When to go to the Emergency Room:

Emergency Rooms are for life-threatening injury or illness, such as:

  • Major injury
  • Severe shortness of breath
  • Loss of consciousness or seizure
  • Sudden, severe pain (abdominal, chest, head)
  • Severe bleeding
  • Poisoning or overdose
  • Severe or worsening allergic reaction, especially if breathing is difficult
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Suicidal or homicidal feelings
  • Severe vaginal bleeding
  • Sexual violence

When to go to an Urgent Care Center:

Urgent care is for non-life-threatening, urgent health needs that cannot wait until the health center is open, such as:

  • X-Rays
  • Urinary pain with back pain
  • A deep laceration that may need stitches  
  • Need for IV hydration due to severe vomiting, or unresolved high fever

When to use the Brandeis Health Center:

  • Fever that goes down with Tylenol or aspirin
  • Sore throat, colds, cough, ear ache
  • Minor cuts or burns
  • Skin rash
  • Mild nausea with vomiting or diarrhea without fever
  • Mild burning or irritation on urination
  • Chronic joint or muscle pain/strain
  • Non-life-threatening conditions

If you are unsure where to go, call the Health Center at 781-736-3677 during office hours for consultation.

After hours, call our on-call clinician at 781-239-1948.

Urgent and Emergency Care

In an Emergency:

For on-campus emergencies, call 781-736-3333.

Public Safety will send an officer and, when school is in session,  the Brandeis Emergency Medical Corps (BEMCo) to assist you.

For off-campus emergency, call 911.

Local Emergency Departments

Newton-Wellesley Hospital

2014 Washington St.
Newton, Mass.
(617) 243-6193
Open 24 hours per day, 7 days a week

Local Urgent Care Centers

Newton Wellesley Hospital's Waltham Urgent Care Center

Located in the Children's Hospital Building (5 minutes from campus)

9 Hope Ave.
Waltham, Mass. 02453
(866) 627-8052

Bring your insurance information.

Walk-In Hours

Monday through Saturday
9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

American Family Care (AFC)

1030 Main Street
Waltham, MA 02451
(781) 894-6900

Bring your insurance information.

Walk-In Hours

8 a.m. to  8 p.m.

For Minor Illness and Injury Assessment After Hours:

CVS Minute Clinics

For minor illness and injury assessment, labs and tests.


Newton, 978 Boylston St

Cambridge, 211 Alewife Brook Pkwy

Cambridge, 36 White Street

Medford, 85 High Street


Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., closed 1-2 p.m. for lunch

Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., closed 1-1:30 p.m. for lunch

Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., closed 1-1:30 p.m. for lunch