Housing and Dining

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First-year students are guaranteed on-campus housing at Brandeis for their first four consecutive semesters or three consecutive semesters if they enter midyear. Photo by Ken Schles.

Brandeis is a residential university where 85 percent of students live on campus all four years. There are 11 campus residence areas located across the campus, ranging from Usen Castle, an 80-year-old landmark modeled on a Scottish castle, to the gleaming, contemporary Ridgewood Quad, opened in 2009.

Incoming students are guaranteed on-campus housing for their first four consecutive semesters, or three consecutive semesters if they enter in the midyear class. Housing for first-year students will be in either Massell or North quad. These buildings feature doubles, natural triples (two rooms with three people) and lofted rooms (accommodating three people).

Residence halls are supervised by quad directors with the assistance of upper-class students who serve as community advisers, and the university community living staff. Together, they provide programming and activities, ranging from faculty lectures, to barbecues to informal get-togethers.

Housing for juniors and seniors includes apartment and suite-style options. While not guaranteed, housing has always been available to juniors and seniors who request it. More information is available on the Department of Community Living’s website.

Students have a number of options for meals and meal plans.

  • Usdan Student Center contains two food courts with popular stations, as well as late-night dining options at the Café, the Boulevard and Quiznos.
  • Sherman Dining Hall is our all-you-care-to-eat facility in Hassenfeld Conference Center, where you can choose from glatt kosher and nonkosher meals. 
  • The Stein, located above the Sherman Dining Hall, is a cozy pub serving lunch and dinner entrées, as well as sandwiches, soups, salads and homemade desserts. On weekends, it transforms into Ollie’s, a late-night diner style restaurant with breakfast options and fantastic waffle fries. 
  • For students on the go, Brandeis offers a convenience store, an Einstein Bros Bagels cafe, and several sandwich and coffee stands throughout campus.