College Square is a landmark in the ruins of Cambridge, Massachusetts in 2287. From the battle lines, it appears as though raiders were attempting to make a stand against feral ghouls but were overrun.[1]


Once the center of Cambridge University[2] and a part of Cambridge, this central square is currently a ruin of a different sort; originally a stronghold held by raiders, it was recently overrun by a massive infestation of ferals.[3][4] Prior to its fall, this encampment was not only the center for the usual raider antics but also an extortion racket, charging travelers a fee to ensure safe passage from the raiders.[5] Since its fall, the area earned a reputation for transients being torn apart by the ferals. Needless to say, travelers, transients, and scavengers have avoided the place, leaving the place ripe for looting.[1]


The square is built around College Square station and adjacent to the Cambridge Police Station. Several restaurants, shops, and offices line the square, offering minor loot. The newspaper shack by the entrance contains a novice locked safe; the building behind the newspaper shack (facing the subway entrance) contains another safe, which is advanced locked.

Three streets come together, and they are lined with buildings, most of which can be explored for loot. Careful, however, 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. On the roof of the other kiosk 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 have 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: at the square itself and within the station.[clarification needed]

Location comments
Character Specific location Comment
Cait At the square "Ferals turned this place into a real shitehouse."
"Looks like the ferals are doin' the exterminatin' for us."
Codsworth At the square "Ah the ol' College Square. To think this place used to be a hub of activity."
"Looks like these Raiders became quite the Feral feast."
Curie At the square "College Square. I was hoping some professors or even students would be here..."
"We simply must study these feral ghouls more. Do they possess only animal cunning? Or is there trapped inside some higher cognition?"
Danse At the square "Damn ferals are coming out of every crack in the ground... an infestation that needs to be exterminated."
"Goddamn ferals chewed through these Raiders like they were ragdolls."
Deacon At the square "Raiders used to be in this area. Can't say I miss them."
"Aw, did the poor raiders get eaten by Ferals? For once, the Ferals did something right."
Hancock At the square "College Square, huh? You looking to become someone's dinner?"
"This is where they decided hide? If the Ferals were looking for brains, it must've been a light meal."
Nick Valentine At the square "College Square isn't exactly the intellectual hotbed it once was."
"It's hard to believe anything that was once human could do something like that."
Piper At the square "To have been in this place in its prime."
"Never wish a death like that on anyone."
Preston Garvey At the 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."
"Looks like the ferals did our job for us. Good riddance."
MacCready At the square ""
"Yum... looks like the ferals had themselves a little Raider feast."
X6-88 At the square "College Square used to be a raider stronghold. That was a long time ago."
"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 closely on Harvard Square in present-day Cambridge.


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



  1. 1.0 1.1 Fallout 4 Vault Dweller's Survival Guide Collector's Edition p.402-403: "[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)
  2. Curie: "College Square. I was hoping some professors or even students would be here..."
    (Curie's dialogue)
  3. X6-88: "College Square used to be a raider stronghold. That was a long time ago."
    (X6-88's dialogue)
  4. 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)
  5. Toll schedule
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