Information for First-Years, Midyears and Transfers

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Welcome to Brandeis!

Incoming First-Years

All first-year students entering in the fall are assigned to either Massell, North or East Quad. Students who do not complete a housing exemption or request to commute will be assigned to on-campus housing. (Fall and Spring semesters)

An important part of the university experience is meeting new people who are different from you and learning to communicate and form relationships with them. It is important that you broaden your understanding of other regions and cultures and stretch beyond your comfort zone. For that reason, we do not encourage roommate requests.

First-year students who wish to request on-campus housing must complete the First-Year Housing Application on MyHousing. Information for Fall housing applications will be available in May and housing assignments will be released late-Summer.

Please check the MyHousing Portal for application and assignment information. Due to the size of the incoming class, room changes may not be possible. For urgent matters please email, but please understand there will be a delay in the reply.

Incoming Midyears

Midyear students entering in January will be assigned housing within proximity to other midyear students. Midyear students will not be placed in Senior-exclusive areas. All students are assigned to either single or double rooms. More information about housing assignments will be provided after the Midyear Housing Application closes. Students living on-campus must complete the Housing Application in MyHousing in order to be matched with a roommate.

All members of the midyear class are required to live on-campus unless they are commuting from home or living with a parent or guardian.

Midyear students who wish to request on-campus housing must complete the Midyear Housing Application on MyHousing. Information for Midyear housing applications will be available in the Fall.

First-year On-Campus Housing Exemption

First-year students will live on campus for the academic year.  Students who wish to commute must complete an On-Campus Housing Exemption Request Form prior to the deadline for the First-year Housing Application. Students who do not complete a housing exemption or request to commute will be assigned to on-campus housing.

On-Campus Housing Exemption Request Form 

We also understand that due to the extraordinary challenges from the Covid-19 pandemic, students and families may have concerns about on-campus living for first-year students. While we are confident that our facilities, policies, and response protocols will address any students' needs and concerns after two successful semesters with over 1800 students on campus, members of the student affairs team are ready to respond to any questions you may have.  Students and families who may wish to apply for a housing exemption due to extenuating circumstances may do so by visiting the exemption request form link listed above.

Transfer Students

We are excited for you to join our community at Brandeis! While housing is not guaranteed, transfer students may receive housing on a rolling basis depending on availability. Priority is given to international and out-of-state students. Transfer students are housed based on their entering class year.

Transfer students may request housing by filling out the Housing Waitlist Form which can be found on the MyHousing Portal. Please note that housing is not guaranteed for transfer students.

Housing Accommodation Requests

Students who require medical, psychological, or disability accommodations should submit a Housing Accommodation Request. Requests received after the deadline will still be accepted, but there may be a delay in reviewing the forms due to the volume of requests. Please see the Housing Accommodations website for more details regarding the request process.