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College Square is a location within the ruins of Cambridge in the Commonwealth in 2287. Once a large raider encampent, it was recently overrun by feral ghouls.


College Square was once a pre-War hub for Commonwealth Institute of Technology students and professors alike.[1][2] Long after the bombs dropped, the area became a stronghold for a group of raiders led by Ricca, who took over the gang's previous leadership.[3] The encampment was not only a center for the usual raider antics but also an extortion racket, charging travelers a fee to ensure safe passage from the raiders.[4] However, after Ricca raised the tolls dramatically, most traders began to avoid the square and take the western roads instead. Although Ricca showed great promise due to her tough reputation,[5] the lack of traffic through College Square frustrated other raiders, who began to consider a mutiny.[3]

However, before this plan was ever set in motion, the raiders were overrun by a massive infestation of feral ghouls.[6][7][8] The ferals killed Ricca and forced the few survivors, including Erris and Tad, underground into the College Square station, where they were eventually finished off by the ferals.[9]


The square is built around College Square station and adjacent to the Cambridge Police Station. Three streets come together, lined with restaurants, shops, and offices, most of which can be explored for loot. Careful, however, as there are many "sleeping" ghouls, mines, and traps.

A breakdown of the square starting on the south side and going around counter-clockwise includes the buildings lining the south side of the square, which can be explored and contain a tool case with leveled loot next to Ricca on the third floor. The building attached to this contains an advanced lock wall safe behind the counter on the second floor. Below this, there is a laundromat with assorted junk.

The northeast side of the square contains a small diner with a Novice locked bathroom containing a first aid box. Directly to the right of the diner is a Novice locked Pulowski Preservation shelter which contains a feral ghoul. The three-story building to the left of the diner contains nothing of note, but here is a wooden walkway that leads to the roof of the neighboring building which contains some 10mm ammo next to a skeleton. The walkway will collapse as the character walks over it.

In the northern corner of the square, there is an open truck trailer with another ghoul and an explosives box in the back. The two-story house on the western side of the truck leads to a wooden catwalk that crosses the north entrance to the square. This leads to the roof of the house across from the truck where there is another caps stash, steamer trunk, and a duffle bag with leveled loot.

The three-story building on the northwest side of the square has an Advanced-locked door on the third floor which leads to a fire escape behind the building. There is a building in the western corner of the square with nicer than usual furniture and an Advanced-locked safe behind the counter with a cash register. The stairs in the rear of this building lead to the second floor where there is more assorted junk.

Directly west of the station is a small info kiosk containing a Novice-locked safe and a racetrack advertisement on the shelf which will mark the Easy City Downs location on the map. A sniper's nest is found on the roof of this kiosk, while on the roof of the other kiosk, to the north of the station, is a caps stash. Under the center of College Square is College Square station - a subway, some aspects of which seem to still be running.

Notable loot

Related quests


  • When tasked with clearing out College Square by a settlement, one must kill the legendary ghoul in College Square station to complete the quest.
  • After clearing the square of ghouls, a number of raiders or super mutants may show up and attack the Sole Survivor upon entering the square.
  • There are mattresses and sleeping bags spread out in the houses, and the second house to the left of the Pulowski Preservation Shelter has beds on the bottom floor.
  • College Square seems to have a reset problem. Many buildings can be looted repeatedly by traveling to Graygarden to drop the loot and then go back, repeating the process.
  • When at this location, companions make comments, which are activated in two locations: above ground at the square itself and within the station, close to Tad's body. Robert MacCready does not say anything when above ground.
Location comments
Character Specific location Comment
Cait Square "Ferals turned this place into a real shitehouse."
Station "Looks like the ferals are doin' the exterminatin' for us."
Codsworth Square "Ah the ol' College Square. To think this place used to be a hub of activity."
Station "Looks like these Raiders became quite the Feral feast."
Curie Square "College Square. I was hoping some professors or even students would be here..."
Station "We simply must study these feral ghouls more. Do they possess only animal cunning? Or is there trapped inside some higher cognition?"
Danse Square "Damn ferals are coming out of every crack in the ground... an infestation that needs to be exterminated."
Station "Goddamn ferals chewed through these Raiders like they were ragdolls."
Deacon Square "Raiders used to be in this area. Can't say I miss them."
Station "Aw, did the poor raiders get eaten by Ferals? For once, the Ferals did something right."
Hancock Square "College Square, huh? You looking to become someone's dinner?"
Station "This is where they decided hide? If the Ferals were looking for brains, it must've been a light meal."
Nick Valentine Square "College Square isn't exactly the intellectual hotbed it once was."
Station "It's hard to believe anything that was once human could do something like that."
Piper Square "To have been in this place in its prime."
Station "Never wish a death like that on anyone."
Preston Garvey Square "Must have been a lot of ferals to rip right through these raiders like that. Can't say I'm too sorry about it."
Station "Looks like the ferals did our job for us. Good riddance."
Robert MacCready Station "Yum... looks like the ferals had themselves a little Raider feast."
X6-88 Square "College Square used to be a raider stronghold. That was a long time ago."
Station "This must have been their fall back point. They should have reinforced it better."


College Square appears only in Fallout 4.

Behind the scenes

College Square's location and layout are based on Harvard Square in the real-world Cambridge, Massachusetts.


  • PCPC A quest marker for Cleansing the Commonwealth may completely disappear when approaching closer than 40-25m (from different points).[verified]
  • PCPC Stuck ghouls in the surrounding area make it impossible to finish Cleansing the Commonwealth.[verified]



  1. Curie: "College Square. I was hoping some professors or even students would be here..."
    (Curie's dialogue)
  2. Nick Valentine: "College Square isn't exactly the intellectual hotbed it once was."
    (Nick Valentine's dialogue)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Letter
  4. Toll schedule
  5. Random raider chatter: "Yep. If anyone's gonna make something of College Square, it's Ricca and her folks. That woman can chew her way through Mirelurk hide."
  6. X6-88: "College Square used to be a raider stronghold. That was a long time ago."
    (X6-88's dialogue)
  7. Preston Garvey: "Must have been a lot of ferals to rip right through these raiders like that. Can't say I'm too sorry about it."
    (Preston Garvey's dialogue)
  8. Fallout 4 Vault Dweller's Survival Guide Collector's Edition pp. 402-03: "[7.01] COLLEGE SQUARE
    The northwest entrance to Cambridge was once a Raider stronghold, recently overrun by Feral Ghouls. It's worth removing a few rotting heads to gather the copious ammo and Caps here. Check the buildings you can access and don't forget to jimmy open the three safes and collect contents from a trunk on the northeast roof area."
    (Fallout 4 Vault Dweller's Survival Guide Map)
  9. Journal scrap