On Campus Housing
International undergraduates are guaranteed on-campus housing during their first and second years, but they often continue living in the university dormitories for the rest of their Brandeis careers. First-year students typically live in double rooms, natural or lofted triple rooms in one of the eight halls comprising the North and Massell quadrangles. Each quad is supervised by a professionally trained quad director who is assisted by several upperclass students known as community advisers (or CAs).
If you have been assigned on-campus housing, the Department of Residence Life will contact you with all the specific information that you will need to know. Upon arrival to campus, however, you should make sure to pick up your keys from the Office of Residence Life in the Usdan Student Center, which is open Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
If you are a transfer student and have been assigned housing in the Charles River Apartments, you will need to buy some household items such as utensils, glasses, plates, etc. You can purchase these items at a reasonable price at stores such as Walmart, Target, Bed, Bath and Beyond or IKEA (which is in Stoughton, MA, a 20 mile drive from campus).
On-Campus Housing for Graduate Students
If you are a Graduate student and you have been assigned housing on campus, the Department of Residence Life will send you specific information about the date when your room will be available. Keep in mind that no housing will be available before the specified date. If you have been assigned student housing in the Charles River Apartments, you will need to buy some household items such as utensils, glasses, plates, etc. You can purchase items at a reasonable price at stores such as Walmart, Target, Bed, Bath and Beyond and IKEA (which is located in Stoughton, MA, a 20 mile drive from campus).
The Graduate Student Association also sponsors a 'Swap Day' early in the fall semester. Brandeis students, faculty and staff donate kitchen items, blankets, etc., that new graduate students are free to take. The 'Swap' takes place on the first Friday afternoon gathering hosted by the Graduate Student Association known as TGIF! (or Thank God It's Friday!). Contact the GSA for more information.
Exchange students: You should check with the student services of your grad school to find out whether the former exchange students from your foreign university left a box of supplies to pass on to you.