Students at Brandeis International Business School (IBS) live in several neighborhoods around the school. Waltham, where Brandeis IBS is located, is one of the more affordable suburbs in the Greater Boston area with several large and small apartment complexes and multi-family houses. Waltham has an excellent choice of restaurants, shops and an independent movie theatre. Public transportation affords easy access to local shopping and cultural events as well as access to Cambridge and Boston.
As well as in Waltham itself, many students choose to rent apartments in Boston or Cambridge (often in the Porter Square section of Cambridge and Somerville), which are within comfortable commuting distance of the school. These three cities all offer a high quality of life, and each has its own particular virtues.
Porter Square, located on Massachusetts Avenue about 1.5 miles outside of Harvard Square is popular with graduate students because it is only 15 minutes away from Brandeis. The commuter rail runs regularly from Porter Square to Brandeis/Roberts Station. The Red Line of the subway (called the MBTA and referred to as the "T") also stops at Porter Square. The "T" will take you throughout Boston and Cambridge. This is a very popular student area because of the proximity to the cultural offerings in Boston and Cambridge.
While it is up to students to secure their own off-campus housing, the Office of Academic Affairs and Student Experience at Brandeis IBS can offer suggestions, and the university's Graduate Student Services website can provide guidance on local housing resources, transportation questions, rental rates, and dates for the university's House Hunting Weekend. 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.
Brandeis University is located on the Fitchburg/South Acton Commuter Rail train line, at the Brandeis/Roberts stop. Heading towards Boston, this train stops in downtown Waltham, Waverly Square, Belmont and Porter Square in Cambridge. The end of the line is Boston at North Station.
Many Brandeis students live in the Belmont and Cambridge areas and commute via train. There is an MBTA express bus stop in front of the main entrance to Brandeis on South Street which connects with other bus lines that go throughout Waltham, Belmont, Watertown, Cambridge and Boston. For the most up-to-date information on travel routes and schedules, visit the MBTA website.
If you have a car, your housing and commuting flexibility increases - several suburbs west of Waltham have a wide variety of apartments. If you plan on owning a car and driving to campus, be sure to check before renting an apartment that parking is included! With a sticker purchase from Brandeis University, you can park in designated lots on campus to easily access the Brandeis IBS buildings, library, and more.