work on 3-D models.
Additionally each floor offers a common area off the bedrooms that can be used to study or spend time with friends.
The chapel is open during the day to students of all faiths. It offers a quiet place to reflect and pray.
For the Catholic residents, the sacraments are offered regularly, with Mass held daily and confession available weekly. Non-Catholics are also welcome to attend Mass and to speak with the chaplain if they wish.
During the school year Holy Mass is offered at the following times:
- Monday – Wednesday: 7am
- Thursday – Friday: 7:30am
- Saturday: 8:30am
Our front living room, an original drawing room designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany, also doubles as a music practice room. Residents who are music students reserve time to practice in this space, utilizing the piano and excellent acoustics. (A small fee applies for those looking to practice regularly in the room.)
When not being used for practice, the front living room doubles as a lecture hall and concert venue. Bayridge Residence and the Ayer Mansion host a number of events during the year for students and Bostonians.