Did you know?

More than 96 percent of Brandeis' graduate population live off-campus in Waltham or in the surrounding communities.

Renters Insurance typically covers damage or property losses, including damage due to fire, smoke or storms, or loss due to theft. We recommend that students get renters insurance to cover these damages. You can search for companies that provide these online, the following are only two examples: Insurance Quotes and NSSI. Please check the companies' policies carefully to ensure that they cover what you need.

BestColleges.com has created a Student Renter's Guide, where they address the common snares of renting, the questions to consider when entering the rental market, and how to identify and avoid rental scams, a crime first-time renters are particularly vulnerable to.

Housing for Graduate Students

We have many resources available for helping students find off-campus housing, either close-by within the Waltham area, or easily accessible by public transportation within the broader Boston Metro community. 

Jessica Basile, Director of Graduate Student Affairs,  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. 

Connect with each other!
The Office of Graduate Student Affairs monitors a listserv that we use to coordinate housing opportunities for incoming students.  Both new and returning students, as well as landowners and real estate agencies, subscribe to this list and use it as a preliminary step in finding housing in Waltham, Somerville, Cambridge and Boston.
If you currently have a room or apartment that will be available for the next academic year,  or if you are looking for housing for next year, we would like you to subscribe to this list and share your information.

To subscribe to the list:


and select the "subscribe" option.

We will send occasional information to all of you via this list that we hope will assist you in finding suitable and affordable housing.  This list is a community where people can find not only housing, but housemates and roommates among other students.

Web Resource


We have collaborated with JumpOffCampus.com on a service exclusively for Brandeis graduate students. JumpOffCampus will provide you with an easy, centralized and interactive website to help you find housing and housemates, including a map showing where the listing is located, and the Brandeis Waltham shuttle route.

Additional Resources

A Guide to Off-Campus Housing
The Office of Graduate Student Affairs (and Resident Life) has put together this booklet, which contains general information that can be useful when you are looking for housing in the Waltham/Boston area.

Craig's List

Boston Hostels (interim housing)

House Hunting Days 2014
In 2014 we will host two House Hunting Days programs: July 22-25 and August 5-8. These are intensive programs to assist new graduate students in finding housing and housemates over the course of 4 days.

2014 House Hunting Days Application