Brandeis International Business School

Get to Know the Area

Cities With a Lot to Offer

View of Boston from the harbor.

View of Boston from the harbor.

The Old State House is the oldest surviving public building in Boston, and now serves as a museum.

The Old State House is the oldest surviving public building in Boston, and now serves as a museum.

Moody street Bridge, courtesy of Creative Commons

Moody Street Bridge in Waltham, overlooking the Charles River.


Boston is one of the most exciting cities in the country for students, as it's also a global hub for tech innovation and finance. The multicultural city also features national attractions such as the Museum of Fine Arts, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and the Museum of Science; the Boston Public Garden; the Boston Symphony Orchestra; dozens of other venues for music, theater and movies; historic neighborhoods; and championship sports teams. Learn more in this Brandeis International Business School e-book about the area.


Waltham is also an international city, with more than 40 percent of its population foreign-born. Students enjoy exploring Moody Street and its lively collection of international shops and restaurants, as well as the Embassy Cinema and the Charles Riverwalk. The city was also ranked #13 in a survey of Best Places to Live in America (population 10,000 to 100,000) by Money magazine. The Waltham Tourism Council has more information on nearby cultural events, historic sites and accommodations.

Our Favorite Places

  • map of greater Boston

Housing Resources

Students at Brandeis International Business School usually live in rental apartments Waltham near campus or closer to Boston, which are accessible via public transportation. Davis Square in Somerville and Porter Square in Cambridge are popular areas for students. Learn more about the Waltham/Boston area and transportation.

While it's up to students to secure their own off-campus housing, the Office of Academic Affairs and Student Experience at Brandeis International Business School can help. Brandeis University's Department of Community Living and the Graduate Student Affairs office can provide guidance on local housing resources, transportation questions, rental rates and other information related to off campus housing. Steven Weglinski in The Office of Graduate Student Affairs can assist you with your off-campus housing search and serve as a direct point person for all of your off-campus housing concerns.

Getting Around

The MBTA ("the T") offers bus and commuter rail service from Boston to Waltham, Cambridge, Somerville, Brookline and other towns.

  • Boston skyline, courtesy of Creative Commons