Housing Options

students enjoying residence hall life

There are a variety of comfortable and enjoyable on-campus housing options at Brandeis.

First-Year Students

First year students live in either Massell or North, both of which are traditional style hall living arrangements containing single, double and triple rooms. Midyear students live in the Village during the spring semester.

Sophomore Year Students

Sophomores primarily live in East, Rosenthal, the Castle, the Village, or 567 South Street. Some singles for sophomores are available in North and Massell. East and Rosenthal are composed of single and double rooms. East is a traditional style hall and Rosenthal contains suites of eight people. Select rooms in the Village are available for sophomores as well.  567 South Street offers two bedroom and efficiency-style apartments which include kitchens. All apartments have a kitchen area and private bathroom. The Castle offers traditional hall style living and suite living arrangements.

Junior and Senior Year Students

Juniors and seniors primarily live in Ziv, Charles River Apartments, Ridgewood, or the Village; the Foster Mods are exclusively for senior students. The Charles River Apartments, Ridgewood, and Foster Mods offer a variety of apartment housing options which include kitchens. Some apartments have a living room while others do not. Ziv offers six person suites with singles, while the Village offers singles and doubles in a cluster hall-style arrangement. Study abroad students live in the Village and Ziv during the fall semester.

Although no two areas at Brandeis are the same, there are common features in each location. Please explore the different area pages and see how each area is unique. Please see below for the common features in each area.


Community Advisors (CAs) are student staff in the residence halls. Each CA is responsible for a floor or area within the residence hall where the CA lives. CAs provide community programming, resources, and support for the students in their area. CAs engage residents in establishing active living/learning environments where each individual is invested in promoting the success and safety of all members of the community.  

An Area Coordinator (AC) is a professional staff member with an advanced degree in higher education administration, counseling, or a related field who also lives in the area. The ACs' responsibilities include supervising the CAs, addressing conflict and conduct concerns, and rotating on-call responsibilities. Each AC holds weekly office hours to meet with students and is available by appointment. Some areas also have an Assistant Area Coordinator (AAC), a part time graduate-level staff member who assists an Area Coordinator with all tasks related to their particular area.

The goal of all Community Living staff is to build community within the residential areas on-campus.


Rooms are singles, doubles, natural triples or lofted triples. Residence halls are either traditional corridor style, suite style or apartment style. Rooms on traditional style halls open up onto a hallway and have communal bathroom facilities. Suite-style rooms share a common living area and have private bathrooms for the suite. Apartment-style rooms share a kitchen and private bathrooms. Some apartment spaces share a common living area too. Students are responsible for cleaning common areas in suites and apartments, including bathrooms, kitchens and living areas. Students in suites and apartments must also provide their own paper products.


There is one phone line with voice mail per floor, suite, or apartment.  Phones are installed through Library and Technology Services (LTS). For more information on phone lines, please visit the LTS Web site.  Wireless Internet is available in all residence halls.  Cable TV is available in each room.  Each bedroom is furnished with an extra-long twin bed, a desk, a desk chair and a dresser for each student, along with closet or wardrobe space.  There are laundry facilities in each residential area.