Questions to ask as you decide where to live
- How will I get to school from here?
- Am I comfortable in this neighborhood?
- Are utilities (heat, hot water, electricity) included or extra. If extra, what are they likely to cost?
- Does the building seem secure? Check out locks on doors and windows.
- Where will I study?
- Is there a place to do laundry in the building? If not, where is the nearest laundromat?
- When can I move in?
Tips for International Students
Since there are many new situations to become acquainted with when you go abroad, it is important to plan ahead. Housing in the Waltham area (nearby towns include: Boston, Cambridge, Watertown, Newton, among others) can be somewhat expensive, but not difficult to find, so finding a place to live is not hopeless! There are many resources on the Brandeis campus and on the Internet that can help you through the process.
Some Words of Advice
Start your search as early as possible. You can begin by using various online classifieds: Craig’s List or the Brandeis Classifieds to search existing rooms for rent or to post an advertisement. If you are unable to visit Brandeis for the House Hunting Searches over the summer, you should plan to arrive on campus before your semester begins to find housing.
Contact other incoming or returning Brandeis international students. Returning students will have helpful suggestions. Once you contact other incoming Brandeis students, you can plan to meet before courses start, and share a hotel room (or other temporary housing) while you search for more permanent housing. Contact your department to get a list of students that you can email or call.
Think about what you will need to bring for your living situation. Most apartments are unfurnished. For on-campus housing, you will have a bed and desk, but will need sheets, bedding, towels, etc.