Getting Into Boston
Take Brandeis shuttle into Kenmore Square (operates Thursday through Sunday). Free.
Take Brandeis-Roberts train inbound to North Station (just under 30 minutes). Fare is $4.75 each way.
Call Checker Cab of Waltham at 781-647-TAXI. Call for fare.
Things to Do
The city of Boston, replete with some of America's great restaurants, entertainment venues and shopping destinations, is just a short bus or train ride from the Brandeis campus. Here are five suggestions for things to do when you're taking a break from your studies:
Shop Newbury Street
Chanel, Armani, Burberry, Cartier, Valentino, Marc Jacobs, Ermenegildo Zegna. Newbury Street's eight blocks of stores and boutiques between Massachusetts Avenue and the Boston Common is considered one of the world's great shopping destinations — and a great place to people-watch.
Catch a Comedy Show
Funny men Jay Leno, Denis Leary and Steven Wright all got their starts on the Boston comedy-club circuit. The Comedy Club at Faneuil Hall Marketplace, named the best comedy club in the country by USA Today, showcases some of the hottest established and up-and-coming talent in the United States. Grab an after-show ice-cream treat at nearby Slugger's Dugout.
Explore the MFA
The Museum of Fine Arts contains one of the largest permanent museum collections in the Americas, and Brandeis students get in for free. Highlights include 18th and 19th century American works by John Singleton Copley, Winslow Homer and John Singer Sargent and the Morse collection of 5,000 pieces of Japanese pottery, part of the largest museum collection of Japanese works outside of Japan.
Stroll the North End
Boston's North End, settled in the 1660s, is the birthplace of the American Revolution and the center of Italian culture and cuisine. Stroll down the narrow and winding streets, stop at a café for a cappuccino, listen to the buzz and hubbub all around you. Don't miss Paul Revere's house, the Old North Church and cannoli at Mike's Pastry on Hanover Street.
Cheer On the Celtics
With the acquisition of Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, the Celtics have reclaimed their rightful place among the NBA's elite teams. The team makes a limited number of balcony seats available for $15, but you'll have to hurry to snap one up. If hockey's more to your liking, you may also want to consider a Bruins game.