Frequently Asked Questions

When and how can I register for fall and spring courses?
Who will my roommate(s) be?
What does the university provide for my room and what should I bring?
What should I do about bedding and towels?
Do I need to have a computer?
Can I have a car on campus?
Will I need to bring a phone or an answering machine?
How will the voicemail system work?
Who is Brandeis' long distance service provider?
Can I work on-campus? Where can I go to find a job on campus?
I took AP classes in high school. How can I get these credits to transfer?
I doubt I will eat breakfast everyday. What's the deal with the meal plan?
So what is there to do around here?
How can I get involved in "Brandeis Life" right away?
Are there ATM's on campus?
Can I get help setting up my computer on campus?

When and how can I register for fall and spring courses?

First-year students will be mailed a postcard in the middle of June with information about registration. A great resource for first-year students is the New Student Academic Information and Registration Handbook which gives an outline of recommended courses for first-year students and links to placement tests. This information, along with other important dates, can be found on the Office of the University Registrar's Web site at www.brandeis.edu/registrar/newstudent/. For additional questions about registration, you can contact the Office of the University Registrar at (781)736-2010.

For those seeking academic advising over the summer please contact the Office of Academic Services at (781) 736-3470 or visit their Web site at www.brandeis.edu/acserv/ . Once you arrive on campus you will be notified who your academic advisor is and during the Orientation program you will have an opportunity to meet them.

Who will my roommate(s) be?

The Department of Community Living will email out housing assignments late June to your Brandeis email account. This mailing will include where you are living and contact information about your future roommate(s). It is a good idea to contact your roommate(s) before you arrive to get to know each other and decide if you will be sharing items and what you will be bringing to your living space. If you have any housing questions feel free to call the Department of Community Living at (781) 736-5060.

What does the university provide for my room and what should I bring from home?

For a detailed list of what the university provides and what you should bring from home (or buy when you get to Waltham) refer to your Pre-Arrival Guide, which should arrive at your home mailbox in June.

What should I do about bedding and towels?

Lets face it, bringing your own bedding can be difficult if you need to have it shipped from far away. Fortunately the Student Service Bureau at Brandeis sells a variety of different packages which include sheets, towels, comforters, pillows, etc. The Student Service Bureau information will be included in the June Orientation mailing so you can order your items.

You can also bring your own bedding or buy bedding at a Target or Bed Bath and Beyond store once you get to the Waltham area. Be sure to purchase extra long twin sheets and comforters!

Do I need to have a computer?

No, you do not need a computer, but they are nice to have. There are four computer clusters on campus that are for student use, but they become scarce during midterms and finals. Also, just because your roommate says that you can use his or her computer now, does not mean that you both won't need it at the same time. You may decide to purchase a personal computer system. Brandeis has arranged for competitive prices on new computers made by Dell and Apple computers for students. This is a special deal because if you buy one of these computers you get a four-year warranty instead of the usual two-year warranty. Brandeis also offers on-campus certified warranty repair service for Dell and Apple computers. For Dell and Apple purchasing information visit the Library & Technology Services (LTS) Web site. If you do choose to bring a computer, there is a place in every room for each student to connect to the university computer network. Also, Brandeis is a wireless campus, so students with laptops can connect to the Internet from anywhere on campus.

Can I have a car on campus?

First-Year and sophomore students cannot have cars on campus. One of Brandeis' greatest assets is that you do not need a car to have fun. There is  transportation service to take you to the grocery store, drug stores, movie theater and local restaurants (of which there are many of all different styles). With the proximity of the commuter rail (Brandeis has its own train stop!) and the free shuttle bus to Boston on the weekends, it is very easy to get around.

Will I need to bring a phone or an answering machine?

No, you can request a Brandeis telephone and a voice mailbox. The telephone is a Cisco 7940 with the following features: caller ID, call hold, call waiting, speaker phone, transfer, message light indicator and a Brandeis telephone directory look-up. Do not bring an additional analog phone or answering machine, they will not work.  To request a phone, visit http://lts.brandeis.edu.

How will the voicemail system work?

The voicemail system is a Cisco Unity System. Instructions for setting up and using students' personal voicemail systems are available on the LTS Web site.

Who is Brandeis' long distance service provider?

PaeTec Communications manages the University's long distance service. Monthly bills are sent to students' Brandeis e-mail accounts. For questions or concerns or to review your account, please visit the PaeTec CampusLink Web site or call PaeTec Customer Service at (800) 962-4772.

Students may also use a separately purchased or billed telephone card.

Can I work on-campus? Where can I go to find a job on campus?

Students who have been awarded Federal Work-Study (FWS) or University Employment (for International students) as part of their financial aid award receive hiring priority. All students must have a valid social security number issued by the U.S. government in order to begin working. Save time by bringing your passport or social security to campus with you! Please download this PDF for the list of required forms you must complete in order to work on campus. There are no exceptions to the Federal laws of Employment Eligibility Verification.

If you do not have FWS you may not begin work until Oct. 1. The only department eligible to hire both work-study and non work-study students is Dining Services (Aramark). All other available positions are posted on the On-Campus Job Opportunities page.

In addition, there will be a Student Employment Job Fair during Orientation for students who have been awarded Federal Work-Study or University Employment as part of their financial aid award. For more information, please visit the Office of Student Financial Services on the second floor of Usdan Student Center, call us at (781) 736-3700 or visit the SFS Web site.

I took AP classes in high school. How can I get these credits to transfer?

For specific information on each AP exam, see the Advanced Placement Chart, Brandeis University Bulletin, or the Academic Services Web site. To claim your credit for AP examinations, you will need to visit the Office of the University Registrar (Kutz 121). Students may claim AP credit(s) after their second semester at Brandeis University. For courses taken at other universities, contact Irene Widugiris, Transfer Credit Specialist in the Registrar's Office widugiris@brandeis.edu or (781) 736-2014.

I doubt I will eat breakfast everyday. What's the deal with the meal plan?

Dining Services offers a variety of different meal plans for students. The available meal plans include 21 meals per week, 14 meals per week and $20 in points for the semester, 10 meals per week and $525 in points for the semester, and 100 meals for the semester and $650 in points for the semester. Points can be used to buy additional food during meal time in a dining hall, P.O.D. Market, in the Usdan Student Center or at Einstein Bros. Bagels in the Shapiro Campus Center. All first-year students living on campus must have a meal plan. For more information on dining plan options, you can call the Campus Card Office in Kutz Hall at (781) 736-4230 or visit the Campus Card Web site. For more about dining options, see the Dining Services Web site.

So what is there to do around here?

There are tons of things to do at Brandeis! On campus, there are movies, dances and performances. You can also go into Waltham to watch a movie or eat dinner. Go to Boston and see a concert, go shopping, have dinner, go to a sporting event (The World Champion Boston Red Sox are only a train ride away!), walk the Freedom trail, go on a Duck Tour, visit Faneuil Hall, watch street performers or go dancing. 

How can I get involved in "Brandeis Life" right away?

One great place to start is the Club Center Web site. This Web site gives you the opportunity to explore clubs and check out their Web sites. Club e-mail addresses are available if you have any questions. Another great place to learn about clubs is the Involvement Fair, which will take place during Orientation. This event gives you a chance to meet representatives of almost every club on campus and to find out how to join those that interest you.

Are there ATM's on campus?

Yes. There is a Sovereign Bank ATM in the Usdan Student Center and there is a Citizen's Bank ATM in the Shapiro Campus Center. There is a Bank of America ATM located in Gosman Gym and just off campus in the Village Market Shopping Center. All three banks have student checking account options and branches on Main Street in Waltham. If you do not have a checking account when you arrive on campus, there will be representatives from the banks here to help you set up an account.

Can I get help setting up my computer on campus? Help Desk staff will be on hand in the residence halls on Opening Sunday to help you with any computer or telephone issues. The Help Desk provides computer and telephone tech support for students, by students. The Help Desk operates out of the Main Library and is open 70 hours a week for phone and walk-in service: x9UNET (781-529-8638). To learn more and for lots of helpful information, please visit the Help Desk online.

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