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Recommended Neighborhoods

The Greater Boston area encompasses a wide variety of neighborhoods that offer a diverse range of accommodations.  We have broken down the most popular areas where Brandeis students live so you can assess which neighborhood best suits your lifestyle and needs. Please note that these neighborhood summaries are an informal outlook crafted with the Brandeis graduate student in mind. Information about public transportation also follows below.

While having a car at Brandeis may be useful, please keep in mind that public transportation in and around the Waltham area is plentiful.

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Waltham
Car not necessary, but would be helpful. Residential. Low-key nightlife. Affordable.

Cambridge: Porter Square
Car not necessary. College students/young professionals. Active nightlife. Moderately expensive.

Somerville: Davis Square
Car not necessary. Residential. Moderate nightlife. Moderately expensive.

Watertown
Car recommended. Residential. Low-key nightlife. Affordable.

Newton
Car recommended. Residential.  Low-key nightlife. Expensive.


WalthamWaltham

Car not necessary, but would be helpful. Residential. Low-key nightlife. Affordable.

Waltham is nine miles from Boston and can be reached by highway, commuter rail, and bus (25-30 minutes via public transit). The southern section is mainly multi-family housing, while the northern section has larger single-family houses. Waltham is home to Brandeis and Bentley Universities, as well as eleven parks that offer many recreational activities. Visit the City of Waltham.

Public Transportation to Brandeis and Boston:

  • Campus Van Service ("BranVan") 
  • Brandeis Crystal Shuttle
  • Buses: 553, 554
  • Commuter Rail: Fitchburg/South Acton Line (the Brandeis/Roberts stop abuts the Brandeis campus)

Cambridge: Porter SquarePorter Square

Car not necessary. College students/young professionals. Active nightlife. Moderately expensive.

This eclectic area is a desirable place to live or visit. Cambridge is the spirited, more playful side of Boston, located just a bridge away on the other side of the Charles River. Packed with international flair and a youthful vitality, Cambridge is a city where a counter-culture lives, classic culture thrives and multi-culture is a way of life. It is home to a culturally diverse population of over 95,000. Over fifty languages may be heard on the streets of the city, including Spanish, Creole, Portuguese, Chinese, Amharic, and Korean. Children from 82 different countries of origin attend the public schools. Overnight street parking is available with purchase of permit. Porter Square is about 15-20 minutes from Brandeis University and 10-15 minutes from downtown Boston via public transportation. Visit the City of Cambridge.

Public Transportation to Brandeis and Boston:

  • Buses: 70, 77, 83, 86, 553
  • Subway (The "T") Red Line
  • Commuter Rail: Fitchburg/S. Acton Line (the Brandeis/Roberts stop abuts the Brandeis campus)

Somerville: Davis SquareDavis Square

Car not necessary. Residential. Moderate nightlife. Moderately expensive.

Somerville is an up-and-coming area with a diverse mix of blue-collar families, young professionals, college students and recent immigrants.  One-third of Somerville residents are foreign born, and there are more than 50 spoken languages in Somerville schools. With a large immigrant population, Somerville celebrates its diversity through numerous festivals celebrating cultural traditions and holidays. There are many different environments from which to choose, as Somerville is fairly large. There are very residential neighborhoods, as well as more exciting neighborhoods with a high student population. Many of the apartments are considerably larger than those in Boston. Davis Square is approximately 30-35 minutes to Brandeis and 15-20 minutes to downtown Boston via public transportation. Visit the City of Somerville.

Public transportation to Brandeis and Boston:

  • Buses: 70, 77, 83, 86, 553
  • Subway (The "T") Red Line
  • Commuter Rail: Take the Red Line one stop to Porter Square to access the Fitchburg/South Acton Line (the Brandeis/Roberts stop abuts the Brandeis campus).

WatertownWatertown Square

Car recommended. Residential. Low-key nightlife. Affordable.

Accessible by bus from the Alewife stop on the Red Line, the community is diverse and less expensive than other suburbs. There is convenient shopping at the Arsenal Mall, Watertown Mall, Target, and Home Depot. Also, there are eleven parks, offering many recreational activities. Watertown is about 15-20 minutes from Brandeis and Boston via car or public transportation. Visit the City of Watertown.

Public Transportation to Brandeis and Boston

  • Buses: 70, 553

NewtonNewton

Car recommended. Residential.  Low-key nightlife. Expensive.

Newton is a quiet, affluent suburb. Bounded by the Charles River, Newton also has an award-winning library, museum, symphony orchestra, and residential theater groups. Newton Center is filled with clothing boutiques, restaurants, and stores. It is Boston's closest suburb. Newton is about a 10-15 minute drive from Brandeis and Boston. Visit the City of Newton.

Public Transportation to Brandeis and Boston

  • Buses: 52, 59, 505, 553
  • Subway (The "T"): Green Line - "D"
  • Southside Shuttle