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What Is A University-Based Retirement Community (UBRC)

To request an information kit about Lasell Village, please call (617) 663-7044.

University-based retirement communities, also known as UBRCs, are senior communities that are affiliated with a college or university.

UBRCs are rare, comprising just a small percentage of the senior living options available in the U.S., and no two are the same. Because there aren’t any formal criteria for “qualifying” as a university-based retirement community, the housing, structure, and offerings at UBRCs can vary dramatically. Below are criteria you can using for comparing communities.


Some university-based retirement communities are located near a college or university. At Lasell Village, we’re actually on a higher ed campus – part of Lasell University’s 13-acre campus. Located in Newton, Massachusetts, we’re just 11 miles from downtown Boston.

Type Of College Or University
The type and size of the college or university could impact your decision. Founded in 1851, Lasell University is a private, liberal arts university that offers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degrees. There are approximately 1,600 students enrolled at Lasell University.

Learning Opportunities
Learning opportunities are often the big draw for university-based retirement communities. As a resident at Lasell Village, you’ll have the opportunity to take college courses at Lasell University, alongside degree-seeking students, serve as an advisor or mentor to student groups and organizations, and attend lectures and events. In addition, there are courses and educational events held at Lasell Village every month.

Housing Options
Housing options, undoubtedly, will also heavily influence your decision when evaluating UBRCs. At Lasell Village, we have 182 independent-living apartments. All of the one-bedroom and 2-bedroom units have full-sized kitchens, and some have patios or balconies. We’re a pet- friendly retirement community – dogs and cats are welcome!

Levels Of Care – Continuing Care
If you want to “age in place,” with the peace of mind that you’ll get the care you need, you might prefer a UBRC that’s also a continuing care retirement community (CCRC). Lasell Village fits that bill. In addition to the independent-living residences, we also offer supportive care through Lasell Studios and short-term and long-term rehab services through Lasell House, a skilled nursing facility.

For more information about Lasell Village, or to request an information kit, please call (617) 663-7044.

“The connection to Lasell University makes this community such an energizing place to live. I love taking courses, interacting with faculty and mingling with young students. There are so many intriguing opportunities here, it’s often hard to choose.”

—Carolyn and Warner S
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