Students at Brandeis International Business School (IBS) live in a wide area around the school. Waltham is one of the more affordable suburbs in the Greater Boston area, with several large and small apartment complexes, as well as multi-family houses. 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.
As well as in Waltham itself, many choose to rent apartments in Boston or Cambridge (often in the Porter Square section of Cambridge and Somerville), which are within comfortable commuting distance of the school. The three cities all offer a high quality of life, and each has its own particular virtues.
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.
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.comamp;#160;for train and bus transportation schedules and maps. 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.
Although the housing situation in the Waltham/Boston area is tight, there are many resources available at Brandeis and on the Internet for students to find off-campus housing. In practice, by using those resources and networking effectively with each other, most students have located housing without much difficulty.
While it is up to students to secure their own off-campus housing, the Office of Administration and Student Services at Brandeis IBS can give advice. The university's Graduate Student Services website also gives guidance on locating housing, transport, rental rates, and information about the university's House Hunting Weekend. You will also find there contact details for the Coordinator of Graduate Student Services in the Office of Student Life, who can answer questions about housing
There is a limited amount of graduate housing at Brandeis University. Priority is given to students participating in the Brandeis IBS Study Abroad Program. Please contact Matthew Rocker in the Office of Administration and Student Services if you would like more information.