Graduate Student Housing
Graduate Student Housing Webpage
Guide to Off-Campus Housing
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On-campus University housing s very limited, however as an exchange student, you have priority for University housing. Graduate students are assigned housing with other graduate students in single rooms in 2-, 3- or 5-person apartments at the Charles River Apartment complex located on the lower part of campus. A graduate student can request a specific type of apartment. Requests can also be made for a specific roommate, however both people involved must request to room together in order for the request to be honored. The Department of Residence Life will do its best to honor requests, however no guarantees can be made.
The average cost of housing for one semester is approximately US$3,600. All on-campus housing costs are based on the 2011-2012 academic year and are subject to an approximate 5% increase.
All rooms and apartments are fully furnished. Each individual is provided with a twin-sized bed, a desk and chair and a bureau. All utility costs (electric, water, heat) are included, except for individual telephone calls. Coin-operated laundry facilities are located in the area. Students are responsible for providing their onwn linens, pots, pans and dishes. Charles River Apartments are served by a campus van, which makes trips back and forth to the campus during the day and into downtown Waltham every 30 minutes after 5:00 p.m.
Robin Hennessey, Coordinator of the Graduate Student Center, will be able to assist you with your off-campus housing search and serve as a point person for all of your off-campus housing concerns. She may be reached by telephone at 781-736-3606 or by email- firstname.lastname@example.org.
Waltham is one of the more affordable suburbs in the Greater Boston area. There are several large apartment complexes in Waltham and apartments also located in multi-family houses or smaller apartment buildings. Waltham has an excellent choice of restaurants, shops and an independent movie theatre. Public transportation affords easy access to local shopping and cultural events as well as access to Cambridge and Boston. While the "scene" in Waltham is rather tame, there are many great restaurants, and public transportation affords easy access to Cambridge and Boston.
The majority of Brandeis graduate students live either in Waltham or the Porter Square (Cambridge and Somerville) area. These areas have large student populations, many local services and are easily accessible to Brandeis without a car. They are also relatively affordable for the Boston area, which is one of the most expensive residential districts in the country.
Porter Square, located on Mass Avenue, about 1.5 miles outside of Harvard Square, is popular with graduate students because it is only 15 minutes away from Brandeis and 5 minutes from Downtown Boston. The commuter rail runs regularly from Porter Square to Brandeis/Roberts Station. The Red Line of the subway (called the MBTA and referred to as the "T") also stops at Porter Square. The "T" will take you throughout Boston and Cambridge. This is a very popular student area because of the proximity to the cultural offerings in Boston and Cambridge.
If you have a car, you have a greater flexibility because you will not be dependent upon renting in towns with access to public transportation. Several suburbs west of Waltham have a wide variety of apartments available. With a sticker purchased from Brandeis University, you can park in designated lots on campus (approx. $60 for the year). However, please be aware that the Greater Boston area is not very car-friendly. If you have a car, be sure to inquire about parking when considering any apartment.
Brandeis is located on the Fitchburg/South Acton Commuter Rail train line, at the Brandeis/Roberts stop. Heading towards Boston, this train stops in downtown Waltham, Waverly Square, Belmont and Porter Square in Cambridge. The end of the line is Boston at North Station. Many Brandeis students live in the Belmont and Cambridge areas and commute via train. There is an MBTA bus stop in front of the main entrance to Brandeis on South Street which connects with other bus lines that go throughout Waltham, Belmont, Watertown, Cambridge and Boston. Visit www.mbta.com for train and bus transportation schedules and maps.